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The impact of Transition. In numbers.

Here's something we'd love your help with.  How can we capture the impact of Transition in numbers?  We've done our best with what we can find, and we'd love to know what you would add from your local initiative. Any numbers you can put to your impact? Number of meetings? Amount of funding? Amount raised in a share option? Number of carrots grown on a train station? It's over to you.  Let us know (use the comments box below), and we'll publish the final version at the end of the month...

Andrea Felicetti on Transition as "radicals without rebellion"

At this year's Political Studies Association International Conference in Manchester, Andrea Felicetti of the University of Canberra presented a paper called Radicals without rebellion? A Case Study on four Transition experiments. In it he explored "whether and how social movements can promote radical positions whilst refraining from adopting an oppositional approach".  This was one of the first pieces of research I have come across that explored Transition's approach to politics, so we contacted Andrea and asked him to write an article for us, presenting his key findings in as accessible a way as possible.  We are delighted that he agreed to do so. 

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The Impact We're Having: Aveiro em Transição in Portugal

Aveiro em Transição is a Transition initiative in Portugal.  When they heard we were looking for tales of the impact Transition initiatives see their work having, they sat a group of people down who are active in the initiative and asked them the question.  Here's what they had to say. 

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Visiting Israel and the West Bank– the Vision and Reality

Opening of the Launch training - conversationsOn 3rd April

Eamon O'Hara on the "important catalytic effect" of community-led action

One of the most fascinating recent studies into the impact of Transition was Local Communities Leading the Way to a Low Carbon Societya report published by AEIDL (Association Européenne pour l’Information sur le Développement Local.  It looks at Transition, permaculture and ecovillage networks, what it calls the "Silent Revolution", "a potentially powerful driver of pro-environmental behaviour change".  We caught up with Eamon O'Hara, who created the report, to find out more about it, and about his conclusions. 

The Impact We're Having: Zsanett and Zoltán of Transition Hosszúhetény

Hosszúhetény is the most populous village in Baranya county, in the south of Hungary, with 3400 inhabitants. It's situated in beautiful natural surroundings at the foot of the Zengő peak of the Mecsek hills.

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Heartbleed security issue

Earlier this week, a flaw in software that is used to secure Web communications across approximately 66% of the internet was disclosed. That's a lot of the internet.

Why I despise self checkouts with a rare and unbridled passion

It's time for a rant about SACAT.  "About what?" you might most reasonably cry.  'Semi Attended Customer Activated Terminals', that's what.  In plain English, it's those self checkout things that are taking over shops up and down the land.  In 2008 there were 92,600 such units in use worldwide, by the end of this year it is expected to top 430,000.  In the UK, 32 million shoppers now use them every week, over one third of Tesco's store transactions every week are self checkout. I recently went to WHSmith at St Panchras station in London, the first shop I've been into that is 100% self checkout.  No staff.  I turned around and walked back out again.

Jo Hamilton on why monitoring and evaluation matters for Transition

What role does measuring and evaluating your impacts have to play for Transition initiatives?  How important is it, and how straightforward is it in a group that is already busy "doing stuff"?  Jo Hamilton is a researcher at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute whose research focuses on those very questions. Together with colleagues Ruth Mayne and Kersty Hobson, she is currently developing a project called Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustainable Communities (MESC) to develop and trial a range of tools to enable groups to self monitor and evaluate their work.  She's still recruiting groups and is running 3 workshops in April and May for groups who'd like more skills and insights on how to do this (more below). 

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The impact we've having: Marie Goodwin of Transition Town Media

“What's the catch?” she asked as she idled up to the table. The yard was filled with blankets and tables, boxes and miscellany scattered over almost every square inch except for the well-marked paths. Our information table was welcoming people at the entrance, and this question was asked over and over again to our organizing team. “What's the catch?” 

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