Prosperity Without Growth – Report

Image by Paolo M├árgari – paolomargari.it via Flickr It seems impossible to imagine a world without growth. Most of us sit here at the start of the 21st century knowing little other than a model of growth, with minor blips of recession occurring at semi regular intervals – just often enough to remind us that […]

Starting the Transition

I have been writing here on UrbanWorkbench for over two and a half years now. I’ve grown a lot through this time, my ideas are more solidified, the role of technology in the future of urban planning, society and engineering is somewhat clearer in my mind than ever before, and most importantly, I know there is a community of people in Castlegar who are committed to sustainability as more than just a catchword or a set of actions we take to keep our quality of life.

Feel Good and Save the Planet

I guess being sustainable should make you feel good, but does anyone else see the irony of shopping for the planet and being rewarded with air miles. The thought of flying off to some exotic tropical island with all the hard earned “sustainable” air miles gets me pulling out the credit card – I’ve got […]

Mainstream Transition

I featured the NYTimes piece on Sandpoint Idaho and its Transition Initiative a couple of days ago, how about an article in Elle Magazine about a journalist’s journey into the transition… A new movement’s advice on being psychologically and economically resilient – Learn how to be resilient in today’s economy Everywhere I looked I began […]

Sandpoint Idaho’s Transition

The New York Times has an excellent (long) article on the closest real Transition Initiative to us here in the Kootenays – Sandpoint Idaho. For the readers who don’t know about the transition movement, the first page has a pretty concise summary about how this started in the UK. But the focus is definitely on […]

Castlegar’s Community Workshop on Sustainability

Robyn and I were invited to participate in the beginnings of the Sustainability Process for the City of Castlegar, with about twenty other community members. With three focus groups formed to look at social, environmental and economic issues and solutions, two hours were dedicated to answering a couple fo questions on these topics in the small groups. I was on the economic focus group with members of the business community and some leaders from Selkirk College. Robyn was on the Environmental focus group, with community leaders in the environmental field. Overall, the groups seemed well matched to answer the questions of community sustainability.

High Unemployment and Farming

The stories of the great depression still seem far away for most of us in North America, sure there are housing foreclosures, but breadlines?Rising alcoholism? Families sharing houses? Is this North America?

Futurists For Change

What word do you use to describe yourself? I’m involved in so many things that look to future sustainability, but there is no descriptor such as sustainabologist or sustainologist in common use in the English language – Jack Harich’s page linked above is a notable exception. I’ve been thinking that perhaps the term futurist is a better word to describe those of us that are involved in the future of more than just the discrete realms of planning, engineering, sociology, economics to approach the problems of global and individual sustainability, not just looking for solutions to discreet problems but at the holistic basis for continuing life on earth.