Transition Ideas Team

This is a quick announcement of the creation of the Transition Ideas Team (TIT) a new ZM team that Scott Wrampler and Michael Kubler are currently helping kick start.

For those who are interested here’s a recent Blog Talk Radio show regarding the team which talks about the organisational structure and some of the initial teams. It’s only 30mins long.

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The team will be split into 3 main groups :

  1. Admin
  2. Transition Proposals
  3. Proposal Analysts

The Admin staff will be a small group who run the website, organise the tools and help co-ordinate the other two groups.

The Transition Proposals group will be a collection of people who, working alone or together, come up with various transition models then propose them.

The Proposal Analysts are those who are knowledgeable within their field and as a group can analyse the proposal and undertake useful critical analysis and highlight potential issues and also make suggestions or reccomendations.


The process of submitting, analysing and refining a proposal will itself need to be developed and refined over time. One of the hardest parts of the process will be removing human bias, especially those which are predictable. An example may be that proposals are to be made anonymous before being presented to the proposal analysts. Once the analysts have provided feedback and the proposal refined the proposal can then be presented on the website for further analysis and discussions with the wider public.

It’s possible that the team may itself change from being about transition ideas, to be a Transition Implementation team (or more likely, a group of teams).

If you have any transition ideas or suggestions then feel free to comment or email

Thank you

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    • Francisco
    • May 23rd, 2011

    Hi Scott and Michael! I like what how you are initiating the project and agree with the double transition phased thinking: Current State -> Transition Period -> RBE.

    I would like to present some proposal that I have to write down still though. So, how are we going to proceed with the submission of proposals?. Also, would not it be reasonable to create a template so that all proposals value can be compared somehow?, not so much as far as content is concerned but in relation to its structure. I mean just to make things more standardised for the analysis team.

    • Brian Johnson
    • May 26th, 2011

    All transistions require unity of purpose which reflects a common ground, common understanding and a common interest. Once theses elements are all in place then you are in a position to plan and prepare for the changing conditions and circumstances occurring in wider society.

    If you start working from the basis that the present technology is sufficient to meet human needs you will have a far easier ride than drawing up any blueprints. In my experience its better when you adopt the stance of ‘the future by demand’ rather than ‘the future by design’ so you are firmly focused on the tools and resources readily available.

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