For a bit of fun, we've decided to copy an idea from the Transition Portugal hub and link our human social structures into the natural environment. Each Transition initiative in Scotland we'll think of as a tree in our Scottish Transition forest. They'll be all ages, shapes and sizes. Some just seeds on the ground, some saplings reaching for the light others mature growing trees and sadly there's a few Fallen ones too, but they are still adding nutritional value to our forest with their past knowledge and experience.
The people who are active in Transition within Scotland might be little bees. Imagine them living within the one tree in the wood, but exploring, reporting on new discoveries, bringing back nourishment into their hives and perhaps a little knowledge transfer through our bee dance!
OK, We'll leave it at that. Any more complex nature analogies and we'll loose the plot!
THE TREES in our Scottish Transition Forest
Seeds - embryonic groups still in the minds of those who are keen for something to start in their neighbourhood.
We've got responses from Paisley, Aberdeen, Biggar, Eigg and other locations from people interested in forming local Transition groups or to request recognition as being part of the Transition Network. We are currently working through this list and will be in touch with everyone who contacted us through our recent survey.
Saplings - young community organisations who have come together and who might have made an initial start and are thinking about what to do first or are just in the process of delivering their first actions within their community. Or they might be active groups who have not yet formally registered to become official.
Tweedgreen, Peebles - mulling the idea of joining the Transition network.
Mature - initiatives who've been around a while, have some experience, might have lost a few branches but who are still growing and adapting to the changing dynamics of people, finance, ideas, energy, etc.
Fallen - transition initiatives who no longer function but will have served a useful purpose when they grew. Folks who can still be contacted to feed and nourish the soils around with their knowledge and experience.
North Howe Transition Toun
North Queensferry Transition Initiative
Transition Edinburgh University
Transition West Kilbride
Transition Edinburgh Pentlands
Transition Arran and Holy Isle
There's all kinds of bees and types of function in a hive, but lets keep this simple. Basically imagine people as bees. Some fly around gathering nectar, connecting with the wider outside world and others remain in the hive or are like the members of our transition communities. So flap those wings and imagine you are a bee!
Our Transition Scotland hub is made up of people who are active in their own communities and who give extra help by offering help to others, sharing experiences, and spreading that knowledge with others.
Folks like us are: Eva from PEDAL, Phil from Dunbar, Alan from Linlithgow, David, Pat and Joanna from Edinburgh, Luci from Glasgow, Ali from St. Andrews, Martin from Black Isle, Emma from Stirling and Maria in Findhorn Eco Village.
OTHER FORESTS (Transition Hubs around the planet)
Here's a list of some of the other Hubs within the Transition Network.