Organisation of the Transition movement

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Levels of Organisation

The Transition Network website identifies four key organisational levels in the Transition movement:[1]

People
Individuals all over the world who feel a desire to get together with their neighbours and see what they can do to make their communities happier, healthier, more resilient and more gentle on the earth.  Those of us who have caught the Transition ‘bug’ are sometimes referred to as “Transitioners”.
Transition initiatives
The basic building blocks of our movement are groups of people who are making positive change happen locally – in their village, town or city neighbourhood or sometimes in their school, workplace, college or university.  They can access support and connect up with others across the movement, but they’re not waiting for permission to act and nobody gives them instructions.  
Transition hubs
Often groups of people get together to catalyse and support Transition across a particular territory.  They may operate at a regional level, connecting and sharing learning across a number of communities or at a national or even transnational scale.  We do not assume that the territory of a hub will always follow national or administrative boundaries – it’s up to everyone involved to agree what area they will cover taking into account, culture, geography, language, government structures etc.  A few hubs have paid workers or are hosted by a professional organisation, but many are entirely staffed by volunteers.
Hubs that operate at the highest level of scale in their territory (usually National Hubs) come together to form the Transition International Hubs Group.  This group is experimenting with innovative, low carbon ways of connecting, collaborating, making decisions, sharing learning and supporting each other even though the circle is spread out across the globe. 
Transition Network
Transition Network was created as a UK charity in the early days of the Transition movement, when it became clear that there was a need and an appetite for people to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organised around the Transition model.  The charity is growing and evolving alongside the movement.  These days, a significant proportion of Transition Network’s funding is focused on the charity’s international work, its staff (all of whom are part-time) are spread across and beyond the UK and we are exploring ways to distribute power, resources and responsibilities more widely across the movement.

Transition Initiatives

Transition Network

Transition Hubs

Governance of the Transition Movement

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