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Welcome to ‘edge week’ on the Social Reporter blog, where anything can happen.  Edge weeks are wedged between theme weeks and provide a space for our bloggers to post whatever moves them.

The Social Reporting project began in 2011 with 12 'social reporters' around the United Kingdom, producing one blog post every day on a different topic set each week (see right hand column).

In 2013 we will be continuing our regular posts, exploring and reflecting on all Transition subjects under the sun. Our new-style project sees all the reporters taking turns to lead weeks and you can see our current topic by looking at on the rota (see right).

If you have any questions, or would like to write a guest blog, or join the group, please email the social reporters.

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The Power of Communicating Stuff

Doing stuff and communicating are the yin and yang energies of every social movement. Obviously, doing stuff is fundamental for creating cultural/political/economic change in the world. But there's no use doing stuff if nobody else finds out what's happening, why, and how to join in. And endless talk without action is but 'a tale told by an idiot'.

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How do we communicate about Transition in our neighborhoods?

When I think about the first sentence I say to someone about Transition, what I say depends very much on whom I’m talking to. Different messages for different audiences may sound obvious but it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because we are moved to act by a particular argument, request or piece of information, then others will be too.

Checking out the communication strategy in the northern reaches

For two years social reporters have been “telling it like it is” from the patchwork of allotment plots sometimes known as “initiatives” that form the grassroots of the Transition movement.  Standing in our gardens, we’ve been shouting, to no-one in particular, “Hey, look, you gotta see this!”

The Free Press Gang

by Charlotte Du Cann

I should have started writing this an hour ago. I awoke in time, but I was listening to the world outside as darkness shifted into light. The stars drained from the sky, a vixen yipped, an owl called among the trees. It was silent for a while.

The Power of Communicating Stuff

Doing stuff and communicating are the yin and yang energies of every social movement. Obviously, doing stuff is fundamental for creating cultural/political/economic change in the world. But there's no use doing stuff if nobody else finds out what's happening, why, and how to join in. And endless talk without action is but 'a tale told by an idiot'.

Transition: a Year in Numbers

Is it possible to quantify the effect you are having as an initiative? We are usually so busy ‘just doing stuff’ that we forget to look up and take stock. And it’s not always easy to get a sense of how much difference our individual efforts are making until we look at the bigger picture.

The Strong Pull of Transition Disaster

Transition initiatives are started by groups of individuals who are committed, informed, high minded and aware of the needs of their own and wider communities.  So why do they end in disaster, often after quite short lives and amidst such pain and acrimony that people are harmed and lost to Transition?

Researching Resilience: Workington after the flood

On November 20th 2009, while the eyes of the media were focussed on the flooding upstream at Cockermouth, Workington suffered a different kind of disaster. All its bridges, apart from the railway bridge, were destroyed or so badly damaged they had to be closed.

An Ecopoetic take on the power of Storms

Ecopoetry: a definition

satelite map of Australia showing the cycloneEcopoetry goes several steps further than traditional nature poetry by recog

The disastrous state of being human

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, anniversary of the day Auschwitz-Birkenau  was liberated, time and place for us to remember millions who died or suffered in the Nazi concentration camps.  It’s a moment  to ponder the disaster of genocide and commit ourselves to creating a safer future.

Permaculture travels

The first ever Transition City Lancaster meeting I went to was stormy: people were unpleasant.  As I left a woman caught my eye, “I try to stay on the edges,” she said. “ That’s where things get done.”

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