The reason I characterise them in this way is that personally I find that most campaigning has a very negative focus - there is this problem, lets complain about it - where as transition tends to have a more positive focus on creating a lifestyle and community that we want. Kind of like focusing either on the problems or on the solutions.
Part of the reason that I have decided to write about this today is that I find just focussing on the problems and campaigning about them very difficult to stay enthusiastic about. Always complaining about something and writing letters expressing your opinions to government ministers (while being a very useful and worthy use of your time) uses an awful lot of energy without giving you much back. Alternatively creating a sustainable community also uses a lot of energy, but you do get so much back through friendships, experiences and the sense of achievement. So subsequently I find it much easier to find the enthusiasm to go to a transition event, than I do to keep contributing to the campaigns of all of the mailing lists I'm on! It's not that I don't want to save the NHS, stop the government selling off our forests and stop the horrendous problem of bycatch that the fishfight campaign has so shockingly highlighted, but as a very small piece of a very large machine it is hard to get satisfaction from your part in it.
Now my intention was not to make the case for one side or the other, they are both necessary to a certain extent, in that we need to identify the problems before we can come up with sensible solutions. However, I do feel that focussing on the problems alone will never get us anywhere, it is so important to actually change ourselves and our lives to address the problems. And I have a suspicion that we could come up with brilliant solutions and address the problems, without much focus on them, as long as we were aware of them. If enough people start to live their lives as they want them then government policy will surely follow and besides won't we have more fun this way?