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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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Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition.

Sacred Economics | Charles Eisenstein | Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition. | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.

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Urban agriculture

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-Urban Farming Takes Hold in NYC
-The Potential for Urban Agriculture in New York City [report]
-Sydney is buying back the farms at last
-Breaking through the myths: New book seeks to redefine urban farming [interview with authors]
-Urban ag before it was hip
-New urban farming structure breaks ground

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A quick scan of our Permaculture Bookshelf

A quick scan of our Permaculture Bookshelf | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture are fortunately two fields that have lots of great resources. Books, DVDs, you name it. But where do you start? Which to read first? I thought I'd share our most-thumbed favorites.

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Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability

Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Psychology for a Better World is for people who believe it is worth trying to make a world in which both our species and the ecological systems we are part of can flourish. The book is based on the latest research in psychology and is jam packed with action strategies. It offers new ways to think about how people interact in social settings, why we are tempted to stick with what we know, and how the same characteristics that currently keep us hooked into unsustainable practices can be used to move us forward. The final chapter is a guide to help you analyse what you are doing to contribute towards a better world, and how you can be more effective while simultaneously increasing your personal wellbeing.

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Design and Strategy Principles for Local Currency

Design and Strategy Principles for Local Currency | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Our society is fraught with a contradiction: on the one hand, we have vast needs that go unmet; on the other hand, we have vast amounts of labor, wasted resources, and productive capacity that could in principle meet those needs. Money is supposed to bring them together, but it is failing to do so. We can see a local complementary currency as a way to bridge the gap.
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Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years

Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A subtle and soulful book to help parents prepare for and celebrate the profound transition of Birth.

"Birth is the archetypal rite of passage for a woman, containing the essential elements of any ritual: separation from normal life, a profound transition during which the participants occupy a timeless time, followed by re-entry into society in a changed state. It can also be seen as a holy sacrament; the entry of a soul from another plane into this earthly dimension." Jackie Singer, Birthrites

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The Resilient Gardener: Food production and self-reliance in uncertain times

The Resilient Gardener: Food production and self-reliance in uncertain times | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Carl Legge reviews a book that is much more than a green gardening guide, it contains 'extremely useful principles, models and strategies' to help you become more resilient and self reliant in the face of economic instability and climate change.
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FREE permaculture eBooks & free environmental eBook downloads

FREE permaculture eBooks & free environmental eBook downloads | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Want a great collection of permaculture ebooks totally for free? We launched a free downloads page this year on our eCommerce site Green Shopping. It really is free and this year thousands of happy people downloaded titles from us. These eBooks can be read on desktop, laptop, iPad, Kindles and Androids.

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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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A Paradise Built In Hell: The Rumpus Interview With Rebecca Solnit - The Rumpus.net

A Paradise Built In Hell: The Rumpus Interview With Rebecca Solnit - The Rumpus.net | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A Paradise Built in Hell is a startling look-again at a number of disasters and how regular people behaved when their lives were torn asunder: not as the mob that our leaders and news programs counsel us to guard against, but in spontaneously caring and rationally generous ways. Solnit, a forceful iconoclast, quotes disaster research and disaster victims in arguing for a much more optimistic view of what can be called “human nature” than what’s taught in Psych 101. In doing so, she suggests we reconsider the ways that democratic societies are best structured and run.

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Everyone is a victim of inequality

Everyone is a victim of inequality | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

It’s difficult for me to understand when people say that they don’t know what the Occupy movement is all about. Well, there’s a book that can help. It’s a book that really bowled me over.

 

It’s a book from England called “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger,” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, a pair of English academics. (It doesn’t have anything to do with spirituality — in Britain, carpenters apparently use a spirit level to see if things are even.)

 

It’s a book about the effects of inequality that have been measured by years of research. The authors gathered all the research and came up with some surprises. What is particularly surprising is that it’s not just the poor who suffer from inequality — we’re all victims.

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How to Teach Children to Lose by Winning - Abundant Community

How to Teach Children to Lose by Winning - Abundant Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The result of our win/lose society is a deep belief in the myth that competition is the proven method for achieving efficiency and excellence. The truth of the matter is the opposite. Alfie Kohn’s No Contest is the primary text that provides the empirical evidence that cooperation “beats” competition in most of the important areas of our lives. His data clearly shows that people who collaborate are more productive, learn more, enjoy playing more, and have better character and interpersonal relationships.

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Empowerment is not just a feeling; it's also a skill — Transition Voice

Empowerment is not just a feeling; it's also a skill — Transition Voice | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Eschewing the hierarchical model upon which so much of our top-down, competitive society is based (not a social norm, merely an historical phenomenon) Starhawk offers insight into just how difficult it is to maintain group cohesion and integrity when the paradigms of our era do not serve that context. But going beyond defining the challenges, she bares the dysfunctions and derangments that groups must be wary of, offering a clear way out of them should they arise.

