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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 Swap-O-Matic: A Vending Machine Based On The Barter Economy

The Swap-O-Matic: A Vending Machine Based On The Barter Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
There are about 7 million vending machines in America. And what do the vast majority of them sell? Sodas and sodium- or sugar-heavy snacks (which aren’t good for you), packaged in plastic or PET and shipped around the country (which isn’t good for the planet). We’ve all used vending machines. But despite their convenience, they certainly aren’t a solution to humanity’s problems.

Or are they? The Swap-o-Matic, created by the New York City-based designer Lina Fenequito, is a vending machine that lets you “recycle things you no longer need and get things you want—all for free.”

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A Haitian Bank Thrives After the Quake by Helping the Poor

A Haitian Bank Thrives After the Quake by Helping the Poor | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
After the quake, Fonkoze stepped up and took deposits, doling cash out as remittances—all the while keeping the hole in its vault hush-hush.

 

With more than a quarter-million customers, Fonkoze, a Creole abbreviation of "the Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation," is Haiti’s largest microfinance group. Fonkoze is a full-service nonprofit bank for the poor, offering financial services from credit to insurance and savings. The average savings account has just $60 in it.

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Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0

Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0 | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Q: How do the Amish raise a barn without money?
A: Community, and the social capital that weaves it together.
In my husband’s Latvian community, they have a concept similar to barnraising ...

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eCOOLnomics

eCOOLnomics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"The drivers of climate change are embedded in our global culture. No amount of haggling will address these real problems without deep and dramatic cultural change. That change can be positive, however, and eCOOLnomics explores the potential transition paths and modalities."

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Coming soon: a world without money and banks.

Who in their right mind would be so bold as to predict the end of money and banking as we've known it (besides yours truly, that is)?

Well, how about the Governor of the Bank of England?


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Social Entrepreneurship: A Quest to be More Fully Human

Social Entrepreneurship: A Quest to be More Fully Human | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneurs are starting new organizations that combine best management practices with a socio-ecological purpose. They are expanding the boundaries of what it means to do business and innovating new organizational structures to respond to the needs and demands of an aching society.

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Design and Strategy Principles for Local Currency

Design and Strategy Principles for Local Currency | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Our society is fraught with a contradiction: on the one hand, we have vast needs that go unmet; on the other hand, we have vast amounts of labor, wasted resources, and productive capacity that could in principle meet those needs. Money is supposed to bring them together, but it is failing to do so. We can see a local complementary currency as a way to bridge the gap.
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Shareable: Co-ops: A Great Way to Share

Shareable: Co-ops: A Great Way to Share | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As much as I stress the importance of sharing in my family, my nine-year old daughter refuses to share her precious possessions with her five-year old brother. And she has a point. He’s young and exuberant, and chances are he’ll break her art supplies or laptop before the day is over. But when he gets older – and more careful and responsible – I hope that she will freely share most everything with him.

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Maker Faire Melbourne: Inspire, inform, connect, entertain.

Maker Faire Melbourne: Inspire, inform, connect, entertain. | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A Maker Faire is about celebrating learning and doing – not the finished and perfect end product. It’s a place to share what we’re learning with others, and celebrate the fun and freedom of being an amateur. Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration coming to Australasia for the first time on Saturday, January 14th, 2012.

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Lucky Ant: A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

Lucky Ant: A Kickstarter For Local Businesses | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Want to support stores in your neighborhood by doing more than just shopping there? A new crowdfunding site gives you the chance to help them grow, and become a part of their success.
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Occupy sustainability

In a few short weeks a rag-tag group of under-thirties has been able to transform the global conversation about economic issues by focusing on three basic points, all of which are essential for stopping runaway climate change and ecological overshoot:

- First is the principle of anti-economics: Not everything has, or should have a price.

- The issue of rich and poor is the second of Occupy’s insights.

- Occupy’s final point is that the 1% have captured the state and distorted democracy.

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Shareable: Just in Time

Shareable: Just in Time | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As the recession and Occupy movement encourage people to reimagine work and how they get their needs met in the new economy, Timebanks are catching fire. They are a clever tool to circumvent the scarcity and misdirection of conventional money. Timebanks are at heart a simple concept – you work for an hour, earn an hour credit, and spend an hour with anyone in your Timebank community. Timebanks don't pay taxes or get penalized in benefit reductions because they are more like charitable volunteering circles of mutual aid or relationship-based gift economies than market-based national currencies.

