The Transition Town model is a grass-roots, bottom-up approach where community members organize teams and get involved with projects that interest them the most, and then report back regularly to a central group comprised of members of each team to tie everything together. We are just at the beginning phase of creating these teams and projects. In some cases, existing groups are already doing the work in the community, and rather than "re-inventing the wheel" the goal is to find ways to support the work that is already being done.
At the community mapping events (see maps here) we began the process of identifying what areas need to be addressed to build more community resilience and more localization. At the mapping events two large "Transition Teams" emerged along with several smaller ones. The two groups with the most energy were Local Food and Heart & Soul. These launched first in 2009. Since the beginning of 2010, the Community Seed Bank, Elders Salon, Re-Skilling, Energy, Health Care, Ready for Anything and the latest Catalyzing Intentional Communities and Neighborhoods groups have also kicked off.
Read more about these groups on their group pages linked below and get involved!
If you are interested in getting involved with any other team, or to help start one, or if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org