Transition principles

The Principles of the Transition Movement

  1. Positive visioning: Transition initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of community life beyond dependence on fossil fuels.
  2. Trust and empowerment: Transition initiatives are based on telling people the closest vision and the truth that we know in times when the information available is deeply contradictory and then empowering appropriate responses.
  3. Inclusion and openness: Successful transition initiatives depend on the unprecedented coming together of diverse sections of society.
  4. Sharing and networking: Information sharing and learning are key principles of resilient ecologies that are central to transition.
  5. Building resilience: How communities respond to shocks is critical to the transition path beyond fossil-fuel dependency. The movement is explicit in its intension to building resilience across the economic sectors (including food, energy and transport) and across a range of appropriate scales – from local to national.
  6. Inner and outer transition: Transition is a catalyst to shifting values and unleashing the energy and creativity of people to do what they are passionate about.
  7. Subsidiarity: Self-organisation and decision-making at the appropriate scale are key principle drawn from resilient ecological systems.