Making the Shift from Initiating Group to New Core Team

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Explore the process a Transition initiative goes through when making the evolution from an Initiating Group to a new core team comprised of representatives of working groups. 

In the original Transition Handbook, the first step of the "Twelve Steps" (now "ingredients") advises: "Set up a steering group and design its demise from the outset." This essential Transition ingredient has proven to be useful for groups to getting, as the Handbook says, "atrophied and stuck with people who cling to their roles in a way that stifles the progress of the project." But when, exactly, should a Transition initiative make this shift? What is the best process to use for doing it? Who should be involved? And what does the new core team look like?  The Handbook offers a few clues, but many groups have found this process to be challenging. 
Join Transition US Training Coordinator, Scott McKeown, who along with his fellow Initiating Group members from Transition Sebastopol in March, 2011, developed a collaborative process for making this evolution. Scott will be joined by a few other experienced Transition leaders who have also gone through a similar process who will discuss how they did it (what they did wrong as well as what they did right) and also discuss options that groups can consider. While there is no one "right" way for a Transition group to go through this process, perhaps learning from the experience of those who have gone through it could be helpful if your Transition group is considering this change. 

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