Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.
In practice, the initiative is reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling contributors and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, universities, schools. One of the key ways it spreads is through telling inspiring stories including many topics on climate, nutrition and the environment.
Overall, it is a locally based approach which aims at starting “at your door step”. Targeted are individuals all over the world who feel a desire to get together with their neighbours and see what they can do to make their communities happier, healthier, more resilient and gentler on the earth. The basic building blocks of the movement are groups of people who are making positive change happen locally – in their village, town or city neighbourhood or sometimes in their school, workplace, college or university. They can access support and connect up with others across the movement, but they’re not waiting for permission to act and nobody gives them instructions.
The Transition movement is spreading virally rather than being planned and directed and Transition groups can form anywhere in the world. The website offers access to communities and groups all over the world.