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.

{from transitionnetwork.org}


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