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The Transition Handbook Discussion Course

The Transition Handbook was written by the founder of the Transition Movement, Rob Hopkins, to introduce the concepts of Transition. This six-week discussion course is based on the Handbook. It has been designed to stimulate personal examination of our own cultural stories, and how we might collectively rewrite these stories to create a world that's better than the one we have now. For each week, participants will read the assigned chapters on their own, then meet to discuss the questions provided.

Download and Print

Last updated March 17, 2010. Please consult this link before printing copies, as we do update the course over time.

Cover (Print in color on 67 lb. white or similar)
Interior pages. Print in black and white, double-sided, on regular copy paper
(Add a blank sheet of 67 lb. white stock as a back cover, and staple along the left side.)

This course was developed by Sustainable NE Seattle, recognized by the Transition US Network as an official Transition initiative.

For Group Organizers

Sustainable NE Seattle is making the course available to other Transition Initiatives who want to offer it to their own members. Structured as six sessions of two hours each, the course is a great way to introduce your members to the concepts of Transition.

The course is designed to be run by the participants themselves, so once you kick it off there's no more work for you to do.

We suggest that you print copies of the guide for the participants and charge a small fee to cover your printing costs. It is a good idea to host an orientation meeting, at which you introduce the course, collect the fees, hand out the printed guide, and review the process as described in the introduction of the course guide.

For Individuals

If you're not part of a group that is organizing the discussion course but you'd like to be part of one, feel free to organize your own course. Promote it among your friends and neighbors, using the suggested text below, then either print out copies of the course guide yourself (see above), or give the participants a link to this page and let them print it themselves.

Comments from Participants

The workbook was very well done, and did provide us with an excellent template for how to interact in our book group. Thanks very much for all the hard work you put into this. We are certainly the recipients of many, many benefits (some that are immediate, and some I trust are yet to be revealed!)
Thanks for creating such an amazing process!
This was a life-altering experience and I thank you so much. I never expected to look forward to energy descent, but I do.

Sample Announcement

Below is a sample announcement for an orientation meeting:

"There is no more important book than this one for any community seeking change toward ecological sustainability."-- Jerry Mander, founder/director of the International Forum on Globalization and author of In the Absence of the Sacred

Please join us for a six-week discussion course based on The Transition Handbook, by the founder of the Transition Movement, Rob Hopkins. For each week, participants will read the assigned chapters on their own, then meet to discuss the questions provided. The course has been designed to stimulate personal examination of our own cultural stories, and how we might collectively rewrite these stories to create a world that's better than the one we have now.

Watch a video by Rob Hopkins, describing the concepts behind the book.

An introductory orientation will be held at:
(Place, location, date and time here)

At the orientation, participants will receive the complete discussion course booklet, and will decide where and when they wish to meet for the six discussion sessions.

Group size is limited to 12 people, but if enough people attend the orientation meeting, more than one group can form. Participants will need to have access to a copy of the The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. The course fee is $3 to cover printing cost for the Discussion Course Guide.

As the author, Rob Hopkins, writes: "...if we wait for the government, it'll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it'll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time."