The Solution According to Transition US: Interview with New Co-Director Don Hall

| 11/7/2017 11:22:00 AM

Tags: resilience, resistance, community, ransition US, Willi Paul,


"While supporting collaborative leaders and organizations had long been a special fascination of mine, this passion was further stoked by the realization that many of the new Transition initiatives I was coordinating with were struggling just to survive. I began addressing this issue by creating a 16-week course in Deepening Community Leadership, which I taught in Boulder, Colorado in 2009. However, I gradually came to realize that to be of even greater help to Transition leaders and initiatives, I needed to integrate practical, on-the-ground experience with the many powerful theories I had learned at Naropa and elsewhere-. Through all of this, I learned a tremendous amount about the complexities and subtleties involved in forming a group, raising awareness, forging partnerships, and managing large projects in a Transition context." - Don Hall

What is universal about Transition US?

Transition US is universal in that it points to a better way to live for everyone. Addressing current social, economic, and environmental challenges by growing local food systems, strengthening local economies, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and fostering more interdependent local communities is not just for the wealthy or the poor, people of color or European-Americans, or Republicans or Democrats. Everyone can get involved by planting a garden, riding a bike or the bus, supporting locally-owned, independent businesses, and getting to know their neighbors. Everyone has both the ability and the responsibility to be at least a small part of the solution.

What are the top 3 ways that Transition US actionizes its values?

1. The primary mission of Transition US is to support local Transition Initiatives, the groups that are building local resilience and self-reliance from the ground up every day in their local communities. We do this by providing monthly teleseminars, quarterly telesalons, in-depth leadership trainings, mentoring, and peer-to-peer learning cohorts. We also regularly highlight stories of what Transition Initiatives have accomplished through our website, newsletter, and social media, produce how-to guides on a wide variety of relevant topics, and develop programs that Transition Initiatives can easily replicate in their local communities, such as our REconomy Project or Transition Streets.

2. From the very beginning of the Transition Movement, there has been an emphasis on decentralizing power, trusting individuals to make good decisions, and unleashing the collective genius. As a result, Transition US does not seek to dictate to local initiatives what we think they should do. Rather, we encourage them to respond directly to the needs and desires of their local communities, and engage their work in Transition in whatever way works best for them. We also uphold these values on the national level by supporting the emergence of regional hubs and volunteer-led working groups, as well as through our Collaborative Design Council, a national advisory body that is comprised of local Transition Initiative leaders, representatives of regional hubs and working groups, and Transition US Board members and staff.

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