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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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The Critical Need for Self-Care When World Building

The Critical Need for Self-Care When World Building | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
There’s a lot going on right now.I’m in the process of federating with a large number of people across the globe to form a new kind of living systems organization, and lay down infrastructures that we intend will lead us towards a desired socioeconomic paradigm and human operation system. We’re pioneering practices in cultural design, systems intelligence, and coordinated creative action at scale.It’s really, really hard.
It would seem that if one wants to engage in real transformation in the world, a shift has to take place, which is expressed through culture, but begins within.

Here’s an experiential exercise you can try...

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We are not alone in the universe - the political ecology of "more-than-humanism"

We are not alone in the universe - the political ecology of "more-than-humanism" | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Brilliant analysis in Eurozine of the political and social implications of looking at mankind as part of the planet instead of its master.

 

Based on the works of Bruno Latour, Michel Serres and others, this new "more-than-humanism" can revolutionise our thinking about the economy, politics, culture and social interactions. A good example is the new constitution of Ecuador, which gives "nature" legal rights.


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Econ4: Changing The Way We Look At Economics

Econ4: Changing The Way We Look At Economics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
After a few years of getting a bad rap during the recession and the Occupy protests, a group of economics professors are fighting back with an organization devoted to promoting a "reality-based" study of money and market...
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Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years

Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A subtle and soulful book to help parents prepare for and celebrate the profound transition of Birth.

"Birth is the archetypal rite of passage for a woman, containing the essential elements of any ritual: separation from normal life, a profound transition during which the participants occupy a timeless time, followed by re-entry into society in a changed state. It can also be seen as a holy sacrament; the entry of a soul from another plane into this earthly dimension." Jackie Singer, Birthrites

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What Kind of a Society Is This, and What Do We Want?

Some activists accentuate only the positive, and perhaps this is having a bigger effect than we realize. Yet:

In such times as these, it is as if everyone needs to suddenly put down their cellphones, get out of their cars, turn off their televisions and power tools, and go gather in the middle of streets to sing and play instruments. Depave the streets to plant rows of fruit and nut trees to lessen the urban heat island effect. Get rid of money and barter instead.

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Shareable: It's Official: Sharing is Now a Religion

Shareable: It's Official: Sharing is Now a Religion | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Sharing, with special emphasis on file-sharing, officially became a recognized religious sacrement in Sweden. Enter the Missionary Church of Kopimism which believes that the communication of beneficial infomation is sacrosanct -- and they've even taken CTL + C and CTL + V (key strokes for the copy and paste function) as sacred symbols.

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A Path to Thriving: "Possess" Nothing, "Own" Everything

A Path to Thriving: "Possess" Nothing, "Own" Everything | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

I’ve encountered a lot of talk about thriving lately. Everywhere I turn I am hearing that word: movies, meetings, online and personal conversation. It used to be that sustainable was sufficient. That word has now become inadequate. Now we need something more.

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In with the new: part III of "As economic growth fails, how do we live?"

In with the new: part III of "As economic growth fails, how do we live?" | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In this third and final article in this series, we will discuss seven new ways of living which we can adopt as economic growth fails. They are not revolutionary (revolutions never achieve their utopian visions because of something called "human nature"). Rather, they may allow us to "muddle through" the best we can right now with what we already know how to do.

1. Debt for Investment, Not Consumption. Like a cook who has dreadfully botched a recipe by adding a cup of salt where a teaspoon was called for, we have overused debt and are now suffering the consequences.

2. Location, Location, Location. While we have for the last century used cheap oil powering our transportation systems to make distances virtually irrelevant, as oil prices rise it is going to matter a great deal where one is located.

3. Collaborate and Conquer. As the U.S. military Empire begins to shrink back, the self-appointed role of the U.S. as the world's free-of-charge military security service must end.

4. Go With the Flow. A standard admonishment to the younger generation in families of wealth has always been: Never Spend Your Capital. It's ok to spend the annual Income, but never touch the Capital or you will destroy the family wealth.

5. Patient, Heal Thyself! Rather than heed the sign at the door to the nation's health care system -- "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here!" --
we must address our health, as this beast is already sucking 17% of our GDP and scheduled to go higher. It's as big as our waistlines and growing just as fast.

6. Connect the Dots. It is always good to pay attention to broad-based grassroots movements. A "Common Wisdom" -- such as the current idea that it might be better to tax consumption rather than earned income -- may actually be a good idea, even though it flies in the face of "Conventional Wisdom".

7. Become Producers Again. Americans should recoil from the label we have so blithely accepted for ourselves: "Consumers". This is not the label of a proud and free people, but a nation of sheep. We are a nation of borrowing consumers, gobbling up about 25% of the world's resources as we consume "bread and circuses". It is a measure of shame and ruin that 70% of our economy is devoted to consumer consumption.

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Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012

Resilience: The Next Big Word for 2012 | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Resilience is a word that captures much of what has occurred over this past year: the Arab Spring; the anger that has boiled over into first the Tea Party and then the Occupy movements; strapped municipal budgets; and coping with an onslaught of natural and man-made disasters around the world. Whether we are talking about economic resilience, political resilience or social resilience, the R word captures what many at the grassroots are facing at a volatile time.

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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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Haudenosaunee Confederacy

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Among the nations of the Haudenosaunee is a core value called the Seventh Generation. While the Haudenosaunee encompass traditional values like sharing labour and maintaining a duty to their family, clan and nation and being thankful to nature and the Creator for their sustenance, the Seventh Generation value takes into consideration those who are not yet born but who will inherit the world.

