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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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Villages.cc - A Cooperative Community Of Overlapping Villages

Villages Cooperative Community: The New Local Economy

 

Discover Nearby People You Can Trust

 

The foundation of Villages is a trust network that you help create by endorsing friends who have something to contribute to the community. Find friends-of-friends that have the skills you need, or interesting projects you can help with.

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New Economy, New Wealth by Arthur Brock on Prezi

We are entering a post-industrial age with a very different economy and needs for a different view of wealth. What does this mean for us?
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Shareable: Barter Market Replaces Money At Occupy Wall Street

Shareable: Barter Market Replaces Money At Occupy Wall Street | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

If the Occupy movement is to succeed in engendering lasting change for the better, then it will have to understand bank money and it's members need to move beyond the use of bank money in their daily lives!

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Why Energy Scarcity Makes Economic "Recovery" Impossible (Video)

Why Energy Scarcity Makes Economic "Recovery" Impossible (Video) | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Business-as-usual is fundamentally broken. Chris Martenson argues we have to develop alternative solutions. Lot's of them.
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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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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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The Economics of Happiness - Official Trailer

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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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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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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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Economic Reform Australia

Economic Reform Australia is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to educating and informing decision makers and the community about how to achieve a socially, environmentally and financially sustainable society. Of particular concern is the drift away from sustainable and just societies around the planet. We regard reform of the financial system as an essential prerequisite to other reforms aimed at tackling the world's immense social and environmental problems.

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The End of Growth | Richard Heinberg

The End of Growth | Richard Heinberg | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

ON SALE NOW! Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, The End of Growth describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth’s budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.

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CGFinance: Common Good Bank - It's our bank.

So we designed Common Good Bank™ as the framework for a community-based democratic economic system that can also compete effectively within the current economic system. This design combines the spirit of a credit union with the power and growth potential of a stock savings bank.


Any geographic community can have its own democratically-guided virtual bank, simply as a cooperative depositor group within Common Good Bank. Deposits, investments, and profits will be tracked separately for each community. All profits from the community's investments will go to schools and other nonprofits as decided by the members.

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Metacurrency Collabathon: a wealth system

Metacurrency Collabathon: a wealth system | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The metacurrency project in a nutshell. Thanks to @petervan and @ferananda


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Local Money Creates Wealth Outside the Bubble

Local Money Creates Wealth Outside the Bubble | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Local currencies generally develop for one of two reasons — the desire for local economic control (for a variety of reasons, from democracy to sustainability to social justice,) and a scarcity of national currency. In the current situation, both reasons weigh heavy.

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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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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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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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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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The big choice: money or planet?

The big choice: money or planet? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
John Fullerton: There is an alternative to the choice between ecological disaster and economic destruction. But we need efforts that go beyond CSR, an unprecedented commitment and shared sacrifice

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What is strong sustainability?

What is strong sustainability? | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The concept of strong sustainability is based on the scientific fact that all human life and activity occurs within the limitations of planet Earth, or the 'biosphere' where humankind lives, including all societal functions, such as the economy.

 

It is a self-evident truth that without a functioning biosphere there can be no society or 'sociosphere', and without a sociosphere there can be no societal functions, including an economy or 'econosphere'.

 

Strong sustainability recognises that in order for human civilisation to continue, the true model for sustaining the planet on which we rely to survive should look like this (see above).

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