We are a national network of people striving to build local resilience.

We get it. The overwhelming challenges caused by climate disruption, destructive economies, and growing inequality make it difficult to know where to start. We are ordinary people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in living rooms, community gardens, and co-working spaces across the country. Everyone has a role to play. As Transition Founder Rob Hopkins stated, “If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.”

We are stronger together as a unified movement than as isolated efforts scattered throughout the country. Together, we can amplify our collective voice, harness the power of collaboration, learn from each other’s experience, and provide mutual support.

Unlike a traditional, top-down chapter model, members of our network are independent, autonomous entities, coordinating and collaborating with Transition US on a voluntary basis. As the official national hub for the international Transition Movement, Transition US is here to help your group succeed and thrive.

The key components of our network are local Transition Initiatives, regional hubs, national working groups, our national Collaborative Design Council, Transition US, and the Transition Network.

Local Initiatives

Local initiatives are the beating heart of this network. They are the places where more resilient local communities are collectively redesigned and rebuilt from the bottom up. Every Transition Initiative is fully autonomous, deciding for itself what actions to take and how best to take them. However, by affiliating with Transition US, they become eligible to participate on our national Collaborative Design Council and receive extra support and other benefits from Transition US. 

Regional Hubs

Regional hubs support Transition activities within a defined geographical area by raising awareness about the movement, encouraging the formation of local initiatives, connecting people to local initiatives and networking local initiatives with each other, hosting regional gatherings and Transition Trainings, and coordinating collective actions.

A national working group for affiliated regional hubs has been established by Transition US in order to facilitate the sharing of best practices and the provision of mutual aid.

National Working Groups

National working groups spontaneously arise from our network to address a variety of important topics related to Transition, channeling the power of common interest into action. Groups have already formed to focus on Inner Resilience, Social Justice, Politics & Policy, Transition Universities, and Regional Hubs at the national level. They work with Transition US to offer National Network Calls, webinars, retreats, training, handbooks, and other resources. Transition affiliated national working groups coordinate their activities with the entire network through their participation on the Collaborative Design Council and direct communication with Transition US. 

Social Justice Working Group

Launched in 2018, the mission of the Transition US Social Justice Working Group is to grow justice, equity and inclusion in the world, and to create the conditions for diversity to flourish in the Transition Movement. We do this by educating ourselves on social justice issues and sharing resources with the broader Transition movement, connecting and collaborating with the broader social justice movement, and implementing practical projects that incorporate justice and equity as integral aspects of building resilience.

Inner Resilience Network

The Inner Resilience Network was formed in 2018 as a collaboration between Transition US, Era of Care [LINK] and other aligned organizations. The mission of the Inner Resilience Network is to support interpersonal and psycho-spiritual resilience in the face of today's multifaceted challenges and to cultivate the skills, resources, and support systems needed for a life-affirming culture. We do this by connecting with practitioners, facilitators and activists engaged in personal and collective transformation.

Politics & Policy Working Group

The Politics & Policy Working Group was formed in late 2019 to educate and share resources on Transition-aligned policy solutions. The Politics & Policy Working Group hosts a monthly webinar series, and connects and supports local TIs that are interested in policy work.

Collaborative Design Council

Our national Collaborative Design Council was established in 2016 to create a space for national working group, regional hub, and local initiative leaders to learn from each other, share ideas, resources, skills, and information, provide input on Transition US activities, and collaborate on projects that guide and support the Transition Movement in this country. Transition US staff and board members participate on this 18-member council, which meets online once a month and invites new members to join annually.

Aleisa Myles

Transition Town Media

David Cobb

Cooperation Humboldt

Galen Meyers

Inner Resilience Network

Janice Lynne

Transition Fort Collins

John Foran

Eco Vista

Jul Bystrova

Inner Resilience Network

Kaat VanderStraten

Transition Wayland

Karen Tuininga

Transition Town Charlotte

Leslie MacKenzie

Transition Twin Cities

Marissa Mommaerts

Transition US

Paul Carlson

Simply Living

Shaktari Belew

Transition Trainer

Shelley Buoniuato

Fayetteville Citizens Climate Lobby

Theo Talcott

Transition Town Manchester

William Mutch

Transition Palo Alto