2017: A Year in Review

Transition US has published its annual review, highlighting our accomplishments and detailing our metrics from the 2017 calendar year. Enjoy!

Letter from the Transition US Team

We’ve just completed our ninth year at Transition US, and during this time we’ve seen historic swings across the political spectrum, economic peaks and crashes, and the most severe weather events ever to hit our nation. Amid these extremes, we have also witnessed community leaders stepping out in truly exemplary ways. With countless projects and working groups on topics from local food security and renewable energy to “inner transition” and building the new economy, the 163 local initiatives that have formed across the United States to date have built a remarkable track record of solid and replicable projects for building truly resilient communities.

With a modest budget and a committed core team of four part-time staff (supported by a gifted board and talented volunteers), Transition US catalyzes and strengthens people-powered, resilience-building efforts across the country. In 2017, we achieved this mission through the following activities: on-site and online trainings; the dissemination of replicable models, guides, and tools; mirroring the movement back to itself through our website, e-newsletters, and stories; and a number of skill-building and awareness-raising events. The most notable achievement of 2017 was our first Transition National Gathering held in St. Paul, Minnesota - a 2.5-day conference preceded by six one and two-day intensive workshops, and followed by a Movement Strategy Session. This National Gathering was truly a turning point for our movement, enabling us to deepen our relationships with each other, broaden participation, and scale up involvement and impact nationwide.

In 2018 we will continue inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training individuals and their communities by: Building the skills and capacity of Transition Initiative leaders through webinars, trainings, and learning cohorts; distributing Transition Streets, a seven-session neighborhood carbon, water, and waste reduction curriculum; invigorating REconomy efforts, which ensure that equity, community wealth, and resilience are furthered; expanding our Collaborative Design Council, a nationwide group of active Transition volunteers serving in an advisory role to Transition US; promoting Municipalities in Transition, which builds bridges between the Transition Movement and local governments; sharing Stories to Action: Creating a Community of Results, a collaborative project that identifies promising community sustainability models and mentors local change-makers in implementing them; and nurturing Inner Resilience, as well as several new Working Groups that were recently birthed at the Transition US National Gathering.

As environmental systems fragment, fears run high, and turbulence is (at least for the foreseeable future) our new normal”, we need what Meg Wheatley calls islands of sanity in the midst of a raging disruptive sea.” Wheatley insists that “there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about”. It is certainly apparent that an engaged populace working for their community good can challenge assumptions, influence decision-makers, and build alternative models that demonstrate another world is possible. It is becoming evident now that we need inspiring models of community sustainability to reach for, adapt, and adopt. More than ever, we need Transition Towns.

We hope you will join us in these efforts!

Don Hall, Carolyne Stayton, Marissa Mommaerts & Nils Palsson
Co-Directors, Director of Programs & Communications Director 

2017 in Review
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