Site Expectations

Share with us what your expectations are of using the site. Please do your best to answer the questions below as well as provide any other expectations that come to mind.

  1. What problems do you feel we will help you solve or resolve?
  2. How active do you intend to be with the site (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)?
  3. Do you expect to do the bulk of the work to get your project off the ground, or do you feel that's the role you want our Transition Team to play?what_do_you_expect.jpg
  4. Do you plan to be very invested in our organization and stay with us for a long time (maybe even years) or are you registered on the site just to see what it's about?
  5. How do you expect our organization to fund projects (like yours) in order to launch them?
  6. Do you feel our site is meant to help you solely with professional matters or personal ones too?
  7. Are you willing to contribute and give to others registered on the site as well as receive and take their offerings?
  8. Are you willing to help with promoting the site as long as you feel it is in alignment with your personal values?
  9. Do you expect your use of this site to be "life altering" in any way?
  10. With the knowledge that we are run by a small and 100% volunteer run team, how fast do you feel our turn around time will be for any things entered into the Suggestion Box or sent to us via the Contact Us pages?
  11. Do you feel all of the above expectations you have provided are reasonable?

Feel free to write any additional expectations that were not prompted at the close of your answers to the questions above.

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Robert Howes- Site Expectations

What problems do you feel we will help you solve or resolve?

Contact with others of like mind.

How active do you intend to be with the site (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)?

It will vary. In the past it has been daily but has reduced due to other commitments.

Do you expect to do the bulk of the work to get your project off the ground, or do you feel that's the role you want our Transition Team to play?

 Yes, I expect to do the bulk of the work.

Do you plan to be very invested in our organization and stay with us for a long time (maybe even years) or are you registered on the site just to see what it's about?

Yes, I will stay with The Transition, long term.

How do you expect our organization to fund projects (like yours) in order to launch them?

You can only fund projects if the projects provide the funding in the first place until a generous benefactor comes along.

Do you feel our site is meant to help you solely with professional matters or personal ones too?

I had not thought too much about this. It is for The Transition to decide what help the organization can give.

Are you willing to contribute and give to others registered on the site as well as receive and take their offerings?

Yes.

Are you willing to help with promoting the site as long as you feel it is in alignment with your personal values?

Yes.

Do you expect your use of this site to be "life altering" in any way?

Possibly.

With the knowledge that we are run by a small and 100% volunteer run team, how fast do you feel our turn around time will be for any things entered into the Suggestion Box or sent to us via the Contact Us pages?

I don't mind that The Transition Team takes the time to do things right.

Do you feel all of the above expectations you have provided are reasonable? Yes.

Feel free to write any additional expectations that were not prompted at the close of your answers to the questions above.

I have (at this stage) hope rather than expectations. The Transition has given us the tools. It is for us, to use them correctly.

