The Principles of the Transition Movement
- Positive visioning: Transition initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of community life beyond dependence on fossil fuels.
- Trust and empowerment: Transition initiatives are based on telling people the closest vision and the truth that we know in times when the information available is deeply contradictory and then empowering appropriate responses.
- Inclusion and openness: Successful transition initiatives depend on the unprecedented coming together of diverse sections of society.
- Sharing and networking: Information sharing and learning are key principles of resilient ecologies that are central to transition.
- Building resilience: How communities respond to shocks is critical to the transition path beyond fossil-fuel dependency. The movement is explicit in its intension to building resilience across the economic sectors (including food, energy and transport) and across a range of appropriate scales – from local to national.
- Inner and outer transition: Transition is a catalyst to shifting values and unleashing the energy and creativity of people to do what they are passionate about.
- Subsidiarity: Self-organisation and decision-making at the appropriate scale are key principle drawn from resilient ecological systems.