Principles of Transition

What is a Transition Initiative?

This is an abbreviated explanation of Transition Principles. View the full description at:

1. Positive Visioning

  • We can only create what we can first vision

2. Help People Access Good Information and Trust Them to Make Good Decisions

  • Transition Initiatives dedicate themselves, through all aspects of their work, to raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues such as critiquing economic growth.

3. Inclusion and Openness

  • Successful Transition Initiatives need an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society. They dedicate themselves to ensuring that their decision making processes and their working groups embody principles of openness and inclusion.
  • This principle also refers to the principle of each initiative reaching the community in its entirety, and endeavouring, from an early stage, to engage their local business community, the diversity of community groups and local authorities.

4. Enable Sharing and Networking

  • Transition Initiatives dedicate themselves to sharing their successes, failures, insights and connections at the various scales across the Transition network, so as to more widely build up a collective body of experience.

5. Build Resilience

  • This stresses the fundamental importance of building resilience, that is, the capacity of our businesses, communities and settlements to deal as well as possible with shock.

6. Inner and Outer Transition

  • The challenges we face are not just caused by a mistake in our technologies but as a direct result of our world view and belief system.

7. Transition makes sense – the solution is the same size as the problem

  • We look at the whole system not just one issue because we are facing a systems failure not a single problem failure.
  • We work with complexity, mimicking nature in solutions based problem solving.

8. Subsidiarity: self-organisation and decision making at the appropriate level

  • This final principle enshrines the idea that the intention of the Transition model is not to centralise or control decision making, but rather to work with everyone so that it is practiced at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level, and in such a way that it models the ability of natural systems to self organise.

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