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A summary response

1. It is my interest to work towards the establishment of a resource-based paradigm in which human development is driven beyond avarice and infantile greed to promote the advancement of civilization as is necessary in keeping with the needs of the presently living population and posterity such as expanding our social and civil infrastructure to assure universal access to food, water, housing, medical care and open communications, including achievements necessary to the survival of the species, such as the establishment of human habitats in the deep sea, in deep space and on other worlds. For such projects to be driven forward without being hoarded, sidetracked, retarded or disestablished in the interest of private greed, they must be undertaken by workers, engineers, researchers and explorers dedicated to the advancement and quality life of all people and all living things. To these ends, I believe that organizations such as this serve a greater purpose in resolving the problems faced by humanity and by an overcrowded, over-polluted and strangulated Earth. 2. If there are projects being actively undertaken to this end or people organizing towards the undertaking of such projects in the public interest, I will be active herein daily, or at the very least several times a week, in coordinating to put 40+ hours a week of effort into advancing these goals. 3. Experience has taught me that the bulk of the work in getting any project off of the ground has been my responsibility, however, I look greatly forward to meeting and coordinating with other motivated individuals willing to put an equal, mutual cooperative effort into advancing such goals towards the same ends, and I am more than willing to work as a part of any team presently engaged in such endeavors. 4. I am invested in the organization in that I know some of the people involved in establishing this group and this platform. I am dedicated to the same goals, and my participation can be expected to last for as long as I am mentally and physically fit for duty. 5. Matters of funding will depend on a particular project. For example, if I was to launch a specific public works, research or exploratory project in the immediate future, I would expect that the purposes of such a project as well as of this organization would most immediately be served by incorporating a non-profit organization dedicated to that project, for a pre-determined period of time or indefinitely, depending on the circumstances of the particular project, so that other organizations and individuals with a shared interest would be able to contribute to the capital necessary to such an undertaking, under the present paradigm, without being further taxed for their contribution. Efforts to these ends would be well-assisted with information, streamlining or capital designated for the purpose of providing such an incorporation framework. Any other assistance which can be offered, such as in organizing to partner with other organizations which can back the expense and labor of such a project (perhaps organizations such as the Corporation for National and Community Service/Americorps/Vista) would also be of great benefit in getting projects started, and seeing them through to completion. 6. I have no opinion on the question of professional and personal matters, the two are very much interconnected in that we will be getting nothing accomplished if the needs of the workers are not met, yet it is very easy for a team to turn into a constant 24/7 social club or a group counseling session, if constant distraction from the goals of the project is to be expected, thus I would consider such a team to be balanced in it's work, between seeing to the welfare of the collective as well as focusing on setting clear goals and timelines for the accomplishment of the work at hand, and sticking to them. 7. I am willing to do whatever I can to advance the projects being undertaken, and I expect it to be a cooperative effort, so yes. 8. I am willing to help with promoting the site and the organization as long as I feel that it is in alignment with my personal values. 9. I expect my involvement in any project or organization to be life altering in several ways...most notably, in the amount of free time that I have available to dedicate to other projects. 10. I have no idea how fast the turn around time for suggestions and contacts will be, I expect that it will be entirely dependent and variable based upon the size and availability of the volunteer staff dedicated to reviewing and responding to such matters. 11. I feel that my expectations are reasonable, and if they're not, I hope that someone will point out where I am in error.

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Karen Fischbach- Site Expectations

Question number 1:

  1. What problems do you feel we will help you solve or resolve?
  That was my question about the organization upon joining The Transition  Which problems  would the Transition help me solve or resolve?  Would this organization help with anything at all?  Is it worth my time to be involved? How much of the income generated by donations to the Transition is used directly to assist members in crisis?  For an organization that says it is a mutual aid organization, I guess I would expect a way to both provide and be provided aid.  Kind of like, when I call 211 they give me information about and referrals to organizations that can help meet needs.  At one point, such a call to 211 resulted in the local patrol officer coming to my home and physically rescuing me when I was suffering from hypothermia and at high risk for freezing to death.  I guess I expect similar services with the Transition.  If I'm in a life or death situation, I would expect more than just advise.  On the other hand, I would expect to be expected to provide aid and assistance to others, to be asked to contribute to the security of all people in the organization.  I would expect to be required to provide both volunteer hours and a financial contribution.  In emergency, life or death situations, I would expect to contribute above and beyond what I would normally contribute day to day.  Who determines what constitutes normal operations vs emergency aid, I don't know.  As an organization, we would have to develop guidelines, if these haven't already been developed.
 
Question number 2

How active do you intend to be with the site (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)? 
It depends on how much I feel I'm getting out of being on the site.  If it is a waste of time, then not very often.  If it is really helpful, perhaps several times a day.  
Question number 3 
 
Do you expect to do the bulk of the work to get your project off the ground, or do you feel that's the role you want our Transition Team to play? 
The Transition's role, in my opinion, would be to direct people to projects that are ongoing, to which those individuals could join and contribute, or to provide information and assistance to develop new projects.  Ideas for projects and day to day work and development of projects, including member benefits, need to be generated by Transition Supporters, either as individuals or as groups.  The organization needs to be able to provide access to resources to enable members to develop projects.  A portion of all resources acquired by The Transition should be designated for support of either ongoing or new projects. Ideally, projects would enhance individuals and groups ability to function and to access resources, freeing resources to be returned to The Transition, to be used to expand the organization, and to continue to support new and ongoing projects.  I see this as a  circular movement of energy.
Question number 4
  1. Do you plan to be very invested in our organization and stay with us for a long time (maybe even years) or are you registered on the site just to see what it's about?
If I donate money and volunteer with an organization, then I assume my involvement with that organization will be ongoing, perhaps over many years.  The more effective I see the organization being, the more committed I would feel toward that organization. 
 
