Transition International Hubs Group

From EcoliseWiki
There has been a lot of experimentation in the network of hubs regarding how it’s organised and how the connection is kept between the members of the group. From that experimentation, we have now a “system” that has some degree of complexity.
The hubs network connects about 34 regional and national hubs. It is quite a “special” network:
Diversity seems to be THE word:
* Hubs are very diverse – from embryonic to the other side of the scale by being professionalised, with funding, legal identity, etc. Some people, are not considered to be part of a hub yet and they are already connecting and collaborating with the network. How hubs organise and work at a national level differs enormously as well.
* It is generally accepted that hubsters give their time to the network differently, depending on their availability or energy. The fact that, in the same network, some members have salaries but most of them still do the work voluntarily, obviously affects how people engage and the network shapes itself naturally around that.
* There is the obvious diversity of where people come from, their cultures, their languages, how transition looks like in the context of their country. Communication between hubsters is crucial and that is underlined by the fact that work at this level has to be done virtually most of the time.
Together, the National Hubs and Transition Network, are experimenting with ways to connect, collaborate and change the world across huge distances. There are quite a lot of challenges and it has been an intense learning journey. Collaboration, peer-to-peer support, active listening, compassion, the feeling of belonging to a family have been mentioned by members of the hubs circle as being key in the way work is done within this circle.[1]

Organisation and Governance of the International Hubs Network

At the moment, there are several structures of collaboration and ways hubsters keep connected, particularly:
* Working groups and other transition international projects: there are several thematic working groups, permanent and nonpermanent, and international projects (REconomy, Inner, 1YT).
* Regional and other networks: in the last couple of years, there is an interest in connecting hubs in networks, in another layer of scale – that is the case of the Latin-American Hubs, the francophone Hubs and the Nordic Hubs. Rather than permanent working structures, they are still experimenting non formal collaboration and connection.
Most of the members of the Transition Network staff work closely together with hubsters, giving support to the evolving network, performing different roles and tasks.[2]
The Hubs Circle and Working Groups make decisions by consent within circles, using sociocratic way. However, the governance is not a strict sociocracy, and other tools can be used (for instance: open space, holacracy…) if needed.[3]