Transition Resources

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to ask "For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how can we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and Economic Chaos) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?" The resulting coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life leads to a collectively designed energy descent pathway.

Transition Initiatives Featured in Mainstream American Media
The End Is Near! (Yay!) -- NY Times Magazine
Communities plan for a low-energy future -- The Cristian Science Monitor
‘Transition initiatives,’ begun in Britain, aim to empower people to tackle effects of climate change and decline of oil.

Transition Colorado -- informal networking site for the Transition model in Colorado communities. An excellent example for other communities.

Mobile Training Centers in the US

      Transition Training Center (Portland ME)   :   Boulder Going Local  (Boulder CO)   :    Midwest Permaculture  (Stelle, IL)

“Our economy must grow to support a money system that requires growth, but is challenged by an energy system that can’t grow, and both of these are linked to a natural world that is rapidly being depleted.”

"Rob Hopkins is the Gentle Giant of the green movement, and his timely and hugely important book reveals a fresh and empowering approach that will help us transition into a materially leaner but inwardly richer human experience. Full of reliable, readable, far-reaching scholarship, and warmhearted practical advice on how to instigate transition culture wherever you are, this book will energize and regenerate your commitment to place, community and simple living. There is no better call to action than this book, and no better guide to the hands-on creation of a livable future." -- Dr. Stephan Harding

Read the entire text for free, online (sorry, no pictures or graphs); or help create the next edition of the book.

The Transition Timeline -- by Shaun Chamberlin

"The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower-energy world. The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future."

Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change -- by David Holmgren, co-developer of permaculture.
Applying scenario planning to issues facing a world confronted with peak oil and a warming climate.

Transition Media: Audio and Video -- Interviews and talks by Rob Hopkins and others

More Transition Videos

Transition Culture -- Rob Hopkins's Web site
How might our response to peak oil and climate change look more like a party than a protest march? 
This site explores the emerging transition model in its many manifestations.

Powerful tools, free (except for the work of learning and using them).  For any relocalization effort aiming toward a resilient economy. 

Resources from the site --  has merged with Transition US , but the old Web site is still available.

The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates by Patrick Whitefield

The Transition movement grew out of a permaculture course. This is THE permaculture manual for temperate climates.
It's not just about food -- it's about creating a permanent (i.e. sustainable) human culture.

Open Space Technology -- 

a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people,  and a powerful way
to lead any kind of organization, in everyday practice and extraordinary change.

A Brief User's Guide to Open Space Technology


Jennifer Gray's presentation to Transition Cotati
Peak Moment TV conversation with Jennifer Gray
Criteria for becoming an official Transition Initiative
Official Transition Initiatives Worldwide

The following was posted as a comment to a Christian Science Monitor article on the transition Movement in the US. [Link at end of comment.]

5. Jim Newcomer | 09.12.08

One of the issues facing us here is how to engage large numbers of people in a city and environs of a million, while maintaining both democracy in the neighborhoods and coordination across the region. For gardens, markets, shops and certain services, as well as friendships, people will likely look to the neighborhood organizations. But for other aspects such as emergencies hard grain supplies, renewable energy, zoning, contract law, transportation and who knows what else, they will most likely want an integrated regional grid. This is going to open up a whole new aspect of the movement.

Of interest to historians will be the practical experience of de-centralizing our national life while maintaining allegiance to the very local, state and national governments that we are, in some senses, planning to devolve from. We are maintaining close relations with our city and state officials as we begin this journey. We support them, and they are enthusiastic about what we are doing - because we are the only ones who can operationalize their hopes for reducing, for example, household carbon footprints and auto traffic. We can create the demand they need to modernize and green up the building codes. They need a grass roots movement as much as we need understanding, cooperative officials. Where all this will lead we won’t be able to say for a few generations. We can, though, start off with joy and enthusiasm; indeed we must, for our survival will depend on being resilient in a way that grand institutions - corporations and nation-states - can not organize. It will require a whole new synthesis of civic life to pull this one off.

From "Communities plan for a low-energy future"