In which Vancouver neighbourhood or other community do you live?
Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
There's a saying that "Transition is not a spectator sport". It's true! Village Vancouver runs on people power, and engaging in activities and projects together helps us accomplish more. Which groups, networks, neighbourhood villages, or projects do you think you might be interested in getting involved with? And what knowledge, skills, resources or other assets can you bring to the mix? (Don't be bashful!)
What would you like to see improved in Vancouver or in your community regarding sustainability or resiliency? Do you have an idea for a new Transition project or activity?
Need comprehensive indicators of sustainability, review of some assumptions about sustainability (density, building form, etc.), comprehensive view of policy through the lens of sustainability (e.g., Metro Vancouver's regional growth strategy)
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Democracy is a consociational reality whereby many open, social and political organizations vie for authority and agenda-setting to direct public policy. In Vancouver, we are 600,000 atoms in Brownian motion with no fact-based policy discussion and no competitive contention for leadership.
What we are creating here must also be created for NSV, a vibrant ferment of ideas and actions. While VV is grassroots, NSV is inter-associational. Both are enormously important in the democratic development of Vancouver, and BC. Both are also critical for sustainable development.
Consider what you see and learn here as a model for a very different sort of organizational association into which NSV could evolve.
Open and transparent, crowd-sourced, greater than the sum of its parts, and a political force that cannot be bought, co-opted, or derailed...easily.
A true democracy has many such touchpoints for people to engage and develop common bonds, a culture of trust, sharing synergies, and shared sacrifices.
It is going to take a while, but this is the only path to a healthy future.