Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact.

We truly don’t know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.

What we are convinced of is this:

  • if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late
  • if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little
  • but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart. There’s not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-panelled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.

This site, just like the transition model, is brought to you by people who are actively engaged in transition in a community. People who are learning by doing – and learning all the time. People who understand that we can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. People like you, perhaps… 



There is as much cause and effect, as much determination of outcomes, as much logic and reason, in the compaction and twisting, the movement and re-shaping, as there is in any other aspect of the cell nucleus, even if the dynamism is fluid and irreducible to digital terms. The chromosome performs an unceasing dance and — crucially — the ever-shifting pattern of the dance lends its form and organization to the expression of genes. Perhaps that is why a pair of geneticists could write — very wisely, I think — that trying to define the chromatin complex “is like trying to define life itself” (Grewal and Elgin 2007).

If we ignore the artful movement, it’s not because we find in it little meaningful expression of the cell’s nature, but only because we have a difficult time translating it into the familiar and preferred terms of science. But that’s a limitation of our science, not of the cell. We already have enough evidence to say that the movement, as movement, must be at least as deft and graceful, and at least as well-calculated, as any Olympic gymnast’s.

Do the genes control the cell and hand down instructions? Whatever reason there may be to view the matter from that angle, there’s at least as much reason to think of the dance of chromosomes as controlling the genes. Which individual genes can be expressed and how much; which “signaling” functions of the cell are brought to bear on any particular gene; which large stretches of the chromosome are prepared for longer-term expression and which are put into “cold storage” — all this is not so much digitally enunciated as gestured by the entire context. And the choreography continually varies, summoning genes to participate in the power of its higher-order artistry.

It is not too much to say that the cell presents us with forms constantly modulated by the cellular environment and beyond — living sculptures, shape-shifting in response to a music we have not yet inquired about, let alone learned to hear.

by steve talbott, na última Net futures:


Toda a filosofia do banco está voltada para a valorização
da produção e a circulação de dinheiro na própria
comunidade, incrementada com a existência da “palmas”,
a moeda circulante local. Mais de 240 estabelecimentos
comerciais do Conjunto oferecem descontos para quem
compra com a moeda, incentivando o uso e fidelizando os
consumidores. A medida já dá resultados: de acordo com
dados da Federação do Comércio de Fortaleza, em 2007 as
vendas aumentaram 30% em relação ao ano anterior.
Para compras ou pagamentos fora do bairro, qualquer
produtor ou comerciante cadastrado no Banco Palmas
pode trocar a moeda social por reais. Os empréstimos
em palmas realizados no Banco são cobrados sem juros;
já para aqueles feitos em reais, as taxas variam de 0,5 a


Toda a filosofia do Banco Palmas está voltada para a valorização da produção e a circulação de dinheiro na própria comunidade, incrementada com a existência da “palmas”, a moeda circulante local. Mais de 240 estabelecimentos comerciais do Conjunto oferecem descontos para quem compra com a moeda, incentivando o uso e fidelizando os consumidores. A medida já dá resultados: de acordo com dados da Federação do Comércio de Fortaleza, em 2007 as vendas aumentaram 30% em relação ao ano anterior.

Para compras ou pagamentos fora do bairro, qualquer produtor ou comerciante cadastrado no Banco Palmas pode trocar a moeda social por reais. Os empréstimos em palmas realizados no Banco são cobrados sem juros; já para aqueles feitos em reais, as taxas variam de 0,5 a 3%.




Will Neuroscientific Discoveries about Free Will and Selfhood Change our
Ethical Practices?

Chris Kaposy

Abstract: Over the past few years, a number of authors in the new field
of neuroethics have claimed that there is an ethical challenge presented
by the likelihood that the findings of neuroscience will undermine many
common assumptions about human agency and selfhood. These authors claim
that neuroscience shows that human agents have no free will, and that
our sense of being a “self” is an illusory construction of our brains.
Furthermore, some commentators predict that our ethical practices of
assigning moral blame, or of recognizing others as persons rather than
as objects, will change as a result of neuroscientific discoveries that
debunk free will and the concept of the self. I contest suggestions that
neuroscience’s conclusions about the illusory nature of free will and
the self will cause significant change in our practices. I argue that we
have self-interested reasons to resist allowing neuroscience to
determine core beliefs about ourselves.



To promote the principles of nurture capital, to bring money back down to earth, to restore the soil, and to put the brakes on unsustainable, endless-growth capitalism: these are the goals of the Slow Money Alliance, co-founded by author Woody Tasch (Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered).

Now, the Slow Money Alliance is launching a national grassroots campaign. They’ve crystallized their positions into 18 Slow Money Principles. Sign up and make your support of sustainable farming and sustainable community investing known to the world.

The Slow Money Principles

In order to preserve and restore local food systems and local economies; in order to reconnect food producers and consumers and reconnect investors to that in which they are investing and to the places in which they live; in order to promote the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration; we do hereby affirm the following Principles.

I. As it circulates the globe with ever-accelerating speed, money is sucking oxygen out of the air, fertility out of the soil and culture out of local communities.

II.The problems we face with respect to soil fertility, biodiversity, food quality and nutrition are not primarily problems of technology. They are problems of finance.

III.In a system organized to optimize the efficient use of capital and the production of cheap commodities, we should not be surprised to end up with millions of acres of GMO corn, billions of food miles, dying Main Streets, kids who think food comes from supermarkets, obesity epidemics side by side with hunger, food deserts, depleted aquifers and chemical-laden food and farmland.

IV.The soil is not just a medium in which to hold plant roots so they can be force fed a chemical diet and a company is not just a medium into which to pour capital so that it can produce maximum profits.

V.Only .1% of U.S. foundation grants and negligible venture capital flows to sustainable agriculture. Existing concepts of fiduciary responsibility do not recognize the value of and cannot respond adequately to the needs of small food enterprises.

VI.Carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place, appropriate scale, cultural and ecological diversity, fertility, nonviolence—these are principles of meta-fiduciary responsibility for the 21st century.

VII.We must bring money back down to earth.

VIII.We must give investors the tools they need to invest in slow, small and local. We must support entrepreneurs who see business as a tool for improving the health of land, household, community and bioregion.

IX.We must build a nurture capital industry.

X.There is something beautiful about a diversified organic farm. There is something beautiful about a CSA. There is something beautiful about Terra Madre. There is nothing beautiful about bovine growth hormone or Red Dye #4 or high fructose corn syrup or most school lunch programs.

Read the whole set of Slow Money Principles, and sign on, here.







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Paymo is one of a growing class of companies that allows consumers to purchase in-game items, subscriptions, and other digital goods through mobile phones. Users authorize payment through a PIN sent to their phones, and the charge is applied to their phone bills. We spoke with Paul recently about his company and his thoughts on the future of the mobile payment space.

The cell phone is being used as an authentication and billing device. This transaction is more secure than a credit card transaction because the consumer 1) submits his/her cell phone number, 2) receives a text message to validate payment intent, and 3) sends a text message back to confirm. The carrier then charges the cell phone bill and deducts credit.



About Twollars

The Twollars idea was conceived by Internet entrepreneurs Eiso Kant and Mac Taylor. They noticed that there was an enormous amount of ‘social energy’ on Twitter that goes unmeasured. They realised that if this energy could be converted into a symbolic standard, it could then be passed around like a currency.

It’s a way to convert your ‘good deed’, your knowledge, your energy, your generosity it into a new form of money. By converting your Tweet into Twollars you can now pass that value on to others. You can reward others for their Tweet. And they can do the same. And soon you have new way of valuing and rewarding all the people you like, admire, and appreciate.