Transition and activism
There are some very interesting stories of Transition Initiatives finding themselves coming closer than expected to activist groups and activism in general.
Do you have any thoughts or experiences about it? We're looking into this as it's clearly quite controversial, and going to be increasingly important for Transition Initiatives in times to come.
Charlotte Du Cann, editor of Transition Norwich and the incoming 'Transition: Social Reporting' pilot has agreed to write a specific news item for next month looking into this, and we're hoping to run a workshop at the conference as well.
This is a very stimulating 'edge' for Transition as it evolves, especially as we expect big cuts to services (in the UK at least). While we're hearing about councils suggesting that TT groups run libraries, we're also hearing about Transitioners joining groups such as UK Uncut to try to resist the cuts, and lobbying their local councils to resist the changes in UK policy enabling the sale of allotments - this is activism in action already!
Please have a think or make a reply or pass this on. We really think this is going to be important. Here are a few examples just in the last month:
Transition Heathrow is an activist group which exists to build community in the face of Heathrow airport's expansion, and was raided by the police recently (nothing happened). Members from Transition Town Lewes were central figures in the recent Climate Camp in South East UK, resulting in a group taking over a derelict space. Central Bristol saw some unsettling riots right on Transition Montpelier's doorsteps, apparently around a new Tesco, which had been peacefully campaigned against for over a year, which the initiative had supported.