‘Daring to dream’ is the fifth and final Transition ingredient, and far from being as whimsical as the title suggests, it actually refers to imagining what Transition would look like if it were implemented nationally, enabled by government and council policy and invested in properly.
A year ago, slightly by accident, Anita Gracie - a member of the Islington Master Gardeners - came to do a workshop in Transition Dartmouth Park's new food growing space at Highgate Newtown Community Centre.
Foraging was the first and most important skill I have learnt with Transition, my first connection with nature and something that will stay with me for life. Part of the staple knowledge and diet of generations past, it is a re-emerging practise, even in in the urban environment of London.
For this week’s opening piece on technology I wanted to find out more about communications technology. Phones, computers and the internet have become crucial not just in my own life but also to the spread of the Transition movement, and an essential part of projects like Social Reporting.
When I first heard about Transition, some years ago, it was in connection with the market towns it originated in, like Totnes. This made sense – self-contained areas, surrounded by countryside, with the potential to grow and be self-sufficient in food and building materials.
Last month it was reported in the press that average consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables had fallen in the UK by 30% since the recession, to only around half the amount needed to make up out 5-a-day recommended by the government.
I became a social reporter half way through 2012, having been a reader for a while, inspired by the writing and comforted to find pieces of myself and my Transition experience in the stories the other reporters told.
Over the last few years, Transition Initiatives have been looking at how to get economically real. This is key in terms of formulating a response not only to climate change and the need to stop using oil, but equally to the financial crisis and the need to be able to articulate and show what an economic alternative would look like.