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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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What is Placemaking? « Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities

What is Placemaking? « Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover their needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place.

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In pictures: From garden city to green city

In pictures: From garden city to green city | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
An exhibition at London's Garden Museum explores the designs and projects that have inspired living buildings and garden cities over the last 150 years (From garden to #green #city - beautiful inspiration via @guardian
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Changing the World $25 at a Time Through Microlending | The Frugal Toad

Changing the World $25 at a Time Through Microlending | The Frugal Toad | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Microloans provide the poor with access to financing so that they can provide for their families. Kiva directs 100% of funds directly to the borrower via Field Partners and is a great way to help those in need.

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When dominator systems can't respond to the challenges of the time, mutuality-based systems become a necessity

When dominator systems can't respond to the challenges of the time, mutuality-based systems become a necessity | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We are emerging from a long dominator era into one that demands mutuality. The dominator (hierarchical) mode appears strong, but in reality is too slow to respond to the crisis of the time. Mutualism, on the other hand, is liable to be too fragile in the face of dominator pressures: the only way to resist these, based on intricacy, “is for small circles to join hands in a collaborative network that is broader and tighter than anything domination can provide.(p 286)” The keys to doing this, which she works out through many practical examples, are “education, empowerment, infrastructure, support networks, liberation and love.


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Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework ~ Stephen's Web

Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework ~ Stephen's Web | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects...m. In this talk I make the case for a community-based model of learning, where courses are structured as connectivist networks, describe some of the thinking behind the model, and outline a policy framework for the support of free learning.

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How Alternative Currencies Can Help Save the Planet (Video)

How Alternative Currencies Can Help Save the Planet (Video) | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
imtfi via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Interview with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Co-author of Creating Wealth It's clearer by the day: We're going to need to see some large-scale structural reforms to the way our economies operate in order to head off disasters...
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Mimic This! Otaki New Zealand -- Great Exemplar of "Think Local" - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK

Mimic This! Otaki New Zealand -- Great Exemplar of "Think Local" - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
  Transition Otaki Transition Otaki Newsletter supplement 25 October 2011   Show and Tell for Bicycles  Saturday 12 November 1 PM at Otaki Railway…...
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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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NACTO’s New Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO’s New Urban Bikeway Design Guide | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In an effort to create Complete Streets that are also safer for bicyclists, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced the release of a new Urban Design Bikeway Guide last week. At the report launch, Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO president and NYC Transportation Commissioner, Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer all emphasized that smart bicycle infrastructure design can not only make roadways safer for all, but can also boost economic growth.


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How Nature Can Solve our engineering — and life — challenges - SmartPlanet.com

How Nature Can Solve our engineering — and life — challenges - SmartPlanet.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

For Janine Benyus, the answers to our most complicated questions can be found in a place we often overlook: nature. A champion of biomimicry, Benyus wrote a book, launched a consulting firm and heads up an institute on the subject of natural solutions. A recent Heinz Award winner, Benyus spoke with me last month. Below are excerpts from our interview.

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Achieving Sustainable Communities

Sustainable communities are neighbourhoods, towns, villages and rural communities who have decided to collectively explore alternative ways of living and developing that reduce natural resource use, protect the environment, and meet essential human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own essential needs. 

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The Economics of Happiness - Official Trailer

Featuring
Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms, Zac Goldsmith, Samdhong Rinpoche, Clive Hamilton, Mohau Pheko, Keibo Oiwa and more...
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Ecological Debt Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ecological Debt Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Ecological Debt Day, also known as “Earth Overshoot Day”, is the calendar date each year in which the total resources consumed by humanity will exceed the capacity for the Earth to generate those resources that year. It is calculated by dividing the world biocapacity, the number of natural resources generated by the earth that year, divided by the world Ecological Footprint, humanity’s consumption of the Earth’s natural resources for that year, and multiplied by 365, the number of days in one Gregorian calendar year. In 2011 the Ecological Debt Day was on 27 September.

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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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How Germany Became Europe’s Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking

How Germany Became Europe’s Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"Unlike many of its European neighbors, Germany has emerged from the recent recession with a robust economy, thanks in large part to flourishing exports. Germany has a dominant market share in various green technologies as well as a substantial part of its workforce employed in the environmental sector.2 Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in absolute terms, effectively decoupling economic growth from Germany’s environmental footprint."

 

Must-read article for all those who wonder how Germany has become the economic engine of Europe (and unfortunately also its paymaster).


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Visualizing a Plenitude Economy

More at http://www.newdream.org Produced by the Center for a New American Dream This fun animation provides a vision of what a post-consumer society could lo...

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Pierre Johnson's comment, November 11, 2011 6:47 PM
Plenitude economy! I like the expression and the idea!
Raphael Souchier's comment, December 9, 2011 9:36 AM
Merci Pierre. Un peu de bon sens...et des images font mieux que de longs et savants discours :) je re-scoop.
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A Definition of Collaborative vs Cooperative Learning

Collaboration is a philosophy of interaction and personal lifestyle whereas cooperation is a structure of interaction designed to facilitate the accomplishment of an end product or goal.


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PermaculturExchange.com Manifesto | Launch Day | 10/26/11 | Willi Paul | www.planetshifter.com

PermaculturExchange.com Manifesto | Launch Day | 10/26/11 | Willi Paul | www.planetshifter.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
PlanetShifter.com Magazine and
openmythsource.com is creating a living, evolving green community by
re-inventing and implementing new sustainability, alchemy and
mythology tools and principles.
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Local Harvest / A food relocalisation project from the Ethical Consumer Group

Local Harvest / A food relocalisation project from the Ethical Consumer Group | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A national directory for finding food co-ops, swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box systems, organic retailers and more by simply entering your postcode. And more ...

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We are not separate from one another

After all, what are we worrying about? In truth we are not separate from one another, nor separate from the realised man, and therefore from Atman. The clouds seem to melt away when one remembers that.

- Dr. Francis Roles
(d 1982)
Founder of the Society for the Study of Human Being

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Signs of Change | Transition to Sustainability | www.signsofchange.org.nz

The Signs of Change e-conference was held in November 2010, and gave individuals and businesses a chance to showcase their sustainable practices to the rest of New Zealand. A shared acknowledgement that the 'business as usual' mentality is leading us down an undesirable path unified the participants. The conference was a celebration of realistic attempts to have a positive impact on our planet and the quality of life of future generations.
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Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature | Fast Company

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature | Fast Company | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Janine Benyus helped bring the word biomimicry into 21st century vocabularies in her 1997 book on the subject. Her company, The Biomimicry Group, encourages biologists at the design table to ask: how would nature design this? She says our human society will create a more sustainable world in part by emulating the natural organisms all around us, which have already gone through billions of years of trial and error to find elegant and amazing solutions to process and design problems.

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Creative Reuse Transforms Asheville Community

Creative Reuse Transforms Asheville Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

 The Burton Street Community, founded in 1912, was a thriving black community that gave rise to prominent leaders, a successful agricultural fair and a minor-league baseball team. In 1960, the neighborhood was bisected by the building of Interstate 240. Since then, it has dealt with abandonment, disinvestment, drugs and crime. Throughout these hardships, a strong and active community has persisted. In 2008, faced with the threat of losing 20 more homes as a result of the expansion of the same highway that decimated it half a century before, the neighborhood became proactive. Instead of letting outside forces dictate their future, they decided to define and create the community they wanted to live in — and make it happen on their terms.


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Open Source Ecology

Open Source Ecology | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

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