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Science for Energy Scenarios Seminar

In early February I was invited to participate in a week-long seminar looking at science-based future scenarios.  There were about 50 participants, and about 30 experts from Europe and one from America and myself gave presentations on what our modelling shows about the future of energy. This was no IPCC with political filters. None of the scientists was trying to sell a technology or get funding. This is probably as close as you will get to good, honest thinking about the future. » Read more

Dave Clendon on Local Economies being important for closing the income gap and creating a more equal society.

Thursday March 13th, 7:00 - 9:30pm

“Local Economies Close the Income Gap and Everyone Wins.”

David Clendon speaking on - "The Spirit Level", Local Economies and Better Communities.

"The Spirit Level", by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, presents evidence that more equal societies do better than less equal ones on many social measures; educational performance, heath and life expectancy, for ex » Read more

Location / Venue: 
The Art Room, Whangaparaoa Hall, Whangaparaoa

What do global risks mean for NZ’s wellbeing?

‘Wise Response’ is Seeking Your Support for Parliament to Endorse a Risk Assessment for New Zealand Via our Avaaz petition: » Read more

Mt Victoria March meeting - 'Who's Counting' DVD

Tuesday 11th March, at 7.30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. 'Who's counting' DVD. We will watch the DVD Who's Counting. In this feature-length documentary, Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it as a value system in which all goods and activities are related only to their monetary value. As a result, unpaid work is unrecognized while activities that may be environmentally and socially detrimental are deemed productive. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Permaculture Design Certificate Course - March 24th to April 6th 2014 - Solscape, Raglan

Permaculture Design Certificate Course*

Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. » Read more

Permaculture Design Certificate Course - March 24th to April 6th 2014 - Solscape, Raglan

Permaculture Design Certificate Course*

Permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. » Read more

Transition Towns Orewa Meeting

Our fisrt meeting for the year.  We will watch a short video of Rob Hopkins speaking in California recently, and talk about what we've been up to and would llike to do over the coming year.

 

Location / Venue: 
Under the Whangaparaoa Hall - 7:30 to 9:30

Vege Co-op

Hi there,

I'm new to this website and wondered if anyone knows of a fruit and vege co-op (preferably organic) in Wellington that might be open to new members?

Thanks!

 

Transitioning to sustainable and regenerative food production

Enormous opportunities are opening up as we transition from an unsustainable industrial food production and distribution model, to one that regenerates the very soil and land that supports life.

Thankfully and not before time, this topic is receiving increasing amounts of attention.

A rising chorus is now coming from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all be addressed by a radical transformation of our agriculture and food system.

Here in New Zealand we’re playing our part.

Food Forest Design course

The application window is still open for the first intake of the Food Forest Design course. On Feb 17th the fun begins when a small group of keen learners meet at Koanga Gardens in Hawkes Bay with James Samuel, Jon Foote and Kay Baxter, to begin the first block course of the inaugural Food Forest Design course.

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Scaling up Transition - Accelerate Aotearoa anyone?

I innocently pressed play on this video on Tuesday night and did not expect what followed. This 30 minute video is in Rob's words "his favourite talk" from the recent trip he did to the US, after breaking his vow not to travel by plane.

This is by far the most impactful, energising, inspiring video I've seen in some time. It's meaningful, thoughtful, humorous, delightful and real.

Here's the link to the thoughtful article which summarises the ideas.

www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2014-01/5-factors-will-enable-transition-scale

Rob is suggesting five factors to help the Transition movement scale up in a way that's proportionate to the challenges of our time. They are:

 

  1. Create a learning network
  2. Support and resource core groups
  3. Bring forward investment for Transition enterprises
  4. Become better storytellers
  5. Build an evidence base
He explains these beautifully in his article.