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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Transitions for the Planet! ~ Local Self-Reliance for a Post-Petroleum World!

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

12 Key Steps to embarking on your town's Transition journey...

To begin with, it is important to note that although the term “Transition Town” has stuck, what we are talking about are Transition Cities, Transition Islands, Transition Hamlets, Transition Valleys, Transition Anywhere-You-Find-People! These are the 12 basic principles of the Transition movement:

#1. Set up a steering group and design its demise from the outset

#2. Awareness raising

#3. Lay the foundations

#4. Organize a Great Unleashing

#5. Form sub groups

#6. Use Open Space

#7 Develop visible practical manifestations of the project

#8. Facilitate the Great Reskilling

#9 Build a bridge to Local Government

#10 Honor the elders

#11 Let it go where it wants to go…

#12 Create an Energy Descent Plan

For more local information to California and San Francisco please join this imperative movement here:

Cheerful disclaimer!

Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact. We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this:

  • if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, way too late
  • if we act as individuals, it'll be too little
  • if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time!

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