The global movement
The Transition town movement began in 2005 in Totnes, UK. It has inspired bottom-up community action in over 50 countries. While climate change is a central concern, transition towns also seek to nurture a caring culture, to reduce social inequality, and to spark impact-driven entrepreneurship. At its heart, transition aims to tackle big global challenges with local action.
Transitioners are now "reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support... in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, universities, [and] schools."
Transition in Winnipeg: a timeline
Transition Winnipeg began in 2012 with a well-attended "unleashing" event in which community members were invited to brainstorm activities that would catalyze meaningful change in their neighbourhoods. Many of the same folks were involved in creating and nurturing Sustainable South Osborne, a neighbourhood-based transition organization.
Independent and collaborative projects include the following (projects with an asterisk* have wound down):