Transition Milwaukee

Rebuilding Community Resilience & Self-Reliance

Checklist for Initiatives

To become an official Transition Initiative (neighborhood or hub), as recognized by the US & UK networks, Transition groups must meet the following criteria:

  • An understanding of peak oil and climate change as primary drivers and the intention of writing them into your 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 a two day Transition Training course.
  • A potentially strong connection to local government.
  • An understanding of peak oil, climate change and the 12 steps of Transition (see Primer) across the entire core team.
  • A commitment to ask for help from Transition US and other Transitioning communities if/when needed .
  • A commitment to keep your website updated.
  • A commitment to write up something for the Transition US newsletter and blog (the world will be watching...).
  • A commitment to network with other TTs.
  • A commitment, once you're into the Transition, for one of the group to give a presentation to at least two other communities (in the vicinity) that is considering embarking on this journey (a "here's what we did in our community" talk).
  • A commitment to work cooperatively with neighbouring Transition Initiatives.
  • Minimal conflicts of interests in the core team.
  • A commitment to work with Transition US.
  • A commitment to strive for inclusivity across your entire initiative. We're aware that we need to strengthen this point in response to concerns about extreme political groups becoming involved in transition initiatives. One way of doing this is for your core group to explicitly state their support the UN Declaration of Human Rights (General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948).
  • 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.


In exceptional situations where a "Local Coordinating Hub" or "Temporary Initiating Hub" needs to be set up, that hub will have certain responsibilities. These are developing over time – see the Primer for current details. Further criteria apply to initiating/coordinating hubs – these can be discussed person to person.

We recommend that one person (preferably more) on the core team should have attended a permaculture design course... it really does seem to make a difference.

This is the form we must submit to become an official Transition Initiative.

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