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What is


As the first step of Transition: Bounce Forward, we ran a series of four exciting online What Is events from 7th-10th September.  This will be followed by further sessions where we’ll be looking at What If and What Next.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability and inequality experienced by many people in our communities, it has also demonstrated the potential for major and swift changes to reframe the purposes of our economy and our society.

In true Transition form our vision is not to ‘bounce back’ to how things were before. Transition groups have been crafting a vision of a better future for over a decade, that speaks to the needs for community resilience and a society with a focus on caring. So instead of bouncing back, we invite you to join with us to bounce forward.

These online sessions will allow us to explore the reality of what is happening in our communities at the intersection of the Covid-19, social and climate crises, and some  inspiring solutions that Transition groups have already developed in response.

You can watch the films of these talks below:

What is the context for the next 5 years of Transition? 

Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre), Nick Anim (TT Brixton) and Eva Schonveld (Transition Scotland Hub) to explore the challenges and the framing that will shape the next few years of the Transition movement.

How best to be in service to the scale of ambition the climate emergency demands of us, the urgency of demands for racial and social justice, as well as the need to ensure individuals and groups have the emotional and collective resilience for times that will be turbulent, fast-moving, and always surprising? Hear the thoughts of our panel and their conversation, while also bringing your own questions and reflections.

Chaired by Rob Hopkins of Transition Network.

‘The Opportunities These Times Present’.

Join representatives of Transition LiverpoolTransition Llandrindod Wells and Transition Letchworth to explore how three Transition groups having been using these days of COVID-19 to dream big about what comes next and to take imaginative steps towards it

Expect tales of takeovers of car parking spaces, a reimagining of how a town feeds itself and a bold and audacious plan for cycle lanes everywhere!

Chaired by Peter LeFort of Transition Network.

‘Thinking big and building networks to mobilise communities to rethink the future’.  

Join representatives of Transition Kentish Town, Transition New Mills and Transition Ealing to hear how they are finding new and unexpected openings to work with their local councils in response to declarations of climate emergencies.

Listen out for tales of empty cafes transformed into community hubs for the imagination, community ‘What Next’ imagining events, and ambitious plans for decarbonisation by 2030.

Chaired by Hilary Jennings of Transition Town Tooting.

‘Reinventing and revaluing projects in changing times’. 

Join representatives from Crystal Palace Transition Town,  Hythe Environmental Community Group and Transition Town Wellington to explore how their projects are adapting to recent events, to pandemics, and to the upsurge of concern around climate change. Chaired by Yaz Brien of Transition Network.

Expect tales of Libraries of Things, award-winning Food Markets, food gleaning projects, Repair Cafes and so much more. Prepare to marvel and what groups of motivated people can achieve.

Chaired by Yaz Brien of Transition Network.

Green, But Mostly White. Why? 

Join Transition member Nick Anim to explore the ways in which racism impacts upon our work within the UK Transition movement.

Ethnicity is widely acknowledged to be an important determinant in the harmful impacts of climate and ecological crises in space and time. Yet, a snapshot of environmental groups and organisations in the multicultural societies of Western countries such as the UK reveals a striking affliction of ‘diversity deficiency syndrome’. Why? How can prominent environmental movements and organisations address this long-standing problem?