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Ways to begin a Transition Initiative

March 9th, 2010 · No Comments · article, primer

The Transition Network and Transition U.S. seek to assist you and your community however we can. Explore the resources on this site and in the Links section to Transition Initiatives around the world to discover how the Transition process can help all the different parts of your community work together to achieve greater resilience.

Together we are more creative and successful than anything we do alone.  Learning from each other we can create stronger communities.  We help each other become more resilient to economic shocks and environmental changes.

If you are interested in starting or strengthening a Transition Initiative, or would like support, training or someone to talk to about a problem or opportunity, contact Tina Clarke, a certified Transition Trainer, at:, 413-863-5253 (Massachusetts, USA, Eastern Standard Time).

1. Host a speaker. Have a speaker or trainer from Transition U.S. come speak in your community as a way of increasing interest and beginning an “Initiating Group”.

2. Show a movie.  Transition Initiatives from many countries submitted footage to create the movie, In Transition. If you have Internet access and a projector and screen, you can watch the movie from this web site:

3. Attend a “Training for Transition” workshop. To see the schedule, click here.

4. Host a “Training for Transition” workshop.  For more information, click here.

5. Invite people to read The Transition Handbook together. Ask your library to purchase a few copies.  Two excellent study guides are:

    1. Transition Putney’s Guide by Paul LeVasseur.  (link coming soon!)
    2. Transition NE Seattle’s Transition Discussion Course, here.
    3. Read other materials from

6. For more ideas for starting and growing a Transition Initiative, see:

    1. Resources at the Transition Towns web site
    2. Resources at the Transition U.S. web site
    3. Transition Communities, by Tina Clarke

The Training for Transition is not essential for starting Transition, but it is recommended before you try to go too far.  The training helps people avoid common pitfalls and move ahead together, much faster, with less confusion, and more fun.  The training is a requirement for becoming an official Transition Initiative. (For more information on becoming a recognized Transition Initiative, click here.)

However you bring people together in your community, take the leap and jump in!

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