"The best way to predict the future, is to create it". We live in very interesting times, of radical changes whilst we try, collectively, to design a society that doesn't have the profound contradictions which are becoming increasingly obvious. What are the alternatives that are being proposed and what do each have that is viable and desirable, and for whom?
Transition Towns (also known as Transition network or Transition Movement) is a brand for environmental and social movements “founded (in part) upon the principles of permaculture” , based originally on Bill Mollison’s seminal Permaculture, a Designers Manual published in 1988.
The Transition Towns brand of permaculture uses David Holmgren’s 2003 book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
These techniques were included in a student project overseen by permaculture teacher Rob Hopkins at the Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. The term transition town was coined by Louise Rooney and Catherine Dunne.
Following its start in Kinsale, Ireland it then spread to Totnes, England where Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande developed the concept during 2005 and 2006.
The aim of this community project is to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil.
The Transition Towns movement is an example of socioeconomic localisation.
In 2007, the UK-based charity Transition Network started up in order to help spread the ideas of transition and support communities around the world as they adopted/adapted the transition model to turn their locale into a more resilient, lower carbon settlement.