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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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'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.
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!
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.