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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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Organizing for local self-reliance and sustainability

This upcoming webinar promises to describe what may be a good model for organizing and funding local enterprises that contribute to local self-reliance and sustainability, plus providing ways to secure your savings in investments that will have lasting real value–t.h.g..

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As economic growth fails, how do we live? Part II: Out with the old

As economic growth fails, how do we live?  Part II: Out with the old | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

There is a growing consensus the world economy is in a lot more trouble than politicians and media talking heads are letting on.

The "Out With the Old" list is not a proposed agenda for politicians to adopt. They are too committed to the existing order to voluntarily make these changes. Rather, the end of these practices will come (and much of this is already happening) as pragmatic realities sink in. They are unsustainable Dead Ends, so they will not be sustained:

1. If You Can't Pay the Debt -- Don't! Debt that cannot be repaid, won't be repaid. This is hard for conscientous borrowers to accept, but reality takes hold.

2. Buy American, or Bye-Bye America. (Comment: In other words: buy local, everywhere ...)

3. The Empire Shrinks Back.  (cut military spending ....)

4. Stop Heating the Outdoors. The centerpiece of the 7 unsustainable practices that will soon end is our wasteful use of fossil fuels -- oil, coal, and natural gas.

5. Cure "Sick-Care". Like a cancer, the cost of our nation's "health care" system has been growing out of control and is killing its host.

6. Repeal Laws that Mandate Opulence and Forbid Prosperity. As people are now seeking innovative solutions to adapt to new realities, we are constantly seeing reports of "stupid laws" getting in the way.

7. Drop the Shopping. We need to hit the pause button on thoughtless shopping. Stop the shopping in big-box stores that send profits out of our local communities. Stop buying poor quality crap made in foreign sweat shops, that falls apart and brings no joy or beauty into our lives.

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About Time - Abundant Community

About Time - Abundant Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

“I think we’re learning that money isn’t what we thought it was, that bankers aren’t what we thought they were, and that the monetary system is not enabling us to get to where we need to get to,” Edgar Cahn says. “Money that depends upon repayment of interest requires that we have to keep producing more and more in a world that’s having to learn how to become sustainable.”

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A Happy, Flourishing City With No Advertising

A Happy, Flourishing City With No Advertising | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Five years ago, São Paulo, Brazil, banned billboards and other visual advertising. Guess how many people miss them today?
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Is Capitalism Possible Without Economic Growth?

Is Capitalism Possible Without Economic Growth? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A pioneer of no growth economics is asked whether capitalism-after-growth is possible. His answer tells us a lot about the nature of change.
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At last, a new story for the future

At last, a new story for the future | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We need to break the intellectual spell under which we live. The last few decades have been dominated by the premise that privatizing all economic resources will produce endless riches. Which was kind of true, except that the riches went to only a few people. And in the process they melted the Arctic, as well as dramatically increasing inequality around the world.

Jay Walljasper performs the greatest of services with the book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons. It is—choose your metaphor—a bracing slap across the face or the kiss that breaks an enchantment. In either case, after reading it, you will be much more alive to the world as it actually is, not as it exists in the sweaty dreams of ideologues and economics professors.

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Real wealth: Howard T. Odum’s energy economics

Real wealth: Howard T. Odum’s energy economics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Money and market values cannot be used to evaluate real wealth from the environment. - Howard T. Odum

 

Odum’s energy economics begins with an understanding that energy provides the foundation for all life processes, but that all energy is not equal. As energy is transformed through an ecosystem, quantity decreases as concentration increases. Odum coined “Emergy” to account for the variations of energy quality. In Environmental Accounting: Emergy and Environmental Decision Making (1996), he explains how energy provides for “real work” and “real wealth” in any biophysical system including a human economy:
Understanding the economy requires that both money circulation and the pathways of real wealth be represented together but separately. Money is only paid to people and never to the environment for its work… Therefore, money and market values cannot be used to evaluate the real wealth from the environment. When the resources from the environment are abundant, little work is required from the economy. (1996, p. 55)

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Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

"There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff. 'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can redesign the way our economy works"


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At Last, A New Story for the Future

At Last, A New Story for the Future | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

OTC’s new book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons will brighten the hopes of everyone on your gift list who cares about equity, the environment, democracy, communities and the world we leave for future generations. This book will inspire them to see the world in a new way.

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Shareable: Fixing the Future, a Documentary About Building New Economies [VIDEO]

Shareable: Fixing the Future, a Documentary About Building New Economies [VIDEO] | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The documentary aims to document "people are working to fix the economy in a new way—and it's happening on Main Street, not Wall Street...a new way to do business, a new way to make money, a new way to share, and a new way to work." Many of the ideas featured will be familiar to Shareable readers, such as relationship economies, cooperatives, and time banks. But there are also a number of projects featured that may be new to longtime watchers of the new sharing economy.

