Talk:Transition movement

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From Pedro Macedo Thesis: "The Transition movement, sometimes named Transition Towns, was founded in Totnes, Devon (United Kingdom), and presents itself as "a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world" (Transition Network, 2016). They now have more than “10 years’ experience of making Transition happen in 1,400 communities in 50 countries” (Hopkins & Thomas, 2016) and follow an exponential growth (O’Hara, 2013). It has been considered a successful social movement (Fernandes-Jesus, Carvalho, Fernandes, & Bento, 2017) and a good example of transformational social innovation (Longhurst & Pataki, 2015, pp. 6, 67). The movement comprises the local Transition Initiatives, regional or national-level Hubs (with some degree of self-coordination), and Transition Network (an international charity based in the original location) with a supportive role. The reasons people present for joining range from “get to know their neighbours” to “making a difference in the world” (Hopkins & Thomas, 2016). Besides contributing to climate change and community resilience, initiatives internally (and predominantly) focus on social connectivity and empowerment (Feola & Nunes, 2014). Through their actions, they promote self-sufficiency (e.g., locally grown food, complementary currencies) and optimism (John-Paul Flintoff, 2013) and advocate “the power of just doing stuff” (Hopkins, 2013). The movement has deliberately chosen a non-confrontational, non-partisan, and constructive approach, which sometimes leads to tensions and critiques (Biddau, Armenti, & Cottone, 2016)."


Gil, Found this. Could be interesting

TN "Thus the research here looked at a wide panoply of activities. They included the typical, or stereotypical, Transition activities: community gardening, farmer's markets, film screenings, eco-festivals, permaculture courses, insulation programs, (eco-) entrepreneurial workshops, art exhibitions, jam making, film screenings, guerilla gardening, collecting behavior change pledge signatures, yoga courses, reading groups, local currency schemes, and much more." (Aiken 2017:308528) "There were other projects these groups engaged with that went beyond the Transition staple, or stereotype, too. These included: building an Earthship, developing renewable energy projects, retrofitting buildings, founding as ESCO (Energy Service Company), lobbing local companies to change food suppliers, engaging with businesses to develop on-site renewable energy production, or a Combined Heat and Power system, protesting against the establishment of a new supermarket, supporting fellow members running for local election, and much, much more." (Aiken 2017:308528)

Check these references in Zotero Alexander, S., Rutherford, J., 2018. The “Transition Town” Movement as a Model for Urban Transformation, in: Moore, T., de Haan, F., Horne, R., Gleeson, B.J. (Eds.), Urban Sustainability Transitions, Theory and Practice of Urban Sustainability Transitions. Springer Singapore, pp. 173–189. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4792-3_10

Interesting articles:

- Santiago, M.P., Cunha, L.I. da, Cartea, P.Á.M., 2017. Resilient Communities to Climate change. Environmental Education and Movement in Transition Connection. Procedia - Soc. Behav. Sci. 237, 925–930. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2017.02.130

--Gil Penha-Lopes (talk) 15:21, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

TN needs for lottery bid

  • Evidence to support idea that Transition groups can contribute to system change: achievements and potential
  • Examples of where stuff has happened that indicates this potential (and barriers and enablers)


Suggested structure

(based on categorisation in TN website, following advice of Mike Thomas at Transition Network)

Top level structure on website and mapping on to wiki pages

  • News and Blog
    • Reviews
    • Local currencies
    • Faith
    • Film
    • Permaculture
    • Health
  • Stories
    • Meet Transitioners