This page answers the common questions in Transition and help you find your way through the resources that already exist. It is in English. If you are looking for information in different languages look at the translated resources page (NB: they are different from the online resources listed below).
- How do I find out more about Transition and keep up to date with what's happening?
- What advice and support is available to people setting up and developing Transition Initiatives?
- What training is available?
- Our initiative is having problems, what help is available?
If you have other questions that are not answered on this page or suggestions, please contact the support co-ordinator.
We are developing a new support package for Transition Initiatives to be launched in Summer 2014. This work will be co-ordinated by our Project Support person, Mike Thomas. You can keep up to date with developments and find out about opportunities to influence the support that Transition Network offers by subscribing to Mike's blog here, or subscribe to the Transition Network newsletter.
We use the phrase Transition Initiatives to mean groups of people who are doing some sort transition activity in their neighbourhood.
There are lots of places to find out more about Transition:
The most important thing to do to keep up with the latest Transition news is to sign up to monthly newsletter which contains all the crucial Transition information to help you develop your Initiative and also lets you know all the latest Transition developments. You can read old newsletters here.
Check out Rob Hopkins latest book the The Power of Just Doing Stuff
Read the Infographic:
Watch In Transition 2 film.
And there are lots of ways to keep up to date with what's happening across the global Transition movement:
Read the Transition blogs:
- Transition news - New from Transition around the world
- Rob Hopkins' Transition Culture blog - Monthly themes, interviews, thoughts and reflections on Transition
- Transition Social Reporters' blogs - Hear about the latest thoughts from inside the Transition movement covering a wide range of topics from the frontline of Transition.
- Transition Initiatives' stories - Find out what has been going on in Transition groups across the world.
- The REconomy Project blog
- Sarah McAdam's Transition Network Strategic Development and Delivery blog
- Isabel's Transition Education Blog
- Ben's International Transition Blog
- Ed's Transition Web Project Blog
- Sophy's Inner Transition Blog
- Mike's Transition Support Blog
Read Transition Free Press.
Like the Transition Network Facebook Page.
Follow Transition Network on Twitter.
If you are just starting out we recommend that at least two members of your group undertake the Launch Training. If you're in a group that has been going a while then Thrive Training may be more suitable. These courses cover the most up to date information on Transition. If there is not a course near you then we have a network of trainers, or your group could host a training course where you live. If you are not based in the UK then check out the International Trainers contact page.
The following online support resources are mainly taken directly from the Transition Companion book. They consist of overviews, some activities you can do and case studies. The Transition Companion book itself contains more information and is available here.
- Overview of the ingredients - an explanation of the ingredients
- Transition Principles - an overview of the principles of Transition
- 7-barriers to transition - some of the big problems that Transition Initiatives face
- Jargon Buster - some of the jargon explained
- Coming together as groups - creating solid foundations for an effective group.
- Forming an initiating group - the special tasks of the first group in your initiative.
- Inclusion and diversity - widening the reach of your project.
- Evolving structure - formal and informal structrures - what's best for you?
- Celebrating - keeping positive, energised and empowered through celebration.
- Momentum - how to sustain energy and attract and involve new people.
- Moving from Initiating Phase to an established Transition Initiative - how to move from initiating group to a core group
Tools for developing your initiative
- How to run effective meetings - make those meetings fun and purposeful.
- Volunteers - how to involve volunteers
- Tool healthy conflict - preventing, understanding and working with disagreements and conflict.
- Respectful communication - thinking about communication - the key to success.
- Permaculture design - an overview, and why it's important in Transition
There is also specific Transition training course on running effective groups.
- Visioning - essential for clarifying the purpose of a group - how and why to do it.
- Backcasting - use this to develop a visual shared plan.
- Building partnerships - the foundations of your project.
- Involving council - successful examples of creative partnerships.
- Working with local business - stories and suggestions.
- Community brainstorming tools - how to run sessions with your local community and engage with them to find solutions
- Role of storytelling - why storytelling is important for building a better future
- Awareness raising - an introduction to awareness raising with examples of activities undertaken
- How we communicate - tips on how to best communicate when talking about Transition
- Oral histories - explains why oral histories of the past can help us shape the future
- Engaging young people - the benefits of engaging young people
- One Year In Transition - details of the one year course for young people aged 20+ interested in Transition
Tools for Awareness Raising
- Communicating with the media - how to work with local media (newspapers, radio and tv) and how to write press releases
- Unleashings - the importance of unleashing events and examples
- Becoming the media - how to develop your own media presence (films, websites, social media etc.)
- Street by street behaviour change - an introduction to the Transition Streets project
- Speaking in public - a guide on how to speak in public
- Meaningful maps - how to use maps to raise awareness of Transition
- Introduction to Inner Transition - what it is, and why it's important.
- About Inner Transition page - its history and role within Transition.
- Personal resilience 1 - how to cope with stress and avoid burning out
- Personal resilience 2 - how to look after yourself emotionally and physically
- Creating a space for inner transition - ideas for incorporating Inner Transition in your Initiative
- Celebrate failure - why "failure" is just a process of learning and should be celebrated
- Pausing for reflection - why it's important to stop and consider what you done
- Supporting each other - examples of different kinds of support and why they really work.
