1. Set up a steering group and design its demise/transformation from the outsetvd.
2. Start raising awarenessvd. See Transition Initiatives Primer
3. Lay the foundations
4. Organise a Great Unleashingvd.
- Langport, England
- Sandpoint, ID, USA
- Norwich, England
- Brixton, London, England
- Narberth, Wales
- Forest Row, England
- Lewes, England
- Chepstow, Wales
5. Form theme (or special interest) groupsExamples: food, waste, energy, education, youth, economics, transport, water, local government.
6. Use Open Spacecf. quick introduction to Open Space. The essential reading: Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide. Wider range: The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future.
7. Develop visible practical manifestations of the projectcf. alguns projetos.
8. Facilitate the Great Reskilling
If we are to respond to peak oil and climate change by moving to a lower energy future and relocalising our communities, then we’ll need many of the skills that our grandparents took for granted. One of the most useful things a Transition Town project can do is to reverse the “great deskilling” of the last 40 years by offering training in a range of some of these skills.
Research among the older members of our communities is instructive – after all, they lived before the throwaway society took hold and they understand what a lower energy society might look like. Some examples of courses are: repairing, cooking, cycle maintenance, natural building, loft insulation, dyeing, herbal walks, gardening, basic home energy efficiency, making sour doughs, practical food growing (the list is endless).
Here's some food for thought:
- a broad range of reskilling classes from Transition Peterborough in Canada
- a posting on Transition Culture on the Great Reskilling
- Transition Town Totnes Skilling up for Powerdown 10-week course
Your Great Reskilling programme will give people a powerful realisation of their own ability to solve problems, to achieve practical results and to work cooperatively alongside other people. They’ll also appreciate that learning can truly be fun.
9. Build a bridge to Local Government
Your local authority's role will be TO SUPPORT, NOT DRIVE your Transition Initiative.Examples
10. Honour the eldersIn order to rebuild that picture of a lower energy society, we have to engage with those who directly remember the transition to the age of Cheap Oil, especially the period between 1930 and 1960.
While you clearly want to avoid any sense that what you are advocating is ‘going back’ or ‘returning’ to some dim distant past, there is much to be learnt from how things were done, what the invisible connections between the different elements of society were and how daily life was supported.
11. Let it go where it wants to go…
Although you may start out developing your Transition Town process with a clear idea of where it will go, it will inevitably go elsewhere. If you try and hold onto a rigid vision, it will begin to sap your energy and appear to stall. Your role is not to come up with all the answers, but to act as a catalyst for the community to design their own transition.
If you keep your focus on the key design criteria – building community resilience and reducing the carbon footprint – you’ll watch as the collective genius of the community enables a feasible, practicable and highly inventive solution to emerge.
12. Create an Energy Descent Action Plan
During the first year or two of the transition process in your community, the various theme groups will have been focusing on projects that increase community resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. Over time they'll get adept at running projects, measuring outcomes, linking with the key groups in their area and becoming literate around resilience.
When all the key theme groups have built up that expertise, they come back together to help engage the wider community in creating the vision for how that community might look in 15 or 20 years.