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.
Contributors are people who have “woken up”. They have broken their mindset from the “me-me-me consumer what’s in it for me” mindset and aligned themselves with one that considers the implications of their actions on the global “we”, all of us embody. By becoming a Contributor, you are acknowledging all of the hard work and dedication that was put in before you had ever heard of The Transition. You are witnessing the progress, bond and exchange between your fellow Transitioners and see the momentum and power manifesting itself when we all co-create and work together. By looking out for each other within The Transition Inter-Community Network you are inherently looking out for your own self interest. By becoming a Contributor you can access to our online community and resources (like tutorials, funding, workshops and training) to help make your passion projects a success.
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 deeper 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.
A key fundamental skill people must have in order to make any project come to fruition is the ability to communicate to others your idea and how it relates to their own interests. When a person is able to effectively talk to others about The Transition and get them more actively involved, it helps them in turn build the skills they need to develop and grow their own personal projects. No matter whether you are an introvert or extrovert this is a deeply needed skill for anyone wanting to create social change on any level (micro or macro). By growing The Transition and getting more people involved, you are by default assisting yourself as well. When more people join, you broaden our network, recruit new people with new skill sets, strengths, and expertise and also increase the finances we need to assist people’s projects including your own. Just like in the story of Stone Soup, by helping The Transition, you are supplying yourself an abundance of offerings that also helps yourself.
This step has been very rewarding for those following the Action Plan as well as The Transition Team members who serve as Point People. By going through this step, we ensure everyone has taken the steps needed to become more involved and educated as well as gain new insight and expertise as to how doing these steps has influenced each user’s life personally as well as professionally. With this information, we are better able to assist other users and give them anecdotal experiences of others who have experienced the steps before them. By working together, we become stronger.
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