Transition US

Rating: 4.79 stars   24 reviews

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Location: 447 Florence Ave., Ground Floor Sebastopol CA 95472 USA

Mission: Vision Our vision is that every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present. Mission Transition US is a resource and catalyst for building resilient communities across the United States that are able to withstand severe energy, climate or economic shocks while creating a better quality of life in the process. We will accomplish our mission by inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training individuals and their communities as they consider, adopt, adapt, and implement the Transition approach to community empowerment and change. The Transition approach is based on four key assumptions: 1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise. 2. That our communities currently lack resilience. 3. That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now to build community resilience and prepare for life without fossil fuels. 4. That by unleashing the collective genius of our communities it is possible to design new ways of living that are more nourishing, fulfilling and ecologically sustainable.
Geographic areas served: US primarily
Programs: Strategic Action Goals 1. To raise awareness of the need to work together to build resilience in the face of fossil fuel depletion, climate change and economic crises. 2. To support the emergence and growth of Transition Initiatives and leaders in all regions of the United States. 3. To mirror the diversity of the United States in Transition Initiatives by supporting Initiatives’ efforts to include all major cultural and demographic segments of their local communities. 4. To support the continued development and delivery of high quality education, training and consulting in support of the advancement of the Transition Movement in the United States. 5. To achieve financial sustainability for Transition US and Transition Initiatives in the United States.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to a potluck hosted by a local Transitions group and watched a movie about people making changes in the way they live that will benefit society and the environment. Everyone I met was very friendly and optimistic. I joined the local group and look forward to future events.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen their booth at the Badger Bioneers Conference in Madison and at the Garden Expo in Madison. They are diligent in trying to spread the message of making changes that ease our transition into life with less oil.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Transition US website homepage lacks personal narration and does not invite visitors to join or give them any encouragement to do so. A photo or two of actual people with dialog in the captions might help.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Transitions US has built a strong board and executive team to roll out the Transition movement in the United States. They have impressively facilitated 22 official city/region transition initiatives being developed in 2 years. The operation is bringing a very necessary culture shift to sustainability to the world. I see some challenges to the model including adaption to urban areas, diversity and business inclusion and funding for initiatives, but I know these issues are being addressed through the network and ongoing experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my city. The support provided to the local level is great.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

communication of accomplishments

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, interesting, engaging, insightful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Drive a big shift in culture in the US toward sustainability and resilience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Transition US is a young organization gearing up to meet a massive challenge: educating and facilitating positive grassroots responses as energy and resources decline globally. There is no lack of commitment or vision. TUS is establishing its presence, providing trainings and communication links between member groups, facilitating local action in multiple ways. I think that as it gets on solid footing financially and with adequate staff for the task, it will need to launch a second phase of support once groups have become established and specific new needs arise.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their movement from an idea and as a succesor to a prior organization, to an established, regular communications through a website and monthly newsletter.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish ongoing trainings (as local groups mature); network among groups in various regions; provide guidance and priorities for local projects

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been following the transition initiative for about 3 years, and find it the one shining hope amongst a sea of depression. Our problems are so great, and the time to engage so short, that having a constructive, community focused organization that channels our positive and creative energy toward solution, is like manna from heaven. I was so discouraged about our leaders lack of attention, inaction, you name it, that the possibility of joining with other concerned citizens, has reenergized me and given me something to work towards, and a hope that my daughter may have a chance to grow up healthy and with some modicrum of happy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enthusiasm and support for expanding the movement, gaining momentum and reaching for a tipping point of individual involvement and engagement

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work towards increasing involvement of broader range of backgrounds

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to share with others experiences and energy

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, enthusiastic, knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

focus on a large reskilling, relocalizing, distributed energy projects, so many opportunities to rebuild infrastructure and knowledge base that has been lost through carelessness and lack of value

Ways to make it better...

keep on working, its going

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time, there isn't much time to penetrate our society to ensure that the right kinds of solutions (i.e., ones that don't compound the problem) are available to politicians when crisis strikes again.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we don't have any chance to do this again, we have got an extremely limited amount of time to rebuild our community structures, and this is the best thing I have seen, that gives hope and offers opportunities to individuals to rebuild communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As an organizer working with congregations to engage in building healthy communities, sustainability and care of creation need to be balanced with human well-being. Transition offers a process of engagement, training, support, and shared values (inclusivity, heart & soul, permaculture principles) to not only develop resilience, but to create communities which thrive. Transition US has been very supportive of this work, recognizing that multiple demographic groups may have different motivation but want to engage in the process of creating holistic communities. I introduced Transition to multiple groups in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Training and resources are outstanding and accessible. Webinars provide information, but also networking and the capacity to ask questions -- without travel time or expense. The website is incredible, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff are the best!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Our local Transition Northfield has experienced growing pains and a significant learning curve. Transition US staff have been incredibly helpful, listen deeply and offer a selection of resources or people who may help us through the rough spots.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The trainers and staff are very authentic. There isn't any hype or one size fits all sales pitch. They answer when they have answers, admit it when they don't, and refer to others who might! Commitment to learn and share what they know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Funding could increase capacity to provide training and resources, to share best practices and network local intiatives, to develop communications within the US and with the international Transition Network, to assist local funding for Transition projects

