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.
Global agriculture has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 10,000. Nowhere is this conflict more poignant than in the story of seed. This is a film that all peoples of the world need to see.
Social entrepreneurs don't consider their business from the perspective of the people who will be its customers.
Heather Fleming is a designer and an engineer who co-founded Catapult Design, a nonprofit firm that collaborates with social entrepreneurs to ensure the products and business models they've designed to change people's lives work in practice. Fleming began her career doing product development in Silicon Valley, but transitioned into humanitarian design after working with Engineers Without Borders.
What do you do when you are the heir to the Proctor and Gamble fortune and you have spent years surrounding yourself with new agey thinking and conspiracy theories? You make a film like ‘Thrive‘, the latest conspiracy theory movie that is popping up all over the place.
"Ah, now we get into the real agenda of the film, a kind of New Age libertarianism, a sort of cosmic Tea Party, and it all starts to get deeply alarming."
What are young adults thinking about money and value? How can we create new systems of wealth generation and abundance? What does the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer to peer exchange?
The documentary aims to document "people are working to fix the economy in a new way—and it's happening on Main Street, not Wall Street...a new way to do business, a new way to make money, a new way to share, and a new way to work." Many of the ideas featured will be familiar to Shareable readers, such as relationship economies, cooperatives, and time banks. But there are also a number of projects featured that may be new to longtime watchers of the new sharing economy.
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice – and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Geoff Lawton discovers a 300 year old food forest that has been tended for 28 generations by the same family. Incredibly it is in the suburbs of a Vietnamese city and only 2 acres in size yet it provides all the food and medicines for an entire family all year round.
Adam from Permablitz Melbourne shows Sydney how its done!
Adam Grubb founded Permablitz as part of a crew of Melbourne permaculturalists in 2006. Since then, Melbourne Permblitz has delivered many, many successful permablitzes in the greater Melbourne area, and the concept of Permablitz has spread to Sydney, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Canberra, Tasmania, Bega, the Sunshine Coast, California, Montreal, Istanbul and Uganda.
While more Americans are eager to escape cluttered lives filled with too much expensive stuff, new technologies are making it easier than ever to share. Rachel Botsman, social innovator and author of What's Mine is Yours: the Rise of Collaborative Consumption, says that the result will be a massive shift in the way we think about ownership: while the 20th century was defined by hyper-consumption, the 21st will be defined by collaborative consumption.
Ever wondered what pattern in permaculture design is really all about? Using nature's wisdom and understanding patterns is a powerful tool in permaculture design. RegenAg and permaculture specialist, ...
As part of the promotion of ‘The Transition Companion‘, Emilio Mula made these 10 short films of different stories from the book. The recent BBC series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ beautifully told the story of the evolution of human history illustrated by 100 objects chosen from the British Museum’s collection. We used a similar approach to tell the story of the emerging and unfolding Transition movement, which in its short life has spread to 35 countries around the world from its humble beginnings in Kinsale, Ireland.
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