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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 Great Turning

The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.

 

Whether or not it is recognized by corporate-controlled media, the Great Turning is a reality. Although we cannot know yet if it will take hold in time for humans and other complex life forms to survive, we can know that it is under way. And it is gaining momentum, through the actions of countless individuals and groups around the world. To see this as the larger context of our lives clears our vision and summons our courage.

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7 PRINCIPLES – The Awareness Party

7 PRINCIPLES – The Awareness Party | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As a political movement we are aware that the current political systems are operating with no understanding of the relationship between consciousness and matter. However there is now a shift involving humanity’s deepest knowing and understanding of ourselves and our universe.
This political movement is committed to operating within the context and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things. Therefore all policies will be based on the 7 founding principles of this party.

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New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring

New Canadian Index of Wellbeing reveals how Canadians are really faring | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
The new Canadian Index of Wellbeing will measure not just the economy, but how people and communities, the environment and our democracy are faring.

 

Canada has presented a new metric showing a big discrepancy between GDP growth and citizens' wellbeing. When will the EU have its own "BeyondGDP" metric?


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Robert Thurman Speaks at Occupy Wall Street

"We need a cool revolution." Buddhist Scholar, and long time personal friend of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, addressed the crowd at Occupy Wall Street on ...
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2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership

2011 International Conference on Sustainability, Transition and Culture Change: Vision, Action, Leadership | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A conference on energy, economy, and environment; the interactions between these; a study of projections for the future; understanding, responding to, and preventing recessions, deflations and collapses; and achieving sustainability.

 

A conference bringing together visionaries, activists, and leaders as a gathering of equals to explore together visions for the future in areas of sustainability, peak oil, climate change, economics, politics, renewable energy, food security, transition towns, bioregionalism, permaculture, compassionate living and culture change.

 

Participants will create a clear vision for a positive, realistic future; study the current situation of energy, economy and environment; examine trends, projections and scenarios for the future; and plan together for what to do next, both individually and collectively.

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Hazel Henderson on the design revolution

We are in the beginning of a new era. All is changing. Economy is changing. Practical things you should be considering for you and your communities. 


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New Brighton Project

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The Mission Statement of the New Brighton Project is "To foster New Brighton as an inclusive, healthy, stimulating and co-operative community." What We Do: We run events in New Brighton: the monthly Festival Market in the Mall, on the first Saturday of the month; the annual Christmas parade, Puppet Festival and International Festival. We run weekly groups: Pirates pre-school music group and The Golden Oldies Movies Club. We also run numerous one-off events, such as clothes swaps, film evenings, talks and community discussions. We try to make it easy for the community to network and share ideas by producing the fortnightly email newsletter and The Wave- a monthly printed edition newsletter. The New Brighton Project is like a tree, with many offshoots. The local gardens, museum, art gallery and craft co-op have begun as part of the NBP. We offer help with the development and publicity of other community organisations in the area and regard networking and liason work as an important part of our role.

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Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature

Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Here we analyse solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing ‘yield gaps’ on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies could double food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture."


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THE RETROFIT REVOLUTION | More Intelligent Life

THE RETROFIT REVOLUTION | More Intelligent Life | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Giovanna Dunmall meets the architects who are saving money and reducing waste by breathing new life into old buildings ...
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Cassandra Lin, Rhode Island Student, Applauded For Recycled Biodiesel Project

Cassandra Lin, Rhode Island Student, Applauded For Recycled Biodiesel Project | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Our last foray into kid-hatched alternative-energy projects didn’t end too well (although we’re still big Aidan Dwyer fans), but this one looks puncture-proof. The child this time is 13-year-old Cassandra Lin, who two years ago came up with the idea of collecting used cooking oil in the Westerly, R.I., area where she lives and turning it into heating fuel for people in need.

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Watershed Songs. Interview with Erik Ohlsen, Owner, Permaculture Artisans by Willi Paul, Publisher, PlanetShifter.com Magazine | www.planetshifter.com

Watershed Songs. Interview with Erik Ohlsen, Owner, Permaculture Artisans by Willi Paul, Publisher, PlanetShifter.com Magazine | 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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Artificial solar leaf comes to life

Artificial solar leaf comes to life | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Following a major breakthrough this summer, researchers from MIT, led by professor Daniel Nocera, have announced that the much-talked-about "artificial leaf" is now a reality. ...
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Offshore wind farms to get more cash

Offshore wind farms to get more cash | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Offshore wind farms are set to receive more subsidies than previously planned
in the next few years under proposals from the Government today.

