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The Transition Network is a UK charity founded between late 2006 and early 2007. It was set up to disseminate the concept of the Transition towns. It has published books and films, trained people and facilitated networking. The network's website contains a listing of the initiatives that have registered there.

Some of the material has been translated and adapted to other languages/cultures, including Portuguese, Danish, German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese and Irish. W

The main aim of the international project, echoed by local initiatives, is to raise awareness of sustainable living and build local ecological resilience in the near future. W

Transition towns[edit | edit source]

A Transition town, or more generally a transition initiative, is a grassroot community project that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability by creating local groups that uphold the values of the transition network. Local projects are usually based on the model's initial '12 ingredients' and later 'revised ingredients'. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006. The socioeconomic movement is an example of fiscal localism. Since then, many Transition groups have started around the United Kingdom (UK) and, in recent years, the world. W

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  • An Aspirational Vision of Life After Fossil Fuels, Feb 25, 2020[1]
  • Transition Fidalgo & Friends' Vision 2030 (2018)

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Our focus over the next 12 months, Apr 30[2]

The Tale of the Camden Future Journal, Mar 4[3]


Some reflections on the difference between 'Yes, but' and 'Yes, and', Rob Hopkins, Oct 23, 2020.[4]


Eco Vista: Building a Transition Town in a Student Community in California, Apr 20[5]

An Aspirational Vision of Life After Fossil Fuels, Feb 25[6]


'Imagination Taking Power': my Transition Tour de France, Rob Hopkins, Apr 26.[7]..France news


Have imagination, will travel: 2 days in Brest, Rob Hopkins, Dec 4.[8]..France news

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Transition Fidalgo & Friends' Vision 2030, Nov 23.[9]..Washington


Building resilience, Nov 10.[10]..Towards sustainable economies news

Dreaming of Eternity: three days in the Ruhr Valley, Sep 25.[11]..Germany

On Transition (!) Aug 7[12]

How much having a "place" for hubsters makes a difference? Jul 21.[13]..Hungary

Making local dreams come true by supporting local initiatives with Pro Action Cafés and seed money, Jul 17[14]

Talking about REconomy in Hungary, Jul 12[15]

Experimental Community Organising – Transition Hungary, Jun 22[16]

The Transition Hubsters gather in Santorso, Italy. May 31[17]

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Postcard from Transition Bondi Beach, Australia, May 10.[18]..Sydney

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: Juan del Río, May 4.[19]..Spain

Meet the Transition Pinball Wizards! Apr 27[20]

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: in Peterborough, Apr 20.[21]..Ontario

Rob en France: 6 jours de rencontres fascinantes (6 days of fascinating encounters), Apr 12[22]

Compost, community and cash: tasting the new economy in Geneva, Mar 27.[23]..Switzerland

REconomy LIFT – what happens when we come together to transform local economies. Mar 21[24]

The Transition Flower Shop, Mar 21.[25]..Copenhagen


For a Resilient Future, Put Community First, December 16[26]

Sarah McAdam on riding the COP21 rollercoaster, December 13[27]

The Transition Story: reflections from Chile, December 9


Reflections on Energy Descent Action Plans: a response to Vera Bradova, March 15[28]


"Is Transition all well-attended events and hugely successful projects?" Well no. The concept of 'celebrating failure' and being honest about what works and doesn't work is a key part of it, as is sharing those experiences and the learnings from it. An off-beat film from Hay-on-Wye made in that spirit, June 8[29]


A movement or an organization? Joanne Poyourow, December 28[30]

Strengthening the vital Transition Towns movement, (winter)[31]

Transitional demands, Sarah Irving, "A friendly critique of the Transition movement from a bit more left of center." December 15[32]

Transition towns or Bright Green Cities? Article looking at "The Dark Side of Transition Thinking" and "What We Need Instead: Bright Green Citizens", Alex Steffen, October 27[33]

Why We Need Formal Agreements for National Transition Hubs, September 11[34]

Why We Don't Need Formal Agreements for National Transition Hubs, September 11[35]

Text of 2009 TED Talk by Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, July 22,[36]

The Rocky Road to Transition, A critique of the Transition Movement, July[37]

Dunedin City Long Term Council Community Plan: A few of us have collected some ideas to submit to the Dunedin City Council Long Term Plan: For each idea, we have made a list of some of the positive and negative social, cultural, economic, and environmental effects. Please feel free to comment and/or add to this list! April 8[38]

"Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis. I think a big part of Transition is planning for the future we would like to see. It was suggested on the google group that rather than just focussing on the doom, we should be using that information to develop positive strategies..." February 18[39]

"Since our local agenda most likely will not contribute sufficiently to the problem of run-away climate change, the question is whether we - as the TT movement - should "join forces" with other forces in society." January 20[40]

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OpenKollab is at WiserEarth and Wikiversity looking for ways to translate Transition thinking to Media ecology terms for things like meme catching and reference chain assembly. OK that's pretty abstract. Those 'entities' (in red) are related special interest groups within the Green Movement, specifically as the subpart that was spawned during the Transition Townes movement in Britain. An academic treatment of social actions .... blah .. blah .. will edit later. • CQ 18:08, 28 January 2011 (PST)

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