 
Question number 5
How do you expect our organization to fund projects (like yours) in order to launch them? 
 
I would assume a portion, or percentage of overall donations would be set aside for projects that offer the most needed goods and/or services to those members in most critical need.  I would also assume The Transition would assist buds / members / groups / individuals with fund raising, in order that those  buds / members / groups / individuals  provide the most needed resources to Transition members.I see one of The Transition's roles, as an organization, is to direct member's time, energy and other resources to where it is most urgently needed, and /or to where such donations can make the biggest impact at a given moment, such that as an organization, we can focus on a set of goals.  Access to resources needs to be made available under publicly defined and agreed upon circumstances.  
 
Question number 6
  1. Do you feel our site is meant to help you solely with professional matters or personal ones too?

Given the nature of the site and the organization, I would assume assistance would be available with both.  It is often hard to draw lines between where one's professional life ends and one's personal life begins.
 
Question number 7
 
  1. Are you willing to contribute and give to others registered on the site as well as receive and take their offerings?

Of course.
 
Question number 8
 
  1. Are you willing to help with promoting the site as long as you feel it is in alignment with your personal values?

Yes.
 
 
Question number 9

Do you expect your use of this site to be "life altering" in any way? 
 
Yes.  If it makes no meaningful impact on my life or obvious impact on the lives of others, , why would I bother with it at all?
 
Question number 10
 
  1. With the knowledge that we are run by a small and 100% volunteer run team, how fast do you feel our turn around time will be for any things entered into the Suggestion Box or sent to us via the Contact Us pages?
It would depend on the nature of the request or suggestion.  In terms of site modifications; for instance how a directory is arranged, or whether there are links between this and that, or editing issues, a month or two would be reasonable.  But in situations where issues are time sensitive, or of a personal / professional crisis in nature, it would be important for the organization to be able to respond quickly. 


Question number 11
  1. Do you feel all of the above expectations you have provided are reasonable?
Yes 
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My expectations

I expect to learn how to leave a minimal carbon footprint on our beautiful planet and to share any knowledge I have with others. I will check this site at least once a week. I'll do the bulk of the work but I would not turn down any offered help. I plan on staying for the long term, I think this is a worthy cause. I am willing to contribute my knowledge of mechanics and my labor whenever and wherever possible. I will post about The Transition to promote it, as long as it stays in alignment with my personal values. It would be life-altering in the knowledge and connections it would bring. Volunteers have lives, I realize that, and do not expect instant miracles. I think I'm being reasonable and I think The Transition's expectations are as well.

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Expectations of joining The Transition

I expect to learn a good way to network with others that share my vision of what our planet should be like. I expect that someone(s) somewhere will help me find a way to convert our bus into an electric vehicle so we can stop using gasoline for fuel. I expect myself to access this site at least once a week to keep current with both my goals and The Transition's goals. I expect that my partner and I will work physically to achieve our goal of being non-polluters. I expect to use this network on a long-term basis. I can only assume that if The Transition helps us obtain an electric motor for our bus that cash contributions and networking with other members is how that will be accomplished. I have no professional capacity to improve unless it's my renown as an unpaid writer, and not being a constant source of pollution would improve my daily outlook on life. I have a few skills that could be of use, somewhere, I'm sure, and my partner is a certified small engine mechanic and very talented with older vehicles. We own our own tools, and would gladly volunteer our labor, tools and/or knowledge to any transition member. I can't imagine turning any other's assistance down. I agree with all I've read about your goals, and would gladly promote The Transition any way I have available. I have some experience with volunteerism and realize sometimes you have to wait a bit for responses from an all-volunteer organization. I want to live harmoniously with people and the planet and I expect The Transition will help me learn how best to accomplish that.

