Transition Initiatives work to form common goals and a shared sense of purpose with existing groups. Working within a network of existing groups towards an Energy Descent Action Plan will enhance and focus their work along with yours, rather than replicate or supersede it. Expect other groups to become some of your strongest allies, crucial to the success of your Transition.Read more
A fear exists among some environmentalists that any initiative that actually succeeds in effecting change will get shut down, suppressed, or attacked by faceless bureaucrats or corporations. Transition Initiatives operate “below the radar”, neither seeking victims nor making enemies. As awareness of the various challenges build, many people in positions of power will be enthused and inspired by what you are doing, and will support, rather than hinder, your efforts.Read more
Funding is a poor substitute for enthusiasm and community involvement, both of which will take you through the first phases of Transition. Funding is not always a good thing; funders may demand a measure of control, and may steer the initiative in directions that run counter to community interests. As eco-village designer Max Lindeggar says: “If a project doesn’t make a profit it will make a loss.” You can make sure your process generates an adequate amount of income through the events that you hold. As an example, Transition Town Totnes began in September 2005 with no money at all, and it has been self-funding ever since. The talks, film screenings and other events that are run bring in funds sufficient to subsidize free events such as Open Space Days. You may reach a point where you have specific projects that will require funding, but until that point you’ll manage. Retain the power over whether this happens… don’t let lack of funding stop you.Read more
Posted by The Transition Team · October 06, 2015 5:53 AM
Posted by The Transition Team · October 06, 2015 5:51 AM
Posted by The Transition Team · October 06, 2015 5:50 AM
"We must become the change we want to see in the world."
You already know what the world's problems are. You face them everyday.
Some of the ones that have the biggest impact are:
- Degradation of the biosphere
- Malaise of the economic system
- Decline in human health
- Growth of global poverty and inequality
What we have come to discover is that none of these issues are insular, they are in fact all interconnected. So, in order to fix these problems we must treat them holistically. We must outgrow the low image of the human being and the ruling idea of a meaningless, material world that is the dominant paradigm of industrial, collapsing societies. All of us can adapt the key points of the emerging “new story” (it has actually been around from time immemorial) for our own use, and share them wherever we can to explain where we are heading.
We believe in living life well and making better choices.
That means avoiding choices that lead to negative impacts that are harmful to ourselves and our environment. Instead, we seek out sustainable methods for living and integrate them in our model for social change. Society is transforming and maturing, moving towards an era of more collaboration, connection, and contribution. Together our aim is to perpetuate and expand a society based on these values.
This website is about starting on a local scale, but acting with the intention of global change
to bridge the gap between our present times and a Global Egalitarian System. (Some examples of similar concepts or ideas are Economic Singularity, Resource Based Economy (RBE), Gifting Economy, and Ubuntu). An egalitarian society operates by meeting human needs as the first social priority, and transcends assorted social and civil as well as economic problems by lucidly grasping the difference between NEEDS and Wants. This is a scientific approach, rooted in the modern Pyramid of Needs, which builds on the work of Abraham Maslow, and Behavioral Psychology. The end result being worldwide shared assets and an intelligent infrastructure that serves and supports humanity who in turn become the caretakers of the Earth.
The aim of The Transition as a movement is to galvanize people into taking action, whether on a large or a small scale, with the goal of creating communities that model a local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship, and in creativity.
We can end scarcity, injustice & inequality by buying existing affordable properties or unifying pre-existing assets and businesses as well as create various new cottage industries. Contributors will work without a traditional wage or salary in these businesses (restaurants, markets etc.) and in return will receive a place to live where all utilities, food & transportation are paid for by the profits of the businesses and cottage industries. This is similar to Ubuntu's One Small Town proposal found in the video below, but it is much more developed and researched in the ways that are most effective in creating a fruitful outcome.
We plan to implement this philosophy of abundance, sharing, and cooperation
in which all goods and services are available to all community members without the use of money, "credits," barter or any other system of debt or servitude, into a reality for all to experience by having our Contributors following Our Plan.
To find out more please check out the following pages:
Sources: Metta Center: What is a Road-map
Contributors: Metta Center
Recommended Reading: Metta Center: What is a Road-map
After reading this, please endorse below as The Transition sees YOU as one of our many beneficiaries.
Intent: We unite and empower people to take positive action towards enhancing and protecting all life and our environment for future generations.
Purpose: Our purpose is to construct real solutions by providing the support, space, and resources for the common heritage of the Earth's resources and to do so via our collective knowledge. We are committed to building community projects that promote organic farming, alternative transportation, clean drinking water, renewable energy, green building, and using music and the arts to convey the message.
With a special focus on street-involved youth and families living in poverty, we encourage community involvement through collaborative volunteerism, education, programs and media events. We help others enhance their food and housing security, learn life skills, and build confidence to make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle - leading to a Global Egalitarian System for the good of all.
We strive to create an inclusive community where all members have the skills, confidence, and support to live a healthy life. It is our pledge to each other and to the world we are creating, to help each other live life to the fullest.
Our method of collaboration within our Transition Inter-Community Network is based on scientific benchmarks to meet everyone's’ needs - instead of what’s most profitable - therefore exchange between members requires no monetary attachment.
- Documentaries & Films
- Funding for expansion
- Intentional Communities
- Community of like-minded members
- How-tos and demonstrations
- Events and media programs
- Contributor Business Promotion
- BUD Weekly meetings.
- Formal Consensus as described in On Conflict & Consensus, & Consensus for Cities.
