The Transition movement emerged from the work of Permaculture educator, Rob Hopkins, and his students at the Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. In early 2005 they created the Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan, which was later adopted as policy by the Town Council. It was the first strategic community planning document of its kind, and went beyond the issues of energy supply, to look at across-the-board creative adaptations in the realms of food, farming, education, economy, health, and much more.
After moving back to the UK to complete his doctorate, Rob decided to take the Peak Oil preparation process beyond the classroom and into the community. He started Transition Towns Totnes in early 2006, and it took off like a rocket. It has since spread virally across the world as groups in other communities quickly copied the model and initiated the Transition process in their own locale.
The Transition Network was established in the UK in late 2006, to support the rapid international growth of the movement. In 2007, increasing high levels of interest in the States led to the launch of Transition US. We were established as a national support network, in partnership with the Transition Network so that we could take on the role of providing co-ordination, support and training to Transition Initiatives as they emerged across the States. The process of “officiating” Transition Initiatives in the States was also handed over to Transition US.
You can read more about the history here.
You can get involved in a number of ways:
In addition to the formally designated Transition Initiatives, there are many other communities involved in Transition work. “Mullers” are groups and individuals who are interested in actively using the Transition Model in their communities. If you’ve read the Primer and are “mulling over” whether you might set up an initiative in your locale, contact us!
Learn more about "mullers" here.
We generally don’t take positions; we encourage you to figure out your own response within the context of your community. Our suggestion is that you focus on rebuilding resilience into your local food systems, using local varieties of produce. If you want the full scoop on the global banana story, go ahead and read the Banana Book.
No, Transition is non-partisan. It seeks to include all members of society in the collaborative development of community resilience.
Transition is not a spiritual movement. It is a grassroots, community-led response to peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It is interested in unleashing our collective genius in whatever ways that emerge within the community.
There now appear to be three types of initiatives emerging within the Transition Model here in the United States:
We certainly hope so. It is still early days in the Transition Movement. We envision that several Transition Initiatives will work together within a given Transition City. In some cases, a Transition hub will emerge first at the city level, with the aim of initiating the growth of smaller Transition initiatives within it. In other cases, the smaller initiatives will emerge first, and the hub will grow from their on-the-ground activities. The city hub’s role is to integrate and co-ordinate smaller, local initiatives and support their activities at a wider scale.
Transition US is a nonprofit organization that is currently funded through grants and donations. We also receive a nominal amount from fees that participants pay for Transition Trainings.
You can support Transition US in a number of ways:
We’ve introduced this formal approach to registering Transition Initiatives for several key reasons:
The communities that have gone through this initial formal process have agreed that it has enhanced their capacity to build a robust and well-supported initiative.
No, groups are not required to adopt “Transition” in their official name. Several groups, particularly those that have been active in their communities for a long time, have chosen to keep their existing names but still identify themselves as Transition Initiatives. Many other groups however, do want to add “Transition” to their names, as it helps identify them with a rapidly growing, exciting, international movement.