Principles of Transition

Principles of Transition

1. Positive visioning

  • If we can’t imagine a positive future we won’t be able to create it or help people engage with the challenges of these times.

  • Change is happening—our choice is between a future we want and one which happens to us.

  • Our primary focus is not campaigning against things, but rather on positive, empowering possibilities and opportunities.

2. Helping people access good information
and trusting them to make good decisions

  • We dedicate ourselves, through all aspects of our work, to raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues, such as critiquing economic growth, in ways which are playful, articulate, accessible, and engaging, and which enable people to feel enthused and empowered rather than powerless.

3. Inclusion and openness

  • We need an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring that our decision-making processes and our working groups embody principles of openness and inclusion.

  • We seek to reach the community in its entirety, endeavoring, from an early stage, to engage our local business community, the diversity of community groups, and local authorities.

  • We need good listeners, gardeners, people who like to make and fix everything, good parties, discussions, energy engineers, inspiring art and music, builders, planners, project managers.

4. Enabling sharing and networking

  • We dedicate ourselves to sharing our successes, failures, insights, and connections at the various scales across the Transition network, so as to more widely build up a collective body of experience.

5. Building resilience

  • We commit to building resilience across a wide range of areas (food, economics, energy, etc.) and also on a range of scales (from local to national) as seems appropriate—and to setting them within an overall context of the need to do all we can to ensure general environmental resilience.

6. Inner and outer transition

  • We address the fear and grief that can be generated by learning the truth about the state of our planet—which may underly the denial that many people are caught in.

  • We enable and support people to do what they are passionate about, what they feel called to do.

7. Fitting the solution to the problem

  • We look at the whole system, not just one issue, because we are facing a systems failure, not a single-problem failure.

  • We work with complexity, mimicking nature in solutions-based problem-solving.

8. Subsidiarity: self-organization and
decision-making at the appropriate level

  • Our intention is not to centralize or control decision-making, but rather to work with everyone so that it is practiced at the most appropriate, practical, and empowering level, and in a way that models the ability of natural systems to self-organize.