" [Love] It is the experience of solidarity with our fellow creatures."
~ Erich Fromm
We share a mission. We believe this mission will change the world, and we work together to achieve it. We stand on each other's shoulders and bolster each other up to achieve more. We are always learning, teaching, and helping one another achieve our shared mission. We work as a team no matter where we are located in relation to each other.
The Transition inspires, encourages, supports, networks and trains individuals and their communities as they consider, adopt, adapt, and implement the Transition approach to community empowerment and action.We are passionate about bringing projects that promote organic farming, alternative transportation, clean drinking water, renewable energy, and green building together; directly from the grassroots individuals and organizations around the world who initiate them. With their help we blend the unique perspectives of our Contributors on the local scale to form global solutions. With our commitment to be a sustainable organization we make a point to work with the best local and global talent to share our vision for a better future, as well as work with us to make it a reality.
We contribute back to our communities in order to advocate a healthy lifestyle, the conservation of natural resources as well as use the medium of music and the arts to convey our message. With a special focus on street-involved youth and families living in poverty we encourage community involvement through voluntarism, education and programming. We help others enhance their food and housing security, learn life skills, as well as build confidence to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle and eventually a Global Egalitarian System. We strive to create an inclusive community where all members have the skills, confidence and support to live a healthy life. It is part of our pledge to each other, and to the world we are capable of creating, to help each other live life to the fullest. Because our method of production -within communities- is based on scientific benchmarks to meet everyone’s needs, instead of what’s most profitable, exchange between Contributors requires no monetary attachment.
If this sounds like something you can get behind
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If you are unwilling to meet new people then there is not much The Transition can do to help you meet your goals or dreams. Most people’s goals can not be accomplished by their own actions alone and thus need others to assist them either through instruction or mutual aid.
If you are unwilling to share your own skills it is then likely others are not willing to share their own skills with you to assist you and your goals. The Transition operates off of a system of reciprocity we are all able to accomplish more when we work together. When we change our own paradigms from a “me” to a “we” mindset we begin to experience the abundance that is all around us. The more self-centered we act the harder it becomes for us to reach the dreams we desire.
Just like when using a map if we don’t know where we currently are there is no way for us to begin to understand where it is we are heading. By reading and/or watching the video you begin to understand the mindset and upbringing you carry with you. By going through this process, you begin to realize that other people may have had experiences that helped form who they are today. This helps us develop compassion both for ourselves and each other. It also gives us a set of tools to help us negotiate new experiences now and in the future.
With each new supporter and Contributor The Transition acquires, the more power we gain to create a major impact and real positive change on the world at large. Even though you are one person your actions matter when done in conjunction with countless others all over the world. The Transition plugs you into the countless ways you can help make that difference you wish to see in the world.
As an organization, The Transition believes in continuing education no matter how young or old you are. There is always more to learn and always a new lens with which we can begin to view the world to have better understanding of the challenges we face. By investing in your education and challenging your own beliefs, you are able to arm yourself with knowledge to be the best version of yourself.
It is our desire for everyone to be “on the same page” and understand the expectations laid out before them as well as the commitments that are being made to them. By reviewing this information you acknowledge the type of relationship that is being established between the organization as a whole and you as a beneficiary of the work we do.Read more
YOU establish philosophies for a better future. These are formed based on knowing how things are in relation to how you feel they should be.
At least one of 4 scenarios happen:
- You take no action.
- You find others like yourself but take no meaningful action.
- You find others like yourself who want to take action.
- You find a means to implement action either individually or within a group.
- You, and others like you, become unsettled by the constant societal pressures of the status quo and the direction society is going.
- You educate yourself on the current systems in place as well as research possible solutions. You ask yourself, “What can be done to change our current situation?”
- Contributors establish or join a BUD (Basic Unit of Decision-making) of like-minded people. (A BUD ideally consists of 5 to 15 people maximum.)
- Contributors take part in the development and use of the main virtual hub (Imagi-Nation CO-OPeration found on www.thetransition.org) for sharing information, presentations, solutions to problems, and designs for systems.
- BUDs have meetings regularly; weekly meetings are preferable, but once a month meetings are the minimum. In person meetings are preferred over virtual collaboration.
- A written Trust is established to govern each BUD which gives everyone clear understanding of their responsibilities and purpose.
- Contributors in each BUD come together to form their BUD’s “Stone Soup” Inventory.
- Ephemeralization Projects are proposed, assessed, and developed by BUDs to fully sustain the Basic Needs of the target population.
- The Contributors from each BUD compile their knowledge and life experiences into a BUD “Stone Soup” Inventory, and then collectively for the Community “Stone Soup” Inventory for resource management and accounting:
- Systems designs, blueprints, digital designs, etc.
- Professional skills/Services (plumbing, electrician, nutritionist, etc)
- Legal Intellectual property (copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc.)