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Transition U.S.is an incredibly hopeful response to the very challenging situations our communities face. it is grassroots, solutions-based and very empowering. To know that this group is emerging to support smaller local Transition Initiatives across the U.S. to help inspire, educate and activate our communities is amazing to be a part of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how the Board works with each other and in working with local Transition Initiatives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the incredible people, the passion, the wisdom and the humility given the ecological challenges we face.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build the capacity of this movement towards richer and more resilient communities able to adapt in the face of climate change, peak oil and economic crisis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I found Transition US to be a dedicated and intelligent group of individuals who were patient and instructive in helping our group get organized. I have attended several webinars hosted by TransitionUS and found them to be enlightening in the way they taught issues and concepts on the varied topics they presented. The TransitionUS website is also a goldmine of information both of resources and individual stories of other groups' experiences which are useful for networking new groups starting out. All my interactions with the people at Transition US have been friendly, positive experiences, resulting in practical solutions to any problem.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When our group first formed we really didn't know what we were doing and we got some great, and patient, advice from the folks at TransUS. Far from being bureaucratic, TransUS was able to cut through many of the worries we had with sensible suggestions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finding out what other groups are doing via the newsletter, photos online and the webinars where people are able to share their experiences with each other. I learn a lot from the Resources pages of the TransUS site-no one else has such information!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, genuine, caring, and able to offer real solutions to problems that seemed insurmountable to us.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

form regional meetings of all the Transition Initiatives so they could pool their ideas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I'm a construction contractor, real estate developer, and permaculture designer who's been active promoting Transition on blogs and in my home town. I support this movement because endless growth can’t be sustained on a finite planet. Transition offers responsible ideas about how to collaborate locally to create robust, self-reliant, sustainable ways of life. I like the practical emphasis on promoting local food production, and resilient local infrastructures for things like water, waste treatment, health care, transportation and energy. I think TransitionUS is critically important as the standard-bearing, identity-holding center of the movement supportive of the local groups where the rubber meets the road. It’s a place to share ideas, gain inspiration, ask questions, and blend energies to reap synergistic effects. It’s the mama bear of the transition initiatives sprouting up all over, and as such is a great place to leverage support for creating restorative, community-enhancing, intensely-local-but-globally-networked economies that are healthy, interesting and full of opportunity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the opportunities it has provided for me to be connected with well-informed, talented people who I can work with to create a safe, healthy future for our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put more emphasis on local economic development.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose, optimism, the opportunity to share ideas and work together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well-informed, talented, community-minded.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

generate lots of local jobs building a robust local economy.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

In my opinion, Transition US provides an extremely valuable service networking, supporting, and training the burgeoning Transition Movement throughout the United States. Transition is very ambitious work, but by offering the two-day Training for Transition, as well as various educational webinars and conference calls, they are helping to build the necessary leadership capacity to make relocalization in this country possible. Transition US also serves as hub for Transition activity in the United States. It is the one place where hundreds of active Transition Initiatives across America can go to find out what is happening in the movement, and it is where new initiatives can find ample guidance about how to begin. In my experience, the staff of Transition US have always been pleasant and helpful and their website is an excellent resource. Finally, Transition US has set an excellent tone for Transition in this country. It has done so by encouraging grassroots participation in nominating board members and cultivating a diverse board. It has invited feedback and celebrated the accomplishments of Transition Initiatives everywhere. The tone it has set is clear, inclusive, positive, and focused. I don't know if I have any constructive feedback at this point other than: keep up the good work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Well-organized and professionally delivered trainings. Valuable how-to webinars and conference calls. Inspiring stories from Transition Initiatives across America. A website with excellent guidance on how to form a Transition Initiative in your community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Personal interactions with the staff. They are a wonderfully generous and positive bunch.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met Executive Director Carolyne Stayton in person several times and have corresponded with Carl Shuller and Shelby Tay. I have also met Board Member Asher Miller and former Board Member Michael Brownlee.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Organize a national conference that would really boost the movement. Provide web hosting for all official Transition Initiatives in the United States. Hire staff to consult with Transition leaders and take on national policy issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Several members of Transition Cotati worked together to create greater community connection with a local university. We collaborated on planning and envisioning what was possible, had several conversations with the person in charge of community engagement and developed a written plan of action. In part, this initiative served to inspire a university-based sustainability conference that served to connect numerous environmental non-profits with professors of a wide range of disciplines to explore what was possible. It has been a sincere pleasure to work with the thoughtful and collaboratively engaged people who share the common vision of sustainable future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

creating powerful connections with local schools and universities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

collaborating with wonderful people who truly care about making positive changes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

lovely and warm-hearted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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