Transition US National Network Strategy Conversations

As part of our national campaign “From What Is to What If: Reimagining & Rebuilding Our World,” Transition leaders from across the country are invited to participate in a series of national network strategy conversations to help inform and guide a new, transformative strategy for Transition US as the national hub for the Transition Movement in the US. “From What Is to What If” will culminate in a second National Gathering and Movement Strategy Session for the Transition US movement in June 2021.* 

The series of National Network Strategy Conversations complements the Visioning and Stories to Action elements of our campaign. Together, these three elements represent the balance of Head, Heart & Hands the Transition movement strives to embody in our work.

Each of the strategy conversations will build upon a key theme that emerged from the feedback Transition US received from more than 60 leaders in the US Transition movement as part of our strategic planning process. These conversations will help us build a shared sense of alignment around the strategic direction of our movement, as requested by Transition leaders from across the country (see pages 9-10 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper for more information). Transition US staff and Board will draw from the insights gained through this series of conversations to develop a strategic plan for Transition US that will best meet the needs of local, regional, and national Transition organizers across the country.

National Network Strategy Conversations will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month from July-December, 4:00 - 5:30pm PT / 7:00 - 8:30pm ET. To ensure our strategy is informed by the people who Transition US is designed to serve – local leaders who are actively working to transition their communities – participation is by invitation only. 

Each session will begin with Transition US staff and other movement leaders framing the discussion topic, and will be followed by two rounds of discussion in smaller breakout groups. Then each breakout will have the opportunity to share their key takeaways with the whole group. Blog posts summarizing the outcomes of each session will be shared with our wider network.

If you are a member of one of the following groups, you will receive registration info via email:

  • Official local Transition Initiative
  • Active “muller” (a new or emerging Transition Initiative that has been in contact with Transition US)
  • Current members and alumni of the Transition US Collaborative Design Council and National Working Groups
  • Transition US staff & Board of Directors

We will also welcome a limited number of additional invited guests from partner organizations and aligned community resilience groups. If you would like to be part of this conversation and are not part of one of the groups listed above, please contact marissa@transitionus.org.

*The second TUS National Gathering is currently scheduled to be held in June 2021 in Castleton, VT. However, if public health conditions do not support an in-person gathering, TUS will host an online gathering instead. The Gathering was originally scheduled for June 2020, but was postponed a year due to the spread of COVID-19.


Upcoming National Network Strategy Conversations

July 28: “Deepening Our Analysis: Connecting the Dots between Social Justice, Extractive Economy, and Ecological Crises.” This discussion will explore how Transition US can shift our analysis of the crises we face--away from an emphasis on peak oil, and toward a more nuanced understanding of the extractive economy and its connection to both social justice and ecological crises. For more background, please read “Deepening Our Analysis: Raising Up Social Justice and Naming the Extractive Economy" on pages 7-8 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

August 25: “Communications, Messaging, and Storytelling.” This discussion will explore how to refine our messaging and enhance our national and local communications strategies--enabling our movement tell the Transition story far and wide, and influence mainstream media. For more background, please read “Deepening our Communications: Messaging, Storytelling, & Media Strategy” on pages 18-24 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

September 22: “Strengthening the Grassroots Transition Network.” This discussion will explore how Transition US and other stakeholders can enhance connection across our network, better support local Transition Initiatives to get established and demonstrate impact in their communities, develop strategic collaborations, and more. For more background, please read “Strengthening Our Network: Deepening Support for Local Transition Initiatives” on pages 10-16 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

October 27: “Resourcing Our Movement.” This discussion will explore strategies for resourcing Transition at all levels--from creating resilient livelihoods and REconomy businesses to creatively funding local and national Transition groups. For more background, please read “REconomy” on page 16 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper and the REconomy report, “25 Enterprises that Build Resilience.”

November 24: “Building Capacity and Increasing Our Impact as a National Network.” This discussion will explore how we can collectively grow the capacity of Transition US as the national Transition hub by sharing power and responsibility for supporting local Transition Initiatives with the Collaborative Design Council, National Working Groups, emerging Regional Hubs, Transition US Board of Directors, strategic partners, and others. For more background, please read “Growing Capacity of Transition US” on page 17 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

December 22: “Power, Leadership, and Healthy Movement Culture.” In this discussion, we will explore best practices for leadership development and power sharing that will support our local and national organizing efforts to flourish through a vibrant, healthy movement culture. For more background, please read “Leadership Development” on page 15 of our Strategic Planning Input Paper.

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