Annual Survey 2011: Preview of Results

Thank you to the 259 people who completed our recent annual survey! Congratulations to our three survey winners who will each be receiving a copy of the Transition Companion, courtesy of our friends at Chelsea Green.


With this broad survey, we wanted to get a sense of how Transition is evolving in the US and what kind of support is needed.

Questions were focused on finding out:

  • Some background info about Transition initiatives
  • How Transition initiatives are doing overall
  • If they have various working groups: how these groups are doing
  • What resources have been helpful and what participants envision would be helpful in the future
  • What tools, resources, skills or training would be most helpful for initiatives at their current stage of development
  • If groups have had any conflicts: how these conflicts were handled
  • Participants' insights on how the Transition movement can be most effective


A Sneak Peak of Survey Results 

Here is a preview of some of the feedback from the survey. Stay tuned for a more elaborate report in the New Year!


What are some challenges?

Some of the challenges identified were:

  • Clarification of specific goals and purposes
  • Time to live a life and be an activist, balancing energy and health
  • Deciding on governance structure for the initiative
  • Diversity, inclusivity and engaging newly interested people
  • Finances and fundraising
  • Balancing efficiency with making time for real consensus


How is Transition making a difference?

We asked survey respondents to share a brief story of how your Initiative is making a difference in your life or the lives of others. The responses were heartwarming. Here are a few:

"As a member of our Transition Sebastopol Elder Salon, I have learned a great deal about the values and actions for moving forward in our culture from environmental disaster to viable re-visioning. I have especially found it helpful to become part of a community of kindred spirits and minds about becoming an elder vs. just getting older."


"For me, the Transitions approach answers the question, "How do I enable more change to occur? What path can I assist in paving that will ensure the human species will sustain itself AND improve it's quality of life. Many of our group members express they see various needs in the movement, relative to their personal passion and desire to take a piece of the puzzle to act upon, to be the change they want and they know is needed."


"We are a fairly new initiative, so we have a small active group. I have seen among that group, a much stronger sense of belonging and interest in our community. One of our group has recently realized, after always planning to move somewhere else after her children had grown, that she is committed to this community and now plans to make this her permanent home."


"It definitely is changing the way I feel in my greater neighborhood. There are people that I can count on in this group should an emergency arise. We are meeting each other for social time."


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Members of the following Transition Initiatives contributed their feedback and are represented in the survey results above:

Chuckanut Transition #94, Hay River Transition Initiative #52, Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition #95. Let's Live Local#11, Richmond (CA) Rivets #57 Transition Town, Sustainable NE Seattle, Transition Amherst #102, Transition Anderson #43, Transition Ann Arbor, Transition Asheville & Transition Hendersonville #88,Transition Ashland #12,Transition Austin #44, Transition Centreville / Clifton #89, Transition Chicago #83, Transition Culver City #36, Transition Denver #16, Transition Fidalgo & Friends #79, Transition Greenfield #86 - Greening Greenfield, Transition Houston Hub, Transition Keene Task Force #56, Transition Los Angeles - Mar Vista / Venice, Transition Milwaukee #93, Transition Newburyport #21, Transition Northfield #46, Transition Palo Alto  #76, Transition Paso Robles #22, Transition PDX #23, Transition Pelham #72, Transition Pittsburgh #58, Transition Putney #62, Transition Reno #50, Transition Rogers Park #84, Transition Rogers Park #85, Transition San Fernando Valley #68, Transition San Lorenzo Valley #69, Transition San Lorenzo Valley, Transition Santa Cruz #6, Transition Sebastopol, Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Snoqualmie Valley, Transition Sonoma Valley,  Transition Staunton Augusta, Transition Town - Montpelier, Transition Town Charlotte, Transition Town Greenfield, Transition Town Lyons - #93, Transition Town Media, Transition Town State College, Transition Vashon, Transition Westminster/Arvada/Broomfield, Transition Whatcom Hub, Transition Woodinville


Want more survey results?

The full results will be posted in the New Year and will include feedback from "Mulling" groups in addition to those who identified as official Transition Initiatives. If you'd like to be notified when the results are shared, email Shelby - shelby @


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