Most of Transition Network’s work is funded by grants from Charitable Trusts and Foundations, or by donations. We also generate some income from books, films, events, training and fees for talks and presentations. We are very grateful indeed for the vision and generosity of the following funders:
- Our largest funder, a Foundation who wish to remain anonymous, to whom we are incredibly grateful for enabling us to support and stimulate a wealth of work around the world. They have again been visionary in agreeing a new three-year grant programme from 2018, to nurture collaboration, amplify and support Transition internationally.
- The Tudor Trust: for a grant from January 2016, with a one year further grant in 2019, to enable us to work on organisational development, to help us explore the next phase of Transition Network’s evolution, which has made all the difference in enabling our shift to shared governance.
- KR Foundation for very significant grants to Transition Network and the Transition Hubs group to start the Municipalities in Transition project, and again to take this project to a next stage of scaling up, out and deep. KR Foundation are also funding work in 2019-2020 to convene practitioners and experts to share and find new ways to support the municipal level response to climate and ecological crises.
- The National Lottery Community Fund UK Portfolio, for a development grant in 2019 to co-design a proposal for work to strengthen regional connecting and peer support for Transition community groups in England, Wales and Scotland.
- Open Society Initiative for Europe, for an exciting grant in 2019 to develop the Municipalities in Transition project, with a particular focus on Spain or Italy.
- Roger Ross of Lots Road Auctions for his long-standing and wonderful core funding support, which helped every area of our work, and which has concluded after 11 generous years.
- Hugely appreciated donations from a Network for Social Change individual member.
We would also like to honour previous support from funders and donors who have ensured that Transition Network could continue and develop our work:
- V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
- Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme
- Friends Provident Foundation
- Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation
- Pete Yeo, through the Rainmaker Foundation
- Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
- The Roddick Foundation
- The Primrose Hill Trust
- The Bromley Trust
- The European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- John Ellerman Foundation
- The Marmot Charitable Trust
- The Holly Hill Trust
- Artists Project Earth
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council
- The Nominet Trust
- Lush Charity Pot
- Good Energy
- The Keep the Land Foundation
- The Prairie Trust
- Anna Hughes
Other anonymous donors to whom we are very grateful.
We are a founding member who is helping to shape and develop the ECOLISE network (the European Network for Community-led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability, see photo below). The members of ECOLISE include international, national and sometimes regional networks of community-based initiatives, drawing from the Ecovillage, Permaculture and Transition movements.
The Rapid Transition Alliance
The Rapid Transition Alliance is being coordinated by a small group of people drawn from the New Weather Institute, the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, and the ESRC STEPS Centre at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Institute of Development Studies
The Global Tapestry of Alternatives
The Global Tapestry of Alternatives is an initiative seeking to create solidarity networks and strategic alliances amongst all these alternatives on local, regional and global levels. It locates itself in or helps initiate interactions among alternatives. It operates through varied and light structures, defined in each space, that are horizontal, democratic, inclusive and non-centralized, using diverse local languages and other ways of communicating.
Each of our Annual Reports covers a period from 1st April – 31st March.
This report covers April 2018 – March 2019, and at the start of that year, April 2018, we made an exciting shift to a new shared governance way of working. This was also the start of a new Strategic Framework to guide our work, in particular a new organisational Purpose influenced by a survey of, and engagement with, the Transition movement in 2017.
During the year:
- We continued to develop the new governance model, giving more clarity about roles, priorities and next steps, distributing leadership and supporting collaboration.
- The Municipalities in Transition project tested a draft flexible system to support collaboration between municipalities and communities for systemic sustainable change, in six pilots in Brazil, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain. We are now incorporating feedback from the pilots to enable the system to be shared with other communities.
- We ran the first International Transition Health Check Month in March 2019, to help groups assess their needs and celebrate their successes, and to improve the mapping of our global movement.
- We helped Transition Hubs around the world to build their capacity or support Transition in their territories.
- We supported connections and activities identified by English and Welsh Transitioners as priorities, including a leaflet and Great Invitation project to support Transition groups to respond positively to the increasing visibility within public debate of the realities of species extinction, climate emergency and social and economic injustice.
- We developed, ready for consultation and decision-making, proposals to distribute roles and responsibilities internationally, for a Hubs Group Heart Circle (which is now set up) and for international Training Co-ordination.
As we develop organisational policies that we think will have wider interest, we will add them here.
In November 2014 we developed a protocol which sets out the approach Transition Network will use when engaging with politicians and party political matters.
Transition Network Trustee Meetings
As a registered charity, Transition Network has Trustees. Since April 2018, with staff, they are members of Transition Network’s Primary Circle.
Minutes of recent meetings of the Trustees are here: