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October 12 - November 20, 2020

From What Is to What If: Stories to Action


Good stories offer us hope that a better world is possible. They also expand our imaginations, spark new dreams, convey lessons learned, and move us into action.


In the third phase of our "From What Is to What If" national campaign, Transition US is inviting community resilience-building initiatives all over the country to share your inspiring stories with our network. We are especially looking for stories of innovative, successful, and replicable projects that have furthered the causes of sustainability, justice, cooperation, and regeneration in neighborhoods, towns and cities, states, and regions throughout the U.S.


Some of the stories we receive between now and our second National Gathering in June of 2021 will be posted to our website, shared via our social media accounts, and included in our monthly e-newsletters to be read by tens of thousands of people around the world. They may also be incorporated into a forthcoming podcast titled “Hope with Its Sleeves Rolled Up,” and/or collected into a new book, similar to the 10 Stories of Transition in the US we published in early 2019.


Stories that are submitted here no later than November 15, 2020 will also be eligible to receive one of four $500 stipends to offer a webinar through Transition US and facilitate an online learning cohort to help other grassroots leaders replicate these projects nationwide.


For more examples of the kinds of stories we are looking for, please click on any of the links below:



Need help brainstorming a good story idea or want some advice for how to tell your story in as compelling a way as possible? Please join us on October 14, 2020 for a free, online event with author and activist Rivera Sun on “Stories for a Changing World.”

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