What is Transition Norwich?
Transition Norwich – officially launched at a meeting of 400 people in St. Andrew's Hall on 1st October 2008 – is an affiliation of ordinary citizens who are actually excited about the idea of a post-oil based Norwich.
We are part of Transition Network – a national and international lattice of villages, towns, cities and communities - who want to get on and build the local structures which will enable true community and justice to thrive at a local level, and reduce our climate impact at the same time.
To make this transition – from the business-as -usual oil-intensive economy, to a resilient local economy – takes imagination and commitment. Fortunately in Norwich we have an abundance of these. Our job is to harness this abundance, and together, turn them into practical projects that will stand the test of time and and make Norwich a more resilient and enjoyable place to live and work.
What is the structure of Transition Norwich?
Each transition initiative evolves its own structure, and Norwich is no exception. When we launched in 2008, some ideas for 'theme groups' were floated, and over time new ones have formed, and others have dissolved. The spirit of transition is that how it looks, and what it does, is decided by those who are committed in it.
At the moment, we have a number of theme groups (see left hand column), low-carbon neighbourhood groups or 'Circles' and working projects. Each group is autonomous to decide what it does and how it works within the overall umbrella of 'transition'.
Originally we had a 'core group' to review all the strands of TN, as the initiative progressed, In line wtih the original 12 Steps of Transition, this groups dissolved at the beginning of 2011. Now these strands are cohered within the regular reports from the Communications group via our two blogs.
For a recent update on Transition Norwich here is a report written by Sabine Virani for the Norwich Magazine (January 2012)
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