We are a national network of people striving to build local resilience.
We get it. The overwhelming challenges caused by climate disruption, destructive economies, and growing inequality make it difficult to know where to start. We are ordinary people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in living rooms, community gardens, and co-working spaces across the country. Everyone has a role to play.
We are stronger together as a unified movement than as isolated efforts scattered throughout the country. Together, we can amplify our collective voice, harness the power of collaboration, learn from each other’s experience, and provide mutual support.
Unlike a traditional, top-down chapter model, members of our network are independent, autonomous entities, coordinating and collaborating with Transition US on a voluntary basis. As the official national hub for the international Transition Movement, Transition US is here to help your group succeed and thrive.
The key components of our network are local Transition Initiatives, regional hubs, national working groups, our national Collaborative Design Council, Transition US, and the Transition Network.
Local initiatives are the beating heart of this network. They are the places where more resilient local communities are collectively redesigned and rebuilt from the bottom up. Every Transition Initiative is fully autonomous, deciding for itself what actions to take and how best to take them. However, by affiliating with Transition US, they become eligible to participate on our national Collaborative Design Council and receive extra support and other benefits from Transition US.
Regional hubs support Transition activities within a defined geographical area by raising awareness about the movement, encouraging the formation of local initiatives, connecting people to local initiatives and networking local initiatives with each other, hosting regional gatherings and Transition Trainings, and coordinating collective actions.
While in many regions, hubs have not formed yet or are only in the very early stages of development, others have already been active for years. Transition US and the Collaborative Design Council help to facilitate the sharing of best practices and the provision of mutual support between established hubs.
National Working Groups
National working groups spontaneously arise from our network to address a variety of important topics related to Transition, channeling the power of common interest into action. Groups have already formed to focus on Inner Resilience, Social Justice, Politics & Policy, Transition Schools, and Local Initiative Support at the national level. They work with Transition US to offer National Network Calls, webinars, retreats, training, handbooks, and other resources. Transition affiliated national working groups coordinate their activities with the entire network through their participation on the Collaborative Design Council and direct communication with Transition US.
Collaborative Design Council
Our national Collaborative Design Council was established in 2016 to create a space for national working group, regional hub, and local initiative leaders to learn from each other, share ideas, resources, skills, and information, provide input on Transition US activities, and collaborate on projects that guide and support the Transition Movement in this country. Transition US staff and board members participate on this 18-member council, which meets online once a month and invites new members to join annually.