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...]

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...]

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...]

Re-Becoming Villagers Wherever We Live (268)

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Whether city folk or country folk, North Americans don't tend to know our neighbors, much less do things together. Mark Lakeman (Portland) and Brandy Gallagher (rural Vancouver Island) talk about "repairing" our isolation. How can we we reclaim our village roots−living, … [Read more...]

Paint the Intersection at Share-It Square

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People wielded colorful paint, brushes and rollers all over the middle of the residential street intersection. For the 19th year, neighbors and friends were repainting the street in the oldest "intersection repair" in the world. In this year's design, they were freshening up … [Read more...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 2 (254)

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"How do we cooperate and build a collaborative culture now?" asks Laurence Boomert, founder of The Bank of Real Solutions in New Zealand. Local currencies, barter cards, and Time Banks not only create alternatives when money systems collapse, they allow people to get … [Read more...]

How Can A Big City Become a Village?

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How do you empower an entire metropolis to transition towards a post-fossil fuel era, towards more localized living? I think that's a pretty tall order (read: daunting task), but the folks in Vancouver, BC are undertaking the task with impressive results. Village … [Read more...]

Haultain Commons Garden Seeds Neighborliness

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In Victoria, B.C. we visited Margot Johnston (L) and Rainey Hopewell (R), our guests in Claiming the Commons - Food for All on Haultain Boulevard" (episode 185, 2010). The boulevard garden continues to flourish. They've added a sitting area bench made from tree rounds. … [Read more...]

Why’d the Chicken Cross the Road? – To Meet the Neighbors

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McCaskill Street looks like an ordinary residential street in Victoria West, B.C. But it's much more. Neighbors are actively sharing projects and tools and information, and having fun together building friendships. Residents are joining brushes to paint a wall mural … [Read more...]