In my MSc thesis, ‘Reaching out for Resilience’, I explore approaches to inclusion and diversity in the Transition Movement. I took as my starting point concerns originating from both within and outside the movement that it lacks diversity.
The themes that emerged suggested that approaches to inclusion can be led by the head, the heart or the hand. Each has advantages, but also potential limitations. I suggest that all three should be integrated and applied at the individual, group and global levels to successfully address diversity and inclusion without simply seeking to co-opt others to ‘our’ way of thinking.
I also propose that it is critical for us to recognise masked social inequality and hidden hierarchical power relations in Transition, and to cultivate consciousness of these within the movement.