Critical Thinking

Adopting a constructively critical stance towards Transition.



A 'cheerful disclaimer' that appears on many Transition Network materials states

'Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact.

We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.' (1)

Honest self-evaluation is a key ingredient of Transition (2) and contributing to this can be a key role of research and researchers.



Many of the patterns here emphasise the need for researchers to become part of the Transition process and integrate their work more closely with practical goals. However, researchers have important roles in providing the informed and sensitive critical input on which Transition, like any other experimental and constantly-evolving activity, thrives. Collaboration and unconditional advocacy are not the same thing.




·      Because Transition welcomes critical thinking about its work; sees this as productive, ultimately improving Transition work, and contributing to achieving its aims


·      Because there is no distinction between theory/thinking and practice/doing


·      Because principles such as Activist Research (7) do not suggest that all research in/on Transition must be positive and good-news research.   








Wheeled by Wagn v. 1.12.13