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Transcript of World#Transition

21st Century:
unprecedented challenges facing human society
Population Growth
“Cancer is nothing more than a healthy cell that starts replicating out of control.”

Dan Brown
, Inferno
Limits to Growth
If the present growth trends in world population
, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion
continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years
. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity."

The Club of Rome, 1972

is possible
It is possible to alter these growth trends and to establish a condition
of ecological and economic stability that is sustainable far into the future. The state
of global equilibrium
could be designed so that the basic material needs of each person on earth are satisfied and each person has an equal opportunity to realize his individual human potential."

The Club of Rome, 1972
an outdated model.
1. Hierarchical power

2. Centralized production and distribution
of capital, energy, knowledge and goods.

3. Fierce competition
both inside and outside the borders of the city/state.
Radical transformation
is already happening
at all levels of our psychology and society:
freedom of expression,
sense of community,
ethics, culture, technology,
...and perspective.
But the
are afraid of losing
their privileges,
and are trying to
pilot the change
to their advantage:
mass medication,
mass poisoning,
tension strategy,
geoengineering, etc..
And yet,
is the largest grassroots phenomenon worldwide
the Transition Movement
self-organizing as a world
p2p internet*...
...is a radically new model of society,
global, open,
in sustainable equilibrium
with our living enviroment.
"In fact, we believe, that the evolution of
a society that favors innovation and technological development, a society based on equality and justice, is far more likely to evolve in a state of global equilibrium
than it is in the state of growth we are experiencing today.

Population and capital are the only quantities that need be constant in the equilibrium state.
Any human activity that does not require a large flow of irreplaceable resources or produce severe environmental degradation might continue to grow indefinitely. In particular, those pursuits that many people would list as
the most desirable and satisfying activities of man -
education, art, music, religion, basic scientific research, athletics, and social interactions
- could flourish.

"Bringing a deliberate, controlled
end to growth
is a tremendous challenge"

Would the final result be worth the effort?

What would humanity gain by such a transition, and what would it lose?
Less growth, more Free Time

"Equilibrium would require trading certain human freedoms
, such as producing unlimited numbers of children or consuming uncontrolled amounts of resources,
for other freedoms
, such as relief from pollution and crowding and the threat of collapse of the world system. Is possible that
new freedoms
might also arise -
universal and unlimited education, leisure for creativity and inventiveness, and, most important of all, the freedom from hunger and poverty
enjoyed by such a small fraction of the world’s people today".
The Club of Rome, 1972
“The present day global set of sovereign states is not capable of keeping peace, and it is not capable of saving the biosphere’s non-replaceable natural resources. What has been needed for the last 5,000 years, has become technologically feasible in the last 100, but not yet politically, is a global body politic composed of cells on the scale of the Neolithic-Age village community — a scale on which participants could be personally acquainted with each other, while each of them would also be a citizen of the world”.
A.J. Toynbee, 1945

“It will then become evident that the world has long dreamed of possessing something of which it has only to be conscious in order to possess it in reality.”
K. Marx, 1843
Today there are tens of thousands of intentional eco-communities spread all around the Earth, and many more are born every year. Hundreds of millions of human beings are already actively involved in the transition.
“People who form
intentional communities
live together in a geographical place in order to achieve some common purpose or goal that often arises in response to critical assessments of the dominant culture or society; These groups often have a specific set of cultural, social, political, economic and/or spiritual alternatives in mind when they form their community. They are aware of themselves as a group defined by shared sets of norms, values and practices that set them apart from the mainstream society;”
“Local, community-based initiatives are, by their nature,
, and often have little contact with or support from outside. There have been some efforts to address this, especially at local, regional and national level, but the effectiveness of these efforts has been limited.

A key requirement, therefore, is to
nurture and support this local dimension, while also facilitating greater inter-connectedness and networking between groups
, and with other organisations. There is a clear need to
create a strong platform that promotes the exchange of ideas, information and good practices
, and also facilitates the development and implementation of cooperative or shared initiatives.

The establishment of this kind of a platform would:

provide existing groups with improved access
to the information and resources they need to develop their projects and activities.
be a valuable source of inspiration and guidance for other groups and communities,
providing a tool to promote a much wider dissemination and uptake of community-based approaches

Yet, the Transition is not mainstream.

The politicians don't talk about it on the mass media, the people in the cities are generally unaware it's happening;
Meanwhile, the situation deteriorates quickly and many experts and even some activists feel we're already past the point of non-return.
The establishment is buying time with fake financial stimulus and capillary psy-ops aimed at confusing, distracting, dividing the Movement.

The Transition Movement needs:
Common Aim
Common Strategy
Common Tools
Avoiding centralization and monopolistic hierarchies

New World Ethics and Peace
Re-organization of society in a world federation of intentional eco-communities

Recognition of the inadequacy of present global institutions (UN, World Bank, WTO, etc.)
Re-calibration of the Time frame: from a few decades (2050) to a few years (2020)
Drafting of a World Constitution and Transition Agenda Roadmap.

Transition Multi-platform
(network of networks) providing:
Common Access Interface
P2P Ethical Currency and credit incentive system
Mesh Networking grid
Common Legal Framework
Common Knowledge Pool
This common internet tool could look like a game: the Transition Game.
Personal Avatar
World Passport
Common Access Interface
Mesh Cloud
Call to Developers:
on social media.


Open Time

*P2P characteristics:
1. Distributed networks
2. Anti-credentialism (inclusive communities)
3. Holoptism (contra panoptism) horizontal distribution of the process management
4. Flexible hierarchies
5. Distributed leadership
6. Non-reciprocal gift economy
Distribution of eco-communities worldwide
(Public Relations)
The Movement is divided
: wohd@riseup.net

our team in India, from July 2015
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