I’m so excited to be embarking on a new research project. As loyal readers know, every few years I take up a research project to surface what’s simmering beneath larger social trends. In 2004, I tracked changes in values and the rise of creative self-expression. That led to my book, RenGen: Renaissance Generation.
Lately, I’ve been studying ways that communities are transitioning from declining ways of being toward new ways of living and doing business. Old ways are fossil-fuel dependent, competitive, and top down. New ways look more cooperative, hyperlocal and creative. Rather than waiting for government or big business to effect change, people are taking matters into their own hands.
In communities across the country, innovative people are experimenting with creative ways to help their towns transition into the future. By addressing how food is grown and sold, inventing ways to generate or conserve energy, starting up profit-making ventures in progressive ways these change artists are examples of resilience in the face of challenging times.
Help us capture the stories of the people creatively transitioning their communities. We’re looking to study the efforts of entrepreneurs, upstarts and artists whose culture-changing projects are rejuvenating their communities. Projects led by artists, architects, designers, chefs, educators, or people stepping out of their everyday roles to beat down to doors of convention and reclaim the inherent power of community in a time of decline.
I want to learn the critical elements involved in attracting tangible support for creative projects with potential to improve a community or collective experience.
In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo.