Introducing the Transition Flower Shop

By Tanja Aertebjerg, Transition Network

Tanja Aertebjerg shares the story of the Transition Flower Shop, [For English subtitles, click on ‘Settings’ and then English subtitles]. In Copenhagen we had long felt the need for a place to gather the different people doing Transition in all it´s aspects. The gift circles, local currency initiative, urban garden projects, guerilla gardening, Empty Office Day, the Repair Cafe and so on. But a place costs money. And nobody in the movement has any to go around. Not many funding opportunities cover rent – nor paid work. So it was a long shot, until we had the chance to move in to an old 125m2 flower shop that originally had been a flat with a shop in front. No downpayment, all equipped and ready. The only condition?: to pay the expenses and run a flower shop in the front room. But… but… The flower industry is one of the least sustainable!...

Gandhi’s Strategy for Success — Use More than One Strategy

By Mark Engler, Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence

At the end of 1930, India was experiencing disruption on a scale not seen in nearly three quarters of a century — and it was witnessing a level of social movement participation that organizers who challenge undemocratic regimes usually only dream of achieving. A campaign of mass non-cooperation against imperial rule had spread throughout the country, initiated earlier that year when Mohandas Gandhi and approximately 80 followers from his religious community set out on a Salt March protesting the British monopoly on the mineral. Before the campaign was through, more than 60,000 people would be arrested, with as many as 29,000 proudly filling the jails at one time. Among their ranks were many of the most prominent figures from the Indian National Congress, including politicians that had once been reluctant to support nonviolent direct action. Not only were Indians illegally producing salt and staging blockades of government salt works, but,...