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.
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:
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.
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 transforming 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. 🙂