The Relocalization Network: Background and History

Updated February, 2009

The Relocalization Network was created in 2003 as one of the first initiatives of Post Carbon Institute. It developed as a response to individuals’ questions about how they could take action to address the implications of peak oil. We found that the most effective strategies are initiated at the community level. For this reason, Post Carbon Institute decided that establishing a network of local groups was the best way to provide concerned individuals with the support and resources necessary to coordinate effective action.

The Network Team supported groups and individuals by providing on-line communication tools, developing valuable resources, facilitating connections, and cultivating a sense of working together globally on local responses. The Relocalization Network facilitated these connections by providing the web-based communication tools that helped Local Groups pool resources, share project ideas and templates and collaborate on initiatives.

The Relocalization Network grew to be composed of over 200 local groups from all over the world that are working to prepare their communities for an energy constrained future. These groups operated autonomously, while receiving guidance, educational resources, project and technical support, and electronic infrastructure from Post Carbon Institute.

Some groups started out with us, while other groups that were previously established joined the Network to benefit from sharing experiences and collaborating with other groups. The activities and projects of groups in the Network varied, depending on their skills, resources and the needs of the communities they are working in.

In December 2008, Post Carbon Institute formed a partnership with Transition United States, a newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and groups focused on the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change in their local communities. As a result, we are no longer actively supporting the Relocalization Network. will continue to serve as an archive for all the rich work and discussions that have taken place over the preceding years, but will no longer be active. Please visit group's pages on the site to find links to their individual web sites.

When the Relocalization Network started, there were no other networks for local groups working on re-localization, or online forums that provided groups with the tools they needed to communicate effectively. In the five years since the program started, peak oil has gained widespread recognition and hundreds upon hundreds of groups around the world have taken up the call to reduce their communities' dependency on fossil fuels.

We're extremely proud of the work of all those individuals and groups we've supported, and are excited about the great achievements that will take place through the close relationship with the Transition movement.