To become an official Transition Initiative (neighborhood or hub),
as recognized by the US & UK networks, Transition groups must
meet the following criteria:
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
- An understanding of peak oil and climate change as primary
drivers and the intention of writing them into your constitution or
- 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
- 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.
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.