21 Dec 2012
Signing off for the festive season
Today Transition Culture, like a hibernating tortoise, gets wrapped in cotton wool and old jumpers and popped into a box (with breathing holes) under the bed for a couple of weeks. Things have been a little quiet here over the last couple of weeks, due to my being in a final flurry of writing and editing of the new Transition book, due out in the Spring. At the end of today I shall click ‘send’ and dispatch it to the editor and then not think about it at all until she gets back with edits. It has come together rather nicely I think, a very enjoyable process. I even got to do some drawings which will hopefully make it in, one of which appears above. As the last post before Christmas, I thought I might reflect on a few useful things you might like to read until we next meet on these virtual pages.
A few things I have especially enjoyed recently:
- Wayne Roberts wrote an excellent piece about the madness of the ‘Push for Growth’ in Ontario which should be required reading for anyone in a Local Enterprise Partnership or similar organisation
- Sara Ayech’s piece on the Transition Network Social Reporters’ blog about social enterprise and Transition in London is highly recommended
- Kevin Anderson’s testimony to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on gas fracking (he starts at around 10:40)
- This article in the Guardian makes a nonsense of the idea that the US becoming more self-sufficient in gas will lead to a reduction in coal use
- Suzanne Moore’s piece questioning economic growth was fantastic
- Invention of the century? 4 African teenage girls develop a generator that runs on pee
- New Economics Foundation’s report ‘The economics of oil dependence: A glass ceiling to recovery. Why the oil industry today is like banking was in 2006′
That should keep you entertained for a while. Alternatively, and far more likely, you will turn your computer off and not read any of it. Good for you, far more sensible. Have a great break. Business resumes here early January.