Why should you embed your project into a Transition Initiative

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Transition is a movement that aims to create greater resilience within a community, by focusing on local  action. Created in 2005 by Rob Hopkins, in UK, it’s already spread to over 50 countries. Originally thought to tackle, locally, two global problems – peak oil and green house effect –, Transition also ends up reclaiming the local political action space, re-creating the local economy, re-imagining the community social network, giving back the sense of community and allowing the ownership of a positive future.

 

Embed your project into a Transition Initiative

As a Social Entrepreneur or an NGO you should take a close attention to this opportunity to engage with the local community and make a really positive impact, inside a wider and more holistic approach. By doing this, you will be able to:

  • Think big, act local – To act upon world problems, by focusing in local and small scale solutions. In other words, you’ll be able to create a smaller solution, less prone to dispersion and with an easier outcome measurement, inside a more holistic project, that will support and increase the overall positive impact.
  • Embed your business into the community – The community will enjoy a more active citizenship – the individuals and groups will be more aware of the needs of the community, will be more active and will tend to collaborate in order to create the changes they want to see. In this environment you’ll be able to develop better synergies, by creating powerful partnerships, finding links to other projects, including the community in the all stages and areas of your business, …
  • Harness community’s positive visioning and creativity – By working alongside Transition, you’ll be able to harness the community’s positive visioning (one of the Transition’s key ingredients), in order to creatively find new solutions to the problems that might appear. Again, owning a collective positive vision (a collective Utopia) empowers people to change and to connect.

 

You have to be aware that even though these type of local initiatives need every support they can get, they need to remain owned by the local community. Even though your NGO or Social Business can help somehow to support the movement and to be part of it, the community needs to be in the core of all the process – from beginning to end, from intention to intervention. The action must come from them.

If you want you can visit the official website of Transition for more information. Also, here’s a website with a lot of information, tools and a guide to help you engage in REconomy.

As a final note, I highlight the opportunities that might come from Transition Network’s REconomy, a broad term they use “to cover the range of activities that Transition groups undertake with a view to The Essential Guide to Doing Transitiontransforming their local economy.” Together with local currencies, ‘buy local’ campaigns, actions to change local business models and so on, you can include new local or community owned businesses  exactly what a Social Entrepreneur might want to engage in.

I’ll go more in depth on REconomy in future articles. Meanwhile I’ll leave you with the “The Essential Guide to Doing Transition” (click in the image on the right).

I’m curious, does anyone knows about any old local business adapting to this type of community engagement? The process of adapting and remodeling an already existing business feels to me crucial to embrace all the community. If you know anything related to this, please drop a line! Thanks.  🙂