- Hobby knowledge
- Volunteer experience
- World data/events
- Physical property (3d printers, tools, vehicles, cookware, silverware, clothing, etc)
- Contacts and networks
- Representation at Associations, Clubs, and Conferences
- Contributed Income
- Benchmarks are arrived at and used -via The Scientific Method- to empirically define efficiency ratings for resources as well as defining Environmental Limits.
The Community Carrying Capacity is calculated and used to gauge Cultural Sustainability.
- A survey is done to see what resources are available in the Community “Stone Soup” Inventory
- Needs and wants of the Transitional Community are assessed
- Rates of Production are considered and improved (via Ephemeralization Projects)
- External Monetary Acquisition is any overhead that the Transitional Community needs to maintain the target population’s desired standard of living.
- Maximum Public Health is highest priority. Requirements for Maximum Public Health entail Maximum Cultural Sustainability and Maximum Ecological Sustainability - all variables are considered holistically in a System’s Approach.
- The BUD determines if Basic Skill Sets are available to form the new Transitional Community on a firm foundation:
- Food production and preservation
- Water collection and filtration
- Renewable energy systems
- Housing construction
- Clothing production/acquisition
- Automation and Closed-Loop systems
- Recycling systems
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BUDs are the bedrock of The Transition and will help us manifest a Global Egalitarian System with the rest of the world. It all begins with the creation of BUDs so it is very important that all supporters and Contributors understand the function of them and how they work. The only way we can tackle global issues is by being able to collaborate and cooperate on a global scale and this can be done once people form BUDs.
BUDs can fulfill many different purposes and a person can belong to more than one BUD. Understanding the different types of BUDs is important for each individual so they know which types of BUDs best meet their own personal needs.
A Global Egalitarian System can not work on the macro level if BUDs are not working properly on the micro level. In order to make well informed decisions that serve the needs of the people within the BUD as well as the planet and all that inhabits it, BUD Meetings must run properly. Having this education under your belt will also help you be on the same page with other BUDs and groups within The Transition Inter-Community Network should you travel and meet others on your journey.
Unlike voting Consensus does not operate on cohersion. It is important to know how to function in a consensus driven environment or you will find yourself without a BUD or not be able to have your individual voice heard on a macro level regarding global decisions.
- Assumptions about Conflict
- Separate Identification From Resolution
- The Most Astounding Fact
- You the People Have the Power
- What Really Motivates Us
- Unnecessary Consumption
- Declaration of Interdependence
- Start a Movement
- The Pale Blue Dot
Watching The Basics is like taking The Transition 101. It acts as a good overview in video form about what we are all about and the essence we carry with us through all of our work. For us to communicate with others from a standpoint that is productive and in line with expanding our consciousness, we have to observe our perceptions and how we are bringing in our ideas. Remember this change and movement isn’t about judging what is currently in place, being angry at it and changing it to make it better. It’s about choosing to step out and expand our possibility of what can be. Our belief systems of how things must be need to be left behind if we really want to open things up and move beyond our current way of experiencing. By watching these short videos you get a good introduction about what we stand for and the direction we are heading. By us shifting our own consciousness and way of seeing things, it will reflect powerfully onto others and will act as a powerful example for more people to begin changing. Believe it or not, shifting our own thinking is one of the most powerful things we can do.
Collaborating with others is a key way to create and expand your BUD to include like minded individuals. Building a community requires knowing who may be interested in assisting you in your endeavor. Those who have signed up for The Transition are looking to make an impact.
If you are like most of our supporters you feel internet access is almost as essential as air. As an organization, we are always finding ways to reduce your expenses and make it easier to connect to other like-minded folks. Providing info about where to access free Wifi is just one of the many ways we try to accomplish this for our supporters and Contributors.
We know as a social change-maker you are unable to make a large impact in the work you do when your own basic necessities are not being met. By knowing where to find spaces to meet your needs, we hope to assist you in finding a place to lay your head at night as well as other spaces to help you support yourself, your local community or build or maintain a BUD.
The Transition believes in living in such a way that we demonstrate the 6 R’s in our daily lives. By sharing our unwanted tangibles, we are able to eliminate waste and reduce the need for landfills. One person’s trash CAN BE another person’s treasure or much needed resource. By investing in ourselves and each other when we make these resources more readily available, we help our movement grow and thrive.
Knowing what BUDs are available is an essential first step in becoming more involved. You can chose to join an already established one or decide on creating a new BUD with a different focus than the ones in your local area to accomplish more collectively.
- A BUDthat wants to form a Transitional Community identifies all attributes of what sustains human life in an advanced community setting. Pre-existing information and research can be found on www.thetransition.org on the paid Contributorpages known as “Imagi-Nation CO-OPeration” on the site.
- Businesses, other streams of income, as well as goods libraries and open-access facilities are started.
- Ephemeralization Projects continue to be submitted and improved on to meet the Basic Needs of the population.
- Property has been purchased or donated.
- Transitional Communities and/or Hybrid Co-op Businesses are formed and running.
