Top 7 Actions Your Contributions Will Support in 2013

Transition US

In the words of Ryunosuke Satoro, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

If we can reach our $200,000 goal, Transition US will launch a targeted assistance program to address each Transition Town’s specific resilience needs. Your donation goes a long way!

Action #1: Funding Projects in Communities

Transition US will provide Transition Initiatives with fundraising assistance and we will offer direct financial support to key Initiatives across the nation!

With greater financial stability, Transition Initiatives can put staff in place, increase their outreach, deepen their skills, and expand their programs. With financial stability, Transition Initiatives will be unstoppable!





Action #2: Measuring Indicators of Resilience

Transition US will measure every Transition Town’s indicators of resilience, such as water, food, energy, manufacturing, neighborliness, emergency preparedness, transportation, and more.

Once we have this baseline information, Transition Initiatives will know where they have gaps in their resilience. They will have a powerful tool to focus their efforts and recruit their neighbors, and Transition US will be able to precisely support each Transition Initiative as they address their specific resilience goals.


Action #3: Building Local Economies

Transition US will help Transition Towns begin the process of building local economies, a vitally needed key to building resilience.

Establishing successful, local, low-carbon businesses ensures the economic stability of towns. Sustainable, local economies are the cornerstone of community resilience. And each business begets other businesses. Imagine the effects from a 100%-local café that uses local foods, local plates, local dish soap, local brooms, local chairs, local light bulbs... The list goes on! Local businesses are interconnected webs that spawn other businesses, other livelihoods. If every one of those businesses is low-carbon and locally sourced, the positive impacts are profound.

Transition US will provide Transition Initiatives with the roadmap, tools and resources needed to assess the economic readiness of their communities, identify low-carbon business niches, connect entrepreneurs to investors, and incubate local, low-carbon enterprises.


Action #4: Building a Strong National Network

Transition US will build the Network. Transition activities are in 34 of our 50 states; we will fill the gaps in the remaining 16. 

Transition US will achieve this by targeting our outreach efforts to areas where there are currently no Transition Initiatives. We have honed our outreach tools for the last 4 years and will use them to:

  • Enlist Transition Trainers to deliver catalytic presentations in new communities.
  • Identify, train, and empower potential Transition initiators in states without Transition activities.
  • Engage faith leaders and provide them with resources, forums, training and on-going support to advance Transition methods among their congregations and affiliates.
  • Host a North American Transition conference that will both strengthen existing and forming Transition Initiatives and provide an additional access point for newcomers.
  • Target the outreach for our National Awareness Campaign, the Transition Home and Garden Challenge, to bring in new partners, sponsors and participants in states without Transition activities. By taking part in the Campaign, participants will learn about the Transition model and process.


Action #5: Supporting Youth Leadership

Transition US will Launch a national Youth Leadership, development, and mentorship program. 

youth leadershipWhere the young boldly go, the rest of society will follow. Transition US will partner with colleges and catalytic youth gatherings to provide youth with access to information, Transition Trainers, and leadership skills development. Transition US will then provide on-going support, tools, and resources that will guarantee the success of youth in leading communities to resilience.

As a corollary to this work, Transition US will introduce a mentorship program that matches student interns with elders in Transition Initiatives across the US. Interns will receive additional support from Trainers, peers, and regional support leaders.

Engaging youth and developing strong youth leadership is paramount to a resilient future.


Action #6: Advanced Training & Learning Opportunities

Transition US will provide Advanced Training, coaching, and resources to enable Transition leaders to more effectively move their Initiatives through change.

Working together well is vitally important to resilience. Moreover, when groups are working effectively together, they are better able to broaden their base and draw new participants. They also obtain a tool they can share: effective coalition building skills.

Transition US will provide the tools and training needed to effectively convene difficult conversations and large-scale community dialogue, and resources for building grassroots partnerships and coalitions.


Action #7: Cultivating Economic and Multicultural Diversity

Transition US will work to ensure that all parts of our society make the transition to resilience!  To that end, Transition US will support projects that deepen the partnerships with community leaders through a special focus on cultivating economic and multicultural diversity within Transition Initiatives.


Building on the work ignited last year by Transition Trainers, Transition US will convene conversations on cultural diversity with community leaders and Transition Initiative members. Transition US will then work in partnership with community leaders to develop and pilot Transition projects that are culturally appropriate, appealing, and welcoming.

To enable resilience in the under-resourced communities that are currently the most vulnerable to climate change, economic instability, and energy depletion, Transition US will reach out to local community leaders for their input and review existing research to identify the current challenges facing under-resourced communities in transitioning their locales. TUS will then develop how-to manuals and best practices that will be available to all through our website and onsite outreach efforts. Based on these findings, Transition US will work in partnership with community leaders to develop and pilot achievable and sustainable Transition projects in under-resourced communities.

In both our cultural and economic outreach efforts, Transition US will engage a specially trained cadre of Transition Trainers to offer onsite Transition training, ongoing coaching, and grassroots support to these new Transition projects.


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