The following youtube video will provide a great introduction to the movement (8 minutes long). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuYSDUflfts
Transition projects utilize the following seven principles:
Seven Principles of Transition
1. Positive Visioning
Transition Initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community in question beyond its present-day dependence on fossil fuel.
2. Help People Access Good Information & Trust Them to Make Good Decisions
Transition Initiatives dedicate themselves, through all aspects of their work, to raising awareness of peak oil, climate change and economic instability. Transition Initiatives focus on telling people the closest version of the truth that we know in times when the information is deeply contradictory.
3. Inclusion and Openness
Successful Transition Initiatives need an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society. They dedicate themselves to ensuring that their decision-making processes and their working groups embody principles of openness and inclusion. (Similar to Rob Kall's notion of "bottom-up" governance).
This principle also refers to the ideal of each initiative reaching the community in its entirety, and endeavoring, from an early stage to engage their local business community, the diversity of community groups and local government authorities. It makes explicit the principle that there is no room for "them and us" thinking in the challenge of energy descent planning.