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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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Thriving Neighbourhoods 2012: Call for papers

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2012: Call for papers | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a conference on emerging approaches to the planning, design and management of local neighbourhoods that are set to radically improve health, social engagement, environmental quality and productivity in communities. Thriving communities have the resilience needed to adapt creatively to unexpected challenges such as climate change, population change, rapid technological change, social upheaval and economic crises.

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OBSERVE | Suburban informality & the everyday

OBSERVE | Suburban informality & the everyday | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Suburban streets can offer gifts and surprises, the generosity of neighbours and makeshift encounters.

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100 Neighbours Project - An effort to create community

100 Neighbours Project - An effort to create community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We are on a mission to get to know 100 of our closest neighbors. We will post pictures and short bios of the neighbors we get to know so everyone that participates gets to know their neighbors too.

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Want calmer cities? Build socially sustainable communities...

Want calmer cities? Build socially sustainable communities... | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Environmental sustainability is now well recognized, though social sustainability – finding ways to make places work for people, that are inclusive and cohesive, and adaptable in the face of changing circumstances – is a new challenge.

There is strong evidence about the relationship between the quality of our local social relationships – the people we pass time with on the street, whether we can call on neighbors for help when we are ill – and how happy we are with where we live. The work that is needed to support this is the small scale, efforts of community development workers and local neighbourhood groups. However, this work is vulnerable to cuts in public spending, though corner cutting can have a stark long-term negative impact; the financial and social costs of neighbourhood failure are high and include raised levels of crime, unemployment and mental health problems...


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Stories: Libraries Leading Community

Stories: Libraries Leading Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Libraries are getting more and more creative in coming up with ways to build communities around them. Read about six innovative strategies, from "community closets" to skill- and tool-sharing initiatives, that take libraries beyond the book business and might work in your neighborhood.

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Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in

Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When talking about reducing the footprint of our living patterns on the landscape and the earth’s limited resources, I always stress that this does not necessarily mean high-rises or even multi-family living at all. Those can be perfectly accessible pathways to sustainability for people who prefer them, but one can also have sustainably designed neighborhoods of single-family homes on moderately sized lots. The lots can be even smaller without sacrificing access to the outdoors if ample shared green space is integrated into the setting. Ultimately, more sustainable living patterns need to be about a diversity of choices within a community, rather than the ghettoes of identically sized and styled housing products typically offered during the recent heyday of sprawl


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The Natural Step Canada's FREE Sustainability Toolkits | The Natural Step

The Natural Step Canada's FREE Sustainability Toolkits | The Natural Step | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Neighbourhoods are the building blocks of society. They are the places we call home, where we live, work, and play. But what are the characteristics of a livable, vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood? Re-imagining our Neighbourhoods: A vision for the future of Alberta, begins to answer exactly that question.

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