Framing – Challenges and Opportunities

Lists that came out of Transition Town State College steering group meetings May 30, 2010, at Ahimsa Village in Julian, PA, and June 6, 2010, in Lemont.


  • Getting more people aware and involved
  • Overcoming fear of change
  • Developing willingness to make sacrifices
  • Remaining positive in the face of tremendous change/challenge
  • Learning to working together cooperatively and manage conflict
  • Changing habits and lifestyles
  • Practicing turning ideas into reality, thoughts into actions
  • Keeping momentum going
  • Relearning lost skills
  • Adapting existing infrastructure – sewage, transport system, food supply
  • Developing better public transport for people and goods
  • Overcoming bureaucratic inertia, especially in the short-term
  • Adapting the current healthcare system – based on denial of mortality, fear of death, treatment of symptoms rather than causes – to post-carbon health care needs.
  • Finding alternatives to petrochemical medicines
  • Caring for the elderly
  • Growing and storing enough food, with variety, within our seasonal cycles.
  • Creating new energy production and distribution systems. Most homes, schools and hospitals currently depend on oil/gas.
  • Creating new building systems – local materials, non-mechanical/fuel-dependent methods.
  • Rebuilding the local economy, now reliant on fuel-intense tourism


  • Creating community and mutual support, possibly using traditional/tribal models
  • Reconnecting within local community, and with other local communities
  • Increasing local entertainment and community activities
  • Combining traditional knowledge, methods & wisdom with modern knowledge
  • Rebalancing values
  • Increasing local skills base – learn new skills and re-learn old skills
  • Creating community gardens, which also serve a social function as gathering places
  • Creating permaculture systems on allotments – to grow food and reduce food miles
  • Rebuilding local agriculture
  • Shopping locally and sustaining local businesses
  • Saving energy – insulation, solar panels, light bulbs
  • Providing local energy
  • Becoming less dependent on cars
  • Simpler, more sustainable lifestyles
  • Using local materials, appreciating and protecting native resources better
  • Less waste
  • Improving health – eating less packaged/processed food, getting more exercise, supporting mental and emotional health through stronger social ties.
  • Changing healthcare – more home births, personal responsibility for health
  • Learning to have ecological funeral/burials
  • Reconnecting with the Earth; remembering that we are part of a web of reciprocal living systems; Remembering our responsibility to the Earth; accountability to future generations.
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