The Transition Model

The pioneering work in Kinsale in 2005 continuing in Totnes since 2006, and the efforts of its leaders to understand and communicate their experiences of what works and doesn't work has led to the evolution of a set of principles and techniques that constitute what we can call the Transition Model.

Here the model is briefly explained in an excerpt from the Transition Primer

The Transition Model is a loose set of realworld principles and practices that have been built up over time though experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to build local resilience and reduce carbon emissions.


Underlying awareness

Underpinning the Transition Model is a recognition of the following:

The 12 Steps to Transition

These are the areas that we've observed as being critical so far in Transition Initiatives. Communities are adopting these steps, adapting and reordering as they see fit.

It's not a prescriptive "must-do" list, it's what we've seen working through close scrutiny and being in Transition Initiatives ourselves. In time it will certainly change as we learn more about how communities can most effectively tackle the challenges of climate change and peak oil.

Click The 12 Steps to read more about them

A useful visual model of the 12 steps timeline is shown below. It illustrates that many of the steps can run in parallel and their timings can overap.

12 Steps Timeline 

The 7 "Buts"

When faced with the prospect of difficult change and challenging actions, humans will construct their own emotional and psychological barriers that stop them taking those actions. The "7 Buts" name and dismantle what we've seen to be the most typical barriers to change.

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Transition Network

The Transition Network's role is to accelerate change through inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training communities as they consider and then implement their version of the model.

More Information

Who We Are and What We Do

Transition Primer