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The Ingenesist Project — The Value Game – A New Class of Business Methods

The Ingenesist Project — The Value Game – A New Class of Business Methods | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that money suddenly disappeared – what ‘assets’ would remain?

You would still have your health, your education, your friends, and your families. You would also retain your ability to make useful things, provide friendship, and feel empathy toward others. At least for a little while, the majority of infrastructure such as roads, bridges, schools, farms, and even the Internet would stay put. People will still be able to organize into corporations…

So what is the problem?

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Your Community can benefit from trading together | CommunityForge.net

Your Community can benefit from trading together | CommunityForge.net | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

According to Bernard Lietaer, a community is "a group of people who honor each other's gifts, who can trust that their gifts will be reciprocated some day, in some way." Community Forge gives your community the tools you need to build cohesion, involvement, and resilience more easily and efficiently.

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It's time for a local banking system

It's time for a local banking system | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Tony Greenham: We need banks that focus on the real economy, individuals and small business, not speculation and remote investments...

 

This article in the Guardian makes a lot of sense, but then again "going local" might be the new fashion in sustainability thinking but is not always without its problems and challenges too. What we ultimately will need is a fundamental reform of the role and functioning of ALL banks in society.


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Business Isn't As Profitable As Betterness

Business Isn't As Profitable As Betterness | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book "Betterness: Economics for Humans," Umair Haque looks at the trends that should be pushing businesses to create more than profits--if they know what's good for them.
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Backyard Economy: The Rise of Local Manufacturing

Backyard Economy: The Rise of Local Manufacturing | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

While supporting artisans and craftsmen is certainly not waning in popularity (nor are we discouraging it), a new, larger-scale force is emerging to keep capital circulating within city limits. It’s no secret that a large number of American manufacturing jobs have been claimed by foreign economies or lost altogether. Thankfully, however, the allure of Made in USA hasn’t disappeared along with them. Increasingly, consumers want even greater geographic specificity when it comes to purchase decisions.

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future of money project

future of money project | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What are young adults thinking about money and value?
How can we create new systems of wealth generation and abundance?
What does the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer to peer exchange?

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Can we manage without growth? An interview with Peter Victor. Part Two

Can we manage without growth? An interview with Peter Victor. Part Two | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Surely in our present and unfolding predicament, to recalibrate our economy as a Steady State economy requires an enormous amount of infrastructure, investment and maybe we don’t have that kind of resource any more. Might the kind of more localised world that Transition is talking about be what we get by default rather than by design?


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A framework for a sustainable economy | Forum for the Future

A framework for a sustainable economy | Forum for the Future | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
What is the ‘Sustainable Economy Framework’ (SEF)?

The SEF sets out the parameters for a sustainable future economy that can help today’s investments and business decisions deliver sustainable value over the long term. The SEF defines the characteristics of a sustainable economy: one that operates within safe environmental limits and enriches people’s lives.

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RecycleBank rewards recyclers

RecycleBank rewards recyclers | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
RecycleBank rewards recyclers with points they can redeem at retailers.

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Teaching Economics As If People Mattered

How do you define economics? What's it all about? How does the economy relate to our lives and what's the difference between democracy as a political system and capitalism as an economic system?

We're pleased to make these high-school economics lesson plans available, free of charge. Each one includes everything you need to get started.

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In New York, a Legislative Victory for Social Enterprise

In New York, a Legislative Victory for Social Enterprise | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Another obstacle to the impact economy's expansion came crumbling down earlier this week when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation creating a legal structure for social enterprises in his state.

The bill allows corporations to organize themselves as Benefit Corporations, for-profit entities that have a specific social mission.

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Richard Douthwaite obituary

Richard Douthwaite obituary | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Richard Douthwaite had exceptional energy and a bent for lateral thinking

 

Richard Douthwaite, who has died of cancer aged 69, made a significant contribution to modern economic thought. His work covered sustainability, debt, monetary systems and self-sufficient local economies, with the aim of repairing what he saw as dangerous worldwide errors in energy policy and tackling climate change.

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Carrotmob | Vote with your money

Carrotmob | Vote with your money | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Carrotmob is a new way to influence businesses. We spend money as a group, and in return businesses take socially-responsible actions we care about.
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ECONOMY: Ecological Economics

ECONOMY: Ecological Economics | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Many people would agree that the central desirable end of economic activity is a high quality of life for this and future generations. Conventional economists argue that humans are insatiable, and therefore economics should focus on endless economic growth and ever-increasing consumption. Considerable evidence, however, suggests that humans are in fact satiable-there is a point beyond which increasing consumption does not make us better off.

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TEDxTransmedia 2011 - Jem Bendell - The Money Myth

Jem Bendell is a professor and the owner-director of Lifeworth Consulting, providing solutions for systemic change towards sustainable development. For 16 ye...
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