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Transition Patterns and Ingredients

These are the new Transition Patterns and Ingredients being designed by Rob Hopkins and his team
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Welcome to the Patterns directory. It's new and exciting, and we hope you like it.

So what exactly is a pattern?
(thanks to Jerry McManus for this concise and eloquent description)

"Patterns can best be understood as proven solutions to common problems. It might help to think of “pattern” as just another word for “we’ve seen this problem before”.

Naturally, it follows that the more people who solve the same problem the more likely it is that they will arrive at roughly the same good solutions. Not identical solutions by any means, everyone’s situation is different, but solutions that have enough in common that you start to see, well, patterns. And, what do you know, look at all of those really smart and creative people out there that are doing a really amazing job of solving many of the same transition problems. Every day, all over the world.

Now here’s the beauty part, if you can find a way to capture that knowledge and experience then you might have something REALLY useful to people who are just as likely to hit the same problems that everyone else did. Useful not because you are presenting it in the form of a recipe to be followed blindly, but presented in the more general form of “when you have a problem like this, then use a solution like this”.

This allows people the freedom to adapt that solution to their particular situation, using whatever resources are available to them."

Other people have called them building blocks, ingredients, recipes and also “A Collection of Ideas and Solutions for Setting Up and Running a Successful Transition Initiative”.

Whatever you choose to call them, their purpose, function and application should become pretty clear once you start reading a few of them.

Take a look at the patterns

1 — What we start with

The first set of patterns, ‘What We Start With’, set out the thinking tools, skills and personal qualities that appear to help in the early stage of forming a Transition initiative. When siezed with a passionate wish to make Transition happen where you live, might there be some additional skills...

1a — Post petroleum Stress Disorder
1b — Critical Thinking
1c — Understanding Scale
1d — Thinking Like a Designer
1e — Personal Resilience
1f — How Others See Us/How We Communicate
1g — Civility/Manners
1h — Standing Up to Speak

2 — Getting Started

This set of patterns focuses on the early days of forming a Transition initiative, once we have decided that we want to dedicate some of our energy to bringing about a Transition initiative.
2a — Forming a Core Team
2b — Inclusion/Diversity
2c — Transition Training
2d — Running Successful Meetings
2e — Measurement
2f — Visioning
2g — Becoming a Formal Organisation
2h — Arts and Creativity
2i — Awareness Raising
2j — Communicating with the Media
2k — Forming Working Groups
2l — Building Strategic Partnerships
2m — The 'Project Support' concept
2n — Backcasting
2o — Transition Cakes

3 — Ongoing/Deepening: maintaining your initiative beyond the start-up stage

As your Transition work builds momentum, with a few practical projects emerging, you begin to have to start designing for the sustaining of the organisation, and also for the deepening of the work, broadening its engagement, and being more efficient and more effective. These patterns look at...
3a — 'Transition Towers' - having an office or not?
3b — Volunteers and Volunteering
3c — Financing Your Work
3d — Celebrating
3e — Emotional Support/Avoiding Burnout
3f — Momentum
3g — Celebrate Failure (and success!)
3h — Self Reflection
3i — Practical Manifestations
3j — Local Food Initiatives
3k — The Great Reskilling
3l — Working with Local Businesses
3m — Ensuring Land Access
3n — Unleashings
3o — Conflict Resolution

4 — Patterns for Outreach

It is often said that the scale of the response necessitated by peak oil and climate change is akin to 1939 and the preparations for World War Two. Every aspect of our lives needs to turn on a sixpence, in a coordinated and effective way. These patterns explore how Transition initiatives...
4a — Street-by-Street Behaviour Change
4b — Form Networks of Transition Initiatives
4c — Becoming the Media
4d — Engaging the Council
4e — Energy Resilience Assessment
4f — Community Brainstorming Tools
4g — Oral Histories
4h — Engaging Local Landowners
4i — Engaging Young People
4j — Engaging Schools
4k — Meaningful Maps
4l — The Role of Storytelling
4m — Networks and Partnerships
4n — Pausing for Reflection/'How Am I Doing?'
4o — Transition Endorsements

5 — Patterns for Implementing Transition Infrastructure

Ultimately, the role of Transition groups is to become the drivers for the relocalisation of the local economy in their area. This requires a ‘step up’ from being a group focusing on small community projects, and necessitates the integration of new skills and new ways of thinking, with...
5a — Energy Descent Action Plans
5b — Social Entrepreneurs
5c — Scaling Up
5d — Community Renewable Energy Companies (ESCOs)
5e — Strategic Local Infrastructure
5f — Strategies for Plugging the Leaks
5g — Intermediate Technologies
5h — Community Ownership of Assets
5i — Community Supported Agriculture/Farms/Bakeries etc
5j — Strategic Thinking

6 — Scaling Up Beyond the Community

The old saying ‘Think Global, Act Local’ is still relevant, and the patterns discussed above, if implemented, will create a huge groundswell for change, a catalyst for communities across the world seeing energy descent as a huge opportunity for change, rather than as a disaster.

6a — Policies for Transition
6b — Peak Oil Resolutions

More at http://www.transitionnetwork.org/patterns