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Transition Network Resources

You'll find our guides for ‘Visioning a post-Transition future’ and ‘'Producing a Timeline' here: https://transitionnetwork.org/do-transition/starting-transition/7-essential-ingredients/vision/

Open space events are also a great way to generate visions you can find the guide for running them here: https://transitionnetwork.org/resources/run-open-space-events-guide/

Having a shared vision can help provide a real focus for your group and helps communicate to others what you are doing and why. It can also inspire local people and other groups to get involved and help make that vision a reality. Possibly most importantly, it encourages people to think of new possibilities for their future, which can be really empowering.

One of the simplest tools for visioning is just to invite people to close their eyes and imagine themselves walking down the street in 2030 and stopping to look around. Ask them what they can see or hear. Invite them to record their impressions through drawing, painting, or writing poetry, stories, or perhaps small ad columns from a future local newspaper. Much of what we read in the popular press is based on conflict, so creative exercises that, for example, invite people to write newspaper articles from the future, can work really well for some people.

“I was deeply disturbed and sad about the state of the natural world

and society. Getting involved with Transition Pasadena has meant

going from despair to community and being able to follow a passion

and get help with it. It changed my relationship to the problems”.

- Laurel Beck. Transition Pasadena, US.

A 'gallery' of crowd-sourced visions of the future: Transition Network conference 2010, at Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK. Image: Mike Grenville.

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