There are four types of initiatives within the Transition Model:
- Local Transition Initiatives
- Local Transition Hubs
- Temporary Initiating Hubs
- Regional Coordinating Hubs
Local Transition Initiative
A local Transition Initiative is embedded in its own locale where the steering group inspires and organises the community. This the simplest and most frequent initiative and is typically found in communities up to 15,000 people. This is the real heart of Transition.
Local Transition Hub
Based within a large congruent/contiguous area with its own identity (e.g. a city). Helps establish and support Local Transition Initiatives in it's surrounding areas. The transition hub provides encouragement, resources and training to other initiatives in it's locale, and facilitates the process of 'registering' as an official transition initiative. A community is only as resilient as it's neighbours.
Temporary Initiating Hub
Made up of a collection of acquainted individuals from different locales in the same region. Members of this group help each other start up Local Transition Initiatives in their region and then the group disbands. Members of the Temporary Initiating Hub usually move on to become members of their own local initiative when it starts to achieve some momentum.
Regional Coordinating Hub
A collection of existing transition initiatives that get together for mutual support, coordinating activities, and sharing resources. It is clear that there needs to be some sort of structure that is able to engage with government at all levels - local, regional and national.
The Transition Network only recognizes organizations representing collections of transition initiatives if:
- They have been requested by, or have emerged from a significant proportion of the active Transition Initiatives in the region.
- They are organized, run and coordinated by representatives appointed from within active Transition Initiatives in the region.