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 …

Transition and technology (2/3): solution by Free software and community ?

The first article was trying to show the hidden part of our internet use, even if we do not see it, the environmental impact can be important. Although the societal imaginary tells us the opposite, it is in our way of using and approaching the Internet that our environmental impact is greater than it could be, because there is solutions that can bring our web use greener. Another point that I would like to put …

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 …

Transition and technology (1/3); know the environmental problem

When traveling by van or car, a difficult moment is when you arrive in a new city; we would like to be alone on the road, have no one braking in front while you read a sign or being honking at a red light when you hesitate on the road to take. With GPS and phones it’s now times of the past. Magic of Internet, we know the cities before we get there, a simple …

The praise of our dry toilets

The event Tuesday, January 30, we left Mazatlan, the bucket of our dry toilet on the roof stuck in one of the spare wheels. Having needed to use it in the morning, I cleaned it in the ocean. Quick U-turn on a boulevard in the middle of Mazatlan, telling Laurent, I think I heard the bucket fell from the roof, we turn back watching for the low sides. I can see a man crossing the …

A turtle storie in Minneapolis, thinking the transition

As kilometers are added to the Van Snail’s counter, it’s also the people’ story we met that we sum. Walking in the transition model is to go on a road not yet built, but where everyone sows it. While we thought telling the collective construction, we realize that it is made of multiple individual constructions. While we want to build a practical example tool, we realize that we must also make a tool of reflection. …

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 …

Manuel de transition, chapter 3: Make it resilient again, why?

If the oil shock and climate change are the triggers for the transition movement, resilience is the proposed principle as a starting point to make a change. «In the field of ecology, resilience refers to the ability of an ecosystem to adapt to external events (shocks) and imposed changes. […] the ability of a system to absorb disturbing change and reorganize itself by incorporating that change, while retaining essentially the same function, structure, identity, and …

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 …