Fall 2011 Transition Training Curriculum

“Transition Leadership”

In the fall of 2011, Transition Prince Rupert designed a curriculum in order to train 23 individuals in preparation of launching the movement in the community. The goal of the course was to introduce members to the essential elements of the Transition Town Initiative and prepare steering group members to take on a leadership role to enable the successful implementation of the initiative in Prince Rupert.

Course Outline

Deepening Community Leadership: Training for Transition

Prince Rupert, Fall 2011


Background and Context:

Transition Town (TT) Prince Rupert is following the general transition model being implemented across the world.  In this model, the purpose of the steering group is to guide the transition process until the Great Unleashing.�� At that time the steering group’s existence comes to an end and it dissolves/morphs into the core group made up of members representing each of the working groups.

The 12 Ingredients of Transition model has the steering group engaging in two main activities: Raising Awareness and Laying the Foundations.  During the winter of 2011, several presentations were made around the community to raise awareness of the TT concept culminating in a large public presentation and the official formation of TT Prince Rupert and the steering group.  TT Prince Rupert has an email contact list of 60+ people from which 19 people have committed to work on the steering group.

Prior to engaging in further awareness raising and external activities, and as a consequence of the size of the existing group, the fall of 2011 will be a period of laying the foundations through building the internal capacity of the steering group.

The uniqueness of the transition initiative is that it recognizes that the successful outer transition of the community is based upon the inner transition of individuals and that the type of problem solving process is group based.

Thus members of the steering group are in a leadership position and need an in depth knowledge of the transition process and the skills to manage group processes and decision making.

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce you to the essential elements of the Transition Town Initiative and prepare steering group members to take on a leadership role to enable the successful implementation of the initiative in Prince Rupert.

Learning Outcomes:

Steering Group Members will:

  1. Be completely fluent in the language of Transition; i.e. what it means, how it works, where it’s been and where it���s going.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of permaculture design and how the Transition Movement uses this design tool.
  3. Have a working knowledge of how to facilitate a group discussion and had to opportunity to facilitate at least one meeting.
  4. Be working with and utilizing social media and new communication technologies to facilitate enhanced means of information sharing, discussion, and decision making.
  5. Be knowledgeable and able to discuss the evolution of the transition model from the 12 step process to the pattern approach so that appropriate solutions and processes can be designed for Prince Rupert.
  6. Have a basic understanding of the concepts of climate change and peak oil and how to engage in informed discussion with people at different stages of understanding within the context of the stages of change model.
  7. Have experienced and have a working knowledge of how to organize group processes using tools such as Open Space Technology, World Café, and other techniques.
  8. Be able to utilize the Psychology of Change concepts for designing community engagement projects and in working with individuals.
  9. Understand the dynamics that relate inner to outer transition and how that informs the choices we make in developing the transition movement in Prince Rupert.
  10. Experience the power and nature of how positive visioning works by engaging in an exercise exploring what the nature of resilience and re-localization might look like in Prince Rupert.
  11. Look at how transition in practice is working in other communities around the world and discerning what the lessons are for us.

Course Outline and Timeline:

Week Date Topic/Event Presented/Facilitated by
1 Sept 10/11 Transition LAUNCH Workshop Michelle Colussi – Canadian Center for Community RenewalKen Shaw – Northwest Community College
2 Sept 18 The Role of Consultation in Group Decision Making Workshop Pouyan Mahboubi & Jeremy Martin
3 Sept 25 Tools for Community Engagement  Treena Decker (World Café)Christa Barette (Open Space)

Charles Justice (Fishbowl)

4 Oct 1 Context for Transition – PO, CC, & EIThe Transition Model Kelli Hawkins (Peak Oil)Joe Daniels (Climate Change)

Charles Justice (Economic Instability)

Lee Brain (Transition Model)

5 Oct 9 Thanksgiving Long Weekend
6 Oct 15/16 Facilitation and Group Process Workshop Julian Griggs, Dovetail Consulting Ltd.
7 Oct 23 Community Engagement – The Motor of Transition Arianne & Tim (Action Learning)Ken Shaw (Theory U)

Donna McNeil-Clark (First Nations Outreach)

8 Oct 30 Public Speaking & The Ganz Model Lee Brain (Public Speaking)Derek Hogan (Ganz Model)
9 Nov 6 Intro to the Work of Inner Transition Christa Barette & Pat Murray
10 Nov 13 Scoping & Assessment Afternoon – What Are Our Immediate Next Steps? 12pm-5pm @ Lee’s place. Potluck
11 Nov 20 Syntegration ModelHolacracy in Transition context


Lee Brain (Syntegration)Ken Shaw (Holacracy)

Charles Justice (FRAMES)

12 Nov 27 TT Conferences 2010TT Conferences 2011 (did not complete)

TT Projects Around The World

Doug Bodnar (TT 2010)Candice Vanderbeek, Ellen Marsh (TT Projects)
13 Dec 4 The Twelfth Step – The Energy Descent Action Plan (did not complete)Community Asset Mapping

Intro to Permaculture

Course Review

Lee Brain (Getting Started)Treena Decker (Asset Mapping)

Ken Shaw (Permaculture)

Ken Shaw (Course Review)

Course Format:

All sessions except the Transition & Facilitation workshops will occur Sunday evenings 6:30-9:00 pm.  Sessions will include presentations, videos, and discussions.

