In Transition 2.0

In Transition 2.0 provides a broad, inspiring overview of Transition Initiatives around the world.

The documentary includes many examples of how local communities are responding to our need to create more sustainable communities. It was made by using local film crews so that the film makers did not have to fly around the world.

The following are the various chapters (with the time) in the video. Each story is inspiring and demonstrates how we can all make a difference.

Forming a Group (6:41) – Transition Wayland, USA.

Awareness Raising (8:25) – Transition Moss Side, UK (8:25). How one person can make a big difference – meet Joel who has knocked on more than 1420 doors.

Visioning (11:41) – Aldeia das Amoreiras Sustent·vel (sustainable village of Amoreiras), Portugal.

Inner Transition workshops (14:15) – Devon, UK.

Whitney Avenue Urban Farm (16:13) – Pittsburgh, USA. A great urban farm in a round down part of town, having a remarkable impact on the people around them.

Creating vegetable gardens on train stations (22:36) – Transition Kensal to Kilburn, London, UK. .

Trashcatchers Carnival (25:06) – Transition Town Tooting‘s, UK.

Conflict (26:58) – Transition City Lancaster, UK.  The importance of hearing each other, respect and building positive relationships.

Leadership Support (29:14) – Transition Finsbury Park, London UK.

Working with Councils (31:21) – Transition Monteveglio, Italy. Two people connected with the Transition group were elected to Council, one of them as the mayor.

Transition Streets (35:20) – Transition Towns Totnes, UK. This was one of the inspiration for Transition Newcastle’s Transition Streets Challenge.

Social Enterprises (39:30) – Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Towns, UK. Discusses a couple local business: The Green Valley Grocer which was established by raising shares from the community to take over the local grocers which was closing down, and the Handmade Bakery which was established as a workers cooperative with loans from the community who were paid back in Bread.

Community owned assets (44:23) – Transition Towns Lewes, UK. Britian’s first community owned solar power station (98 kW – enough power for around 40 homes).

Digital currency (48:36) – Transition Brixton, UK. The Brixton Pound, a local complementary currency which can be spent in local traders in part of London became UK’s first mobile phone-based currency.

Kitchen gardens (52:36) – Heal the Soil, Auroville, India.  who help people start-up small vegetable gardens in the rural villages of India, providing seeds and permaculture training in order to help them get started growing food, and

Fujino Power Company (55:55) – Transition Town Fujino, Japan. Following the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, members of Transition Fujino responded by setting up a community energy company, with the intention of powering their whole valley using renewable energy.

Community TimeBanking (59:37) – Project Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand. Rebuilding after the earthquake with the help of TimeBanking.

You can learn more about Transition Newcastle HERE.

If you liked this post you might want to subscribe to the blog (top right-hand corner of the blog),  and you might like to read:

  1. The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges
  2. Transition Streets Challenge – comments from coordinators
  3. Consumption and the Transition movement
  4. Hulbert Street – building community in a street
  5. How we can eat our landscapes

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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3 Responses to In Transition 2.0

  1. Rutilly says:

    Would all this apply in the uk?


    • Yes, many of the stories are from the UK


      • Rutilly says:

        Wow, thank you and trying to start a community group that hopefully will set up projects in area’s that need it and then hopefully leave them to the community but am finding it hard making a start. The ideas and willingness is there but the actual who to contact and how to start is still vexing me. So your blog has helped push start me a little further.


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