21 Jul 2009
The 2009 Transition Movement Survey: essential reading
Dr. Gill Seyfang from the University of East Anglia has just published a very important piece of research, entitled “Green Shoots of Sustainability: the 2009 Transition Movement Survey” which you can download here. 94 UK Transition initiatives were sent an online questionnaire, of which 74 responded (a great response rate, thanks everyone). The results are fascinating, offering an in-depth snapshot of where this young movement is at after less than 3 years. It looks at the challenges as much as the opportunities, in keeping with the idea that we need to learn as much from failures as from successes. What fascinated me was how the top challenges that emerged, in particular how to sustain deepening of engagement, and how to keep reaching beyond the ‘usual suspects’, is what has already been identified as the core aspects of Transition Network’s work over the coming year. Be great to hear your reflections, and your suggestions for responding to the findings of the study. Do they capture where your initiative is at? My main reflection was what amazing work people are doing, and how, rather than the daft ‘Low Carbon Town’ competition announced in the recent UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, some sustained funding for training, materials and support for Transition initiatives would serve a great deal better at enabling the continued growth and deepening of Transition across the country.