Social cohesion and mutual aid impacts of the Transition movement

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A characteristic of the Transition movement is to 'Contribute to a wellbeing economy : innovate and collaborate to create economic models and opportunities focused on wellbeing and inclusion e.g. new social enterprises, currencies, livelihoods'.

Some examples of a wellbeing economy given in the Transition 2020 survey include:

Social cohesion and community spirit

We initiated a local farmers “Extra Row” program- extra crops are grown by the farm, then our transition group provides the volunteers to harvest and distribute the produce to people in need” (Transição São Luís, Portugal).

Our Transition has initiated or supported a number of spin off groups and projects in the area of food growing, repair, streets, planning, green spaces and more. Our work has also supported connections between across the locality which now has a rich ecosystem of community groups. Some of our ways of working have been taken up by other groups. We have done several significant projects that involved the arts/creativity and the imagination including large-scale outdoor events. … In some ways it is the slowly developed relationships with individuals and communities that are really significant though” (Transition Town Tooting, England).

Developing mutual aid/care systems

Transition Granja Viana and Transition Brasil Hub: “We held an online event with the local community to hear everyone's needs in the face of the COVID 19 crisis and the impacts on our region; local producers had strong support from the movement in the transition to delivery, so that they could continue to produce and sell and the first Launch online training in Brazil was organized.”