The Transition Movement: Moving Cities Forward

May 02, 2011
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International Making Cities Livable

There are countless initiatives out there striving to make our cities, towns, communities, and regions more livable. The blogosphere is bubbling with what must be hundreds of individuals sharing their own thoughts on the status quo and future potential. Well, a new (to us) initiative has caught our eye and we’ve sat down to examine how this one stands out from the rest.

The Transition Movement is a growing international network of “transition" towns, cities, islands, and hamlets working to wean themselves from a dependence on oil, foreign or otherwise, as well as other finite resources. It’s rhetoric we’ve grown accustomed to hearing—but this effort stands out. In the process of successfully addressing the oil question, this grassroots model for change begins with its core constituents: the residents of a community.  

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