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Site Expectations

1. I expect to be constantly mildly annoyed by this brand of philosophy with no particular benefits. 2. Intermittently 3. I don't have a project, and this philosophy of constant goal-seeking is part of my problem. 4. You expect people to answer this during their first interaction with your site? I guess this is a psych question that encourages people to envision themselves into the future at a point of high energy/engagement (presumably now), and causing them to steer their future goals towards site engagement. I'm not in this state so this question means nothing. 5. I don't. 6. Neither. 7. I don't know who they are or what sort of things people contribute. 8. I don't think the overall philosophy of this site aligns with my personal values. 9. No. 10. I don't care. 11. I think the degree that being exposed to your philosophy annoys the shit out of me is a little irrational, but it seems like combining my mother, an overenthusiastic middle school teacher, and a project management app. 12. I logged in after Nicole mentioned that some people have multiple accounts, and I wondered about that, and I realized, hmm, I've never done any steps in My Action Plan, I wonder why? And then I looked at step one and I'm like "oh, that's why, passive-aggressive mind games couched as questions."

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Guidance

1. Receiving guidance in a general way to help me determine what my next steps are/what I might undertake. 2. Weekly, maybe daily. 3. Cannot answer at this point. 4. I'd like to stay for a long time! 5. Cannot answer at this point. 6. Both 7. Yes. 8. Yes. 9. Definitely! 10. Contact us - maybe 2-3 days. Suggestion box - 7-10 days. 11. Yes. ---I have been trying for the past couple of years to figure out what it is that I want to change about my life and society in general. I hope that this site will allow me to discern this!

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Guidance and support to achieve my goals and the opportunity to give back to others

1. I’m not sure what problems I’ll need solved since it’s early in my experience with The Transition but mainly I expect it will be a guide for me when I’m stuck on finding the next step 2. Daily to weekly depending on how busy I am 3. I expect that I’ll do the bulk of my own work while guided by the team 4. I plan to be involved long term 5. Probably through supporting our individual fundraising efforts or directing funds from contributors if available/applicable 6. Both, I don’t really make a distinction between the two 7. Certainly 8. Yes 9. I really hope so, I want to feel connected to a sense of purpose 10. I suppose it depends on availability of those volunteers, ideally days to a week for a response on non urgent matters 11. Yes I do

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I expect some guidance, resources, and online tools to improve my ability to make connections

1) Connecting with people, advice on how to proceed. 2) Realistically, probably Monthly. I expect it to go up as more people become involved and it gets off the ground. 3) I will probably do the bulk of the work, but I wish it wasn't that way. Experience has me a bit jaded. 4)Years 5) I'm not looking for funding at this point. In actuality, I have made friends with someone who writes grants, so I expect he will be able to get us funding if we get enough people together to start a real project. One thing that might be helpful is help getting our group insured. Any advice on that would be helpful. 6) Professional? I see this as a midway between personal and professional thing. I don't expect free psychotherapy, but I don't mind making friends with common interests and goals. 7) Yes 8) Yes 9) maybe eventually - hopefully 10) 1-2 days for initial response - email acknowledgement and forward to an appropriate member. 5-10 business days to resolve minor problems or get back with a phone call to follow up. 11) Yes

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Communication, and collaboration WANTED, Alive.

I was expecting more communication available with other people like me. Also, there is a lot of talk about the plan, but how it all could be done? Suggest taking a look at a simple project like precious plastic which includes BuddyPress so people could communicate. This platform looks over complicated and based only on talks.

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To help build the platform for the 3rd industrial age..."the Internet of Things".

1. Support and encouragement to live my mission: "To co-create a world of permission and enjoyment by trusting the process and surrendering the outcome." 2. Daily 3. No expectation 4. I'm checking it out and plan to be engaged. 5. no funding necessary 6. both 7. yes 8. yes 9. yes 10. a few days 11. no expectation

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Help provide a regenerative living artist community devoted to giving back to the earth!

