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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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Amsterdam Tries to Change Culture With ‘Repair Cafes’

Amsterdam Tries to Change Culture With ‘Repair Cafes’ | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Leave it to the Dutch, who throw away only 3 percent of their municipal waste into landfills, to come up with a socially appealing innovation that does even more to reduce waste: the neighborhood Repair Cafe! As described in today’s NYT, volunteers with a talent for fixing things come together several times a month to repair anyone’s broken household items for free.

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AskShareGive

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Recently a new website AskShareGive was launched in New Zealand. AskShareGive is a not-for-profit website that allows people to share their time, skills, transport and old or unwanted goods. The website is the brain child of an Auckland business man who runs a software company. He felt inspired by the ideology of a gift economy – where goods and services flow through a community through sharing and without money changing hands. He felt that as a rule our homes are cluttered with an abundance of things and stuff and we have this trend of continuing to buy more rather than spread what we have amongst each other.

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Mobile Greenhouse Project by Compass Green Compass...

Mobile Greenhouse Project by Compass Green Compass... | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Mobile Greenhouse Project by Compass Green Compass Green is a fully functional greenhouse built in the back of a box truck that grows vegetables and herbs and is powered by waste vegetable oil. They...
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Greek Town Develops Bartering System Without Euro

People are finally taking things into their own hands ....

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The Marblehead Letter

Summary of Key Points

 

A natural agenda of issues is shaping the future, especially for corporations with global scope

• The social divide: the ever-widening gap between those participating in the increasingly interdependent global economy and those not. For how long can 15% of the people get 85% of the goodies?

• Redefining growth: economic growth based on ever increasing material use and discard is inconsistent with a finite world. How long can we keep piling up more junk in the same box?

• Variety and inclusiveness: developing inclusion as a core competence in increasingly multi-cultural organizations.
Who is “the we?”

• Attracting talented people and realizing their potential: developing commitment in a world of “free agents” and “volunteer” talent. What are we committed to, really?

• The role of the corporation: extending the traditional role of the corporation, especially the global corporation, to be more commensurate with its impact. Just how accountable will society expect us to be?

• The system seeing itself: the challenges of coordination and coherence in social systems.
How can we stop going faster while dimming the headlights?

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Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition.

Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

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vox pop In transition 2.0 screening preview, LYTTELTON

vox pop In transition 2.0 screening preview, LYTTELTON (New Zealand)...
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Debt and the Transition economy

Debt and the Transition economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As we navigate The Great Turning, we must create a safety net or "backup plan" as the conventional growth-dependent economic system falters and crumbles. Ideally, that safety net will integrate threads which become the foundation for the new economy -- a post-carbon, post-petroleum, post-peak-everything, more socially just, necessarily degrowth economy.

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Our co-owned future

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The explosive force of Occupy Wall Street—and more than a thousand other local efforts—offers hope that a movement committed to long-term change might one day achieve a fundamental transformation of the American political-economic system. Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call “evolutionary reconstruction.”

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300 year old food forest in the suburbs

300 year old food forest in the suburbs | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Geoff Lawton discovers a 300 year old food forest that has been tended for 28 generations by the same family. Incredibly it is in the suburbs of a Vietnamese city and only 2 acres in size yet it provides all the food and medicines for an entire family all year round.

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Transition US :: February e-newsletter

Transition US :: February e-newsletter | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Let's mobilize of thousands of new residents, create innumerable sustainability actions provide the community networks and cross-sector collaborations needed to Transition our towns and cities across the US.

 

Roll up your sleeves and get involved :)

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Differentiating The Anarchy Economy From The Sharing Economy

Differentiating The Anarchy Economy From The Sharing Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

So which does your household participate in: the Anarchy economy, the Sharing economy, or both?

 

I'm not a big fan of the word Anarchy. It implies chaos and conjures images of masked mobs, smoke grenades, and police beat downs. But if our global financial system isn't in a state of chaos, just what state is it in then?

