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Our co-owned future

Our co-owned future | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The explosive force of Occupy Wall Street—and more than a thousand other local efforts—offers hope that a movement committed to long-term change might one day achieve a fundamental transformation of the American political-economic system. Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call “evolutionary reconstruction.”

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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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Occupy Camps: Dealing with internal and systemic conflict

Occupy Camps: Dealing with internal and systemic conflict | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Witnessing harsh voices and blaming on an Occupy Berlin email list during the past weeks, I was reliefed to find this blog article of The Future of Occupy on their blog this morning: Dealing with Internal Conflict Next to the email list arguments,...
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Occupying Post-Collapse America: What if the industrial death-urge lived on?

The Occupy movement is a start. But the stakes are rising. The earth is dying. The industrial economy, while coming apart at the seams, still rages on. …And what if the attacker DOESN’T die? What then? And what does that imply for resistance movements?

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Shareable: Open Letter to the Occupy Movement: It’s Time for the Ultimate Occupation

Shareable: Open Letter to the Occupy Movement: It’s Time for the Ultimate Occupation | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The movement became viral and spread around the country and abroad. For once in my lifetime, the economic injustices of nations will no longer be tolerated! (Disclaimer: All of this is happening a year and some change after I became an Economic Activist and dedicated my life to finding solutions to the economic crisis.)

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Transitioners debate how to engage Occupy movement

How should people in the Transition movement wear the mask of Occupy? 

 

“The Transition Towns movement teaches us that peak oil and climate change are a threat to democracy and economic justice all by themselves,” writes a blogger for the Organic Consumers Association. “No amount of democratic reforms or economic regulations will save us, if we don’t also transition from fossil fuels to more resilient, lower carbon systems.”

 

Yet, the post continues, the Occupy movement reminds Transitioners that we can’t adequately address peak oil and climate change without democracy and fairness in the economy. Their blogger then goes on to recognize that Occupiers have picked up on their own some of the open ways of the Transition movement: decision-making by consensus and making cooperative action plans to increase community resilience.

(more on http://transitionhb.groupsite.com/link/go/111636675)

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The Strangest Thing Happened at Cherry Grove | The Simplicity Collective

The Strangest Thing Happened at Cherry Grove | The Simplicity Collective | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

With a day to pass before my students submit their second assignment for marking, this morning I set out on my bike to survey the neighbourhood for a plot of unused land to cultivate, in the manner of a Guerrilla Gardener. I already had my eyes set on a couple spots, so soon enough I found myself hoeing the earth as a soft rain began to fall. It was very pleasant, indeed. ...

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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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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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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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The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012

The 12 most hopeful trends to build on in 2012 | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Who would have thought that some young people camped out in lower Manhattan with cardboard signs, a few sharpies, some donated pizza, and a bunch of smart phones could change so much? This uprising is the biggest reason for hope in 2012. The following are 12 ways the Occupy Movement and other major trends of 2011 offer a foundation for a transformative 2012.

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Shareable: A Home for Occupy

Shareable: A Home for Occupy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The Occupy movement represents not only a stand against the tyranny of finance capitalism, but also a revival of the role of the commons for a vital civic life. People are once again coming together face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder to confront their common challenges and craft new ways to meet them. They are exploring what kind of life they can share with which to create a free, just, sustainable society.

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Words That Don’t Work

Words That Don’t Work | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What has been learned from the brain and cognitive sciences is that words are defined by fixed frames we use in thinking, frames come in hierarchical systems, and political frames are defined in moral terms, where “morality” is very different for conservatives and progressives. What lies behind the Occupy movement is moral view of democracy: Democracy is about citizens caring about each other and acting responsibly both socially and personally.

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Robert Reich (Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment)

Robert Reich (Occupiers Occupied: The Hijacking of the First Amendment) | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted."

 

Former US labour secretary Robert Reich on the eviction of the Occupy movement in several cities. His conclusion: "Time to occupy our democracy".

 


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Disobedience without civility, discipline, discrimination, non-violence is certain destruction. Gandhi

Yesterday I participated in something I have never done before. I joined a group of Occupy protestors who visited the Mayor's office, asking for an apology for lack of dialogue on the part of the city, and a meeting to discuss issues related to the occupation of the garden/park/green space in front of city hall. We got the apology, and we had a great meeting. A peaceful meeting with the chief of police and the highest paid Duluth city official. It was a meeting filled with respect, consideration, and sharing of ideas and concerns. And it took place in our occupation tent 'living room'. ...

(by Diane Emerson)

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#Occupy and Transition: resources for creating lasting change | Transition US

#Occupy and Transition: resources for creating lasting change | Transition US | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Like our friends at Transition Voice and Yes Magazine have written, there are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.

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Are the Occupations a Brief Preoccupation or the Sign of Transition? - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK

Are the Occupations a Brief Preoccupation or the Sign of Transition? - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
We may be witnessing the next stage in the evolution of revolutions, one that could bring Life-honoring, Lifelike democratic powers, freedoms and relationships…...
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