1. There is almost unlimited things that i could achieve with the proper help, initially a home, local food security, and reducing not only my own carbon footprint, but also helping others reduce theirs. Later I aim to raise the local water table, help provide jobs, organic non-gmo seeds, provide permaculture courses, help impoverished areas get affordable shelter, clean water and abundant food. 2. Weekly, for i have many other things i am juggling at the moment. 3. I have a solid team that is dedicated to our vision so the majority of work to get the project going will be done by us, plus i was a promoter for years and have a very good network so i will be doing most of the business and networking. 4. I would say for years because our aim is to create a "Gaianomcs" that will benefit life in all its forms, so essentially our relationship should benefit both of us more and more as we grow individually. 5. I try not to have expectations but i guess through contributors, investors, donations, or any other means you may have available to you, or by helping me get 501c3 status so i can get grants and do fundraisers myself. 6. I believe that its all connected so the professional matters you will be helping me with will in turn help me with many of my personal ones as well. 7. Absolutely! The aim is to he helping and contributing to everyone in the community. 8. As long as we both benefit that wouldn't be a problem for me. 9. Once again I try not to have expectations but if things go as i hope they will, it will be life altering to more than just my own! 10. I didn't really consider that, i wouldn't know, anywhere from a day to a week or two? 11. Yes I do and i believe that the power of the universe is on our side for this!

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Expectations - Will M.

1. Providing tools and resources to assist with developing a free collaboration network in my local community 2. I will be checking in daily if possible 3. I would be happy to complete the bulk of the work on the ground in my community! I am already volunteering for the Green Party but I really believe I can be doing much more outside the bureaucracy of the classical political system 4. I have spent the majority of my life dedicated to the same mission, values, and vision that The Transition supports! I do not plan to stop my efforts towards transitioning to a more peaceful, just, and ecologically sustainable society anytime soon. 5. I'm not entirely sure! I was first referred to this site when looking for videos/pamphlets to share which would not require funding! I would hope that a network of like-minded members of the Transition would be able to financially support potential projects if it is needed but for the most part, I expect to be involved in projects that do not require much funding at all. 6. I feel that this site has resources to help in all areas of my life! I have a job environment which would most likely not be very receptive to the ideas promoted by the Transition (I work for an insurance company) but that never stops me from trying to plant the seeds! Educational resources such as posters and videos would be extremely helpful in getting the word out to both my colleagues and friends/family. 7. Yes, I'd be more than happy to give to those who need and receive when I am in a position of need myself. 8. I would be happy to promote the site! I never hesitate to share with my online and in person community. 9. I guess that would depend on the definition of "life altering". I'm not sure that the use of this site would qualify, though I will say that the reason I am here is because of other majorly "life altering" ideas that led me to the train of thought behind uplifting all human beings and bringing us back into balance with nature. 10. I have absolutely no expectations for the turn around time after contacting you, although if you would like assistance in that area once I have been authorized (I believe that is after phase II?) I'd be happy to help! I've been doing customer service for years now and I'm sure I would be of great help in answering emails etc 11. I believe my expectations for the Transition are reasonable :)

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(None)

1. At the moment the only problem I have is to find a job in my areas of expertise. Since It has already been addressed and we couldn't find a solution, I don't feel it will be solve or resolve. 2. Monthly 3. I don't have any project 4. Neither of those 5. I don't have any project 6. Both 7. Yes 8. Yes 9. No 10. I don't know (I'm not a wizard) 11. I didn't made any expectation

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I want to find out what other people are working on.

Hopefull I'll find people interested in joining Koto coop projects or some other similar project. http://kotocoop.org.

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Viability as a transitional/ post-transitional system

1. Whether more needs to be done with regards to building out a viable transitional/ post-transitional system. 2. Depends, but potentially daily if necessary. 3. Unsure at this stage. 4. Would be committed long-term if thetransition.org is necessarily pivotal transitionally moving forward. 5. Unsure at this stage. 6. Don't know if such a distinction has relevance to myself. 7. Yes 8. Yes 9. No expectations as yet. 10. Expectation is in alignment with the fact that it is voluntarily run, and therefore delays to whatever extent may occur. 11. Yes

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Guidance

I have joined the group in the hope that the site will spur me to action when everyday life gets in the way of what I want to work towards for myself and my planet. I am confident the help I receive will allow me to put together the ideas I have into a doable action plan to move forward.

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