The Salerno conference further analyzed concepts of transition and resilience and initiated the design of two tools: Territorial Diagnosis of Resilience and the Territorial Agenda of Transition.
Rob Hopkins uses the term of transition in 2008 in his « Transition Handbook » to describe a positive approach of the inevitable process of lowering energy deal facing traumatic issues of peak oil and climate change.
In 2009, the European Commission suggests in “The World in 2025” to refer to these issues the opportunity of a socio-ecological transition towards sustainable development.
The newLiFE project of ENTI proposed in the early 2010, that transition offers an alternative way of concrete economic crisis to a kind of development based on the welfare of each and everyone (according to the Council of Europe concept).
Since, different conceptions of the transition have increased as the “economic and ecological” transition of C. ANSPERGER, or the transition based on the lateral governance, of J. RIFKIN.
We may risk a definition, certainly not yet accomplished: the concept of transition refers to the opportunity of a co-construction of a gradual change, rational, transparent and peaceful, but radical, against the risk of an authoritarian path.
Hopkins introduced the resilience of a territory as the transition key concept. We define the territorial resilience as the ability of the territorial community to continue its development in a positive way, in co-building against external shocks that may increase its vulnerability, even questioning its existence.
The participative territorial diagnosis of resilience invites interested persons who are constituting the territorial community to identify the territory resilience capacities, and the lack of resilience risk to prevent them.
The participative territorial agenda of transition foresees phases and steps whereby the territory can progress to sustainable development.
These agendas will necessarily differ according to the territories, but they must contribute to a global agenda. At this level proposed agendas by experts are highly variable.
A crossed agenda of research must also be set to contribute to the definition of knowledges, scientific methods and useful informations in defining the territorial agendas.