The business we are in is Security: Economic Security and Social Stability.
That can be achieved today only through local initiatives.
Transition Centre is a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation. Bill Sharp (Bio) and Bob Flatley are co-founders of Transition Centre. Joining us on the Board of Advisers is Robert Firovid.
The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) is sponsoring a Waterways Reskilling conference November 23-24, 2013, at New Paltz, New York. Click here for the link. Waterways played a vital role in the local economies of the past, as a major share of renewable energy today and offer tremendous potential as a source of renewable micro-scaled energy and carbon-free transportation in the future.
The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub has the mission of supporting, promoting and fostering the interconnectedness of emergent Transition initiations in the US Mid-Atlantic region. You can find more here.
New Systems New Systems Ecology post: http://transitioncentre.blogspot.com/2013/10/systems-ecology.html. You will find a description of Community Ecosystems Mapping here.
New Blog: Korzybski Institute for the Study of General Semantics.
Centre Sustainability News December 2012: America's Energy Future
Centre Sustainability News Fall 2012: Local Food Revolution
"Welcome to the New School of Living," and article with a vision of the first New School of Living, publishied in Green Revolution.
Gaia Shrugged, part two of Power and Purpose
Who was John Galt? An essay about Ayn Rand’s economic revolt and the state of the world today. Object lesson is the power of purposefulness and the lack thereof in the world today. Part one of Power and Purpose
Promote and develop an integral model for local, self-sufficient and sustainable economies and communities. This human scaled model will be realized when communities take responsibility for providing the Twenty-two Basic Human Needs. TC uses sustainable business principles. Its “profit” motive is founded on the principle that more energy must be produced than consumed. It embraces the idea of 3 Ps: Profit, People and Planet. Its business model seeks to keep as much wealth as possible circulating within an economically viable local region where it is reinvested in local sustainable redevelopment.
The Vision of Transition Centre:
Adaptable communities (C) with the resilience to overcome the inevitable challenges arising from the three E’s, or E3: Energy, Environmental and Economic instability.
The Objectives of Transition Centre:
1. Transition Centre promotes the best practice model of the Transition Towns movement as an effective grassroots program for rebuilding local community economic sustainability and a growing level of self-reliance. 2. Transition Centre Institute working to develop the integral architecture of the self-sufficient community and local economy. 3. Establish a comprehensive learning institute to prepare children, youth and adults for the challenges of a society in a state of increasing disequilibrium. 4. Develop fifth sector leadership capable of guiding the transformation of communities, from villages to urban neighborhoods, to achieve sustainability. 5. Develop materials and resources to assist communities to achieve sustainability.
1. Transition Centre promotes the best practice model of the Transition Towns movement as an effective grassroots program for rebuilding local community economic sustainability and a growing level of self-reliance.
2. Transition Centre Institute working to develop the integral architecture of the self-sufficient community and local economy.
3. Establish a comprehensive learning institute to prepare children, youth and adults for the challenges of a society in a state of increasing disequilibrium.
4. Develop fifth sector leadership capable of guiding the transformation of communities, from villages to urban neighborhoods, to achieve sustainability.
5. Develop materials and resources to assist communities to achieve sustainability.
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2. A review of Reinventing Fire by Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
3. Transition in Action, Totnes and District 2030: Energy Descent Action Plan
Transition Town State College News
Transition Town State College new web site: http://www.transitiontownstatecollege.org/.
Transition Town State College new forum: forum.transitiontownstatecollege.org
A review of the architecture of sustainable communities and economies suggest the following list of Twenty-Two Basic Human Needs: © 2011
6. WASTE MANAGEMENT
7. ECONOMY/Services and Made Goods
11. LITERATURE, ART AND RECREATION
12. Health care
16. Security (Public Safety)
19. Arts, entertainment and communication
20. Social and psychological adjustment
21. Old Age Security
The Fifth Sector
There are three basic sectors in our economy, three successive waves of development. The first is “extractive.” This includes mining, forestry and agriculture, the founding occupations of what we call civilization. The second came to full term with the industrial revolution and this is manufacturing. The third is postindustrial, or services. Some economists have declared a fourth sector focused on exploiting the margins of the industrial and service sectors in order to gain access to new profits. Many “green” technology industries fall into this sector. Each of these sectors requires its own unique style of management.
None of these four leadership sectors is adequate to the real needs of the E3 challenges, the emerging “Fifth” sector economy. TC is defining this new sector and its leadership. This new leadership must be trained to deal with dramatic changes in environment, economies and societies. It requires a holistic education to produce what John Brunner called a polymath. This method resonates with Peter Senge’s fifth discipline and there is more than a simple coincidence. Senge’s fifth discipline is an approach to understanding and managing whole systems. The fifth sector leader must be a systems thinker, an ecological thinker (which the founders of systems theory were), a generalists with access to a wide range of personal knowledge, a humanists, someone with high moral standards, at ease with change and diversity, cool under pressure, clear of purpose, a member of a cooperative fellowship of peers and a sustainability architect.
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