Transition in Bristol is emerging in many different ways

Bristol Energy Network is an umbrella organisation for individuals and community groups with an interest in energy in Bristol and the surrounding area. BEN has over twenty members (groups and individuals) involved in many different energy projects. We believe that to build an energy system that works for everyone, everyone must be involved in building it. We are actively working to include all Bristol communities in our work and to support them to run their own energy projects.

The Bristol Pound

The Bristol Pound is the UK’s first city wide local currency, the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution, and the first that can be used to pay some local taxes. Bristol Pounds stick to Bristol, build community connections and work for people not banks to create fairer, stronger, happier local economy.


The Community Farm

The Community Farm is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service with an aim to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.

Happy City

Happy City’s mission is to improve lives through a focus on happiness. We get people talking about what matters most to them, what prosperity really means, and how we can create the conditions for happiness to flourish.

Bristol Green Doors

Bristol Green Doors was a project of Transition Bristol which ran numerous educational events over several years. The aim is to inspire, encourage and enable domestic green refurbishment in the community, enabling everyone to live in comfortable and healthy homes that they can afford to heat and that don’t contribute to climate change. The Green Doors website is a fantastic resource. Bristol's Centre for Sustainable Energy, and the Bristol Energy Company, continue to work actively in this sphere.

Sims Hill Harvest

Sims Hill Shared Harvest is a community supported agriculture scheme (CSA) which uses natural growing methods and permaculture principles to produce high quality veg for the people of Bristol. It’s similar to a veg box scheme except that Sims Hill is a Cooperative, and as such is owned and run by its members – each member has one share and one vote. Monthly fees, agreed annually by members, cover the cost of a share in the seasonal harvest and the running of the farm. The veg is fresh and seasonal, and there are opportunities for volunteering and taking part

MITx U.Lab Bristol Hub

The Transition team have been involved in co-hosting the MITx U.lab MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Leading From the Emerging Future. An introduction to leading profound social, environmental and personal transformation. The purpose of creating a Bristol hub is for people in the South West to meet together for the 3 sessions which are streamed live from MIT and also to have time before and after to explore and connect.


Green & Black

‘Green and Black’ initiative, led and co-ordinated by Ujima Radio’s Special Project Manager Julz Davis ensures that key questions about diversity, inclusion, and working-in-communities, are included alongside the main issues on the environmental agenda such as climate change. This ongoing initiative has produced The Green and Black Report to involve Black Minority Ethnic communities in the Green agenda during Bristol European Green Capital 2015 and beyond.

Inner Transition

Inner Transition is an exploration of the processes and phenomena going on within ourselves that shape how we do Transition. The nature of our relationship with our inner life determines how able we are to make the practical lifestyle, relational and cultural changes needed for Transition – as well bringing precious depth, texture and meaning into our everyday lives. Inner Transition helps us become aware of the roles we play in groups and what is needed for healthy collaborative groups. It supports us to understand what it really means to collaborate so that we can transform our groups to be become optimally effective, creative, innovative, nourished and transformative.


Helpfulpeeps is a website where people share their time, energy, skills and knowledge to help each other for free. We have a simple ethos: ask for help when you want and help others when you can. Our mission is to bring back community spirit in an increasingly disconnected world.

Neighbourhood Groups

Last, but certainly not least, there is an active network of Neighbourhood Groups alive in Bristol. Follow the links for more info:

Special Events

Our core group of volunteers comes together from time to time to organise events to resource, enhance and inspire Transition related themes. Our ethos is light touch & fun, holding the ethos that collectively we have the answers to many of the problems around us and in many cases the challenge is in working collectively & collaboratively together.


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