compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
A positive vision of a sustainable future
One of the roles that the Transition Network is becoming clearer
about is ‘keeper of the DNA’ of the movement, the core ideas, values,
and identity, such as the statement -
“Transition Network supports community-led responses to climate
change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, building resilience
As the international work is progressing, perhaps that DNA will
be extended to include -
“Transition Network is building a ‘family’ of people around the world
that are at the same time separate and autonomous but also are
looking after each other and the planet.”
"All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of
the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."
This groundbreaking, two-hour special, reveals a spectacular new space-based
vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists,
NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling
visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of natural
forces that sustains life on earth - and concludes with revelations about the role
which humanity plays, in respect to our impact on, the process of interconnectivity
of, those VERY life sustaining natural forces ... a computer generated animation
based on multiple overlays of real-time satellite data which demonstrates conclusively
how LIFE on our planet - within our solar system, galaxy and universe - IS regulated
by nature as one LIVING SYSTEM ... a worthy successor, indeed, to the very first image
of our blue planet from space, which acted as the catalyst for James Lovelock to
write his epic GAIA, in collaboration with Lynn Margulis.
"The ‘national hubs’ are groups of people that support the local
transition town groups (‘transition initiatives ’) in their countries.
Last year in London, as an extension to the Transition conference,
there was a two day meeting of the national hubs, but this was the
first time they met by themselves. Last year we came up with the
metaphor that we are a family, supporting each other and the planet.
To be clear, this means that local initiatives would no longer be
isolated, simply working on their own projects, but would part of an
active network, where they were in regular contact with each other,
helping each other in whatever ways were appropriate. This year we
did a lot of work on that idea, with lots of plans to make it practical.
Most of us came from Europe, but a few were from farther away. We had
people from: Belgium, Brazil(!), Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany,
Holland, Israel, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Philippines(!), Portugal,
Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Some of the hubs were large and
well-established, like Sweden which has 172 initiatives and has funding,
while others were small and just starting, like Latvia with only 1 initiative.
As we talked about how we could work together, it was clear that there
were lots of possibilities. We planned some regional gatherings, like one
for the Baltic countries, where the stronger Scandinavian nations could
support the newer ones like Latvia. There might be an Eastern European
meeting, a German-speaking one (Germany, Austria, and the German part
of Switzerland), and possibly others. We talked about a ‘buddy’ system or
‘twinning’ or ‘mentoring’ where two hubs were paired, and would keep in
regular contact. (“Have you called your family this month?”) We want to
have a few smaller conferences each year, probably regional, and one
bigger one for everyone. The hot favourite for 2014 is Copenhagen.
And then, we want to have a much larger number of smaller, informal
connections, through Skype or similar, or telephone, some on a regular
basis and some informally."
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