Transition Organizing Principles

Transition initiatives across the globe follow these guiding principles to organize their activities.

  1. Positive visioning: Transition engages people in honest conversations about challenging issues (like climate change) in a way that is engaging, accessible and empowering.
  2. Help people access good information and trust them to make good decisions: Transition initiatives tell people the closest version of the truth that we know at the time (like peak oil), respecting each person’s ability to respond in a way that is appropriate to their situation.
  3. Inclusion and openness: Transition groups strive to be as inclusive as possible so they embody the entirety of their community. This includes reaching out to businesses, community groups and local government.
  4. Enable sharing and networking: Transition groups share what they’ve done and what they’ve learned. Skillshares are a common activity in Transition groups.
  5. Build resilience: One of the primary goals of the Transition movement is to help build resilient people, businesses and communities that are able to withstand shocks–whether it’s extreme weather, economic instability, or a shifting energy system. Transition looks ahead and says, “What can we do today to be better prepared for what is likely to happen tomorrow?”
  6. Outer AND inner transition: The Transition movement recognizes that the challenges we face are not caused only by our technology, but also by our belief systems, our world views and our emotional response. We need to look inside as well as outside for change.
  7. Self organization and decision making at the appropriate level: The intention of Transition is not to centralize or control decision making but to work with everyone “at the most practical, appropriate and empowering level.”

You can be part of this global movement of citizens, working side by side with their neighbors to build a better future for all of our children. Find a group near you, or start your own!