Working Groups are the backbone of the Transition movement. Here are some resources for you, whether you’re a newbie here, or you’re raring to go with a working group!
Why start a Transition Joshua Tree Working Group?
The tasks we face in transitioning our community to a sustainable way of life are enormous and cannot be done alone. Working Groups ensure an inclusive, empowered and dynamic process as we move through this change. Your WG will have Transition Joshua Tree’s support via website exposure, links to Transition US information and updates, networking, publicity and promotion for your projects and events.
Easy Guide to forming Working Groups:
Congratulations, you have at least 3 members, and qualify to form a Working Group!
All your members have become familiar with Transition 101 on the Transition US website.
Now that your group has met several times, and you’re ready to apply for working group status, send the following info to the TJT Initiating Group via email@example.com. Use the subject heading “Proposed Working Group.”
a. The name of your group
b. A brief description of your group’s goal as it relates to Transition TJT
c. The names, phone numbers and emails of all members
d. The name of the designated contact person for the group
The Initiating Group (IG) will review your proposal to make sure:
- it does not duplicate the efforts of an already existing group
- your stated goal is consistent with the mission of Transition Joshua Tree
- the proposed benefits to the community appear feasible
If the IG has further questions, we may ask that your contact person come to an IG meeting to further discuss your proposal.
Feedback loops and elected representation are extremely important in the Transition model. Each working group must commit to elect a representative to sit on the IG no later than 4 months after you have become official. Eventually the current IG dissolves and becomes The TJT Steering Group that is made up of elected Working Group representatives. We ask that your contact person update us once a month on your activities until you have elected a representative. These updates can be done via our gmail.
Members are expected to follow Transition principles of open, inclusive membership. We want to expand community participation!
You’re now ready to alter the course of history. Take action and have fun!!