Societal preparation. Suppose you’ve worked your way (mentally) through the options above and decided to take full advantage of your current socio-economic situation. You’ve got shelter, food, water, clothing, and access to a variety of contemporary tools and materials. So how could you best use those available resources to create a sustainable, secure, comfortable way of life…one that didn’t at all depend on non-sustainable resources, nor any beyond your immediate environment?

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Preparing for a future that’s not only sustainable, but would also be considered desirable by most. If it were done with the participation of enough like-minded people acting similarly world-wide, a social meltdown might be thus avoided. But to gain that level of participation, the first step is not only to create a model that others can understand and easily replicate, but will at the same time cause them (or at least enough of them) to salivate. In effect, the ‘product’ must not only have plenty of appeal to the ‘thoughtful’ among us, but also must appeal to all those who have not yet had a chance to fully participate in the ‘party’ that’s about to end. The ‘bulk of humanity’ in other words. For them, a sustainable model will represent a huge, yet easily obtainable step up, rather than down. Sell that probability to them…put it within their reach, in other words…and they’ll push the unsustainable crowd out of the way and begin to take “What” matters into their own hands…

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Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact. We truly don’t know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this:

• if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late
• if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little
• but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart. There’s not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-panelled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.
From Transition Initiative