Activity of the fortnight: Being part of the Transition Movement
By rob hopkins 30th March 2016 Knowledge & learning
Being part of the Transition Movement.
Format: Checklist / activity
People: All of your group (at least one person who can use the internet)
Time: 30 minutes
Resources needed: A computer with internet access, a place to meet
Why do it
“I can’t change the world on my own, I need at least three people to do it.” Bill Mollison originator of Permaculture
Being part of Transition is not just about what you do locally in your community it is also about joining a global movement building a future we all want to live in.
Connecting with others in Transition is:
Empowering – as part of a global movement you are part of creating changes in many places. You can see how lots of small actions adds up.
Learning: we can be more effective when we use what others have learnt – from their challenges as well as their successes!
Inspiring- contact with others gives inspiration, support when things feel tough, and rewarding when our journey helps others.
Transition Network is a UK based organisation that aims to help the whole global Transition movement, and this factsheet describes what it offers. Many countries have national hubs which have their own website and other services which you should also check out.
Transition is a huge challenge – and a huge opportunity. There is simply too much for any one person to learn themselves, too much knowledge and expertise, but together we have enough. It is like the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.’
How to do it
This activity is to get you familiar with the different ways you can interact with the transition global transition movement. It can be done on your own or as part of a group, if doing in a group we recommend that at least one person goes through it beforehand so they can lead people through the activity.
The Global Transition Movement
We really encourage you and your group to be part of the Transition global network. You can do this by visiting the Transition Network website, where you can
Find out about and contact other Transition groups.
Find out about projects that other groups are doing.
Keep up to date with the latest thinking and opportunities in Transition.
Access a range of support resources and other services like the Transition Research Network
To share the benefits of your work, use the Transition Network website to:
Register different members of your Transition initiative, each with a personal profile
Make sure that your Transition initiative has a live contact on your profile, so that people from other places can contact you
Regularly visit the website to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of Transition.
Sign up to the Transition Network newsletter: which contains news and top stories of what is happening in Transition around the world.
Get all members of your Transition Initiative to sign up to the monthly newsletter, the newsletter keeps you up to date with what is going on in the Transition Movement and opportunities for your group.
You can sign up here
Contact your National Hub:
Many countries have National Hubs that can support new Transition Initiatives, to see if you have a National Hub check out this page
Contact other Transition groups:
Contact groups that are geographically nearby to your group and visit each other.
Find them by using the Transition nearby tool here
Go on a training course:
Transition Network provides a range of courses all over the world to help groups to carry out Transition, find out more here
You will not only learn stuff but also meet other people doing Transition.
Use social media:
Like the Transition Network Facebook Page
On facebook like Transition groups near to you and send them messages of support
Sign up for the Transition twitter newspaper. https://www.transitionnetwork.org/syndication-and-social-media
New members of the group:
When new members of the group join let them know about the above so that they can link into the Transition Network.
Have a Transition connections role in your group:
- It can be great to have a person in your group whose role it is to keep your group details up to date and to regularly read the Transition Website and Newsletter to keep up with what is happening in Transition in terms of new developments, new resources that may help your group and much more. They can also help new people to use the website and register.
This support resource was produced by Transition Network to see all our support resources click here.
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