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By Pamela Boyce Simms -

It’s time to ask some thorny questions of the Transition movement. We need look no further than Kingston, the first capital of New York, to begin.

Blog post submitted by: Pamela Boyce Simms, Convener, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) and Pamela Haines, Transition West Philadelphia

At the New Economy Coalition “CommonBound” Conference in Boston earlier this month, more than 600 people came together to explore how to reform and rebuild our flawed economic system.  

You rose to the challenge – the Community Resilience Challenge!

This May, individuals and groups across the country committed to increasing the resilience in their communities by collectively registering 16,477 actions! Participants demonstrated their creativity by undertaking actions of all kinds, but most of them fell into one of the following four themes:

Don’t you love it when the same publication carries conflicting reports about the economy, posted on the very same day? 

Thursday, CNN ran a piece celebrating the job count, claiming the economy is nearly back to pre-crash figures.  Yet in a simultaneous article, more than half of Americans now agree that the American dream is out of reach.

Friday, the leading headline of the Los Angeles Times touted job figures.  And in the same issue they carried an article decried the sharing economy for its darker side: desperation.  That article calls the sharing economy “disaster capitalism.”

I love the phrase, because capitalism in its current form is truly a Disaster.

Resilient Response to Extreme Weather Births Transition-Ham Radio “Practice Networks”

Blog post submitted by Pamela Boyce Simms, Transition Trainer, Convener, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH)

I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna hafta. I won’t unless you make me.

In a way, this is the grand Toddler Tantrum of them all. Mother Earth has said a firm No, and we’re in the midst of a huge-ola, larger-than-life, encompassing-all, societal Toddler Tantrum. 

Last week marked the trimphant wrap-up of our Human Ecology class at Otis College of Art and Design.  It was a great group of students this semester, and their enthusiasm shone through in their final projects.

We celebrated with people from Transition Mar Vista/Venice as well as people from other departments at Otis.  As teacher Elektra Grant expained so well in her introduction, it seems approprate that the "Human Ecology" class has so many stakeholders.

For me, this class was particularly special because it debuted the economics puzzle pieces I'd so long wanted to try.

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