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...]

Smart Choices for Meeting the Coming Bust, part 1 (253)

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Most people are woefully unprepared for the depression that is now unfolding, says economic analyst Nicole M. Foss, senior editor of The Automatic Earth. In a depression, there's not enough money in circulation. "But by using alternative currencies, we can provide our own … [Read more...]

Monroe’s Sharing Garden — The Giving is Growing (252)

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"We're enjoying the abundance and the feeling of richness and generosity along with everybody else," say Sharing Gardens coordinators Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody. During this five-year experiment in the giving economy, the garden has tripled in size. Sharegivers … [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...]

The Giving Is Growing at Monroe’s Sharing Garden

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In 2010 we videoed Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody in Sharing Gardens - Giving and Receiving (episode 193). Since then, they've moved the garden to a much larger plot. Their community's support has grown, too: volunteers and materials keep pouring in. Their project pretty much … [Read more...]

Tool Sharing Library – with French Subtitles

Peak Moment TV in French! Thanks to Sylvie Robert, Portland's Neighborhood Tool Sharing Libraries has been produced with French subtitles. La bibliothèque d'outils de Portland is on Quebec Transition Network's YouTube channel.  La bibliothèque d'outils de … [Read more...]

Free Geek — Reviving Computers, Empowering People (228)

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Take a whirlwind tour of Free Geek, powered almost entirely by volunteers. Free Geek keeps electronic stuff out of the landfill while refurbishing computers. "Volunteer for 24 hours, and you get a free computer, a class on how to use it, and a year of free tech support," … [Read more...]

The Firewood Angel

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This is a true story.  It was two weeks before Christmas. As the young wife brought in firewood to light the fire, she thought, "There isn't enough wood for the rest of the winter. How will I keep my four children warm?" The man they'd gotten wood from for many seasons … [Read more...]

Simplicity, Joy and Social Change (220)

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When Cecile Andrews asked herself, "What matters?" the answer popped up: "Having time to do the things you want to do." She simplified her life, quit her full-time job, and started simplicity circles to support others in savoring life. Now she has expanded into neighborhood … [Read more...]