Week 1: The Transition Workshop – 2 days

  • This is the standard 2 day workshop offered by The Transition Network worldwide.
  • Introduction
  • Context for Transition –  Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economic Instability
  • Transition Principles
  • Early Stages of the Transition Model
  • Visioning
  • Initiating Group ����� Keys to Success
  • Intro to Awareness Raising & Engagement: Theory of Change
  • Inner Worlds
  • Working Groups to Core Group – Later Stages
  • Open Space Technology
  • Next Steps/Going Forth Action Plans

Week 2: The Role of Consultation in Group Decision Making

In essence, consultation seeks to build consensus in a manner that unites various constituencies instead of dividing them.  It encourages diversity of opinion and acts to control the struggle for power that is otherwise so common in traditional decision-making systems.  In this session, we will examine and practice how employing principles of consultation can create a strong unified group.

Week 3: Facilitation and Group Process Workshop – 2 day workshop

  • What is Facilitation?
  • Facilitation Stages
  • Knowing Your Participants
  • Creating Participation
  • Effective Decision Making
  • Facilitating Conflict
  • Meeting Management
  • Process Tools for Facilitation

Week 4: Tools for Community Engagement

The transition movement uses a variety of tools for community engagement.  In this weeks session, we will be introduced to these techniques, determine how and when to use them, and have the opportunity to try some of them out at this time and later in the course.

– World Café

– Open Space Technology

– Fishbowl Technique

– Action Learning

Week 5: Thanksgiving Weekend – No Meeting

Week 6: The Context for Transition and the Transition Model

Both of these topics were introduced during the Transition Workshop.�� In this weeks session we will explore the background of the climate change, peak oil, and economic collapse issue in more depth so we can communicate the basic premise of the foundation of the transition movement with conviction, clarity, and from a position of knowledge.

In the second half of this week’s session, we will revisit the nature of the transition model and begin to vision how it might work in Prince Rupert.  We will also look concepts from Theory U and Holacracy determining what ideas will help us understand and inform our process.

Week 7: Community Engagement – The Motor of Transition

In this session, we will take the ideas introduced to us in the Transition Workshop and engage in a deeper process and discussion of how to engage with our community.  We will look at community assessment and organizational mapping using the Kretzmann and McKnight approach.  In addition, we will specifically look at how best to connect the transition process with the First Nation communities.

Week 8: Public Speaking and The Ganz Model

As leaders of the transition movement, we will find ourselves in a variety of public speaking roles.  In this session we will learn about the elements of a good speech/presentation and how better to engage with the audience through concepts found in The Ganz Model.

Week 9: Introduction to the Work of Inner Transition

The transition movement is psychology astute recognizing that the ultimate outer transformation of society only occurs through the individual transformation of individuals.  Building upon the information presented in The Transition Workshop, we will take a deeper look at this concept.  This session will include video segments from Sophie Banks of the Totnes Heart & Soul group, Joanna Macy of “The Work that Reconnects”: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, and that of Henri MacKinnon on Transforming Relationships.

Week 10: Scoping & Assessment Afternoon

Week 11: Technology and the Transition Movement

The Transition movement is making use of many new technologies to facilitate communication.  In this workshop we will learn how to use social networking tools, Dropbox, Doodle, and other technological tools.

Week 12: TT Conferences – Learning from those who have gone ahead and Transition in Practice Around the World

In this session, we will look at the dominant issues and insight gained from the last two Transition Town conferences in the UK.  What are the challenges groups are facing?�� How are they arising to meet them?  What can we learn from other groups?

Week 13: The Twelfth Step: The Energy Descent Action Plan and Intro to Permaculture

Part 1: The Totnes Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) is the UK’s first and most comprehensive EDAP written to date.  In Prince Rupert, the Official Community Plan (OCP), the Port of Prince Rupert Land Use Plan, and the City of Prince Rupert Energy and Greenhouse Gas Plan lay out visions of the community.�� The production of a Prince Rupert EDAP involving hundreds of people will be a significant defining event for the community.�� In this session, we will take a look at the contents of an EDAP and the process in creating it.

Part 2: Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable systems for humanity.  We will be introduced to the basic concepts of permaculture and how it works at the community level.


Click here to see our training sponsors

Northern Savings Credit Union

provided funding for training to the sum of $2500


provided flights for our trainers to travel to Prince Rupert

Stuck on Designs

provided printing services to help support our training sessions

Northwest Inter-nation Family and Community Services Society

provided space for our training workshops

Click here to see pictures of our initial training and presentations