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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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GOOD Citizenship Task 4: Make a List of Issues You're Passionate About

GOOD Citizenship Task 4: Make a List of Issues You're Passionate About | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
What issues make your heart beat?...

 

Make a list of issues you're passionate about.

Like any good challenge, it's time to make a list! Sharpen your pencil, grab your favorite notebook (or a napkin), and start writing. But how do you choose among the many issues you care about—from microfinance to art, clean energy to education.

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Working together in the city that works

Working together in the city that works | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"When people are given enough information and time to deliberate, they generally make sound decisions"

- Joe Moore

 

Joe Moore is the Alderman of Chicago’s 49th Ward. A lawyer by training, he has devoted the last two decades to serve as an elected official in his ward. In 2009, he initiated the first participatory budget in the United States. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process of deliberation and decision-making that started in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in 1989, and is now implemented in over 1,000 cities around the world.

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A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities

A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

When communities try to keep corporations from engaging in activities they don’t want, they often find they don’t have the legal power to say “no.” Why? Because our current legal structure too often protects the “rights” of corporations over the rights of actual human beings.

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Earth Charter Initiative

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The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse global network of people and institutions that promote the values and principles of sustainable development.
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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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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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Principles - Bio-organisation: New Economics Party

Principles - Bio-organisation: New Economics Party | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The Nature of the living world is that it is systemic – it consists of systems within systems within systems. Living systems operate in accord with simple rules and principles. Feedback loops between all entities provide a dynamic equilibrium. Decision-making is distributed throughout the system, which functions as a dynamic, living whole. Each whole is more that the sum of its parts because each whole has a pattern. Each part is in turn a whole with its own integrity and its own unique patterns. Thus the age of simple centralisation is obsolete. Moreover simple decentralisation is also obsolete because it ignores the fact that in Nature the parts are nested in larger wholes and each negotiates with others in the best interest of the whole.

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When dominator systems can't respond to the challenges of the time, mutuality-based systems become a necessity

When dominator systems can't respond to the challenges of the time, mutuality-based systems become a necessity | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We are emerging from a long dominator era into one that demands mutuality. The dominator (hierarchical) mode appears strong, but in reality is too slow to respond to the crisis of the time. Mutualism, on the other hand, is liable to be too fragile in the face of dominator pressures: the only way to resist these, based on intricacy, “is for small circles to join hands in a collaborative network that is broader and tighter than anything domination can provide.(p 286)” The keys to doing this, which she works out through many practical examples, are “education, empowerment, infrastructure, support networks, liberation and love.


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A kingdom of happy and tranquil people

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the Kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

- Confucius
(551 - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher

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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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What Does It Take To Achieve a Sustainable Future?

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What does it take to achieve a sustainable future? The UN’s Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability’s final report, released on January 30, thinks that transparency is needed. Yes, you read that correctly. The Panel’s report thinks that by making both the cost of action and inaction transparent “political processes can summon both the arguments and the political will necessary to act for a sustainable future.”

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The Imperative of Revolutionary Nonviolence

The Imperative of Revolutionary Nonviolence | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Nonviolence is a way of life, an external manifestation of an internal peace. Nonviolence is mindfulness and consciousness of the sacred, of the interconnectedness of ourselves with everything and every being. It is an attitude, an awareness, an understanding, a manner of expression and interaction operating from a deep internal integration that honors this sacred interconnectedness. It motivates intervention in or confrontation of forces destroying or harming sacredness of life, utilizing consciousness of the sacred in the means of intervention.

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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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When dominator systems can't respond to the challenges of the time, mutuality-based systems become a necessity

We are emerging from a long dominator era into one that demands mutuality. The dominator (hierarchical) mode appears strong, but in reality is too slow to respond to the crisis of the time. Mutualism, on the other hand, is liable to be too fragile in the face of dominator pressures: the only way to resist these, based on intricacy, “is for small circles to join hands in a collaborative network that is broader and tighter than anything domination can provide.(p 286)” The keys to doing this, which she works out through many practical examples, are “education, empowerment, infrastructure, support networks, liberation and love.


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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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Shareable: How to Start Participatory Budgeting in Your City

Shareable: How to Start Participatory Budgeting in Your City | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Have you noticed all the cuts being made to your city budget? To schools and libraries, fire fighters and social services, and other public spending? Think you could do a better job managing the budget? Soon, you may have that chance.

Through a process called “participatory budgeting”, residents of over 1,000 cities around the world are deciding how to spend taxpayer dollars. In October, four districts in New York City launched the second such process in the US. This article offers some initial tips for how you could start participatory budgeting in your city.

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Inspirational Quote

What would it look like if the best responses to peak oil and climate change came not from committees and Acts of Parliament, but from you and me and the people around us?

Rob Hopkins - The Transition Companion

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7 PRINCIPLES – The Awareness Party

7 PRINCIPLES – The Awareness Party | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As a political movement we are aware that the current political systems are operating with no understanding of the relationship between consciousness and matter. However there is now a shift involving humanity’s deepest knowing and understanding of ourselves and our universe.
This political movement is committed to operating within the context and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things. Therefore all policies will be based on the 7 founding principles of this party.

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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 Awareness Party

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The Awareness Party is a political movement based on conscious awareness of the truth of life on this planet. It is intended to harness people power to create change.
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