Transition US Annual Survey 2011: the results

Thank you to the 274 people who contributed their feedback in our recent annual survey!


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; if groups have had any conflicts: how these conflicts were handled, and generally, how participants' insights on how the Transition movement can be most effective.

In this report:

  • Background
  • A sense of how things are going
  • What is happening in Transition Initiatives?
  • Challenges
  • Successes
  • How is Transition making a difference?
  • Getting support + resources
  • Inclusivity and getting the word out
  • Exploring group dynamics and cultivating leadership
  • Handling conflict
  • Thinking toward the future
  • The movement as a whole
  • Summing up
  • Thank you + groups represented

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Word Cloud of Transition US Survey Report


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.

In general, the majority of initiatives are reporting that things are going well, but at least half of the respondents had experienced challenges.

Food, communications/publicity, collaborations with other groups, skill sharing, and energy issues are among the top areas that Transition Initiatives are engaging in.

Ongoing challenges include balancing time and energy, engaging people on long term basis, communication and developing clear goals and actions.

Developing relationships within the community, finding common cause, organizing events and collaborating with other groups were among the successes. Coming together as a group and finding others who shared similar interests came up again and again as things that people valued most about being involved.

More regional gatherings and networking opportunities, along with advanced skills workshops for transition leaders, were identified as resources that people would definitely use.

Initiatives are using a wide range of tools and creative means for getting the word out, though most people thought their initiative needed to do more to be inclusive. Examples of ways that Transition Initiatives are exploring diversity were shared.

With regards to handling conflict, for some groups, the relationships between the core organizing group is one of the highlights of their experience, but for others finding cohesion and building capacity is a large stumbling block.

When asked about thinking toward the future for Transition US, many people stated the need to achieve more widespread awareness and recognition, engaging in a larger dialogue, and ultimately a working towards a “culture shift.” With regards to needs for the movement as a whole to be most effective in the next few years, more regional networking, engaging a broad and diverse network, and creating viable alternatives were common themes.

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Thank you!

Huge thanks to the 274 people (individuals, “mullers” and initiatives alike) who contributed feedback to the survey. Your responses were integral to helping inform and shape the work of Transition US in supporting and catalyzing community resilience in the US. We hope that the feedback and insights gleaned from the responses, which we’ve done our best to accurately capture in this report, will also help inform the work that you are doing and the interests that you are exploring in your locale. If you have any questions about this report, please contact us at

Members of the following Initiatives (over 150 in total) contributed their feedback and are represented in the survey results above:

ACT: Alger Communities in Transition,
Anchorage Transition,
Battenkill Transition Communities,
Belfast AreaTransition Initiative,
Capital District Transition Network,
Cherokee Transitions Green,
Chuckanut Transition,
Clemson Transition,
Codasat Canada,
Columbia Ecovillage,
Community Orchard Project,
Concept22, The Living City,
Creekside Cultural Center Transition Team,
East Valley Transition,
Frederick Roots,
Habitat for Health,
Hay River Transition Initiative,
Highland Lake Transition group,
Hot Stone Soup ~ Green Bay Transitions
Huntington Valley Transition,
Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition,  
Kelowna In Transition
Kingston Transition,
Let's Live Local,
McHenry County Transition,
Muscle for the Garden Divas,
NELA Transition,
New York Heartwoods,
Northern El Paso County,
Path to Nature, Gardening with Conscience,
Payson Peoples Transition,
Petersham Local,
Reversing Falls Sanctuary,
Richmond (CA) Rivets Transition Town,
Salt Lake Valley Transition,
Seacoast Transition,
St Petersburg Transition Study Group,
Susquahanna Valley Transition Group,
Sustain Door, Inc.,
Sustainable NE Seattle,
Sustainable Saratoga,
Sustainable Shepherdstown,
Sustainable Ways,
The Perennial Garden Project,
Turning the Tide,
Two Peaks Transition,
Transition Amherst,
Transition Anderson,
Transition Ann Arbor,
Transition Arlington (MA),  
Transition Asheville,
Transition Ashland,
Transition Austin,
Transition Berkeley,
Transition Bolton Landing,
Transition Boulder,
Transition Brevard,
Transition Central Ohio - Simply Living,
Transition Centreville / Clifton,
Transition Town Charlotte,
Transition Capital Hill,
Transition Charlottesville/Abermale,
Transition Chicago,
Transition Clemson,
Transition “Coastal”,
Transition Culver City,
Transition Denver,
Transition Des Moines,
Transition Edmonds,
Transition Elgin,
Transition Empire,
Transition Fidalgo & Friends,
Transition Fort Collins,
Transition Green Bay,
Transition Greenfield - Greening Greenfield,
Transition Greensboro,
Transition Hendersonville,
Transition Hickory,
Transition Honesdale,
Transition Hope,
Transition Houston Hub,
Transition Huntsville,
Transition Ithaca,
Transition Keene Task Force,
Transition Kaw Valley,
Transition Lancaster,
Transition Los Angeles - Mar Vista / Venice,
Transition Los Angeles - Hollywood,
Transition Town Lyons,
Transition Mason County,
Transition Town Media,  
Transition Milwaukee,
Transition Town Missoula,
Transition Town - Montpelier
Transition Moscow,
Transition Newburyport,
Transition New Port Richey,
Transition North Quabbin
Transition Northfield,
Transition NYC,
Transition (North) Oakland,
Transition Orlando,
Transition Oxford HIlls,
Transition Pacific Palisades,
Transition Palo Alto ,
Transition Paso Robles,
Transition PDX,
Transition Pelham,
Transition Town Phillips,
Transition Palo Alto, Book Group 4,
Transition Pittsburgh,
Transition Putney,
Transition Quincy,
Transition Reno,
Transition Rogers Park,
Transition RVA,
Transition San Fernando Valley,
Transition San Lorenzo Valley,
Transition San Rafael,
Transition Santa Cruz,
Transition Sarasota,
Transition Sautee,
Transition Sebastopol,
Transition Silicon Valley,
Transition Snoqualmie Valley,
Transition Sonoma Valley,  
Transition Town State College,
Transition Staunton Augusta,
Transition Stillwater,
Transition Tampa,
Transition Tulsa,
Transition Twin Cities,
Transition Tyngsborough,
Transition U DIstrict (Seattle),
Transition UNM,
Transition Vashon,
Transition Waramaug,
Transition Washington County VA,
Transition Wayland,
Transition Wendell,
Transition West Bend,
Transition Westminster/Arvada/Broomfield,
Transition Whatcom Hub,
Transition White River Junction,
Transition Towns Wisconsin, Inc.,
Transition Woodinville,
Transition Yamhill
Transition Ypsilanti



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