What are transitions?

Transitions are radical, structural changes of a societal (sub)system. These are shifts between equilibrium states of societal systems (energy, mobility, water, agriculture, health care, etc.) and are the result of a co-evolution of economic, cultural, technological, ecological and institutional developments at different levels.

Transition are characterized by the emergence of new structures, cultures and practices. Other key characteristics are co-evolution, self-organization and adaptation.

Examples of transitions are: from coal energy supply to gas energy supply, from fossil fuel based energy to renewable energy, or a transition from bureaucratic health care to human-centered care. Transitions  are characterized by the emergence of new structures, cultures and practices. Other key characteristics are co-evolution, self-organization and adaptation.