Accelerating the transition to a life-sustaining society
Accelerating the transition to a life-sustaining society


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We invite your creative participation in a bold new initiative: the global Sustainability Surprise Party. There are millions of us around the world who believe that we need to change the way we are doing things on the planet. The purpose of the Sustainability Surprise Party is to inspire us to a new order of effectiveness.

Achieving a sustainable planet for the long term, and with it social wellbeing, requires large-scale transformative change. We can do it – provided we mobilise public will.

The aim the Sustainability Surprise Party is to bring the need for transformative change to the forefront of the public agenda in a way that vested interests cannot stop.

Following on from the first Sustainability Surprise Party in 2014, during May 2015 individuals and organisations around the world will post blogs, host conversations and organise events which tell the truth about the need and hopeful possibilities of transitioning to a life-sustaining society. A whole system change!

The Sustainability Surprise Party (SSP) is not a political party, it’s apolitical. Our intention to kick-start a new wave of transformational conversations so that, as a society, we wisely commit to becoming ecologically sustainable. Watch this short video about the Sustainability Surprise Party.

Designing for a miracle – innovative communication to accelerate the Great Transition outlines our approach. It is a well thought out design that includes all the steps from high level aspiration to on the ground implementation.

Whole system change and the Great Transition

The good news is that there is already a huge wave of transformative change going on. Some call it The Great Transition. There are millions of groups spontaneously forming to deal with our looming environmental and social problems. Here is Paul Hawken describing the size of the movement in his talk at the 2006 Bioneers Conference.

People are waking up. Even mainstream global organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the International Energy Agency all now recognise that climate … Read More

We invite your creative participation

We aim to have the ideas of whole system change and the Great Transition appear ‘everywhere’, so that people become aware of it from many sources. Our deeper goal is to establish a new way of operating on our planet, one where our society progresses beyond the current ‘growth for growths sake’ approach, which is non sustainable on a finite planet, to a life-sustaining society as the accepted goal of our times.

Success requires that a critical mass of mainstream society develops a rough idea of what is involved in actually transitioning to a sustainable society, and becomes committed to contributing to this within their sphere of influence. You can assert leadership in various ways. Read more

Transition Leaders

Transition Leaders are people who conduct programs and events about transformative change with people they know and with influential decision-makers. The aim of these programs is to help people come to a ‘this is real’ moment when they get the need for our need to change the way we operate on a global scale to achieve a truly sustainable planet. Acting as a Transition Leader may be the most effective thing you can do to contribute to the Great Transition. There are already great books – which are not read by the mainstream. Read more

Indicators of success

The Sustainability Surprise Party is the kick start for a wave of educational social change that will go on long after May 2014. How might we know if the Sustainability Surprise Party is successful? Possible metrics include:

  • The number of blogs posts, articles and events which tell the truth about the need and hopeful possibilities of transitioning to a life-sustaining society.
  • The number of people conducting transformative conversations about whole system change.
  • The number of organisations involved.
  • Talk of whole system change and the Great Transition becoming prominent in sustainability and social justice communities.
  • References to the need for whole system change and the Great Transition appearing in mainstream media.

These are important stepping stones. However, what we are really after is such a huge shift in public attitudes that succeeding in the Great Transition becomes a public priority, with massive resources devoted to transitioning to an ecologically sustainable society.

We will know that we are succeeding when politicians and business leaders make environmentally and socially wise decisions, and the news is more hopeful than heartbreaking.