Phase 2: Movement Strategy

In the second phase of our campaign, Transition leaders from across the country are invited to participate in a series of National Network StrategyConversations that will help inform and guide a new, transformative strategy for Transition US and the Transition Movement here in the U.S.

The series of National Network Strategy Conversations complements the Visioning and Stories to Action phases of our campaign. Together, these three elements represent the balance of Head, Heart, and Hands the Transition Movement strives to embody in our work.

Each of these Strategy Conversations will build upon a key theme that emerged from the feedback Transition US received from more than 60 movement leaders earlier this year. They will help us cultivate a shared sense of alignment around the strategic direction of our movement, as requested by Transition leaders from across the country (see pages 9-10 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper for more information). Transition US staff and board members will draw from the insights gained through this series to develop a strategic plan for Transition US that will best meet the needs of local, regional, and national Transition organizers across the country.

National Network Strategy Conversations will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from July to December, 2020 at 4:00pm Pacific. To ensure our strategy is informed by the people who Transition US is designed to serve – local leaders who are actively working to transition their communities – participation is by invitation only.

Each session will begin with Transition US staff and other movement leaders framing the discussion topic, followed by two rounds of discussion in smaller breakout groups. Then, each breakout will have the opportunity to share their key takeaways with the whole group. Blog posts summarizing the outcomes of each session will be shared with our wider network.

If you are a contact for an official Transition Initiative, a member or alumni of our Collaborative Design Council, or leader of one of our national working groups, you will receive registration info via email. However, we will also welcome a limited number of additional invited guests from partner organizations and aligned community resilience groups. If you would like to be part of this conversation and are not part of one of the groups listed above, please contact marissa@transitionus.org.

 

National Network Strategy Conversations

July 28: “Deepening Our Analysis: Connecting the Dots between Social Justice, Extractive Economy, and Ecological Crises.” This discussion will explore how Transition US can shift our analysis of the crises we face–away from an emphasis on peak oil, and toward a more nuanced understanding of the extractive economy and its connection to both social justice and ecological crises. For more background, please read “Deepening Our Analysis: Raising Up Social Justice and Naming the Extractive Economy” on pages 7-8 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

August 25: “Communications, Messaging, and Storytelling.” This discussion will explore how to refine our messaging and enhance our national and local communications strategies–enabling our movement tell the Transition story far and wide, and influence mainstream media. For more background, please read “Deepening our Communications: Messaging, Storytelling, & Media Strategy” on pages 18-24 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

September 22: “Strengthening the Grassroots Transition Network.” This discussion will explore how Transition US and other stakeholders can enhance connection across our network, better support local Transition Initiatives to get established and demonstrate impact in their communities, develop strategic collaborations, and more. For more background, please read “Strengthening Our Network: Deepening Support for Local Transition Initiatives” on pages 10-16 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

October 27: “Resourcing Our Movement.” This discussion will explore strategies for resourcing Transition at all levels–from creating resilient livelihoods and REconomy businesses to creatively funding local and national Transition groups. For more background, please read “REconomy” on page 16 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper and the REconomy report, “25 Enterprises that Build Resilience.”

November 24: “Building Capacity and Increasing Our Impact as a National Network.” This discussion will explore how we can collectively grow the capacity of Transition US as the national Transition hub by sharing power and responsibility for supporting local Transition Initiatives with the Collaborative Design Council, National Working Groups, emerging Regional Hubs, Transition US Board of Directors, strategic partners, and others. For more background, please read “Growing Capacity of Transition US” on page 17 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

December 22: “Power, Leadership, and Healthy Movement Culture.” In this discussion, we will explore best practices for leadership development and power sharing that will support our local and national organizing efforts to flourish through a vibrant, healthy movement culture. For more background, please read “Leadership Development” on page 15 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.