 

In their decision making Chiefs consider how present day decisions will impact their descendants. Nations are taught to respect the world in which they live as they are borrowing it from future generations. The Seventh Generation value is especially important in terms of culture. Keeping cultural practices, languages, and ceremonies alive is essential if those to come are to continue to practice Haudenosaunee culure.

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Culture for a Healthy World | Transition Network

Culture for a Healthy World | Transition Network | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

I see culture as something that both expresses something of who we are – the books, films, TV programmes, art that we make, how we have conversations, relationships, come together in groups and organisations, what we share or not in terms of language, values, expectations and so on. But our culture also shapes us – tells us what’s expected in order to belong and be part of these groups, shapes what we perceive, feel, think about, imagine. Like much of our society, most of the culture we have arises in a way that is not designed to any particular end other than to entertain, to sell newspapers or books or to gain an audience.

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The Unexpected Flowering of a New Culture?

The Unexpected Flowering of a New Culture? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Maddy Harland revisits Ecocide, Polly Higgins' campaign, and exhorts us all to be open to new possibilities. Our disintegrating systems may allow an unexpected flowering of new culture.
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The Imperative of Revolutionary Nonviolence

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Nonviolence is a way of life, an external manifestation of an internal peace. Nonviolence is mindfulness and consciousness of the sacred, of the interconnectedness of ourselves with everything and every being. It is an attitude, an awareness, an understanding, a manner of expression and interaction operating from a deep internal integration that honors this sacred interconnectedness. It motivates intervention in or confrontation of forces destroying or harming sacredness of life, utilizing consciousness of the sacred in the means of intervention.

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Finite and Infinite Games

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A fascinating meditation on life as a contest of games to be completed and games to be continued--and on what lies beyond winning and losing.

 

There are at least two kinds of games: finite and infinite.
A finite game is a game that has fixed rules and boundaries, that is played for the purpose of winning and thereby ending the game.

An infinite game has no fixed rules or boundaries. In an infinite game you play with the boundaries and the purpose is to continue the game.

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Film review: Why ‘Thrive’ is best avoided

Film review: Why ‘Thrive’ is best avoided | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

by Rob Hopkins

What do you do when you are the heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune and you have spent years surrounding yourself with new agey thinking and conspiracy theories? You make a film like ‘Thrive‘, the latest conspiracy theory movie that is popping up all over the place.

"Ah, now we get into the real agenda of the film, a kind of New Age libertarianism, a sort of cosmic Tea Party, and it all starts to get deeply alarming."

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Money and Morality

If we take care of people and Nature, then the economy will take care of itself.


Money was a clever and convenient invention; it was designed as a means of exchange and a measure of wealth. But somehow that has changed; what was once solely a means to an end has become the end itself, and what was a measure of wealth has become wealth itself.

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Visioning Sustainability - Scale Independent Thought

Visioning Sustainability - Scale Independent Thought | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Today’s world of increasing complexity and rapid globalization leaves us thirsting for new metaphors, analogies and emblems – those that can encapsulate the complex challenges we face into an image of clarity we can wrap our minds around. As the stakes of our collective behavior rise, this new image must both shock our sensibilities and inspire us into action. Such a fresh, contemporary archetype must quickly scale visibly into the heart of mass consciousness to encourage humans to become the stewards we were meant to be. To find these new emblems, we can do what the ancients did before us – look to the dynamic processes, natural morphologies and behaviors of our planet to see how she creates dynamic equilibrium in response to upheaval and change.


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The Great Turning: An Epic Passage

The Great Turning: An Epic Passage | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The capacity to anticipate and choose our future is a defining characteristic of the human species. We must now choose between two contrasting models for organizing human affairs.

 

Earth Community organizes by principles of partnership and shares resources equitably to grow the generative potential of the whole.

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Time to Occupy the Calendar

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As the holidays and year comes to a close, I find myself asking again a long asked question. What kind of holidays should be celebrated by a citizen, sharer, and commons advocate?

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Tribes: 15 Illustrated New Myths for the Permaculture Age by Willi Paul. An openmythsource.com freeBook | www.planetshifter.com

Tribes: 15 Illustrated New Myths for the Permaculture Age by Willi Paul. An openmythsource.com freeBook | www.planetshifter.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Snippet from the book's Intro:

"... But sometimes, society falls in a myth gap. Like now. Another way of saying this is that the cultural narrative is broken. Most of us are acutely aware of this current state of affairs, especially in the broader context of systemic change. We see that our institutions (education, finance, politics, economy) are not equipped to serve us any longer, and we’re clawing around for a story (or stories) to describe the “new way of doing things” that can be agreed upon by society so we can move forward."

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Shareable: The Theater at a Crossroads: Seeking a Sustainable Model for Creativity

Shareable: The Theater at a Crossroads: Seeking a Sustainable Model for Creativity | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

... This is the theater’s equivalent to the 99 percent political dynamic that’s playing out around the world...

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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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Cultivating Green Art: Ideas & Solutions For Environmental Sustainability : Sustainable Melbourne

City of Melbourne, TippingPoint Australia and the Danish Arts Agency have combined to bring you some of Melbourne and Copenhagen’s most exciting cultural innovators as they discuss how they see the artists in their cities respond to the challenge of environmental sustainability. Contribute to the Café Conversations style evening and have interactive creative conversations on the issues they raise.

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