Transition – I love it! Transition inspired me to begin permaculture and to community living. It opened up the way to living in harmony with the earth and with others. It offers an inspiring vision for the future – not dependent on oil, working with nature and in community. In this design I wanted to reconnect with the Transition movement, having been involved in the first year of Transition Town Lewes as the start of my engagement with permaculture.
The Transition movement originates with Rob Hopkins, a permaculture teacher and designer. I see Transition as rooted in permaculture design and in Mollison’s ideas for bioregional organisation: the energy descent action plan is permaculture design on a bioregional scale. This is the intention, the theory, but of course in practice it may be different, however the Transition movement continually inspires me by the projects arising out of it which meet permaculture ethics and principles on many levels. For me this is an example of permaculture edge at its best, ie a place of loads of potential to disseminate and engage people with permaculture design ethics and principles. The application of permaculture ethics and principles at all stages of the design are what makes something a permaculture design and this often does not happen in community groups or organisations.
This is my final design for the Diploma and is a future-oriented design, apart from designing how I engage with Transition, this design also explores how I personally transition from doing the diploma and developing my permaculture learning and practice.
I used the SADI design process, but this time trying out Mollison’s design methods for the design work.
Highlights for me…
Energy Descent Action Plans
Transition in action
Community food growing