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Market Block Books and Transition Troy offer a review and discussion of two key books: “Local Money” and “The Transition Handbook” on Saturday, November 17th at 11 am. Market Block Books is located at 290 River Street,Troy NY 12180. Their phone number is (518) 328 – 0045. Here is a brief introduction of the books. 

11:00 am: Local Money by Peter North, 2010, Transition Books
Reviewed by Emily Rossier.

Inspiring and practical, Local Money helps us understand what money is, what makes good and bad money, and reviews how people around the world and in the past have experimented with new forms of money that they create themselves.

The book draws on the track record of experimentation with local money to show what has been tried and what works.

How can local banks and complementary currencies help us move our communities and neighborhoods to a more sustainable footing? The book suggests how groups can create local money that can deepen local resilience and support the development of more local production of the things we need, such as food and power.  And books!

Emily Rossier is a Troy resident, co-founder of TroyShares, a local time banking system, and a member of Transition Troy’s Initiating Group

12:00 noon: The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, 2009, Chelsea Green
Reviewed by Liz Pohlmann

We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process – without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil becomes prohibitively expensive, but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive result. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials.

The book has three sections, the Head, the Heart and the Hands. The Head explores the issues of peak oil and climate change, and argues that the focus of our lives will become increasingly local and small scale as we come to terms with the real implications of the energy crisis we are heading into. The Heart looks at where we find the personal tools for responding to what can feel like overwhelming challenges. It argues that key to our success will be our ability to generate positive visions of future, to harness the power of engaged optimism, and overcome powerlessness. The Hands offers a detailed exploration of the Transition model, setting out its principles, its origins, the 12 Steps of Transition, and how they were applied in the first year of Transition Town Totnes.

Liz Pohlmann is a Troy resident and member of Transition Troy's Initiating Group.

This event is sponsored by Transition Troy.  Transition Troy is a collection of groups and individuals with a positive vision of a sustainable Troy, acting on that vision and building that future. For more information call Liz at 518.256.5718.

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