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Community Processes

The Essential Guide to Doing Transition

Transition Network's Essential Guide to Doing Transition offers the resources necessary to start a Transition initiative in your local community and outlines the processes and actions needed to make it a success.

Community Learning Incubator Programme for Sustainability (CLIPS)

CLIPS is a solution-oriented programme to guide community-led projects in their initial steps and help existing initiatives that struggle with problems or simply need revitalisation. It offers a framework for approaching community development based on learnings and insights from established ecovillage projects. These insights have been distilled into concepts and methods applicable to any group that recognises the value of community. The CLIPS package was developed, tested and evaluated by community initiatives from nine European countries.

REconomy Guides

The REconomy Guides were designed in Transition Network's REconomy project to support Transition Initiatives and other groups working on local economy projects and other related activities. Based on UK experiences of efforts to transform local economies by engaging local communities, it focuses on three key areas: raising awareness, running events and starting new enterprises.

Regenerative Urban Communities Manual

Developed by Global Ecovillage Network, the Regenerative Urban Communities Manual is a guide for groups and individuals interested in building regenerative urban communities. It brings together examples and case studies to inspire and illustrate this very diverse field as well as suggesting references and tools.

Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons showcases over a hundred sharing-related case studies and model policies from more than 80 cities in 35 countries. It witnesses a growing global movement and serves as a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to urgent challenges faced by cities everywhere. A call to action meant to inspire readers, raise awareness, and strengthen the sharing movement worldwide, it shows that not only is another world possible — but that much of it is already here.

Municipalities in Transition Framework

The Municipalities in Transition Framework offers a structured way for municipal governments to connect with local communities and respond to the great challenges of this historical period, adopting a systemic view and methodologies inspired by the approach and learnings of the Transition movement.

Practical Solutions

52 Climate Actions

52 Climate Actions has been developed by a partnership of ten organisations connected with the Permaculture movement formed in 2015 after the International Permaculture Convergence declaration to the Paris Climate Conference. It describes workable and effective actions that can be taken at individual, community and global levels, with an emphasis on the needs and possibilities for action in the Global North.

GEN Solution Library

The GEN solution library is a directory of sustainability solutions curated by Global Ecovillage Network. It provides workable practical actions to existing problems and challenges, organised geographically or through the five dimensions of the GEN mandala: Environmental, Social, Economic, Cultural/Worldview and Whole System (which integrates all four other dimensions in one).

Permaculture Knowledge Base

Curated by the Permaculture Association, the Permaculture knowledge base provides information on over 180 practical solutions for sustainable design, with links to videos, weblinks, books, and organisations

Project Development

Evoneers Journey

Evoneers Journey integrates learning from the Ecovillage, Transition and permaculture movements relevant to social entrepreneurs wishing to develop new projects in sustainability economics or promote sustainability within existing organisations. Structured in several phases, it deepens understanding about processes of change over time, and how to nurture personal resilience within change processes, embracing challenges and failures alongside successes.

Dragon Dreaming E-book

Available in multiple languages, the Dragon Dreaming ebook presents an entire process of developing projects and teams, nested in a broad body of knowledge about human nature, society, ecology and the universe.

Facilitation and Training

Group works guide for facilitators

The Group Works Guide for Facilitators captures the qualities that support successful meetings - productive, fulfilling, inspiring and sometimes even magical. It consists of a deck of 100 full-colour cards (91 patterns and nine category cards) created by the Group Pattern Language Project, a multi-year process involving around 50 facilitators of group processes.

Interpole collaboration toolkit

Interpole collaboration toolkit is a French language collection of resources for effective cooperation and collaboration, in-person or at a distance, developed by a group of trainers and facilitators.

SDG Multipliers Handbook

Developed by Gaia Education, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Multipliers Handbook supports people wishing to offer trainings on understanding and implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in their own community, organisation or workaplace. It provides a trainer's handbook, accompanied by Gaia Education’s SDG Implementation flashcards.