MIMIC THIS! When you get invited to events 3000 miles away (or 20 of them just across town), use COPY & PASTE with the really interesting events to seed your own community's plans for similar events. Why start from scratch.... Beg, borrow and mimic! More....
No you're right. If 2000 people join this site and also join the other one, there must be a reason for it. I'd like to hear from someone who wants to answer my question, not just say they don't like my tone. What do you like about this site? Are you also on transitionnetwork? I'm really interested in your thoughts.
Sandra, I sympathize with your confusion about the multiplicity of sites relating to Transition, and none of them well connected, if at all. The transitionnetwork.org system developed in the UK to register all initiatives there, and, as the movement grew, initiatives from around the world. It is built on a wiki platform, an early favorite model for free or inexpensive websites used by public groups. From what I can find, it does not provide good tools for interaction, and not many initiatives use it for much more than a link to their main site.
TransitionUS.org is the official hub for initiatives in the US. It offers considerable reference material, and includes a blogging area with some excellent content. But again, for reasons that are not entirely clear, there is not much interaction on that site, even though anyone can "join" and then comment on blog posts.
This TransitionUS.ning site is an unofficial networking site for the whole country (actually there are many international members, too), built on the ning platform, which provides an extensive set of interactive tools. Many discussions have been initiated on this site, and some have generated quite a bit of interaction. I am surprised and disappointed that no one else has tried to answer your legitimate question before me. That is a reflection, I think, of the hugeness of this whole country compared to the local nature of Transition Initiatives — people just don't relate to a national site.
The TN Resources tab at the top of each page here leads to links to statewide sites for every state, again unofficial, and built on the ning platform. That's where you will find much more activity, in some states at least. The California site has over 1,000 members for example. You may find a group near you in the San Fernando Valley.
I administer the site for Massachusetts. We have 325 members, several active groups and many lively discussions. The Transition movement would benefit if these sites were even more active and better connected, but that will only happen when the leadership understands the opportunities that are being bypassed. Hang in there until you find what you are looking for!
I don't know where you are in LA, but you may want to check out Joanne Poyourow's profile. She has an active Transition group in LA called the Environmental Change-Makers. The link to that is on her profile.
- The Transition Network moved away from the old wiki platform at the beginning of the year. They have released a powerful data driven site that allows us all to watch Transition grow across the globe. The map serves to paint an increasingly accurate picture of the Transition Movement. When people are looking for real people doing the work of Transition this is where they are going.
- Transition US (of which I am a member of the staff) made the early decision not to get into the "social networking" business. Recently Ed Mitchel did a great job of articulating the position of the Transition Network (and Transition US) as it relates to the role of social networks. Again, Transition US decided to focus the "interaction" around webinars, conference calls, and a listserv (not to mention frequent trainings, meetings amongst board, staff, and associated working groups).
- Transition US (this Ning site) is one of the primary places where the online conversation is happening (which is the role of social networking). As Ed points out in his writeup (see link above), there is an important role for such discussions. It doesn't come as a surprise that confusion exists and that folks often think Transition US (the hub) is Transition US (this Ning site).
we are aware of the multitude of sites relating to Transition around the web. This is because we are a bottom up movement and not a top down organisation, and are feeling our way through the jungle that is internet stuff.
We are also aware that the Transition US and Transition Network sites are not joined up. We have discussed between us how great it would be to share logins between our sites, and when we get the funding to do this, we will :)
We are also aware that this Transition US Ning site is not joined up with the rest of the TT web-verse; I am doing what I can to reach out to Les here to bridge this gap. There are many other places on the web where transitioners hang out, so this is not the only one - we are working on a 'sharing engine' project to connect all the diverse locations around the web.
In the meantime, we in the UK are very grateful to the Transition US staff for supporting the use of the centralised initiative directory, and to you all for bearing with us as we work our way gradually through the internet jungle.
We're not a neat organisation!
Transition Network web co-ordinator