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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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January 21 Is World Swap Day!

January 21 Is World Swap Day! | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Need new clothes, but can't afford them? Pining for a new book, but can't justify the expense when there are dozens gathering dust in your living room? Want to plant a garden this year, but aren't sure if you've got the capital for seeds?

Don't worry: swapping is the new shopping, and Saturday January 21st is World Swap Day!

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Making Do

Making Do | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In consumer society, stuff goes quick. Whether it's through planned obsolence, changing fashions, or just because it's plain old plastic crap, our things need replacing a lot. This process of constant commodity renewal locks us into a compulsory work-buy-work lifecycle. But it wasn't always quite so, in times of resource scarcity (even in America!) learning to make do with what you already owned was considered a virtue. "Thrift," I think they called it.

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The liberation of civil society through p2p working - Creating Commons in our life

Freed up creativity enabled by open source technology is the chance to liberate us from the chains of an outdated economic model based on market pricing. Will it enable us to co-create a commons orientated contributory culture? Our challenge is how to make the new prototype which cannot fully socially reproduce itself at present into a full mode of production for a sustainable society.

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To build community, an economy of gifts

To build community, an economy of gifts | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In former times, people depended for all of life's necessities and pleasures on people they knew personally. If you alienated the local blacksmith, brewer, or doctor, there was no replacement. Your quality of life would be much lower. If you alienated your neighbors then you might not have help if you sprained your ankle during harvest season, or if your barn burnt down. Community was not an add-on to life, it was a way of life. Today, with only slight exaggeration, we could say we don't need anyone....They are replaceable and, by the same token, so am I.

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Considering Being a Benefit Corporation? A New Site Clears the Path

Considering Being a Benefit Corporation? A New Site Clears the Path | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Over the past year, the reputation of corporations has been dragged through the mud, with the global Occupy movement casting a skeptical, antagonistic view of such entities, and rightly so, in many cases. But quietly, a new, broader world-benefitting form of corporation has been emerging during the past several years - the B Corp, and more recently, Benefit Corporation status.

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Why Own When You Can Share?

Why Own When You Can Share? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

While more Americans are eager to escape cluttered lives filled with too much expensive stuff, new technologies are making it easier than ever to share. Rachel Botsman, social innovator and author of What's Mine is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption, says that the result will be a massive shift in the way we think about ownership: while the 20th century was defined by hyper-consumption, the 21st will be defined by collaborative consumption.

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Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy?

Will New Zealand be the first developed country to evolve a steady-state economy? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

New Zealand will inevitably make a transition to a steady-state economy. The onset of energy descent — having less and less energy to use with each passing decade — will push it to do so sooner rather than later. The critical question is whether the transition to a steady-state economy will be by design or disaster.

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deirdrekent's comment, January 15, 2012 2:40 PM
Nice one Jack. This can only happen if there are good policies at local and national government level. We need monetary reform along biomimicry lines and tax reform to untax labour and tax resource use including land.
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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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37 Ways to Join the Gift Economy

37 Ways to Join the Gift Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
You don't have to participate in a local currency or service exchange to be part of the cooperative gift economy. Any time you do a favor for a family member, neighbor, colleague, or stranger you're part of it.
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Transforming Our Economic System From Egocentric Domination to Ecocentric Real Wealth

Transforming Our Economic System From Egocentric Domination to Ecocentric Real Wealth | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A reoccurring theme has been emerging in conversations with my friends and colleagues: our economic system.

Does our current economic system work? Who does it serve? Who is it damaging? Is it sustainable? Is there a better way? Can the system be changed?

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How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures

How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Harnessed fully, there are more talents and resources within any small group of passionate citizens than are actually needed to manifest deep social change. It is just a matter of how willing we are to step back and see things through a lens of strengths and possibilities, and how creatively we can bring our multitude of capabilities to light.

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"There Goes the Neighborhood." Two Ways to Deal with Foreclosed Homes

"There Goes the Neighborhood." Two Ways to Deal with Foreclosed Homes | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
While some cities are tearing down thousands of vacant homes, Occupy Our Homes movement offers a compassionate alternative.
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