What is transition?

Transition is an international movement of local communities coming together to re-imagine and rebuild our world.

The transition movement has been growing since 2006. It is about communities stepping up to address the challenges they face by starting local.

By coming together, they are able to come up with solutions and nurture a caring culture.

In practice, they are supporting entrepreneurship, re-imagining work, re-skilling themselves, building better connections and support networks.

The transition idea spreads through telling inspiring stories. And that is what we aim to do with this website.

Group of people in a backyard hold vegetables, spade and hose

A transition group from Bondi

History of the movement

The Transition movement started in the small town of Totnes in Britain in 2006. The aim was to engage the community to design a practical pathway to a more sustainable society.

Soon, the idea spread throughout Britain and then across the world. Inspired by the movement, people started to grow food in new places, create community energy companies and so much more.

To find out more, watch this two-minute video:

What is Transition Australia?

Our Vision

Our mission is: Inspiring, connecting and supporting groups to build a localised, sustainable and just future 

We are a network of groups that operate individually but benefit from being connected.

Transition Australia was set up to connect and support groups in Australia on their transition journey.

We want to make it easier for these groups to find each other, share resources, learn and be inspired.

These groups may be focusing on sustainability, food security, or equity. But they share the aim to build a better world from the ground up.

This website aims to:

  • inspire
  • help groups connect
  • support groups with resources.

Our values and principles

Head, Heart and Hands

Doing Transition successfully is about finding a balance between:

The Head: we act on the basis of the best information and evidence available and apply our collective intelligence to find better ways of living.

The Heart: we work with compassion, valuing and paying attention to the emotional, psychological, relational and social aspects of the work we do.

The Hands: we turn our vision and ideas into a tangible reality, initiating practical projects and starting to build a new, healthy economy in the place we live.

Our guiding principles

We promote inclusion and social justice

The most disadvantaged and powerless people in our societies are likely to be worst affected by rising fuel and food prices, resource shortages and extreme weather events. We want to increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.

We freely share ideas and power

Transition is a grassroots movement, where ideas can be taken up rapidly, widely and effectively because each community takes ownership of the process themselves. Transition looks different in different places and we want to encourage rather than unhelpfully constrain that diversity.

 

Four women talk around a table

Sharing ideas at Convergence 2019

We pay attention to balance

In responding to urgent, global challenges, individuals and groups can end up feeling stressed, closed or driven rather than open, connected and creative. We create space for reflection, celebration and rest to balance the times when we’re busily getting things done. We explore different ways of working which engage our heads, hands and hearts and enable us to develop collaborative and trusting relationships.

We are part of an experimental, learning network

Transition is a real-life, real-time global social experiment. Being part of a network means we can create change more quickly and more effectively, drawing on each other’s experiences and insights. We want to acknowledge and learn from failure as well as success – if we’re going to be bold and find new ways of living and working, we won’t always get it right first time. We will be open about our processes and will actively seek and respond positively to feedback.

We respect resource limits and create resilience

The urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make wise use of precious resources is at the forefront of everything we do.

We collaborate and look for synergies

The Transition approach is to work together as a community, unleashing our collective genius to have a greater impact together than we can as individuals. We look for opportunities to build creative and powerful partnerships across and beyond the Transition movement and develop a collaborative culture, finding links between projects, creating open decision-making processes and designing events and activities that help people make connections.

We adopt subsidiarity

The intention of the Transition model is not to centralise or control decision making, but rather to work with everyone so that it is practised at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level.

We foster positive visioning and creativity

Our primary focus is not on being against things, but on developing and promoting positive possibilities. We believe in using creative ways to engage and involve people, encouraging them to imagine the future they want to inhabit. The generation of new stories is central to this visioning work, as is having fun and celebrating.

Women working with piles of fabric around a table

Getting creative at a sewing bee to raise money for an animal shelter

Transition Australia is recognised by the Transition Network Inc as the national hub for Australia. We are guided by the same values and principles.