Transition Lake County
Transition Lake County (TLC) is a movement and network of neighbors and citizen-leaders working together to co-create a healthier, happier community and local economy in beautiful Lake County, CA!
We serve, connect and celebrate the work being done by our local community members to improve our world -- empowering us all to meet our needs locally and live more fulfilling, abundant and socially connected lives.
What is Transition?
Transition is thoughtful creative change to “Going Local.” Transition is a worldwide grassroots movement to meet the challenges of crashing global economy, depleted fossil fuels, and disastrous climate change by developing rich local community and thriving local resiliency: local food, local energy, local economy, local building materials, local health care, local art, local fun, local spirit. What do you envision? What are you willing to create? Join us! We are inclusive, community-building, solution-oriented.
Here are some additional words on the topic of "what transition is" (gathered from participants in our Training 4 Transition in December, 2010. If you have some words you'd like to share about your experiences in transition, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"With transition, every part of us will evolve. For me, it’s about allowing what is inherently right to rule once again."
- Francis Howland, citizen, Konocti
"It gives me hope that maybe we can get through this without a whole lot of messiness. We’re just coming together and working out a way to leave the world better than we found it. For me, transition is life participating in life-affirming activities in the context of a group. I‘ve been on this path a long time, and I’m done feeling alone."
- Shula Shoup, community organizer, Clearlake
This is about becoming a midwife in my own rebirth... One of the things that is really positive about transition for me is that we’re all in this together, and that we can all be more successful by acting collectively like more of us are -- like we are all valuable plants in the garden of life."
- David Goolsbee, green architect, Clearlake
"I see the transition movement as an incredibly powerful vehicle for change. I want to be a part of something that nourishes not only ourselves, but all of Lake County, all the plants and animals, all of Life!"
- Mary Perkins, therapist, Lakeport
"For me, transition is about gathering others to do what I was going to do anyway."
- Peggy Rose, land healer, Anderson Springs
"Earth is a precious jewel in our Universe, and it gives us our life -- and we have not been treating her very well. Transition is about keeping her alive and restoring her beauty."
- Greg Peters, psychologist, Loch Lomond
"I see transition as an opportunity to connect with what’s best about ourselves in a positive way. Transition is about choice. And transition is inevitable."
-David White, Fairfax transition member inspired by Transition Lake County
Year 2011 TLC Values and Principles
1. Positive Visioning - We practice connecting from our place of appreciation and enthusiasm. What is your vision? What do you want to co-create? What is alive for you?
2. Help People Access Good Information and Trust Them to Make Good Decisions - We believe inquiry into the processes of economic and ecological change helps unite us. How do we grow the wisdom to know what works for us and determine how to get there? We trust wholistic process.
3. Inclusion and OpennessAs we can, we reach and enliven our diverse community with openness, inclusion and collaboration. We welcome curiosity, passion or a desire to contribute.
4. Enable Sharing and NetworkingTogether, our community possesses the ability to match resources to needs, helping us all to help each other freely and fairly.
5. Build ResilienceWe co-design sustainable, harmonious natural systems. We celebrate sensible re-skilling in survival skills to enjoyably heal our atmosphere.
6. Inner and Outer TransitionThe challenges we face involve our worldviews, belief systems, feelings, needs, and obsolete survival strategies. We consciously support one another emotionally, psychologically and spiritually in caring, eco-sensitive and synergic change.
7. Self-Organization and Decision-Making at the Appropriate LevelThis movement is mostly self-organizing and organic. Responsibly and responsively participate as you feel best for you.
8. Sustainable Community SkillsWe value transparency, compassionate communication, consensus building, and empathic facilitation. TLC transitioners do not pass along gossip or polarizing prejudicial thinking. We look for the good in each other.
9. Harmony with NatureWe keep listening lovingly to the land, plants, animals, and each other, and we respond considerately and gently. We celebrate the Earth.
10. IntegrityWholistic health, honesty, fairness and accountability work together for peace and happiness.
11. Stewardship and InterdependenceWe honor quality of life, interrelationship, and all transitions, with respectful freely-chosen cooperation.
12. Regular Revision of These Imperfect PrinciplesWe annually review our stated values and principles, by full consensus of the TLC core group meeting in January’s. We attend to living emerging change patterns and we address them as deeper transition unfolds and regenerates.
*Adapted from www.transitionus.org
Other Transition Initiatives
Here is a list of links to other Transition Initiatives around the world. You can see a full map of official Transition Initiatives here. Also be sure to check out the Transition Network, as well as the TransitionUS Social Network on Ning, which is a Facebook-style social utility that connects transitioners like us all across the country. There is a Transition Lake County Social Network subgroup on this site. It is a great tool for meeting like-minded people and learning more about al the inspirational work that has already been done.
Nearby Transition Initiatives and Localization Projects
TLC and Transition Links