Transition Design Resources

This section of the website contains links, an extensive bibliography and teaching materials related to the emerging field of Transition Design. We invite welcome suggestions for additional resources in this section. Please email us at: transitiondesign@andrew.cmu.edu.

Teaching Materials

The teaching materials posted here are intended to be shared with educators working in Transition Design and related fields. We hope you will download these materials to inform new courses and projects and will in turn, share syllabi, course descriptions and outcomes for inclusion on this website.
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Relevant Websites

Links to sites related to Transition Design, sustainable design, transition initiatives, systems thinking and related topics are included in this section. Please let us know if you have suggestions for additional links.
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Transition Design Bibliography

This extensive bibliography has been organized into categories that correspond to the four areas of the Framework: Vision; Theories of Change; Mindset & Posture; New Ways of Designing. Many texts are  naturally relevant to more than one area:

Key topics include: cosmopolitan localism, relationship to place, futuring, scenario planning, long-term thinking, narrative and storytelling

Theories of Change
Key topics include: living systems theory, ecology, transitions management/sustainability transitions, socio-technical  regimes, post-normal science, needs theory, everyday life critique, social practice theory, social psychology, framing and  metaphor, alternative economics, systems thinking, social ecology.

Mindset & Posture
Key topics include: worldview/mindset, Goethean science, holism and form, mechanicism/reductionism, phenomenology, aesthetics/beauty, craft, collaboration, transdisciplinarity, indigenous wisdom, ecopsychology, relationality, self-reflection, new ways of being, mind and body.

New Ways of Designing
Key topics include: social innovation, service design, permaculture, transition design, design ethics, indigenous design,  biomimicry, ecological design, wicked problems, co-design.

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On this page we will be posting links to lectures on transition design and related topics. To suggest a video to post to this page, please email us the link at transitiondesign@andrew.cmu.edu.
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