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The Green Changemakers: The New Facts of Life

The Green Changemakers: The New Facts of Life | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In the coming decades, the survival of humanity will depend on our ecological literacy – our ability to understand the basic principles of ecology and to live accordingly. This means that ecoliteracy must become a critical skill for politicians, business leaders, and professionals in all spheres, and should be the most important part of education at all levels – from primary and secondary schools to colleges, universities, and the continuing education and training of professionals.

 

http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/new-facts-life

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A land backed currency issued by a Local Authority

A land backed currency issued by a Local Authority | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

This paper develops the case for a currency issued by a local authority and proposes a contract where a land levy is paid to council in exchange for local dollars to assist would-be purchasers to buy land. It addresses both land and money together. It argues for a currency that has a built-in incentive to circulate fast. It will supplement the existing interest-bearing monoculture of a national currency. It introduces a local Citizen’s Dividend. Local currencies need to shift up a gear. It describes the probable effects of such a marked change in the scale of complementary currencies, where they are issued in millions rather than hundreds of dollars. It argues that such a currency will stabilise the price of property, cause new prosperity, move business towards sustainability, stimulate new industry, create new jobs and move to a low carbon economy. The knock-on effects on the central government are discussed. It argues for a smooth gradual introduction of this dual currency system linked to land.

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TEDxExeter - Rob Hopkins - My Town in Transition

Rob Hopkins’ leaky bucket animation on this TEDx presentation is a great resource for communities wanting to strengthen their local economy.

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Micro-Currency: In French City Of Nantes, Soon You Can Pay In Nantos

Micro-Currency: In French City Of Nantes, Soon You Can Pay In Nantos | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Accelerated by the financial crisis, Europe has seen a trend for small businesses looking to make more cashless exchanges. Nantes is becoming Europe's first major city to experiment with a virtual currency that can be used both businesses and individuals.

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Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy

Shareable: Blueprint for P2P Society: The Partner State & Ethical Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A new way to produce is emerging. By this I mean: a new way to produce anything and everything, whether it is software, food, or cities. What once required rigid organisations and a society defined by the mentality of hierarchies, we are discovering now (and in many cases re-discovering) how to do through free association of peers.

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Conscious Leadership for Sustainability: Executive Summary | Integral Life

Conscious Leadership for Sustainability: Executive Summary | Integral Life | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A study of how leaders and change agents with postconventional consciousness design and engage in complex change initiatives....

Via Anne Caspari
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Building a Sustainable Future Requires More than Science

Building a Sustainable Future Requires More than Science | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth’s worsening emergencies of climate change, species’ extinction and resource overconsumption not because of a lack of information, but because of a lack of imagination, social scientists and artists say.

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Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare

Alternative currencies, monetary systems | Comparison tables - SocialCompare | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Alternative currency is a term that refers to any currency used as an alternative to the dominant national or multinational currency systems (usually referred to as national or fiat money). Alternative currencies can be created by an individual, corporation, or organization, they can be created by national, state, or local governments, or they can arise naturally as people begin to use a certain commodity as a currency.
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The Transition Companion

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We can do this the hard way or the easy way. The easy way is that you skip this post and buy the book now.

The hard way is that your reviewer attempts to describe a 320 page book whose contents have been shaped by the infinitely varied experiences of self-organising initiatives around the world. In these, thousands of people have explored one question over a five year period: “How do we make our community more resilient in uncertain times?”.

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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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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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When I grow up: a 6 year old's vision of a Gift Community

Social inventors Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan work at the forefront of the “Gift” movement, traveling the world learning and teaching the concepts and processes of Gift Community. After one of their seminar tours last year, they received this video clip of six-year-old Sabina talking about what it meant to her to attend a local Gift Circle. Posted on their blog and on YouTube, it has received more than 100,000 hits.

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Pocket Neighborhoods: Small-Scale Living in a Large-Scale World

From Whidbey Island, Washington, to Winnsboro, Texas, pocket neighborhoods are taking root in communities in search of a simpler, more shareable way of life. In a pocket neighborhood, houses with a smaller-than-normal footprint surround a shared green space. The more public areas of the homes -- living room, dining room, and kitchen -- face the commons, with the bedrooms situated away from public views. The design is both community-oriented and environmentally friendly.

 

http://youtu.be/UwJgEzMzJ4I

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