Who what and how

VISION | Thriving local communities meeting their needs in a resilient, healthy and sustainable way.

MISSION | Be a catalyst for OKC’s transition to local resilience, health and sustainability.

We use a Governance Toolbox developed by Transition US as a practical guide for our work.
We use a modified version of a Governance Toolbox developed by Transition US as a guide.

CORE CONCEPT | Resilient people and systems have the ability to adapt and regenerate, even in the midst of change. Resilience is the ability of a system – whether an individual, a home, a community, an economy, a town or city – to withstand volatility whether natural or man made. The Transition model provides a framework for people to self-organize and collaborate while working to create more resilient, sustainable communities.

METHODS

Act as a catalysts, aiming to inspiring others to create their own answers and envision an abundant future, without necessarily trying to provide all the answer

Network, develop partnerships, collaborate with and highlight the work of others

Raise awareness and understanding of the intertwining challenges of economic uncertainty, volatile energy prices and supplies, and climate change

Work at the grassroots level to encourage and empower people to harness the creativity of their community and each other

Connect the public with information and resources about local groups and organizations making Oklahoma City more resilient and sustainable, and encourage collaboration to leverage and maximize resources

 Share knowledge and encourage practical steps toward community resilience and more localized living, such as urban orchards and forest gardens, backyard veggie and fruit gardens, community gardening, sharing resources such as tools, carpooling, seed saving and sharing, reskilling (learning practical skills such as food preservation), urban orchards and biking.

TOOLS

Envisioning the future, creative education, arts, culture, open space meetings, public participation.

TEAM WORK

Programs and projects are selected, planned and implemented by our small but mighty coordinating team. Typically, we have anywhere from seven to 1o volunteer team members who meet on a schedule determined by the team. Volunteers vary in their involvement from year to year. There isn’t a specified length of time to serve on the coordinating team, and we do encourage self-care.

Meetings are facilitated, organized and efficient. We rotate meeting meeting duties, have an agenda and keep to the length of time allotted. At meetings, we plan and coordinate ongoing programs, discuss projects, evaluate requests to participate in community projects, determine where our resources and energy will be most useful, and review opportunities to catalyze, network and collaborate.

GOVERNANCE

Small groups are most effective when everyone is in agreement on procedures and guidelines. We use a modified version of a Governance Toolbox created by Transition US as a guide for meetings, reaching consensus, and if needed, for resolving conflict.

You can download the Transition OKC Governance Toolbox here.

THE TRANSITION MODEL

At its core, the Transition Model is a social experiment in self-organizing, power sharing, collaboration and catalyzing change.

We’re grounded in group decision-making, sharing power, collaboration and envisioning a positive future together. Team members are empowered to create and innovate via self-organizing projects and working together as a team. We work to model the following characteristics:

[fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Be inclusive   [fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Democratic

[fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Self-organizing [fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Nonpartisan

[fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Proactive [fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Positive

[fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Non-prescriptive [fac_icon icon=”asterisk” color=”#1e73be”]  Group consensus

Some other ways the Transition model is a social experiment:

In some ways, the transition model is a social experiment.