- Cottage Industries (coffee shops, tailors, restaurants, CSA farms, art, stores, etc)
- Goods Libraries (books, media, tools, cameras, music instruments, transportation, etc)
- Bed & Breakfast/Retreats
- Individuals agree to move or temporarily relocate to help build a new Transitional Community or HybridCo-op Business.
- Each BUD “Stone Soup” Inventory is accounted and managed within the Community “Stone Soup” Inventory solely for the purpose of being decentrally organized. Resources are accounted for and managed from the bottom up.
- A survey of Basic Needs (food, water, shelter, electricity, clothing, etc) is calculated on a per person basis (on average) and used as a Benchmarkfor how much production is required for Maximum Cultural Sustainability.
- Methods of production increase via Ephemeralization Projects submitted by Contributors.
- BUD participants that volunteer to work on Ephemeralization Projects submit proposals for approval by fellow The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN) Contributors on The Transition website www.thetransition.org.
- BUD participants that disagree with Project Proposals are free to voice their concerns by offering an alternative solution -arrived at via The Scientific Method- that may better address the issue or problem to the individual(s) who submitted the proposal. This way the person(s) who submitted the proposal may edit and re-submit their proposal to meet the needs, wants, and desires of all The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN) Contributors.
Transitional Communities and HybridCo-op Businesses collaborate and work together both physically and virtually via the Internet. They also participate in weekly Youtube “shows” known as Transition Tuesdays where they give updates of their developments to the Contributors of the site as well as the world at large.
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In our research, we have found that groups of individuals between 5-15 people tend to be more stable. The members in the group feel more supported. With a group of this size, the workload is more distributed and individuals within the group do not feel burdened or taken advantage of as long as the group has good communication skills, regular meetings, and proactive systems in place. After a group exceeds this number, they tend to split off like an organic cell discussed in biology, both BUDs may work together, but they may have separate focuses on projects that are closely related or complementary to each other.
This is a key step most groups DO NOT do and it is the very thing that could have prevented conflict, disruption or even prevented the group from breaking-up. By creating a Trust your BUD is establishing what it is you are doing, where you are headed, and the expectations you have for one another. Often individuals assume things or create brittle agreements with one another and because of their different perceptions they have of these assumptions or disagreements it can lead to resentment, animosity, and worst of all the dissolution of their group entirely.
Posting meetings is a great way to publicize that your BUD is active and engaged. By meeting frequently, a BUD can come together to make decisions, formulate plans and discuss ongoing projects. If a BUD meets less than once a month is is highly unlikely that they will be able to accomplish any of the goals they have individually or collectively as a group.
Projects are often times not always fun things to do that help make Missions successful. By taking on multiple projects, you are being responsible and taking ownership of being a part of the change you wish to be in the world to make it a better more sustainable, and resilient place for ourselves and the future generations still unborn.
Missions are key to the success of The Transition. Without BUDs creating and accomplishing goals associated to their Missions, The Transition’s work would be stagnant and effectively purposeless. By taking on Missions and completing them we collectively get closer to our unified goals.Read more
- The Transitional Community is fully sustainable in its Basic Needs except education; processes for education begin in this phase. The Hybrid Co-op Business(es) use money as exchange with entities outside of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN), but is not required to use money or any type of debt/servitude transactions between other Hybrid Co-op Business(es) or Contributors within The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN), with the exception of dues. However, when a Transitional Community is established, Contributors are able to live physically on the land, and the Hybrid Co-op Business is cash positive, the Transitional Community will pay Contributorship dues on behalf of all Contributors that live there so the Contributors no longer need to pay their individual Contributor dues. The Transitional Community understands the full value of cooperation and the benefits it provides; therefore, Contributors share their skills and/or physical labour for the good of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN) because, in this manner, each individual benefits – personal interest is equivalent to public interest.
- All Basic Needs Production Systems are functioning and producing a sustainable amount of Basic Needs for Contributors and Hybrid Co-op Business(es). Housing is also able to meet the needs of the population and have been built or modified to use renewable energy sources.
- Products and services are sold or traded to entities not a part of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN). Resources that can’t be produced within the Transitional Community are bought from the monetary-market system using funds from Hybrid Co-op Businesses that are added to the “Stone Soup” Inventory.
- Each Transitional Community’s BUDs has weekly meetings for progress updates on various projects (like outreach to the local area). They can also bring up non-urgent issues (non-emergency issues) at this time.
- The Contributors have an attitude of Maximum Cultural Sustainability and Maximum Ecological Sustainability through Egalitarianism.
- The Transitional Community works to establish processes of creating the most efficient systems of Basic Needs for their community. Processes are in place to effectively solve physical problems/issues and complete current/ongoing projects.
Unschooling is the method of education within the Transition Community, but it is not required. A focus on teaching usable life skills via hands on learning versus teaching traditional subjects and methods through rote routine is preferred. (Some parent(s) may choose to send their children to public schooling systems within the monetary-market system).