Transition Network

The Essential Guide to Doing Transition

Getting Transition started in your street, community, town or organisation.

By the Transition Network team    2016.

What you need to know about Transition.  Unlike its predecessor 'The Transition Handbook' Originally published in 2008, this new guide is not published in book form,  but only as a 64 page downloadable PDF document.


August 2018

Transition Network's Organisational Purpose agreed

Nicola Hillary, of the transition Network, emailed in August

"We're pleased to report that the Transition Network team has agreed a new organisational purpose as part of our recent strategic review.  The review process began in autumn 2017 with a survey of Transitioners around the world, asking you about your experiences and learning, where you see potential and what is challenging for your group or Hub.  We summarised the survey findings here and also provided more information about our team discussions.

"We then had conversations with representatives from Transition Hubs and listened to more feedback from Transitioners, before Transition Network trustees and staff did their best to capture the essence of what our organisation is aiming to do.

"We will use our new organisational purpose to guide our choices as an organisation; it will help us focus our attention and resources wisely, decide what projects to develop and when and how to act.  The Transition Network team will meet each year to review how we're doing in delivering on our purposeand to reflect whether and how it needs to evolve.  We will continue to seek feedback from the wider Transition movement to guide this process.

"We'd like to send a very large thank you to everyone who took time to respond to our consultation.  We really appreciate the clearer - and yet very diverse - view this has given us of activities, passion, learnings and needs around the Transition movement.  Best wishes."

Nicola Hillary,
Transition Network.

A movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world


February 2018

Transition Network's Organisational Purpose - ideas wanted

Staff and trustees of Transition Network have been exploring what Transition Network’s organisational purpose should now be.  We’re sharing the current stage of discussions with you here, because we welcome feedback, comments and responses to help us shape this.

In October and November 2017, we asked people involved in the Transition movement about their experiences, where they see potential, what is challenging for their group or Hub.

We heard many aspects where support around the network could help Transition groups.  For example, on community engagement, communications, inner Transition, healthy groups and practical projects.

Many Transitioners gave thoughtful feedback about the difficulty of creating a sustainable future while living in the current, highly consumerist, system. They gave ideas of ways Transition could step up to the challenges, for example by convening and bringing together different groups and partnerships, bringing more financial resources to Transition, working innovatively with municipalities, engaging with more diverse sectors of the population and using our international connectedness better.

Allied with the survey conclusions, these are some of the key areas of our current discussions about what Transition Network’s organisational purpose should be:

  • Supporting the Transition movement
  • Cross-fertilisation and challenge
  • Telling the Transition story and making Transition more visible
  • Disruptive inclusion – a quality, or an approach, of our work

We would like your feedback, before 22nd February, to help us develop these discussions towards a new organisational purpose. Please let us know your feedback about any (or all) key areas of our current discussions – and any additional comments you have.

You can feedback in two ways:

By leaving comments on our website (note: you will need to login/register to leave a comment).  One benefit of responding using this approach is that you will be able to see what others are saying – and be able to respond to their comments.

By replying directly to us using this online comment form.


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