Transition Together

Transition Together supports the Transition movement across Britain to develop and grow. We do this through helping groups to connect and learn from one another, amplifying inspiring stories, giving out seed funding grants and running workshops and events. We will also support the emergence of a democratically representative structure that can coordinate the movement across England and Wales.

If you are based in Scotland, please connect with our Scottish partners Scottish Communities Climate Action Network who deliver training, support and advice for the Transition movement in Scotland.

We are part of the CTRLShift Coalition and work with other community organisations across Britain to build community resilience and move towards a just transition.

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The Transition Movement

Transition Together is part of an international movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. Since 2005, thousands of groups have emerged in villages, cities, universities and schools in more than 50 countries.

Transition is about people taking practical action together in their local area to address the big challenges they face. In practice, they are setting up renewable energy projects, re-localising food systems, sparking entrepreneurship, rewilding cities, creating important community spaces and weaving webs of connection and support.

What makes the transition movement unique is its commitment to Transition Principles. We aim to respect resource limits and create resilience, promote inclusivity and social justice, pay attention to balance, decentralise power, experiment and encourage learning, collaborate and foster positive visioning and creativity.

Transition groups around the world are supported by the charity Transition Network which works to inspire, connect and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model.

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Meet the team

Mike Thomas

Strategic Development & Partnerships

Mike holds the strategic overview of our project and leads on developing partnerships and coalitions with other community organisations across the UK such as the CTRLShift Coalition. He has worked for Transition Network for the last 8 years, on infrastructure and supporting the development of the movement in the UK. Mike has a background in community support and has worked with Shelter, run a homeless charity and peer education projects and delivered welfare rights advice work. In his spare time you will find Mike on his allotment, writing music or helping run the Cube Cinema in Bristol.

Rhiannon Colvin

Communications & Engagement

Rhiannon leads on our communication and engagement strategy and helps develop training, workshops and events to support groups across our network. She has 10 years experience developing effective communications for social change. She is passionate about building a wellbeing economy and reimagining the future of work and has helped a wide range of co-operatives and community led businesses to thrive. She is the co-founder of AltGen and the Young Co-operators Network which support youth-led co-ops to get started. In her spare time you will find her dancing, doing pottery or or out for long walks in nature.

Richard Couldrey

Transition Development Worker

Richard leads on supporting our network to develop and grow. This includes running events, administering our yearly seed funding grants and helping shape a new democratic structure that will support and represent Transition groups across England and Wales. His background is in Theatre Production Management where he thrived realising the devised shows of artists both Nationally and Internationally. Since shifting to community-led action for change in 2012, he has used his production skills to support the development of Transition Town Tooting, the Transition London Hub and the Transition Hubs Heart Circle. In his spare time, you will find him watching his kids play football, practicing martial arts or building a community garden at a local school.

Chris McCartney

Social Media

Chris manages our social media and creates our monthly newsletters. She has a background in journalism and campaigning and has worked for Oxfam and Friends of the Earth. She is a founder of Repair Cafe Belfast and Belfast Tool Library, community projects which bring people together to share resources and skills and reduce consumption. She loves to tell stories that balance a glimpse of a better future and some practical steps to get there. She is a novice veg grower and fair-weather cyclist.

Rob Hopkins

Imagination & Events

Rob Hopkins holds the imagination thread in our team. He blogs, tweets, writes books and does public speaking about Transition. He is always asking ‘What If?’ and helps us co-organise excellent events such as the What Next Summit in 2021 and Together We Can in 2022. Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, the author of The Transition Handbook and most recently From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘. In his spare time you will find him involved in the Atmos Totnes campaign, drawing, lino print making and reading lots.