There is some really inspiring stuff going on around the planet at the present, 2 of us travelled from Barcelona to participate in the recent Transition Conference in Liverpool, or “The Peoples Republic of Scouse” as Pete North put it, a few weeks back and while there we plugged in, connected with other people in transition. I connected as much as possible with people working in cities, who are addressing the challenges, applying the basic ideas of transition to the bigger macro scale.
Links: Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide #ttcon2011 (MP3 here) | transition brasil ning | Transition Granja Viana | Brasilândia | What strategies are working in big cities? (topic on transition network) | Transition in Cities and the #SpanishRevolution | A conversation about Transition in Cities (MP3 audio)
In his excellent presentation old time eco thinker Stewart Brand: Why squatter cities are a good thing (view vid below) points out that soon (maybe in 10 or 20 years) as present demographics are going 1 in 4 people will live in squatter cities. He points to the work being done by Robert Neuwirth ( see his TED vid: The “shadow cities” of the future below too). A more indepth view from Stewart Brand was outlined at a Google talk (view below)
Here is an excellent audio, via transitionradio, from the Brazilians at the conference:
Attached is a recording of a session titled Forests invading cities: Latest on Brazil turning the tide which was led by May East, Monica Picavea, and Isabela de Menezes and held on 10th July 2011 at the UK Transition Network Conference in Liverpool.
Anyway, here is just a quick post to some of the audios and further issues of whats going on in the world of transition in the big big cities.
Special word has to be made for a FANTASTIC presentation (that could have gone on all day, but we were limited to an hour and a half) from whats going on in Brazil.
It was a sizzling Saturday morning in December when members of the low low-income Brasilândia community of 247.000 people in São Paulo, gathered with great expectancy for the official unleashing of ‘Transixion’ Brasilândia. Led by the initiating group created earlier in May by members of the Stickel Foundation, with representatives from the arts community, environmental groups, health workers, educators, local authority the first part of the morning was dedicated to celebrate a remarkable chain of achievements.