Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 2 (309)

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Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan, co-authors of We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community, modeled the tribe-forming process on fraternal lodges like Elk and Oddfellows. It begins with a champion, one or two people who establish the tribe's values. The champion invites others … [Read more...]

Longing to Belong: Looking for Your Tribe? part 1 (308)

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"If you look at our DNA, we're meant to be connected…. You can take people out of the tribe, but you can't take the tribe out of the people." Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan share a model for community where people live in their own homes located "roughly within biking distance." … [Read more...]

Village Vancouver — How Can A Big City Become a Village? (302)

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How do you empower an entire metropolis to transition towards more localized living in a post-petroleum era? Founder Ross Moster and board members Rand Chatterjee and Ann Pacey of Village Vancouver Transition Society view Vancouver (B.C.) as a network of neighborhood-sized … [Read more...]

The Transition Bus — A North American Odyssey (299)

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Camille Daum-Lobko and Charlotte Astier are in search of alternative ways to organize Western economies and society, particularly with post-growth, cooperative, worker-owned enterprises which incorporate social justice and environmental sensitivity. They converted a school … [Read more...]

Visit McCaskill Street — Forging Community through Resource Sharing (297)

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It all started with neighbors meeting to save money and share information around energy, water, food and more. It has grown into shared projects, shared tools and deepened friendships. Residents joined brushes to paint a wall mural with unique neighborhood themes, … [Read more...]

Beyond “How to Save the World” (296)

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When Dave Pollard started his blog "How to Save the World" over a decade ago, he believed he might actually play a role in changing the world. After studying the three major systems of civilization — energy & resources, ecology, and economy — he finds all three … [Read more...]

Building Community from Your Front Porch (288)

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"Hi, neighbor!" After work Michelle Colussi's husband sits on the front steps, attracting visitors young and old. This bit of neighborliness encourages relationships which come in handy -- like bailing out one another's houses when the nearby creek flooded. Co-founder of … [Read more...]

The Sharing Economy – By the People, For the People (281)

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"If you want to change something, don't attack the existing reality. Instead, build a new model that makes the old one irrelevant." Quoting Buckminster Fuller, David Van Seters believes the sharing economy will help make the current dysfunctional economy obsolete. Sharing is … [Read more...]

How Shall I Walk With This Wounded Earth? (275)

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Pauline Le Bel is bringing a lifetime of performance as a singer-songwriter, poet and actor to the telling of new stories. "The old stories aren't serving us anymore," she says. "They tell us we're separate from nature." She wrote Becoming Intimate with the Earth to heal the … [Read more...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 3 (274)

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"In 160 communities in nine states, we've been passing rights-based ordinances that strip corporations of their constitutional so-called rights; that enshrine the right of a local community to govern itself by community majority; and ban specific activities which are legal … [Read more...]