Don Hall

Founder and Executive Director of Transition Sarasota (Florida, USA).

Tell us about your Transition initiative in 20 words: Since 2010, Transition Sarasota has offered programs focused on sustainability education, local food system development, and leadership training.

What, or who, was your first encounter with Transition? Beginning in early 2008, I worked for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado (now the Local Food Shift Group), the first official Transition initiative in North America.

What do you love about Transition? That it offers a hopeful, comprehensive alternative to the status quo. That it is constantly evolving itself in order to be more effective.

If there was one thing you would change about your journey through Transition, what would it be, and what would help you do it?  I would have benefitted from knowing how to build an organization that could scale and thrive beyond my personal involvement from the outset. Although I’ve read books and talked with many others about this, experience has been, by far, my greatest teacher.

When you’re not doing Transition, what do you do?  Gardening, riding my bike, reading, playing music and writing songs, shooting pool, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

What one piece of advice would you give someone new to Transition?  Remember there is no one right way to do Transition.