Transition Manifesto

  1. A fundamental change is taking place in the way we think, act and organize.
  2. This ‘megashift’ is caused by simultaneous and mutually reinforcing transitions taking place in our economy, our ecosystems and our societies.
    • Conventional economic systems show symptoms of unsustainable internal inconsistencies.
    • Essential ecosystems are at risk of disruption or even collapse because of human interference.
    • Social structures on all levels of societies are being disrupted due to previously unimaginable means of coordination and communication.
  3. A transition towards sustainability is possible.
  4. It is impossible to precisely and definitely define sustainability. It has to be determined again and again for every situation.
  5. The sustainability of complex systems is strengthened through a diversity of approaches and solutions. The exchange of perspectives and insights between the different solutions leads to better development and more depth.
  6. The cost of sustainability is directly linked to the prevention of risk, the strengthening of continuity, and the management of interdependability. Sustainability costs are similar in that respect as insurance costs, pension costs, marketing costs, research costs, etc.
  7. Sustainability solutions need to be open source and/or available through creative commons licensing. Wide-scale knowledge sharing is essential for effective action on complex sustainability challenges.