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 main international funder, a Foundation that wishes to remain anonymous, to whom we are incredibly grateful for enabling us to support and stimulate a wealth of work around the world.
- The National Lottery Community Fund, Growing Great Ideas fund, for really significant and long-term funding to help us grow infrastructure, networks and capacity for Transition in Britain [LINK: https://transitionnetwork.org/news/growing-great-ideas/ ]
- KR Foundation for very significant grants for Transition Network and the Transition Hubs group to start the Municipalities in Transition project, and again to take this project to the next stage of scaling up, out and deep.
We would also like to honour previous support from funders and donors who have ensured that Transition Network could continue and develop our work:
- Tudor Trust
- Roger Ross of Lots Road Auctions
- Open Society Initiative for Europe
- A Network for Social Change individual
- 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 individual donors to whom we are very grateful.
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.
Trustees Reports and Financial Statements
Each of our Annual Reports covers a period from 1st April – 31st March.
This report covers April 2019 – March 2020.
In 2019, we were responding to new waves of public awareness and activism around the climate crisis, including declarations of climate emergencies by national and local governments and other institutions. The global Covid-19 pandemic has now shone a spotlight on many of the vulnerabilities and inequities of our current system and on the potential and importance of community resilience and solidarity in times of crisis. It has also dramatically demonstrated our capacity to implement rapid change when a significant threat is widely understood to be imminent.
Transition Network’s shared governance model coupled with our familiarity with online meetings supported the organisation to pause, reflect, adjust and respond relatively quickly to the new constraints, needs and possibilities created by Covid-19. More broadly, the capacity, structures and connections that we have nurtured internationally have supported initial collaborative responses on which we plan to build in the weeks and months to come.
During the year:
- We designed and encouraged spaces for creative and collaborative explorations of the current global context and potential futures. In particular, we ran a Pop-Up Tomorrow campaign during autumn 2019 which highlighted the need for us to imagine dramatically different responses to the interlinked climate, ecological, social and democratic crises we face.
- We worked with a new range of partners to develop and deliver the Dive Deep and Dream Big project exploring meaningful change at the municipal level of scale, with a central event in Brussels in March 2020. This proved a fascinating but challenging process, providing us with rich learning, some moving, even transformational, moments, and some strong relationships on which to build.
- We have continued to develop the Municipalities in Transition project, with new funding and a new focus on training tutors to work with community-municipality collaborations. The project has published and updated its methodology and is continuing to create spaces for international connection with its active community of practice.
- Our work establishing collaborative social infrastructure with Transition Hubs and others, moved into a new phase in 2019-2020, with new roles and structures set up and being energised. The Hubs Group Heart Circle is now created and has started to work. We appointed an international Training Circle who worked on the first phase of connecting and surveying to re-energise training for Transition. And plans were made for an extensive and innovative Transformative Conflict Programme.
- We ran a development phase towards a programme of capacity-building and Hub development in England and Wales, for application to the National Lottery Community Fund. The Covid-19 crisis prompted a pause in the process, with a temporary switch to the Transition: Bounce Forward project to help communities respond to and rebuild from the Covid-19 crisis.
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: