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Talking social economy in a world of extremes

Talking social economy in a world of extremes

Published on December 18, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Frances Northrop of Transition Town Totnes on her visit to Sweden for the Annual National Transition Conference Arriving Planes, Design and Warm Welcomes “Wow yes I’d love to go to Sweden” I said back in May when I was passed on an email from Elinor Askmar who was asking for someone to come to the […]

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Once upon a time… In your neighbourhood and in a land far far away…

Once upon a time… In your neighbourhood and in a land far far away…

Published on November 19, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

What we engage with online can have a remarkable effect on the ground. It can accelerate change and extend our communities of support beyond physical boundaries. It is not entirely coincidental that many social movements of the modern day, including Transition, follow the same growth in participation as that of social media usage. There is […]

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The Community Enterprise Checker and funding opportunities through Power to Change

The Community Enterprise Checker and funding opportunities through Power to Change

Published on November 8, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

Some of you may have been to one of the UK roadshows Locality (with the Plunkett Foundation and UnLtd) ran recently to talk about Power to Change. Through Power to Change, a new stream of funding will be open for enterprises from early next year through the Big Lottery Fund. With £150m as potentially available, […]

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Putting jam in the doughnut: Resourcing the core of a Transition Initiative

Putting jam in the doughnut: Resourcing the core of a Transition Initiative

Published on November 3, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was in a workshop at the Transition Roadshow in St Andrews. We were discussing how Transition Initiatives (TIs) can maintain an energised core group, alongside delivering great projects. As we exchanged ideas on what the role of the ‘core’ of a Transition Initiative is, a phrase emerged that potentially […]

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The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce & Democracy

The Fabulous Future of p2p Economics, Commerce & Democracy

Published on October 28, 2014 in Blog with 1 Comment

I’ve just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, ‘prosumer’ activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements from around the world. I learnt a huge amount from makers, hacktivists, anarcho-syndical cooperativists, collaborative-commoners, anti-capitalists, free-culturalists, buen-vivir, […]

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Is gender an issue in Transition?

Is gender an issue in Transition?

Published on October 21, 2014 in Blog with 2 Comments

About 18 months ago, I invited the women of the TN staff and board to an evening meeting to begin to explore our experience of working in the Transition movement. We discovered that our reasons for wanting to get together and our perspectives on gender were many and various. But some common themes emerged and […]

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REconomy takes off in Europe

REconomy takes off in Europe

Published on September 22, 2014 in Blog, Leadership projects with 0 Comments

In October 2013, the Transition national hubs of Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and the Netherlands joined forces with the UK’s REconomy Project to explore what REconomy might look like in each country. We formed a working group that met only online, and we all enjoyed the wonderful experience of learning about different countries and situations. […]

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The economy, it’s stupid

The economy, it’s stupid

Published on September 15, 2014 in Blog with 1 Comment

A post by Robert Holtom. “It’s the economy stupid” was one of the taglines for Bill Clinton’s 1992 election campaign. And still the machinations of the economy are affecting us – conservative governments imposing austerity agendas on societies hugely dependent on public services, the banking sector resolutely not learning any lessons, and yet more of […]

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Community supported enterprise – how might that work?

Community supported enterprise – how might that work?

Published on August 15, 2014 in Blog, Economic enablers with 2 Comments

One of the REconomy Project’s aims is to find new ways that communities can provide support and investment to local enterprises, who in turn offer benefits back to the community – not just in terms of jobs – but also strengthened local resilience, minimal environmental impacts and fairer ways of trading and profit-sharing. Jay Tompt […]

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How to transform your local economy in one day

How to transform your local economy in one day

Published on July 30, 2014 in Blog, Economic enablers with 2 Comments

We want community-led economic development, the kind that’s just, ecologically regenerative, inclusive and equitable. But it’s easier said than done. Yet for the past three years, we’ve been doing something that seems to be working. It’s relatively cheap and easy to do. And now it seems like a good time for this innovation to start […]

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