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Fleeing Vesuvius - New Zealand Edition

Fleeing Vesuvius - New Zealand Edition | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Since psychological, institutional and cultural factors influence our behaviour, Fleeing Vesuvius also considers the changes required in the way we think, how we use the land and how we relate to others if we are to reduce the risk of environmental and social breakdown posed by the current crisis.

The book's overall aim is to arm its readers with the knowledge they need to develop new ways of doing things instead of staggering from crisis to crisis trying to patch up systems that are only suited to economies that can grow and grow.

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Kiwis Can Do

Kiwis Can Do | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Kiwis aren't just talking about a better world, we're building it. This website lists projects all around New Zealand / Aotearoa that are already building resilience in local communities.

Do you know of a local success story that you would like to showcase here?

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Report: World in Transition - A Social Contract for Sustainability

Report: World in Transition - A Social Contract for Sustainability | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

This contribution to the Rio+20 conference 2012 was written by the German Advisory Council on Global Change. It is one of the best documents on the urgent need for a global post-fossil fuel economy


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5 resources for teachers on climate change and the environment

5 resources for teachers on climate change and the environment | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
5 resources for teachers on climate change and the environment...
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Mythic Map @ 2011 NW Permaculture Convergence. A Transition Tool for Creating Culture. By Willi Paul and Communing with Nature participants. | www.planetshifter.com

Mythic Map @ 2011 NW Permaculture Convergence. A Transition Tool for Creating Culture. By Willi Paul and Communing with Nature participants. | www.planetshifter.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Mythic Map @ 2011 NW Permaculture Convergence. A Transition Tool for Creating Culture. By Willi Paul and Communing with Nature participants.

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What does a theory of change look like?

What does a theory of change look like? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

I’ve been working on ‘how change happens’ for a few years now, as regulars to this blog will know, but in the last few months, ‘theories of change’ has gone viral as a new development fuzzword. In meetings and documents, people earnestly enquire ‘what’s your theory of change?’ and you’re in trouble if you don’t have an answer. (Quite a good answer is ‘could you just explain what you mean by theory of change?’ – people often have no idea).

 

So it’s time to ride the wave and speed up the ‘theories of change’ work programme, and last week I spent some time at IDS and with Oxfam big cheeses thinking through what a joint IDS-Oxfam work programme might look like. Here’s what I’m currently thinking, with a plea to others to comment, send sources and otherwise give me a hand. Hat tips to Thalia Kidder and Jo Rowlands for their suggestions.

Firstly it’s ‘theories’ not ‘theory’. When people talk about a single ‘theory of change’ (ToC from now on), alarm bells should ring – in the worst case it’s just a new jargon for old-school linear change, impact chains, logframes etc. Instead of a deluded search for a single grand theory of everything, we need to learn to recognize and manage a range of theories, throw them at a problem, and see which ones are helpful (see my recent experience of doing this in Tanzania). Yes folks, we’re talking practical post modernism….. Surfacing our deeper, buried assumptions about the motors of change can also help us understand why we keep disagreeing with each other, a crucial skill in coalition-building.


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Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership

Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) – designed for students, managers, leaders and consultants who want to understand the nature of organizations, collaborative practices, and transformative change toward systemic sustainability.


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Where All Work Is Created Equal

Where All Work Is Created Equal | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
In this time of high unemployment, time banks, which let people exchange skills and services, are more valuable than ever.
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A kingdom of happy and tranquil people

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the Kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

- Confucius
(551 - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher

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A future with food for all - ecological farming

A future with food for all - ecological farming | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
When shopping for vegetables at the local farmers’ market I am struck by the abundance of choice. Local produce from local farmers on offer in all colors of the rainbow.
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What is a Transition Initiative? | Transition Network

What exactly is a Transition Town?

 

A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. There are thousands of initiatives around the world starting their journey to answer this crucial question:

"how can we make our community stronger and happier as we deal with the impacts of peak oil and economic contraction while at the same time urgently reducing CO2 emissions?"

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