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Transition town definition?

 
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So I have a few general ideas of what you are referring to as a transition town but am not quite clear if there is a singular definition of what this is or isn't.
Does this refer to entire towns or cities that are making this move, or to subsets of these communities that are working towards these goals?
I live in an intentional community in Rochester N.Y. called the little flower community. There are a couple similar things going on elsewhere in the city and I'm not sure if that makes Rochester a transition town or if just our neighborhood is a transition town?
 
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Just because you have not got an answer does not mean that it was not a good question. I have been a little disappointed with Transition folks to network with those with similar goals but not within the Transition protocol and trainings
 
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Hey Jesse! I'm just a newbie around here and don't know much of anything. I certainly can't answer your question, although I always have an option.

The reason I am answering you is I would like to know more about where you live. What is the little flower community? Can you tell me more about it? I'm interested because I live just a hop, skip, and jump from you to the east in Sodus. Intentional community has been an interest of mine for some time and I would like to know more about yours.

Thanks
 
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Hi Jesse - it's a great question - sorry you got no responses before. From the Transition Network page:

What is a Transition Initiative?

It's a place where there's a community-led process that helps that town/village/city/neighbourhood become stronger and happier.

 
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Hi Jesse!

From my understanding of the Transition Towns guides, you don't have to have official town status or anything, but you do need to identify your community and approximately how many people are in it. The idea being that whatever community you start building and transitioning, it will affect the surrounding communities.

They specifically state that in order to become official you must meet the criterion: "a recognition that although your entire county or district may need to go through transition, the first place for you to start is in your local community. It may be that eventually the number of transitioning communities in your area warrant some central group to help provide local support, but this will emerge over time, rather than be imposed."

https://www.transitionnetwork.org/support/becoming-official and the Transition Network (.org) website has a lot more information, resources, and guidelines in how specifically to build and achieve your community's Energy Descent Action Plan.



I love that they added "16. and finally, we recommend that at least one person on the core team should have attended a permaculture design course... it really does seem to make a difference."

I hope this helps answer your question, if you haven't found the answer already.
 
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