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Living Transition: Stories of Resiliency (A Heuristic Study)

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Title: Living Transition: Stories of Resiliency (A Heuristic Study)
Author: Sawatzky, Katrin
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Capacity Development and Extension
Advisor: Lauzon, Al
Abstract: The goal of this study sought to understand the experience of membership in the Transition movement through exploration of narratives shared by Transition Guelph participants. Using a heuristic research approach, this study begins by sharing the researcher’s story to gain insight into their personal experience of the movement. Then, a review of existing Transition literature seeds a foundation for the reader and provides context to further our understanding of individual experiences of this movement. While the origins, principles, and impacts of Transition are thoroughly explored in the literature, reference to individual transformational change and building personal resilience is less well documented. Thus, this study explores members’ inner journeys and experiences of the Transition movement through the sharing of their stories, thereby filling this gap in existing literature. “The 4 I’s: Development of Personal Resiliency Model” is created to capture and explain the transformational change and lived experience of Transition members.
Date: 2015-08
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