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Our Vision


Transition Lab is founded on the belief that if we want a more just, fun, and resilient future, we will have to build it ourselves. We train students to grow their own food, create affordable housing, develop small businesses and live in community. The outcome is a living Laboratory where people to Meet their Basic Needs through Relationship, Develop their Gifts, and Empower themselves to Transition our Future for the better.  

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Our Vision


Transition Lab is founded on the belief that if we want a more just, fun, and resilient future, we will have to build it ourselves. We train students to grow their own food, create affordable housing, develop small businesses and live in community. The outcome is a living Laboratory where people to Meet their Basic Needs through Relationship, Develop their Gifts, and Empower themselves to Transition our Future for the better.  

The biggest problem in the world is that we are isolated from all the parts of our lives that are worth living. We live in a culture where we don’t talk to our neighbors, know where our food comes from, or trust the institutions our society depends on. Furthermore, we are rarely encouraged to develop our gifts to contribute to the world around us in deeply meaningful ways.
— Russell Evans, Founder of Transition Lab

At Transition Lab, we know that we all have the ability to create a more beautiful world. Taking the first step is simple: We start by reshaping our lives to meet our needs through relationship instead relying exclusively on money and the global economy. 

By building relationships with everything around us since 2010, we have created affordable housing, grown abundant food locally, addressed the issues we care about as citizens, started small businesses, and discovered, developed, and used our gifts to create a more beautiful world. 

Are you ready to bring your gifts to life? 

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Working as a Community


Through Creative Relationships, We Meet All Our Basic Needs

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Working as a Community


Through Creative Relationships, We Meet All Our Basic Needs

We have developed a web of relationships where students' lives and vocations are integrated into our community, allowing them to meet their basic needs in ways that the conventional economy cannot.


For Housing, we exchange 10 hours of work a week for use of guest bedrooms.

For Food, we trade our labor at organic farms for a share of their produce. 

For Instruction, we receive guidance from friends and neighbors who are already meeting basic needs through relationship. 

For Community, we rely on each other to support, develop, and encourage our gifts. 

For Our Lives, we wake up every day excited to do what we love. 

Nobody is going to build a more beautiful world for us, but we can do it ourselves with the means and resources already abundantly available.

Working together to meet our collective needs, we rekindle the most valuable resource available to all of us: A deep understanding and practice of living as a community. 

Because we model and teach the skills to develop community anywhere in the world, our models are viable, replicable, and accessible for everybody. 

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Bringing Our Gifts to Life


Our experiences at Transition Lab allow us to become seeds of a new story for a more beautiful world.

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Bringing Our Gifts to Life


Our experiences at Transition Lab allow us to become seeds of a new story for a more beautiful world.

What does it take to bring our gifts to life and sustain them? 


Many of the success stories at Transition Lab start with a common struggle: The challenge of identifying, nurturing, and making a living with our gifts. Unfortunately, the world we live in offers us few tools to do so. Think about it: we all put up with difficult landlords, bosses, and co-workers, doing work we don't really love just to get by.  Wouldn't you rather find ways to do what you truly love and be sustained by your love of life? 

If we can create models which are supported by creative relationships, then we can develop our gifts and support meaningful livelihoods indefinitely. Maintaining healthy relationships is the most difficult work we do at Transition Lab, but it is good work and it is the only thing that will deeply transform our lives, our communities, and our world.   

 

Above is an image of one of our success stories: Jake Hanson has a passion for designing gardens and growing food. He build this edible permaculture garden in exchange for rent from his host. To read about this and other stories of students bringing their gifts to life, please visit our story telling page. 

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We Don't Want "Sustainable"


While there are a lot of programs that fly a flag of sustainability, they are just offering a greener version of the status quo: A future with more solar panels, maybe a Prius, but the same student loan debt, extractive economy, and life disconnected from deep and meaningful relationships.

We don't want to have anything to do with that. 

We want a new way of living built from the ground up. 

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We Don't Want "Sustainable"


While there are a lot of programs that fly a flag of sustainability, they are just offering a greener version of the status quo: A future with more solar panels, maybe a Prius, but the same student loan debt, extractive economy, and life disconnected from deep and meaningful relationships.

We don't want to have anything to do with that. 

We want a new way of living built from the ground up. 

Transition Lab is a model where you can get started right now, making positive changes in the world and powering your good work with resources that exist in abundance. No more dreaming about a better future. Co-create it with us.

“This is Brilliant- a Great tool for unlocking/sharing local skills and engaging young people”

-Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement

“Developing low-carbon local businesses is essential for our future. Early adopters in this arena, like Transition Lab, will be tasked with breaking new ground and creating models for the rest of us to follow.”

-Carolyne Stayton, Director of TransitionUS

“Transition Lab is on the leading edge of creating both the educational and business models of the future.”

-James Branscome, Former Managing Director of Standard & Poor’s

 "Graduates at Transition Lab, like me, tend to get a 100% Return on Investment through money saved on food and shelter after just the first year of graduation. Compare that to the years it takes to pay off expensive 'sustainability' degrees, which do little more than prepare you for a life of dependency in the non-profit sector… I mean really. What do you want to do?"

-Jake Hanson, Transition Lab's First Graduate

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