One of the questions we are often asked at Transition Network is “how did it all start?” The story of the emergence of Transition in Kinsale in Ireland has been explored in the past, for example in ‘The Transition Handbook‘ or in blogs, but never in great depth. It is a delight therefore to be able to share with you the BA thesis that Felix Stern, a student at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany, recently submitted. Entitled ‘Social Movement Events as Organizational “Path-Blazers”
– An Empirical Analysis of the Kinsale Community Events and their Influence on the Organizational Structure of Transition Town Kinsale’, it can be downloaded in full here. It interviews many of the people who were involved, and paints the most detailed picture of the ‘dawn of Transition’ that has yet been painted. Thanks Felix!