Application (for becoming "official")

We’ve established a draft set of criteria that tells us how ready a community is to embark on this journey to a lower-energy future. If you’re thinking of adopting the Transition model for your community, take a look at this list and make an honest appraisal of where you are on these points. If there are any gaps, it should give you something to focus on while you build the initial energy and contacts around your Initiative.

If you’re ready to apply to become an “official” Transition Initiative, then download the application form and email it back to our office at

These criteria are developing all the time, and certainly aren’t written in stone. They are designed to be as helpful to you as possible.

  • An understanding of peak oil, Climate Change and the economic crisis as drivers (to be written into your group's constitution or governing documents)
  • A group of 4-5 people willing to step into leadership roles (not just the boundless enthusiasm of a single person)
  • At least two people from the core team willing to attend an initial 2 day training course.
  • A potentially strong connection to local government
  • An initial understanding of the 12 Steps of Transition
  • A commitment to ask for help when needed
  • A commitment to regularly update your Transition Initiative web presence – either on the Transition US website or your own website
  • A commitment to write up something on the Transition US blog once every couple of months
  • A commitment, once you're into the Transition, for your group to give at least two presentations to other communities (in the vicinity) that are considering embarking on this journey – a sort of “here’s what we did” or "here's how it was for us" talk
  • A commitment to network with other communities in Transition
  • Minimal conflicts of interests in the core team
  • A commitment to work with Transition US re grant applications for funding from national grant giving bodies. Your own local trusts are yours to deal with as appropriate.
  • A commitment to strive for inclusivity across your entire initiative.
  • A recognition that although your entire county or district may need to go through transition, the first place for you to start is in your local community. It may be that eventually the numbers of transitioning communities in your area warrant some central group to help provide local support, but this will emerge over time, rather than be imposed. This point is in response to the several instances of people rushing off to transition their entire county/region rather than their local community.

In exceptional situations where a coordinating hub or initiating hub needs to be set up, that hub is responsible for making sure these criteria are applied to all the initiatives that start within their area. Further responsibilities for ongoing support and possibly training are emerging as we see this role develop. Further criteria apply to initiating/coordinating hubs – these can be discussed person to person.

  • Finally, we recommend that at least one person on the core team should have attended a permaculture design course. It really does seem to make a difference

Once you let us know at Transition US that you're on board with these and ready to set off on your Transition journey, you open the door to all sorts of wonderful support, guidance, materials, web space, training, networking opportunities and coordinated funding initiatives.

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