- Tools for healthy conflict - how to deal with conflict in your group
- Forming networks of TI's - how other groups can help and why its good to make connections
- Find out what groups are nearby to you and get in contact
- See all of the Transition Initiatives in the world on one big map one big map
- See what the transition movement is doing by theme
Once your Initiative is underway, there are all sorts of things you can do to help make your community healthier happier and more resilient. Transitioners are involved in local food projects, Inner Transition groups, energy projects, upcycling and remaking projects, skill shares and much, much more. You'll want to check out what feels most relevant and useful to your neighbourhood and it's worth thinking carefully about the level of energy and resources you have within your group. Aim to design projects that feel fun, valuable and achievable! You might want to have another look at the Ingredients listed above, in particular the 'How to develop and sustain your Initiative section' ,and apply them to any new project group that you set up.
For ideas and information about individual projects look here:
- See what other groups are doing in the Projects section and contact them to have a chat. You can search by theme. This section contains information on a range of projects such as arts and crafts, business and economics, diversity and social justice, education, effective groups, energy, food, health, housing, Inner Transition, local government and transport.
- Local food projects - information on setting up a local food group
- Land based projects - how to gain access to land (UK specific)
- Great reskilling - develop those traditional skills that have been lost and new skills that will help you in the future
- Transition in Education - doing Transition in schools, colleges and universities
Most importantly read this resource Moving from Initiating Phase to an established Transition Initiative which outlines the whole process of developing your initiative.
- Scaling up - how to take your Initiative to the next level of Transition
- Strategic thinking - the importance of strategic thinking and how it has been applied in Transition
- Fundraising for your Transition Initiative - A guide to fundraising activities for Transition Initiatives, aimed at UK groups, but lots of valuable information for all Transition Initiative
- Forming a legal entity and getting insurance - UK specific information on the different forms of organisational structure that your Initiative could adopt
- Financing your Initiative - information on how to fund your Initiative
- The REconomy guide to introducing paid work to your Transition Initiative - guide on how to think about paid work in your Initiative
Analysing community needs and ways to meet them:
- Energy Descent Action Plans - what they are and how to do one
- Strategic local infrastructure - the importance of local infrastructure in Transition
- Intermediate technologies - a discussion about the technologies we will need for Transition
- Peak oil resolutions - how to get councils to recognise peak oil in their strategic planning
- Investing in Transition - how to invest our money in Transition to enable it to scale up
- Policies for Transition - how government might look if it took Transition seriously
- A Learning network - how Transition Initiatives are sharing information to make the movement more effective
- Community ownership of assets* - why it's beneficial for a community to own its assets and how this can happen
- Community renewable energy companies* - information on how to develop a community renewable energy company
- Local currencies and LETS schemes* - information and examples on local currencies, LETS schemes and other alternatives
- Community supported farms, bakeries and breweries* - information on how to support and develop local businesses and examples of this in practice
- * note that all of the above 'economy' related things are covered in more detail in the REconomy Project
Transforming your local economy... Transition groups (and others) are already running brilliant, inspiring projects and enterprises that create new livelihoods, and show new ways of providing essential good and services. The REconomy Project (part of the Transition Network) is here to help you get started on your own activity... explore the REconomy Project website to find out more about
- Inspiring enterprises (new ways to make a living and meet Transition’s aims)
- Economic enablers (projects & activities to help local enterprises thrive e.g. local currencies)
- Leadership projects (partnering, vision and strategies for transformation e.g. economic evaluations/blueprints)
Where can I find more resources?
- We have a resources database that you can search to get more help. It includes things like posters, constitutions, reports, research and much more.
Are you setting up a Transition Initiative?
We recommend that as many people as possible from your core group attend the Transition Launch training. It is the best way to get an overview of how to do transition, is the most up to date support we offer and it helps to go through the process with others in your group.
There are a number of ways to participate:
- In person at a Launch Training in the UK.
- Launch Training can also be done Online over an 8 week period (currently only available in English)
- In the UK, a Transition Initiative or group of Initiatives can arrange to host a Launch training locally (you will need at least 12 people each paying £100 to cover the cost)
If you are looking for Transition Trainers in other countries, please check out the International Trainers contact page. There are Transition Trainers delivering courses in Ireland, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Germany, the USA, Brazil, and Holland.
Has your Initiative been running a while?
Thrive Training will really help you to build momentum and concentrates on how to develop your group to enable this. Again we recommend that as many people as possible attend this training.
Other training available
There are also other training courses available on a range of topics, such as Effective Groups and Inner Transition, all of which will help take your initiative forward so you have more of an impact. Also check out our partners who offer a wide range of training courses on a variety of topics.
The first place to search for relevant advice and information is the menu of ingredients below.
- How to develop and sustain your Initiative
- Developing your group's vision
- Developing partnerships and networks
- How to build and publicise your group and raise awareness of transition
- Inner Transition
- Being part of a movement
- What projects should we do?
- How do I further develop our Initiative?
Many Initiatives have problems with the smooth running of their core group, sometimes experiencing conflict or difficult group dynamics, check out here for lots of advice on these issues.
If your group is struggling with a particular issue and you can't find anything relevant on our website, you can contact our Project Support person, Mike Thomas, by using the contact form here and selecting Project Support as the category for your enquiry.
We'll do our best to help.