Transition Sydney

The Transition Model

The pioneering work in Kinsale in 2005 continuing in Totnes since 2006, and the efforts of its leaders to understand and communicate their experiences of what works and doesn't work has led to the evolution of a set of principles and techniques that constitute what we can call the Transition Model.

Here the model is briefly explained in an excerpt from the Transition Primer

The Transition Model is a loose set of realworld principles and practices that have been built up over time though experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to build local resilience and reduce carbon emissions.


Underlying awareness

Underpinning the Transition Model is a recognition of the following:

  • Climate Change and Peak Oil require urgent action
  • life with less energy is inevitable and it is better to plan for it than be taken by surprise industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with energy shocks
  • we have to act together and we have to act now
  • regarding the world economy and the consumptive patterns within it, as long as the laws of physics apply, infinite growth within a finite system (such as planet earth) simply isn't possible.
  • we demonstrated phenomenal levels of ingenuity and intelligence as we raced up the energy curve over the last 150 years, and there's no reason why we can't use those qualities, and more, as we negotiate our way down from the peak of the energy mountain
  • if we plan and act early enough, and use our creativity and cooperation to unleash the genius within our local communities, then we can build a future that could be far more fulfilling and enriching, more connected and more gentle on the earth than the lifestyles we have today.

The 12 Steps to Transition

These are the areas that we've observed as being critical so far in Transition Initiatives. Communities are adopting these steps, adapting and reordering as they see fit.

It's not a prescriptive "must-do" list, it's what we've seen working through close scrutiny and being in Transition Initiatives ourselves. In time it will certainly change as we learn more about how communities can most effectively tackle the challenges of climate change and peak oil.

Click The 12 Steps to read more about them

A useful visual model of the 12 steps timeline is shown below. It illustrates that many of the steps can run in parallel and their timings can overap.

12 Steps Timeline 

The 7 "Buts"

When faced with the prospect of difficult change and challenging actions, humans will construct their own emotional and psychological barriers that stop them taking those actions. The "7 Buts" name and dismantle what we've seen to be the most typical barriers to change.

Click The 7 Buts to read more about them 

Transition Network

The Transition Network's role is to accelerate change through inspiring, encouraging, supporting, networking and training communities as they consider and then implement their version of the model.

More Information

Who We Are and What We Do

Transition Primer

You are here: Home Resources The Transition Model