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Worldwide, communities and initiatives spring up who transition to a culture of strong sustainability and harmony with the natural world. What is it that makes them tick?
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A Green Guide to Earthwise Harmony

A Green Guide to Earthwise Harmony | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

At Earthwise Harmony our aim is to be your 'go to' place for information, discussions, interviews and practical tips on matters relating to the Environment, Sustainability, Self sufficiency, Climate Change, Peak Oil and other relevant topics. A place where you can share your challenges and triumphs and hear about what others are doing.

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TALK | Deliberative change

TALK | Deliberative change | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In my work in community engagement and consultation, I am interested in the ways in which communities or groups can address and talk about climate change – or any kind of positive change. A thread in this project has been about conversation and negotiation. Not that I have done any substantive work in this area – not much beyond communicating the greenness of new developments and writing the odd article – but I’ve completed training and build on my communications experience (social marketing, learning circles etc). This year I am participating in a program about deliberation and decision making, processes that are essential to cultivating positive change.

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Online collaboration doesn’t happen by magic | coalition of the willing

Online collaboration doesn’t happen by magic | coalition of the willing | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Just as you can’t expect to get people to a meeting or event just by putting up a flier, setting up successful collaborative communities online takes work.

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Stories: Little Free Library - Abundant Community

Stories: Little Free Library - Abundant Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The brainchild of Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, the Little Free Library project was conceived to promote literacy and build community—and to challenge Andrew Carnegie’s record of creating more than 2,500 free libraries.

 

The idea is simple: “Take a book, return a book” is posted on a little box put up where people are likely to pass by. In just two years, Little Free Library has turned into a movement with profound implications for building relationships and fostering sharing among neighbors.

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The amoeba of cultural change

The amoeba of cultural change | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In the Q&A section of public presentations we often get asked "How do you tell people about Transition ..." Then the questioner launches into a vivid description of how his attempts have failed to get through to his Hummer-driving brother-in-law, or his boss who vacations in the Bahamas, or his fellow churchgoers who rhapsodize over malls and "bargains" at big box stores, or his neighbor with the pristine, overwatered chem-lawn.

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Information visualisation is shared storytelling, another form of Collective Intelligence

Information visualisation is shared storytelling, another form of Collective Intelligence | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

According to Clay Shirky in ‘Information visualization: Graphical tools for thinking about data’ a good info-vis interface not only provides a visual representation of the data, but invites its users to ask questions about the data. When the interface supports the exploration of the data, the user will be able to form new questions, parallels and hypothesis.


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Transition Lounge

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Information, communication, transformation... Share stories of hope and possibility ... a Facebook page.

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Appreciative Inquiry | Learn This

Appreciative Inquiry | Learn This | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Appreciative Inquiry is a method or system of driving change and discovering or seeking out the positive aspects that feed “life” into a living system.
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What’s the language of the future?

What’s the language of the future? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
As English takes over the world, it's splintering and changing -- and soon, we may not recognize it at all (“…while the number of languages in the world is diminishing, the number of Englishes is increasing.” – via @Salon...

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Collaborative Communication: Why Methods Matter

Collaborative Communication: Why Methods Matter | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Those with the ability to combine innovative scenarios with well-thought-out strategy in a collaborative team setting have the potential for outstanding results. Making the impossible possible will take teams that have a carefully selected communication method, use collaboration not just coordination, and have the ability to recruit members with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

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Words That Don’t Work

Words That Don’t Work | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What has been learned from the brain and cognitive sciences is that words are defined by fixed frames we use in thinking, frames come in hierarchical systems, and political frames are defined in moral terms, where “morality” is very different for conservatives and progressives. What lies behind the Occupy movement is moral view of democracy: Democracy is about citizens caring about each other and acting responsibly both socially and personally.

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The Paradox of Connectedness | Pro Bono Australia

The 'super-connected' world of the internet, social media and hand-held communication devices, may be driving us further apart, according to a leading psychologist and social researcher.

Psychologist and author Hugh Mackay used the 2011 Creative Innovation conference in Melbourne to question what sees as 'the great double paradox' of connectedness.

For Mackay, the paradox is “that all this brilliant connected technology creates the illusion that its bringing us together, but its keeping us apart, and making it easier for us to stay apart”.

 

Connection is, according to Mackay, the lifeblood of human existence. “Communication is how we love, nurture, create communities and generate civilised societies” said Mackay.

But connection is so much more than words or visuals - Mackay said its about posture, dress, smell, expression, about where you are and what you are doing.

Mackay said if people are not connecting face to face, then they are losing 50-90% of the communication.

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Communication power

Communication power | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
We live in the midst of a revolution in communication technologies that affects the way in which people feel, think, and behave.
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10 Twitter Hashtags That Make It Easy to Follow the Latest Green News

10 Twitter Hashtags That Make It Easy to Follow the Latest Green News | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Twitter has, literally, changed the way we share and communicate. Unlike Facebook, which is based almost completely on marketing ideas through social advertising, Twitter is a way of following (and even starting) trends.


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To perform better, focus on ‘we’ not ‘me’

To perform better, focus on ‘we’ not ‘me’ | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The findings, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences, show that simply changing “I” to “we” in motivational self-talk—the internal talk one does in getting ready for performance—has a significant impact on an individual’s—and thus a group’s—performance.


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