- Self assignment of tasks during scheduled meetings.
- Scientific Method (Plan, Do, Study, Act)
- If a problem is brought to light, a possible solution is then brought to the table, or an adjustment to a pre-existing process or structure is suggested.
- We use the wisdom of the crowd via polls, 1 on 1 anecdotal interviews pooled together and reviewed for trends, as well as various types of crowdsourcing.
Responsibilities of Trustees:
- Be a beacon of example
- To serve the Contributors
- Adhere to Team Commitments
- Maintain website
- Be a source of support for fellow members
- Provide outreach to other intentional communities, co-ops, organizations, and other similar movements.
- Align values and behaviors with The Transition Benchmarks
- Do continual personal education
- Develop systems and procedures
- Maintain Communal mindset towards Egalitarian lifestyle
- Understand that all work created for and done on behalf of The Transition remain with The Transition, even if one leaves the BUD and is no longer able to fulfill the role or obligations of a Trustee.
Grantors: Mike Upstone & Nicole Bienfang
Beneficiaries: I hereby agree to the following statement:
I will participate in the positive, inclusive decision-making structure of The Transition and abide by the decisions made in my Contributorship to The Transition. I bring my integrity and commitment to the ideals of trust, respect, self-empowerment, cooperation, equal access to power, and non-violence. I am committed to the vision of diverse membership of The Transition and the site is considered a “Safe Zone". I hereby agree to treat everyone equal of value with differing gifts and Contribute for the good of all. I will attempt to minimize barriers to Contributors of any groups wishing to participate.
(Please endorse below if you agree to abide by this Trust and all statements made herein. Use of this site is considered an implied agreement to this Trust even if your name is absent from the “signatures” below.)
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
~ Dr. SeussEndorse
- Do no harm
- Deprive none of the benefit and joy of their property or labor
- Use no fraud in contract
We also govern our online and offline community with a set of Standards. We feel that these standards really go without saying, but due to the system we have all been programmed by must be explicitly stated so there is no confusion of the expectations of our Contributors.
"What we would like to see is people thinking of all the people of the world as being part of one cooperative family."
When, in the course of human events, the fundamental qualities that connect us become increasingly necessary to recognize, then we must reevaluate the truths we hold to be self-evident:
That all humans are created equal and all are connected.
That we share the pursuits of life, liberty, happiness, food, water, shelter, safety, education, justice, and hopes for a better future.
That our collective knowledge, economy, technology, and environment are fundamentally interdependent.
That what will propel us as a species is our curiosity, our ability to forgive, our ability to appreciate, our courage, and our desire to connect...
That these things we share will ultimately help us to evolve to our fullest common potential.
And whereas we should take our problems seriously, we should never take ourselves too seriously.
Because another thing that connects us...is our ability to laugh...and our attempt to learn from our mistakes.
So that we can learn from the past, understand our place in the world, and use our collective knowledge to create a better future.
We can make the future whatever we want it to be.
So perhaps it's time that we, as a species, who love to laugh, ask questions, and connect...do something radical and true.
For centuries, we have declared independence.
Perhaps it's now time that we, as humans, declare our interdependence!
Written by: Those @ Let It Ripple
Endorsed by: Fellow Human Beings all over the world
"The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream, it is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture, it is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach."
~ Dr. Benjamin Mays
Goals are dreams set to paper and so we have placed our dreams in the hands of each other to bring our goals to a reality we can all share. This Transition Plan is created for the express purpose of transitioning from our current failing economic system and civilization to a new, more evolved Global Egalitarian System and civilization.
So, what is our overall goal you ask? Simply put: To replace a system whose priorities are power and profit with meeting the needs of all beings by establishing a system that puts people and the environment over profits.
To do it we have Strategic Action Goals to attain that:
1. Raise awareness of the need to work together to build resilience in the face of the current challenges we deal today like:
- Degradation of the biosphere
- Malaise of the Economic System
- Decline in Human Health
- Growth in Global Poverty and often Subsequent Inequality
2. Support the emergence and growth of Transition initiatives and leaders in all regions of the world.
5. Achieve financial sustainability for The Transition and the individuals and organizations that align themselves with The Transition by joining The Transition Inter-Community Network.
All of our phases work towards the ideals laid out in this compass depiction above.
(Additional phases will be developed when a critical mass is hit in the latter phases.)
ARE YOU ASKING YOURSELF "HOW DOES THIS IMPACT ME"?
A transition plan that is fully functional and lucid reduces everything down to processes that we can do individually, but that when done simultaneously with others creates a huge impact on the world around us. The Transition Team has drafted such a plan (with the help of many consultants and experts in their own individual fields) that gives us a list of things to do, and creates a space in which to do that work by getting us all to get along and work together to achieve our mutual goal. Integral to Our Plan is a “peace from within” empowerment model based on Gandhi’s famous concept of svadeshi, or ‘localism’: we work on ourselves, work with colleagues, and then use that energy to work against oppressing systems (but not the persons operating them!).
"The Transition...is dedicated to showing why a transition needs to happen. What the new world [we co-create] looks like, detailed. How to transition each section of society, how to prepare us mentally for how to react according to the new guidelines and confirmation of the resources we will no longer have to fight for like before. It's getting everyone on the same page [both literally and figuratively]...Imagine if you had it at the beginning of your journey!"
These following pages are "living" in that they are continually edited and updated as new information becomes available; they are emergent in their design.