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Posted December 03, 2014 by Joe Piasecki on The Argonaut

Seeds of a movement are growing in a fenced-off empty lot on the unflashy south end of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Natalie Flores, 27, passed by the space a few doors down from Washington Boulevard — then a trash-strewn mess of dry grass and a handful of dying trees — during a meditative barefoot morning walk in February. “I’m looking at all these empty plots, passing them one by one. Eventually I...

Posted October 08, 2014 by Orion Kreigman on On the Commons

Egleston Square is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, straddling the borders of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (JP) in the city of Boston. High condo prices and even higher rents are pushing long-term residents, to move elsewhere. This churning of the real estate market, to be expected in a profit-maximizing system, dissolves community and acerbates race and class divides. It is now common to hear of...

Posted October 01, 2014 by Original article by Jessica Stites, Commentary by Tenneson Woolf & Jeff Aitken on Reflections

  "At its core, the Transition Movement seeks to build the “social technologies” required to achieve long-term sustainability." ~Jessica Stites, “Is Your Town in Transition?”   In a commentary to Jessica Stites’ 2013 article “Is Your Town in Transition?” (originally published by In These Times) Jeff Aitken and Tenneson Woolf thoughtfully explore the role of Art of Hosting (AOH...

Posted September 30, 2014 by Interview with Maggie Fleming, Co-Director, Transition US on Northwest Earth Institute

This week we continue our series of interviews with NW Earth Institute changemakers: individuals who have tapped into their circles of influence, and are making a profound difference in the community. Today’s interview is Transition US’s Co-Director, Maggie Fleming. We asked Maggie how she stays inspired as a community organizer and environmental activist.What was your primary...

Posted September 27, 2014 by Diana Donlon on Huffington Post

Thanks to the epic success of the People's Climate March, alarm bells demanding climate action have never rung louder. So, now that you've succeeded in elevating the mother of all issues to the top of the global agenda, where should you and your fellow 399,999 marchers direct your tide-turning energies? 1. Dig in to Food and ClimateIf you're up to speed on the climate impacts of the energy and...

Posted July 31, 2014 by Mark Dwortzan on Cognoscenti

Whenever I buy grapes imported from Chile, fill my gas tank with fuel sourced in the Persian Gulf, or select underwear made in Thailand at a department store headquartered in Minneapolis, I can’t help but wonder how much longer we can all go on like this. That our survival hinges on the economic vitality of countless far-flung suppliers  of food, energy, clothing and other essentials gives me...

Posted July 17, 2014 by Chris Helms on Jamaica Plain News

The last time entrepreneur Myra Vargas was pregnant, she had to keep away from her family’s dry cleaning business to avoid a chemical that probably causes cancer. And when her children were young, they couldn’t spend time at the family place of business. But Vargas is hoping that won’t be the case if her niece and coworker, Diana Vargas, decides to have another baby. J&P Cleaners is hoping to...

Posted July 10, 2014 by Marie Goodwin on Shareable Blog

In a silent moment, just as sleep was catching hold, my daughter opened her eyes and asked me, “Mom, is Santa real?” I told her the truth. There were some tears, but we talked about the beauty that remains in gifting, and she relaxed into her new found knowledge. As I lay next to her as she slept, I realized that the most distressing part of losing Santa is that many of her toys now had ceased...

Posted June 16, 2014 by Rob Hopkins on Transition Culture

I was recently sent a really interesting paper by Philip Barnes of the University of Delaware called The political economy of localization in the Transition movement.  I was keen to publish it here, but it's in moderation to be published, so I couldn't.  Instead, I wrote to Philip and asked if he might be able to summarise its findings for the non-academic reader. In response...

Posted January 14, 2014 by Ann Carranza on Press Democrat

Above: Rebecca Goodsell, Carolyn Harrison and Head Librarian Bo Simons show the new seed library in an old card catalog. (Photo: Ann Carranza) Get your vegetable garden seeds at the library? How can you “borrow” a seed? The movement to share seeds is growing across the globe and the Healdsburg Regional Library is the newest venue where community members can “borrow” seed. Anyone can borrow seeds...

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