The Transition movement emerged from the work of Permaculture educator, Rob Hopkins, and his students at the Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. In early 2005 they created the Kinsale Energy Descent Action Plan, which was later adopted as policy by the Town Council. It was the first strategic community planning document of its kind, and went beyond the issues of energy supply, to look at across-the-board creative adaptations in the realms of food, farming, education, economy, health, and much more.
After moving back to the UK to complete his doctorate, Rob decided to take the Peak Oil preparation process beyond the classroom and into the community. He started Transition Towns Totnes in early 2006, and it took off like a rocket. It has since spread across the world as groups in other communities quickly copied the model and initiated the Transition process in their own locale.
The Transition Network was established in the UK in late 2006, to support the rapid international growth of the movement. In 2007, increasing high levels of interest in the States led to the launch of Transition US. We were established as a national support network, in partnership with the Transition Network so that we could take on the role of providing co-ordination, support and training to Transition Initiatives as they emerged across the States. The process of “officiating” Transition Initiatives in the States was also handed over to Transition US.
In December 2008, Transition US invited the UK founders of Transition Training, Naresh Giangrande and Sophy Banks, over to the States to give a series of training courses and talks. On December 17th and 18th Training for Transition was held in Los Angeles sponsored by Environmental Change-Makers (a very active group which was formed in Westchester in December of 2005 by Joanne Poyourow and Reverend Peter Rood). Sophy Banks and Naresh Giangrande were the trainers. There were 35 attendees, from such areas as Santa Barbara, San Fernando Valley, West LA, South Bay, Laguna Beach, Pasadena, Palm Springs, Tucson, AZ and southeastern Ohio.
Three persons from Culver City attended, including Kay Bolin who began organizing Transition activities in Culver City that March. Monthly meetings were held to introduce the community to the Transition concept. In June the Core Steering Committee for Transition Culver City was formed and on July 24th Transition Culver City became the 36th official Transition Initiative in the US and the 193rd in the world.
Look here for more on the history of Transition US: http://www.transitionus.org/about-us/history
Look here for an up-to-date list of “official” Transition Initiatives
Learn more by watching the movie “In Transition”