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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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When I grow up: a 6 year old's vision of a Gift Community

Social inventors Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan work at the forefront of the “Gift” movement, traveling the world learning and teaching the concepts and processes of Gift Community. After one of their seminar tours last year, they received this video clip of six-year-old Sabina talking about what it meant to her to attend a local Gift Circle. Posted on their blog and on YouTube, it has received more than 100,000 hits.

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Shareable: Cultivating a Sustainable Community: The Cycle of Collaboration

Shareable: Cultivating a Sustainable Community: The Cycle of Collaboration | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In order to survive peak oil, climate change, economic failure, and ecological collapse we must make fundamental shifts in our collective way of life. Individual change is necessary but not enough because our means of survival are embedded in complex social and economic systems. On the other hand, direct change of the massive business and government institutions we now depend upon is unrealistic because the nature of all large institutions is self-perpetuation, not transformation. The practical domain in which we can effectively create a sustainable way of life is our local community.

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Mimic This! San Francisco -- Bernal Heights Debit Cards

Mimic This! San Francisco -- Bernal Heights Debit Cards | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Unified by the coin of their realm
Insular Bernal Heights — 'this weird little borderline utopia,' as one resident calls it — has updated 'complementary currency' in the form of a debit card.

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Fallibility: The Value of Imperfection

Fallibility: The Value of Imperfection | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The capacities of an abundant community are the core elements that need to be visible and manifest to create functional families and neighborhoods. One of the capacities of an abundant community is the ability to accept people’s fallibility.

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Stories: Libraries Leading Community

Stories: Libraries Leading Community | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Libraries are getting more and more creative in coming up with ways to build communities around them. Read about six innovative strategies, from "community closets" to skill- and tool-sharing initiatives, that take libraries beyond the book business and might work in your neighborhood.

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“Dynamic Governance” - Sociocracy training with John Buck

“Dynamic Governance” - Sociocracy training with John Buck | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Friday - Sunday, 9th - 11th March 2012
Riverside Community, Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka

 

“Dynamic Governance” - 3 day workshop with John Buck
Friday - Sunday, 9th-11th March 2012, in Motueka, New Zealand

 

This program is the opportunity for you to come and meet with a world-class expert in Dynamic Governance, John Buck. You will learn about the method and how to implement it in your business, organisation & community.

 

Dynamic Governance is an organizational method that:
♦ Kindles creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit,
♦ Maximizes effectiveness and reduces tensions around power,
♦ Decreases the number of meetings and heightens productivity,
♦ Develops group ingenuity for problem solving and streamlines deceision-making,
♦ Engages & empowers both paid staff and volunteers.

 

Info & Registration:
Email: OM@orcon.net.nz
Phone: + 64 03 525 7888
Mobile: +64 27 494 3188

 

Registrations close on 24/02/2012

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Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0

Intentcasting an Epic Vision: How to Bootstrap Creative Economy 3.0 | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Q: How do the Amish raise a barn without money?
A: Community, and the social capital that weaves it together.
In my husband’s Latvian community, they have a concept similar to barnraising ...

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To build community, an economy of gifts

To build community, an economy of gifts | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In former times, people depended for all of life's necessities and pleasures on people they knew personally. If you alienated the local blacksmith, brewer, or doctor, there was no replacement. Your quality of life would be much lower. If you alienated your neighbors then you might not have help if you sprained your ankle during harvest season, or if your barn burnt down. Community was not an add-on to life, it was a way of life. Today, with only slight exaggeration, we could say we don't need anyone....They are replaceable and, by the same token, so am I.

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GEN Global Ecovillage Network Europe: GEN-Conference

GEN Global Ecovillage Network Europe: GEN-Conference | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

10. Jul 2012 - 13. Jul 2012 at Eco-Valley Foundation (Hungary)

 

Ecovillages act as research and training centres for sustainable development within wider society. Alongside the abundance of networking opportunities and the flow of inspiration within and between participants, the hosting Eco-Valley Foundation will serve as a living example and field of practice for the themes of this year’s conference.

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VillageForum.com

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"VillageTowns: A different approach to creating community..."

 


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Your Thoughts On Growing Grassroots Democracy In Nowra? | Pigs Will Fly | the can do community blog

Your Thoughts On Growing Grassroots Democracy In Nowra? | Pigs Will Fly | the can do community blog | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Graeme Gibson, from www.realoptions.com.au has emailed PWF about a grassroots forum in Nowra, NSW. With little support from elected Councillors, and public discouragement from some of them, Graeme reports that 110 people participated with a view to starting a community wide conversation about democracy, citizen participation and local possibilities.

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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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The Launching of Transition Northfield! » Transition Culture

The Launching of Transition Northfield! » Transition Culture | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
A year and a half ago, inspired and guided by Transition US and Northeast Regional Trainer, Tina Clarke, twelve adventurous and committed Northfielders embarked on a project designed to re-localize Northfield. They were armed with the following mission:

“Transition Northfield is a creative community-based response to economic instability, resource depletion (peak oil), and climate change. Its aim is to engage residents from all aspects of our community to work together in a positive practical process that increases local resilience and economic vitality. It is flexible and fun, encourages local creativity, and results in a stronger, more cohesive community.”

