Complete street program; sharing the road

The first time we heard about it was in Ottawa, our host told us the city had just finished the first complete street. A street that was suitable for all users; pedestrian, bike, bus, car. It is during our visit to Pasadena, in the suburbs of Los Angeles that we have the chance to learn more by attending a meeting of Pasadena Complete Street Coalition. Urban sprawl The disadvantage of American cities, unlike European cities, …

Quelab a makerspace in Alquerque, New-Mexico

If you know the story of the Snail, our traveling home, you know it started in a makerspace in Quebec, La Patente. Doing our journey, we remained attached to this place and began to visit similar places on our route. The project recently brought us to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to meet with the local transition group. Following the successful crowfunding, one of the counterparts we had was a burlap bag. We were able to find …

Visit of an Eartship, the autonomous hoome

We were in Albuquerque to visit the local transition group, we also wanted to visit the capital of New Mexico at the same time, Santa Fe. The group then told us: “If you continue a little further north you will be able to go to Taos, see the ecological constructions. “, “Good idea.” We took information and realized that buildings in question were the famous Eartships. When one is interested in ecology, waste and self-sufficiency; …

Salt Spring Dollar, a local currency in Canada

On the road, we tried to meet local currency projects, unfortunately time made its effect and older projects have not resisted. The Toronto Dollars ended in 2012 due to lack of use, the one in Vancouver did not meet great interest, while the Calgary Dollars we met ran out of steam and tried to redefine itself in order to find users. It is therefore with great interest that we headed to this small island which …

UC Gill Tract Farm, Berkeley, California, USA

We were in the city of Berkeley for 2 weeks to visit the local transition group. They are very involved in community gardens and have spoken to us several times about a farm that was on the field of the university. Is just after a whil, that we did not the connection with a documentary that was screened while we were on Vancouver Island. This is how we went on a Saturday afternoon on a …

Accorderie : a social time bank

In a couple there are topics that sometimes you need to not speak about, topics where existing disagreements can create a stormy atmosphere, trigger passions. There is the classic subject of the parents-in-law, the ex, the subjects about the time spent at work, the time spent a passion, but not for us. On the other hand do not come to speak about the Accorderie, you will be in the embarrassment. Although … the travel, the …

Port Townsend, a solid food network

We could never have imagined such local development when we arrived on the last weekend of October in Port Townsend. Unknown to us a few hours before crossing the border, we are friendly welcomed by Sonya, involved in the local group 20/20 and we are invited to participate in two days of meetings and conferences around Economics of happiness. Wonderful timing, but what is the economy of happiness? Large subject that took over throughout the …

Our visit with the Cowichan Valley transition group, Vancouver Island, Canada

Saturday 13 of October, we meet Sandy and Jane, two engage women who are involved in the Cowichan Valley Transition Group. Sitting at the table of a small local café, next to the farmer’s market which takes place every Saturday morning, we explore through various questions the development of this transition group. Presentation of Sandy and Jane No weather condition scares Sandy, at 67, to travel year-round by bike in the Cowichan Valley. Even when …

Local 20/20, transition group in Port Townsend, Washington, USA

As we prepared to leave Vancouver Island for our first destination to do the project Horizon Transition, we received a response to an email sent a month earlier. – I’m sorry, I just saw your message, but if you come here I would be delighted to welcome you here in Port Townsend A look at the map to see where this city was: 90 miles from the ferry after the US border …. – Well …

(Français) Monnaie locale complémentaire Québec

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Dans le comité de Décroissance à Québec dans lequel je militais on m’avait parlé d’un documentaire « Sacrée Croissance » de Monique Robin (la réalisatrice de « Le monde selon Monsanto »). Dans une des thématiques, il y avait un reportage qui parlait d’une initiative locale …