Transition Sydney

Why Transition Works

Vision a positive future

  • If we can’t imagine the future we want we won’t be able to create it
  • Things are going to change – our choice is a future we want and one which happens to us.

Awareness raising – An invitation

  • We understand that the messages in our media are contradictory.
  • Our aim is to tell people the truth and trust they will find their own appropriate response.
  • Don’t decide on the priorities for another person – the situation is too complex and too charged.

Inclusion – everyone is needed

  • In a successful transition project every skill is valuable because there is so much happening.
  • We need good listeners, gardeners, people who like to make and fix everything, good parties, discussions, energy engineers, inspiring art and music, builders, planners, project managers..
  • Bring your passion and make that their contribution – if there isn’t a project working in the area you are passionate about, create one!!

Resilience – building strong local communities

  • Resilience is the ability of a system to absorb change and still function.
  • In most communities in the past – a generation or two ago – with basic skills needed for life such as growing and preserving food, making clothes, building with local materials.
  • We used to create the cake locally and import the icing. Now we import the cake and only produce the icing locally.

Transition makes sense - the solution is the same size as the problem

  • Many of the solutions to our problems lie at the local level – we don’t need to wait for others.
  • It proposes changes in proportion to the problem.
  • Many films or books who suggest that changing light bulbs, recycling and driving smaller cars may be enough. This causes a state called “Cognitive Dissonance” –a trance where you have been given an answer, but know that it is not going to solve the problem you’ve just been given.

The Transition we need is both Inner and Outer

  •  The challenges we face are not just caused by a mistake in our technologies but a direct result of our world view and belief system.
  • The impact of the information about the state of our planet can generate fear and grief - which may underlie the state of denial that many people are caught in.
  • Psychological models can help us understand what is really happening and avoid unconscious processes sabotaging change. E.g. addictions models, models for behavioural change.

A Sustainable Human Presence on the planet will have to align its systems with how life works

  •  As long our human culture is based on unsustainable assumptions and practices those systems will fail.
  • A reinvention of a sustainable human culture will have to be in alignment with the rest of life.
  • The ‘laws of life’ can be seen and experienced in the natural world and indigenous cultures, ie outside of the most of the current paradigm of the industrial growth system.

A viral model – something that is easy to replicate

  •  The transition model is simple yet powerful – and many communities of all sizes and geographical locations are trying it for themselves.
  • We aim to create ways of working that are easy to copy
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