From the survey and analysis, there seem to be certain key points of intervention for my learning after the diploma and my engagement with Transition going from ‘nothing much is happening’ to ‘Transition is here!’.
- personal needs and development
- Transition community building
- creating Transition social enterprises.
Personal needs and development
Having reviewed my learning at the end of the diploma, I identified several areas I would like to develop:
- study of natural environment through observation and interaction (sit spots, walking, reading the landscape studies, community gardens) leading to more land-based design projects
- working with Brighton Permaculture Trust as a tutor and convenor
- developing community projects.
Transition community building
The survey of Transition in my local area, identified a lot of good work going on, but a lack of cohesion in the Transition movement and a lack of recognition of permaculture design. A revitalisation of the movement, building on existing initiatives and projects, and a focusing on permaculture design to realign the movement with its original intention seemed to be needed. How, is the question!
Creating Transition social enterprises
In the survey, exploring Transition as a whole, there is a development to build the movement by creating a Transition economy. This is essentially to strengthen the movement towards transitioning to a sustainable and regenerative way of living. Permaculture design is a key focus in the creating of new enterprises as often money is seen as the motivating factor, rather than appropriate ecological design.
Surveying my learning, the local permaculture and Transition landscapes, a design within this design would have to be ‘right livelihood’. I have always worked as a volunteer and value this work absolutely as a way of life. Collaborative working is my passion and I see great value in economic life with a cooperative, rather than competitive, ethic. My right livelihood design would certainly include supporting, facilitating and working in Transition social enterprises.