There are many ways to get involved!
Come to our meetings and events! See our calendar.
The Initiating Group
This a group of concerned individuals doing outreach to build and nurture the movement; farmers' market events, documentary film screenings, creating this website and our Facebook page, reaching out to town committees, clubs and other organizations, etc. to find people/organizations that would like to work on common goals. The early stages of Transition are focused on building relationships and laying a foundation of partnerships.
After attracting a number of people/organizations to Transition Ashland, working groups will be formed about the issues that most concern us here in Ashland. These working groups will come up with projects to address their issue and bring it to fruition. There should be one member of the Initiating Group in each of the working groups to guide the group and report back to the Initiating Group. The Initiating Group continues outreach and supports each working group. The Initiating Group designs its demise at the outset to ensure that Transition Ashland stays a grassroots movement and will not have a hierarchical structure that stifles innovation or inclusion.
These groups usually form around an issue like "Water", "Food", etc. and then brainstorms projects that would work well in Ashland. For instance, a Water group would brainstorm ideas of projects like changing all the public toilets in town to low flow/dual flush toilets, amending the building code to minimize water waste or to make it easier to have rain water catchment, storm water management, etc. and then, depending on the skills, talents, and resources of the group decide on which project or projects to take on first.
ReSkilling (Skill Share)
Share your skills! Learn new ones! Form groups to learn from one another on how to raise chickens, knit, make biodiesel etc. Stay in touch and let us know what you are up to! Perhaps you can partner with a working group that encompasses your project so that your accomplishments can be shared with the greater community. For instance, if your group was created around learning how to keep chickens you can contact the Food working group and let them know what you are up to. At some point, maybe you can teach a workshop, provide resources that we can publish on our website, invite guest speakers, etc.
Some neighborhoods have enough people in them that already believe in community and looking out for one another that it would not take much to organize themselves into a Transition Neighborhood. Other neighborhoods are starved for community and could use something like a TN to bring people together. A TN is like a Transition Town but on the neighborhood level. Have meetings, show films about the issues in one another's living rooms and see what your neighbors are interested in taking on. Perhaps a community garden or a garden share program. Maybe a tool share or skill share cooperative. Be sure to tell us what you are up to so that we can spread the word and inspire others!
Spread the word, explore these ideas and share your experiences
Transition Churches and Other Places of Worship
Get your church involved!
Donate Books or DVDs
We would love to donate books or DVDs to our public library on Transition topics. Do you have a great book on candle-making, keeping chickens or making soap? Do you have books/documentaries on the oil crisis, climate change, or sustainability? Contact us about your book(s) you would like to donate to the library. We'll create a book plate that says it was donated by you through Transition Ashland with information on how the reader can become a part of the solution. Imagine being someone who always wanted to keep bees but was unsure of how to start and then finding great books at the library with information about resources available in town for you to get started and support you along the way. Imagine reading a book on climate change and feeling powerless, insignificant and angry that no one seemed to be doing anything about it and then finding a bookplate inviting you to become a part of the solution with a local group working on projects to reduce the town's carbon footprint. Imagine watching a documentary on the water crisis and then seeing contact info on how you can be involved in securing Ashland's water future.