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Transition NDG’s Incredible Edibles, Growing Free Food In The Urban Jungle

A while ago I had the pleasure of attending Transition NDG’s Incredible Edibles picnic where I took a few minutes to speak to some of the members of the team.

In addition to growing free food right on the sidewalks of their burrough, this dynamic group is creating a buzz around urban agriculture, getting local media coverage from CBC Montreal and the Montreal Gazette. Here is what they had to say on that beautiful July evening as we broke bread in an NDG park.


To find out more about Transition NDG and their various activities, click here.

Sweet Songs Collection no. 25 : The Rules

The Rules is a worldwide network of people dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty.

Activists, artists, writers, researchers, farmers, peasants, students, workers, designers, hackers, spiritualists and dreamers, they work with social movements, community leaders, cultural players, and everyday people.

Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 25 : The Rules”

Sweet Songs Collection no. 24: The World Social Forum

All citizen-run groups and individuals belonging to social movements are invited to attend World Social Forums to raise important issues, discuss ideas, formulate proposals, build their networks and learn from each other’s experiences.

The first World Social Forum was held in 2001 in Brazil. Since then, gatherings have taken place almost every year. Documentation stemming from these meetings as well as from other workshops and conferences organized under the auspices of the organization is being shared online. Several topics of interest to anyone wishing to foster social, economic and political change are covered. To see what is available, please click here.

Participants come from all over the world to focus on practical alternatives that foster a world built on social and environmental justice, social and supportive economic principles, participative democracy and the preservation of equality and dignity for all.

From August 9th to 14th 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada is hosting the first edition of the Forum to be held in the northern hemisphere. For more on this event, click here.

For more information about the World Social Forum in general, click here.

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Change : The View From The Commons

“…change occurs through many independent agents operating in a holistic living system …”

David Bollier, co-founder of the Commons Strategies Group

Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions


On March 19, 2016, the Office de consultation publique de Montréal’s (OPCM) VertMTL hackathon gave creativity and entrepreneurship free reign as part of the city’s bid to reduce its carbon footprint. From measuring the environmental, social and economic impact of existing urban agriculture initiatives to long-term investments in education, by way of various transportation solutions, participants presented an impressive array of products and services, all carbon neutral life hacks that could significantly help the City reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
Continue reading “Choice and Change: Hacking Carbon Neutral Solutions”

Who Am I? And, as the caterpillar asked in Alice in Wonderland

by Hélène Montpetit

Leave it to Megan at Invisible World to come up with the idea of using quizzes to get bloggers to divulge more about themselves. Her own results, available here, attest to the fact she is not the type to send out a challenge without first doing it herself.

I had fun completing these, so if you’d like to spend a short while exploring what science (and non-science) has figured out about people, follow the links below. You might even discover a thing or two about yourself. In the meantime, if you’re curious what they reveal about yours truly, read on! Continue reading “Who Am I? And, as the caterpillar asked in Alice in Wonderland”

Over 80 years ago, Orwell wrote…

“Modern man is rather like a bisected wasp which goes on sucking jam and pretends the loss of his abdomen doesn’t matter.”

Review of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, 1934

On discomfort, evolution and hope

Thank you, Wellness Hackers and Twitter for this jump start to the day. Continue reading “On discomfort, evolution and hope”

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