The genius of the Transition movement is that it brings big issues down to the most personal and actionable level. There are many entry points that can engage people in the actions of Transition:
- Gardening, food growing and preserving
- Energy use in homes and businesses, as well as energy creation
- Transit options, both fueled and people-powered
- Business sustainability and local jobs
- Physical and psychological health
- Climate resilience and community building
Everyone in the community can find a way to be involved.
Just Start Something!
It’s easy to start a Transition mulling group. You don’t need anyone’s permission. There is no paperwork to fill out. There are no dues to pay. You don’t have to report to anyone.
Extend the Invitation
Choose a date and a location for a meeting. Ideally your first meeting is in a public place. Think about accessibility for persons with disabilities, for parents with small children, for persons with hearing difficulties. Realize that there is no IDEAL location and you are just going to do the best you can.
- Post a flyer in local coffee shops, libraries, grocery stores, community rooms
- Put an article in your local newspaper
- Advertise it on local social media like NextDoor, e-democracy, your neighborhood assn. facebook page
- Invite friends who share your interest
- Connect with Transition Twin Cities and ask for help sending out an email to likely participants in your area
Invite a speaker from Transition Twin Cities or from one of the existing Transition groups to talk at your meeting …. or lead the group yourself. Read through the Transition materials at Transition US or the Transition Handbook or Companion and get ideas about how you can introduce the concept of Transition to your community.
Meet People LIVE
At the meeting, connect with your guests’ passion. Transition covers a broad scope of issues – energy, climate, transit, water and air quality, emergency preparedness, food, health, and community building. There’s something for everyone.
Make time to get to know each other. Getting to know your neighbors is one of the greatest benefits of Transition and this is your first opportunity!
Envision, together, the kinds of actions you can take to create a positive change in your community. The strength of your shared vision will be key to your success.
Schedule a follow-up meeting and decide what you’d like to discuss. Give people a link to the Transition Handbook, free online, so they can begin to learn about Transition and its processes.
Learn and Do
The early stages of a Transition group involve both learning and doing. Give people something they can DO in order to attract people to your group. Make sure the core group is learning about Transition processes so they feel supported and informed.
Pay attention not only to getting things done, but also to group dynamics. A Transition group needs to be interesting, supportive and valuable to its participants.
Visit other groups to see how they operate and what they are doing. Drop in on Transition Longfellow for a movie night or visit the Transition Tap for a brew with the folks from Transition All St. Anthony Park.
Access available resources – the Transition US and Transition Network websites, local Transition group organizers, the Transition Twin Cities hub. The Hub can put up a webpage for you, set up a google calendar and help you set up a Facebook group. We offer organizers a newsletter and training.
We’re building a movement in the Twin Cities. Join us in helping our neighbors and our communities prepare for change.