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Pocket Neighborhoods: Small-Scale Living in a Large-Scale World

From Whidbey Island, Washington, to Winnsboro, Texas, pocket neighborhoods are taking root in communities in search of a simpler, more shareable way of life. In a pocket neighborhood, houses with a smaller-than-normal footprint surround a shared green space. The more public areas of the homes -- living room, dining room, and kitchen -- face the commons, with the bedrooms situated away from public views. The design is both community-oriented and environmentally friendly.

 

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The Covenant-Formed Base Community: Personal Liberty, Corporate Power, and Cocreativity

The Covenant-Formed Base Community: Personal Liberty, Corporate Power, and Cocreativity | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

I had the pleasure of spending time yesterday with Eric Harris-Braun & Arthur Brock of the Metacurrency Project, sharing thoughts about the federation of tribes we are forming, and the principles upon which this type of living systems organization should be founded. Eric shared this excerpt from the book Sanctuary For All Life by Jim Corbett, which felt powerful and true to me.

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How a Village Became a Hub for Resilience and Rock and Roll

How a Village Became a Hub for Resilience and Rock and Roll | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

A Village Reinvents Itself
But down the road from me, in the tiny former mill town of Saxapahaw, North Carolina, is a gas station that is working hard on becoming more sustainable. And that's just one of the exciting, green and innovative things going on in this rural community that is working toward resilience in its truest sense. From local food to biofuels to renewable energy to serious rock and roll, a village that was once considered a bit of a backwater has become a hub for a new way of doing things.

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The Key To Disaster Survival? Pals, Neighbors

A researcher's data suggest that ambulances, firetrucks and government aid aren't the principal ways most people survive during and recover after a disaster. Instead, it's the personal ties between members of a community that really matter.
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A Helping Hand: Transforming Conflict to Connection

'A Helping Hand: Transforming Conflict to Connection'
A Dynamic Mediation Training based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication* - for Home to Boardroom, Classroom to Courtroom
A 5 Day Mediation Training with Liv Larsson & Kay Rung, Mediation Trainers, Sweden
9am-5pm, Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th 2012
Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, 581 West Coast Rd, Oratia, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

 

Everyone mediates sometime, although we may not think of it as mediation. However, if you ever spend time with children, friends, or working groups, you have likely mediated in one way or another. This workshop will provide you with skills to create empathic connection between conflicting parties resulting in mutually satisfying resolutions.

 

* Nonviolent Communication is a communication methodology developed by Marshall Rosenberg PhD, in the mid-1960s. See www.cnvc.org

 

For further information contact:

Phil Toms T: + 64 9 276 6338, 027 619 2574, E: nvcnz@me.com or
Scott Mieras T: + 64 3 525 7888, 027 494 3188, E: OM@orcon.net.nz

To order a copy of Liv Larsson’s book, 'A Helping Hand', contact:
Scott Mieras Tel: +64 3 525 7888, +64 27 494 3188, Email: OM@orcon.net.nz

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OBSERVE | Suburban informality & the everyday

OBSERVE | Suburban informality & the everyday | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Suburban streets can offer gifts and surprises, the generosity of neighbours and makeshift encounters.

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Forming Community Through EDE

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"Tuwa - The Laughing Fish" is an eco-homestead, living and learning center and green bed and breakfast inn nestled right in the middle of the vast rice fields of the small farming town of Cabiao in Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

 

It is on the wings of growth and has the potential to evolve into a forming ecological community. What makes it unique is that it was founded and created by two Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) alumni in the persons of John Vermeulen and this author, Penelope Reyes --- all in a short span of two years.

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Asset Based Community Development

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is based on extensive inquiry into the characteristics of successful community initiatives in North America and more recently around the world. In particular, we have explored marginalised and struggling communities who have successfully raised themselves out of the usual cycles of disadvantage.

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Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in

Smaller, more sustainable living in neighborhoods that fit in | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When talking about reducing the footprint of our living patterns on the landscape and the earth’s limited resources, I always stress that this does not necessarily mean high-rises or even multi-family living at all. Those can be perfectly accessible pathways to sustainability for people who prefer them, but one can also have sustainably designed neighborhoods of single-family homes on moderately sized lots. The lots can be even smaller without sacrificing access to the outdoors if ample shared green space is integrated into the setting. Ultimately, more sustainable living patterns need to be about a diversity of choices within a community, rather than the ghettoes of identically sized and styled housing products typically offered during the recent heyday of sprawl


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How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures

How to Map Assets & Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Harnessed fully, there are more talents and resources within any small group of passionate citizens than are actually needed to manifest deep social change. It is just a matter of how willing we are to step back and see things through a lens of strengths and possibilities, and how creatively we can bring our multitude of capabilities to light.

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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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ABCD in Action - Asset Based Community Development, Community Engagement and Mobilization

ABCD in Action - Asset Based Community Development, Community Engagement and Mobilization | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

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