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Transition Culture has moved
After eight years of frenzied blogging at this site, Transition Culture has moved to its new home. Do come and join us, but feel free to also browse this now-archived site and use the shop. Thanks for all your support, comments and input so far, and see you soon.
If there was one picture that captured the times we are living through it is this. It appeared on the BBC website recently with the following caption:
Kevin McGuire walks his dog past a vacant shop in Belcoo, Northern Ireland. The empty shop is one of a number that have had graphics placed on the windows to make them look like working shops ahead of the G8 summit which takes place nearby later this month.
Let’s take that a bit more slowly. Here is a shop, one of many that has gone out of business due, among other things, to the growth-fixated policies of the G8, situated in a place G8 ministers will be driven past en route to their summit. Rather than their being able to see how things are actually unfolding in the real world, the division and misery being caused by their approach to the economy, the windows have been plastered with stickers that present it as a fully-stocked, thriving shop.
Here’s my kitchen table, covered in orders of The Power of Just Doing Stuff ready to be posted tomorrow. Amazon aren’t shipping them until Friday, the only way you’ll get one sooner is to have your copy amongst the mountain of them that will be heading down to the post office on Tuesday. You can order your copy here, and doing so today will guarantee that it joins this pile. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says “There’s a buzz around this book, and its message, that gives great grounds for optimism on topics that are often rather doom-laden. Its true power lies in the fact that it’s many smart ideas are already underway”. As we build up to this weekend’s pre-launch event in Bristol, and the launch next Tuesday in Crystal Palace there will be other content about it posted here this week.
The Transition ingredients cards, one of the outputs of The Transition Companion, are a great tool for looking at the Transition process, at how your group is using the ingredients and where the gaps might be. Until now the only version available was the English version, but now, Pierre Houben, Deborah Rim Moiso and Martina Francesca have produced an Italian translation. They’ve done a great job of dropping the Italian text into the original artwork, so the new cards can be downloaded, printed out, cut up, and are ready to go. If anyone would like to produce a version in any other languages, get in touch and we can provide the files you’ll need.
Here is a short promotional video for The Power of Just Doing Stuff which is published next week. You can pre-order the book here. It was produced by Emma Goude who made In Transitions 1.0 & 2.0. Please embed it on your Transition initiative pages, Facebook, tweet it, whatever. We’d love to really get it out there.
We’ll start this month’s round up in South Africa. We loved this video from German TV about Transition Town Greyton, and the work they are doing. Wonderful stuff. Altogether now: “Stuff your bottles, clean up your town”…
This month’s round up comes to you with a new added source of material, Twitter. There are hundreds of Transition initiatives on Twitter, and they offer a more intimate insight into what’s happening on the ground, stories that wouldn’t necessarily warrant a blog or make the local press, but which offer a great sense of what people are doing. Hopefully you’ll agree that this month’s round up is all the richer for it. Feels to me like the fullest and most vibrant we’ve yet produced.