- 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).
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Mentoring BUDs can help streamline or make other BUDs more effective. They can do this by offering advice, tips and tricks or answering questions that a BUD may have.
Finding and acquiring land is the first step in forming a real world community. This step can be a lengthy process as all members need to be in agreement about where their community will be settled.
There is a special kind of synergy that happens when a group of like-minded individuals with a united vision and goal are physically in the same place. Ideas flow more easily, people become more productive and motivated, and the bigger picture that was once only in the dream stage is now becoming reality. Whether you start out co-housing or are financially stable enough to begin a larger intentional community living together is the next step to having a more stable lifestyle that can support and aid your social change work.
Pooling resources is how we can all do more with less. The more access we have to items in our community the less of a need there is to own duplicates of the same thing when most of the time those items sit around waiting to be used.
- The Transitional Community gives any High Equilibrium goods/services it has to help other Transitional Communities within the The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN).
- To help “pollinate” Phase I Transitional Communities, skilled Contributors volunteer to give hands-on help and ensure efficacy of their methods of production to meet standard Benchmarks. These Contributors are known as TIN men and women (or TIN persons).
- Phase IV+ Transitional Communities help “water” Phase I Transitional Communities to get to their Phase IV “Pollination” Phase. If needed, extra funds are allocated to help purchase necessities for the developing Transitional Communities.
- The Transitional Community is functioning efficient enough to produce High Equilibrium of goods and services to share with other Transitional Communities.
- Interactions with surrounding monetary-market communities has begun. (Process of Phase 0 “Seeding” surrounding communities: “Why can’t we do this?”, “How do we do what you are doing?”, etc) The Transitional Community assists surrounding monetary communities to become Phase I Transitional Communities to then become Phase IV Transitional Communities. At this stage, the majority of Transitional Community Contributors are behaving and communicating with Communalistic principles.
The Transitional Community creates and contributes pre-existing comprehensive blueprints and instruction guides, found on www.thetransition.org, on how to build sustainable communities.
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Here are tutorials to help you locate and discover who your Point Person is. Once you discover who your Point Person is click on their name to go to their personal profile and find the best way to contact them to schedule your Progression Session. If you do not see a Point Person listed for you please Contact Us and let us know and we will assign one to you right away!
Cell Phone Users:If you are using your cell phone to view our website, when you are logged in, and have a limited data plan you can access your Point Person's identity by scrolling to the bottom of the website and looking below the big green buttons.
Desktop Users: Go to the right vertical menu when logged in and at the bottom you will find the identity of your Point Person. See below example:
Confused and need a more detailed tutorial? Watch the video below.
...from a worldview of separateness to interdependence; because how we see ourselves and the world around us changes everything.
How many times have you thought, I’ll do that tomorrow and then find you missed an opportunity, or paid a lot more for it, by waiting one day too late? So, have we and with something as important as The Transition's Mission we have to focus on creating the tomorrow we want TODAY! We all want to be more, have more, and contribute more, but sometimes the day-to-day stands in our way, and before we realize it we find ourselves stuck between unrealized ambitions and shrinking options (like this guy in the movie clip below).
The reality is, procrastination is a seemingly small thing that can rob us of big rewards. That’s why we are excited to announce that we have created Your Action Plan,designed to help you take action and achieve your dreams and goals. If you are looking for a process that will help you move forward and get to where you want to be, then check it out!
We also offer free consultations with your own personal Point Person at the end of every phase you complete. If you have a dream worth achieving, and we bet you do, then let us see if we can help.
Follow the following steps below to get started:
As the quote often ascribed to Goethe says, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” The experience of beginning a Transition Initiative certainly shows this to be the case. While the idea of preparing your town (or city, region, county, or state) for life beyond oil may seem staggering in its implications, something about the energy unleashed by the Transition Initiative process is unstoppable. You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of all the work and complexity, but you will find that people will come forward to help. Many Transition Initiatives have commented on the serendipity of the process, how the right people appear at the right time. Something about seizing that boldness, about making the leap from “why is no-one doing anything” to “let’s do something” that generates the energy to keep it all moving. Developing environmental initiatives can seem like pushing a broken down car up a hill - a hard and unrewarding slog. Transition is like coming down the other side – the car starts moving faster than you can keep up with it, accelerating all the time. Once you give it the push from the top of the hill it will develop its own momentum. That’s not to say it isn’t hard work sometimes, but it is almost always a pleasure.Read more
If you don’t do it, who else will? It matters not that you don’t have certain qualifications, or years of experience in gardening or planning. What’s important is that you care about where you live, that you see the need to act, and that you are open to new ways of engaging people. If there was to be a job description for someone to start this process rolling it might list the qualities of that person as being: positive, good with people, having a basic knowledge of the place and of the key people in the town. Remember that you are going to design your own demise into the process. Your role at this stage is like a gardener preparing the soil for the ensuing garden, which you may or may not be around to see.Read more
It may be too late, but the likelihood is that it isn’t. That means your (and others’) endeavors are absolutely crucial. Don’t let hopelessness sabotage your efforts - as Vandana Shiva says, “the uncertainty of our times is no reason to be certain about hopelessness”.Read more
You could easily be forgiven for thinking this, given the existence of what you might perceive as an apathetic consumer culture surrounding you. Dig a bit deeper though, and you’ll find that the most surprising people are keen advocates of key elements of a Transition Initiative, for example local food, local crafts, local history and culture. The key is to go to them, rather than expecting them to come to you. Seek out common ground, and you’ll find your community to be a far more interesting place than you thought it was.Read more