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Don’t you love it when the same publication carries conflicting reports about the economy, posted on the very same day? 

Thursday, CNN ran a piece celebrating the job count, claiming the economy is nearly back to pre-crash figures.  Yet in a simultaneous article, more than half of Americans now agree that the American dream is out of reach.

Friday, the leading headline of the Los Angeles Times touted job figures.  And in the same issue they carried an article decried the sharing economy for its darker side: desperation.  That article calls the sharing economy “disaster capitalism.”

I love the phrase, because capitalism in its current form is truly a Disaster.

Resilient Response to Extreme Weather Births Transition-Ham Radio “Practice Networks”

Blog post submitted by Pamela Boyce Simms, Transition Trainer, Convener, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH)

I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna hafta. I won’t unless you make me.

In a way, this is the grand Toddler Tantrum of them all. Mother Earth has said a firm No, and we’re in the midst of a huge-ola, larger-than-life, encompassing-all, societal Toddler Tantrum. 

Last week marked the trimphant wrap-up of our Human Ecology class at Otis College of Art and Design.  It was a great group of students this semester, and their enthusiasm shone through in their final projects.

We celebrated with people from Transition Mar Vista/Venice as well as people from other departments at Otis.  As teacher Elektra Grant expained so well in her introduction, it seems approprate that the "Human Ecology" class has so many stakeholders.

For me, this class was particularly special because it debuted the economics puzzle pieces I'd so long wanted to try.

This spring, Transition US is looking for individuals to contribute and sustain their support as we plant seeds of resilience for the Transition movement.

Please join us in collectively planting our garden for this year. With a monthly donation to Transition US, you will become a Seed of Resilience Sustainer.

As you likely know, there are many steps involved in setting up your spring garden: 

First in a series entitled: UNLIKELY SUSPECTS - DEEP OUTREACH by Transition Trainer Pamela Boyce Simms of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH).

*Join us for the Art of Participatory Leadership training in Saco, Maine, April 11-13*

What may look like just another crowd-funding campaign is actually far more profound, a welcome sign of a cultural shift away from competition and scarcity toward mutual benefit and abundance.  

 

It's all a matter of perspective.  
 
In a previous post I argued that economic contraction is necessary and in fact underway.  Is this "Collapse" -- that scary term that so many authors love to throw around?
 
I find the C word to be counterproductive.  Depending on where you are standing as the grand cascade of change ripples through, the ruthless C word might be how it all feels to you in the moment.  But the big scary C word disclaims all the brilliant aspects of the new, emerging economy.  It denies that there is anything positive going on.
 
Huh?
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