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Here are some suggestions for sources of ideas. You may know of lots more and have far better ideas of your own. If you would like to share some more examples, tell me, or post them on the forum. Also, do come to one of our Workshops for some lively brainstorming.
A transition viewpoint
Transition Towns work on the principle that we don't only need to decrease our use of fossil fuels (especially oil), but we need to be more resilient, so that we can adapt quickly to new challenges. To this end we think we need to
- develop the local economy - perhaps even to the extent of having our own local currency, like the Brixton Pound from Transition Brixton
- to diversify the local economy, so as not to be too dependent on any one sector and to develop a wide skills base
- to make best use of our local resources such as growing as much food as we can locally
See also What is Transition and Why Transition likes Green Enterprise.
Another fantastic resource is the Transition Timeline book, which is available to buy here or in Heffers bookshop. It is full of ideas about how different aspects of life are likely to change!
Some ideas on how our society currently uses energy and what we could do instead
- Forest Row In Transition: Transition Forest Row's vision for 2025, book or free to download pdf
- No impact Man: Colin Beavan, living in Manhattan with wife and two year old daughter, tried spending a year with zero environmental impact.
- The Power of Community (film available to borrow) – how Cuba survived its energy crisis
Getting more of our food locally
- If you think Cambridge has a lot of bicycles, you should see Copenhagan. Livable Copenhagen: The Design of a Bicycle City explains how this was achieved. Check out page 11 for urban design principles to minimise the need for cars.
- Skytran is one possibility for revolutionary personal electric transport
- Streetcar is a car club operating in Cambridge now. It allows you to borrow a car cheaply when you need one, so you don't need to keep one of your own
- For holidays, virtual tourism is something that could be developed for the 2050s, perhaps - imagine this in a virtual reality simulation, which you could walk around in.
Energy efficiency and renewables
Stuff - and not needing quite so much of it
- The Consumer Paradox or why we buy stuff to make us feel good, only it doesn't
- Planned and perceived obsolescence or why we keep buying new things, even when the old ones still work
- The Oil age house hunt will help you realise how much stuff we have was made from oil (which could become much more expensive)
- Arboform - is one possibility for making things out of wood instead (so we'll need more trees!)
Changes in society
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