Who are Transition Australia?
Our Mission: Inspiring, connecting and supporting groups to build a localised, sustainable and just future
Transition Australia is not a fixed entity with aims set in stone. We are an organic network of groups that are growing and developing, and benefit from being connected.
This website aims primarily to connect and support groups invested in transition culture – these may be groups focusing on sustainability, food security, equity or cohesion – the shared spirit is that they aim to build a better world, from the ground up.
We want to make it easier for these groups to find each other, share resources, learn and be inspired.
We take our inspiration from Margaret Mead: ‘a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’
What is Transition Culture?
We promote inclusivity 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.
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