The history of Inner Transition

How Inner Transition was born and has developed

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The success of the Transition movement may well rest on whether we can create a culture that truly supports a balance between inner and outer change.

What does Inner Transition look and feel like?

Inner Transition is about connection – with ourselves, others and the natural world.

Inner Transition is about creating healthy culture at all levels of scale – our own personal culture, our group culture and the culture within communities, movements, the world and ecosystems more generally.

Inner Transition at a personal level …

Inner Transition is an exploration of the processes and phenomena going on within ourselves that shape how we do Transition. The nature of our relationship with our inner life determines how able we are to make the practical lifestyle, relational and cultural changes needed for Transition – as well bringing precious depth, texture and meaning into our everyday lives.

Inner Transition supports us to choose healthier more resilient, connected and caring ways of being and acting in the world. By liberating us from our habitual and addictive tendencies, our identity politics and cultural conditioning, Inner Transition supports us to experience our inseparability and inter-dependence in the world – and therefore to make choices based on the needs of ourselves, others and the natural world. Through this we become more and more able to bring our head, hands and heart into alignment – making the practical changes needed for Transition to feel so much more easeful.

At the group level …

Inner Transition helps us become aware of the roles we play in groups and what is needed for healthy collaborative groups. It supports us to understand what it really means to collaborate so that we can transform our groups to be become optimally effective, creative, innovative, nourished and transformative.

At the level of the movement …

Inner Transition reminds us that a Whole Systems approach includes our inner life and our inter-dependence with nature.

This systemic approach highlights how the success of the Transition movement – and the human species – seems contingent on us cultivating what Sophy Banks, Inner Transiton pioneer, calls Healthy Human Culture and what Looby MacNamara and Jon Young have called Cultural Emergence – where abundance, gratitude, care and connection are part of our everyday culture and which supports to us to understand how the process of change happens and to feel happier with less.