International Communities

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The age of globalization brought with its fast communication people from around the world, with nothing but the smallest tangent of existence, together to fulfill each other’s need for belonging. Unlike corporations which span across nations and continents in an effort to maximize the results of a board of executives, the lost souls that find each other through the use of new age communication and information dissemination, form a bond out of passion for the smallest things like the International Cooking Society; to larger idealistic things like the Zeitgeist Movement, or we could star naming churches but that would offend my imaginary friends… The fallowing lines will explain the concept of international communities better using the example of the Transition Network, which is not as idealistic as the Zeitgeist Movement, but it is at the same time more labor intensive than the Cooking Society, and with a larger impact on the world.

The Transition Network has its roots in 2006 when people concerned about the future of oil and global warming took notice of the “Transition” initiative. But the Transition Handbook came out in early 2008, the ‘how to’ manual of the movement, stipulating core beliefs and practical guidelines on how to create a Local Transition Initiative. By using a given set of rules to fallow interested individuals adhere to a model of living that is congruent to their belief system, something like the reversed version of most religious indoctrinations. This type of a community could be compared to the economical equivalent of a franchise, where the ‘base company’ offers the logistical and informational support while the local initiator has to uphold the company standards and provide the resources for implementation.

Rob Hopkins, Founder of T.N. : Transition to a world without oil

At present there are 4 listed Initiatives in Romania with, ‘muller status’: Bucuresti, Timis, Dolj and Hunedoara. The muller status represents the step the community is on from a group of interested individuals to a full fledged Transition Town. Ironically the Romania in Transition website lists only 3 initiatives: Bucuresti, Timisoara (Timis county), and Brsov – which is no even present on the Transition Network Website. Similarly to it’s global counterparts the Romanian initiatives strive to create environments with a lesser carbon footprint, which consume less fossil fuel and focus on an harmonious relationship with nature. Some of their projects include: permaculture, community urban gardens, gardens in schools, the recycling club, and it’s equivalent of the International Cooking Society: the cooking workshop, aimed at learning how to eat healthier.

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