Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
At over 600,000 residents, Vancouver is a tad large to characterize as a village, let alone to organize "all as one" for Transition. This is even truer when we look at the Metropolitan region with its' 2.3 million residents.
By coming together with others, we can create neighbourhoods where we actually know our neighbours and we can create friendlier and healthier places to live. VV, as the Transition Town Hub for this area, provides resources for existing Neighbourhood Transiton Villages and helps new Villages to emerge in Vancouver. Outside of Vancouver, we help new Transition initiatives, hubs and villages get started. In turn, Villages and other initiatives collaborate with VV in numerous ways, including populating VV working groups and our steering committee. This reciprocity (which actually is really just all of us coming together to help one other in an effective way) allows us to develop resources that can be offered to everyone.
The very strength of Vancouver is its diversity, the unique cultures and built environments that define each neighbourhood. Transition will take different paths in different parts of town, reflecting the community assets available, the will of the convenors, and the need to organize on foot and bicycle--the most basic and sustainable modes of transportation.*
Transition in each Village often begins with potluck gatherings once a month, the creation of informal networks and the sharing of knowledge, resources, and even physical assets. It centres on rebuilding of the kinds of relationships that we lost as our cities grew larger and more impersonal. These relationships are the basis of the resilience of a culture in the face of change, and the foundation from which change can be managed.
Typically many activities have a food resiliency component, and each village functions, among other things, as a Neighbourhood Food Network. (VV is very active around food resiliency and functions in many ways as a large NFN, which includes providing various resources to neighbourhoods and neighbourhood Villages/NFN's.)
As of January 2015, the following Transition Villages have formed, or are forming, convened by the VV member(s) listed. If you are interested in finding out more about any of the following Transition Villages, please contact the listed convenors on their Member page by clicking on their name, or click on the Village name to go there. Once you are a member of Village Vancouver by registering on this site, you may request membership in any Village below. If you are interested in starting a new Village, please contact Ross Moster, the Transition Village working group convenor.
False Creek South Village now forming
Inner City Village now forming
A village is roughly a neighbourhood, and it may be smaller or larger depending entirely on who is organizing for Transition there and what feels appropriate geographically. VV members are sometimes attached to more distant neighbourhoods for any number of reasons, and we feel that so long as you can travel there in a sustainable way, you may apply to join.
*When discussing travel "by foot," I also want to include wheelchair or any other assistive device for personal mobility, just so long as it is the least carbon consuming of all options available to that person.
Further afield? Some other "nearby" Transition Initiatives
Selected Transition Initiatives in BC and the Northwest US