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The Transition Companion

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We can do this the hard way or the easy way. The easy way is that you skip this post and buy the book now.

The hard way is that your reviewer attempts to describe a 320 page book whose contents have been shaped by the infinitely varied experiences of self-organising initiatives around the world. In these, thousands of people have explored one question over a five year period: “How do we make our community more resilient in uncertain times?”.

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Yurts can free you from a mortgage and consumerist lifestyle

Yurts can free you from a mortgage and consumerist lifestyle | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

'Let’s say you want to resign from the rat race, unplug from the Matrix and start living in harmony with nature. Where to begin?

 

You can go all Genghis Khan and buy yourself a yurt. If you’ve already got a place to put it, you can move into a round house inspired by Central Asian nomad tents that will help you make the leap to the Simple Life, all for the price of a new car.

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9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders

9 Personal Capacities of Authentic Leaders | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The Lotus: a practice guide for authentic leadership toward sustainability

 

http://www.blurb.com/books/2513859

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Finite and Infinite Games

Finite and Infinite Games | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A fascinating meditation on life as a contest of games to be completed and games to be continued--and on what lies beyond winning and losing.

 

There are at least two kinds of games: finite and infinite.
A finite game is a game that has fixed rules and boundaries, that is played for the purpose of winning and thereby ending the game.

An infinite game has no fixed rules or boundaries. In an infinite game you play with the boundaries and the purpose is to continue the game.

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Man and the natural world

Man and the natural world | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Most people in today’s society are profoundly helpless. Try to imagine what you would do if the water stopped coming out of the taps and filling up your toilet tank. As America and perhaps the global industrial system begin to come apart at the seams, one stops taking such services for granted. One also realizes that potable water comes out of taps every so often in human history, but then also disappears, usually for centuries at a time.

 

Thomas describes changing attitudes to the natural world in early modern Britain, a time period that he sets at approximately 1500-1800. A great many things happened in the relationship between Britons and their natural environment during this period: enclosures of common land, increasing urbanization, the birth of scientific taxonomy, early attempts at conservation, and many others. I read a few pages, saw that Thomas was an engaging writer, and decided to take a first step towards dispelling my massive ignorance of the human past.

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Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry

Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Freya Mathews, Latrobe University, published "Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry" on November 9th, 2011 in Organization & Environment's OnlineFirst Section. To view the other OnlineFirst...

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The Great Turning: An Epic Passage

The Great Turning: An Epic Passage | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The capacity to anticipate and choose our future is a defining characteristic of the human species. We must now choose between two contrasting models for organizing human affairs.

 

Earth Community organizes by principles of partnership and shares resources equitably to grow the generative potential of the whole.

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Tribes: 15 Illustrated New Myths for the Permaculture Age by Willi Paul. An openmythsource.com freeBook | www.planetshifter.com

Tribes: 15 Illustrated New Myths for the Permaculture Age by Willi Paul. An openmythsource.com freeBook | www.planetshifter.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Snippet from the book's Intro:

"... But sometimes, society falls in a myth gap. Like now. Another way of saying this is that the cultural narrative is broken. Most of us are acutely aware of this current state of affairs, especially in the broader context of systemic change. We see that our institutions (education, finance, politics, economy) are not equipped to serve us any longer, and we’re clawing around for a story (or stories) to describe the “new way of doing things” that can be agreed upon by society so we can move forward."

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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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The Rough Guide to Community Energy: A free book about running community energy projects

The Rough Guide to Community Energy: A free book about running community energy projects | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What can we do to create sustainability in our own communities? How can local people work together to save or generate energy and tackle climate change? The Rough Guide to Community Energy has the answers.

 

- Local energy groups – how to set one up and keep its momentum going

- Types of project including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, CHP and energy efficiency

- Getting a project off the ground, from fundraising and planning to construction

- Real-world advice from successful groups all over the UK

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Chris Martenson's Crash Course even better in book form — Transition Voice

Chris Martenson's Crash Course even better in book form — Transition Voice | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
More than a million people have watched Chris Martenson's video series 'The Crash Course' to prepare for financial collapse. The new book version is even better.
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Shareable: Crowdfunding Nation eBook Now Available In ePub and Kindle Formats

Shareable: Crowdfunding Nation eBook Now Available In ePub and Kindle Formats | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

What is crowdfunding? How is it evolving? How can you use it to power your dream project? How can it be used as a force for social change? Shareable's eBook Crowdfunding Nation: The Rise and Evolution of Collaborative Funding, now available in the Amazon Kindle store or as an ePub direct download, investigates this transformative tool and its many uses.

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