What is Transition?
A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.
Tran • si • tion [tran – zish – uhn]
1. passage from one form, state, style or place to another
2. a period of transformation.
Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges we face by starting local. By coming together, we are able to crowd-source solutions. We seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.
In practice, we are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling ourselves and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools.
People do Transition for all sorts of reasons:
- to get to know our neighbours;
- to feel like we are making a difference in the world;
- because the world’s huge challenges (climate change, social inequality, economic decline and so on) feel more manageable if addressed at the local scale (as one person put it, “Transition changed my relationship to the problems”);
- to catalyse all manner of new projects, enterprises and investment opportunities;
- to learn new skills;
- to feel like we are creating a new story for our place;
- to feel connected to other people and to something historic and exciting happening around us.
The values and principles that guide Transition:
Head, Heart & Hands
Doing Transition successfully is about finding a balance between these:
The Head: we act on the basis of the best information and evidence available and apply our collective intelligence to find better ways of living.
The Heart: we work with compassion, valuing and paying attention to the emotional, psychological, relational and social aspects of the work we do.
The Hands: we turn our vision and ideas into a tangible reality, initiating practical projects and starting to build a new, healthy economy in the place we live.
Interested in participating in
in the Wolfville area?
We are just getting started, and would love to hear from you!
HISTORY OF ACTIVITY:
- Sep 2017, Reading Group
- Aug 2017, Reading Group
- July 2017, Reading Group
- June 2017, Reading Group
- May 2017, Reading Group
- Apr 2017, Transition Conversation Cafe
- Mar 2017, Envisioning Transition
- Feb 2017, From Heart to Action workshop with *heart wide open*
- Nov 2016, Transition Meeting; guest speaker David Wimberly from Transition Bay St Margaret’s
- Aug 2016, Participated in The Wolfville Farmers Market Community Sustainability Fair
- July 2016, Transition Meeting; discussion
- June 2016, First local Transition meeting; film and discussion
- May 2016, Cinema Politique event on Transition; film and discussion
Transition Wolfville Area grew out of a Cinema Politique (CP) on Transition Towns held in Wolfville on April 26th, 2016. The well-attended meeting featured speakers on the subject and several YouTube clips on the history, concept, process and results of Transition Towns inaugurated in Totnes, England a decade ago by permaculturist Rob Hopkins. During the CP session people engaged in serious discussion and many expressed an interest in staying involved for the purpose of beginning some kind of transition initiative in this area. A number of people from that meeting signed up to carry forward planning and community programming toward a more formal launch in the near future.
You can contact us using our contact form.