Economic Solutions


  • For practical, local economic solutions we're implementing, please see our list of Recession Relief projects
  • List of time banks and LETSystems in the greater Los Angeles area.  Each one has a calendar of monthly gatherings.
  • local sharing arrangements and other Los Angeles area economic resources which can grow economic resilience through the Long Emergency
  • A local currency for Los Angeles?  There is action toward starting an L.A. equivalent to Switzerland's WIR network. For more info, contact
  • BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) has an L.A. chapter called L.A. Green Business Network. Although they operate separately from Transition groups in L.A., the BALLE network is working on some of the right ideas.
  • Transition Enterprises - What might a social enterprise founded on Transition principles be like?



  • "Prosperity without Growth?  The Transition to a Sustainable Economy" by Tim Jackson, Sustainable Development Commission (UK) Executive Summary & Report (pdf) and book
    • "The clearest message from the financial crisis of 2008 is that our current model of economic success is fundamentally flawed.  For the advanced economies of the Western world, prosperity without growth is no longer a utopian dream, it is a financial and ecological necessity."
  • The Bridge at the End of the World, by James Gustave Speth, Dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Sutides at Yale University and environmental advisor to two U.S. presidents
    • develop alternatives to existing policies, [and] keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.
  • "Shifting Direction: From Global Dependence to Local Interdependence," by Helena Norberg-Hodge, found in The Case Against the Global Economy, Jerry Mander, ed.  Also available as a single article through ISEC.
    • "It is precisely because there are so many people that we must abandon the globalized economic model, which can only feed, house, and clothe a small minority.  It is becoming essential to support knowledge systems and economic models that are based on an intimate understanding of diverse regions and their unique climates, soils, and resources."
  • Genuine Progress Indicator
  • The Sharing Solution, by Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow
  • Small is Beautiful, by E.M. Schumacher (we recommend the 25th anniversary edition)

In nature, headlong growth and all-out competition are features of immature ecosystems, [These are] followed by complex interdependency, symbiosis, cooperation, and the cycling of resources. 
--Charles Eisenstein

Economy Resources     

As you reorient your career, or as you consider alternative directions for your small business, we want you to succeed. At events of Transition Los Angeles, we offer straight talk about the state of the economy and where it is likely to head in the next few years. Our understanding of where the economy is headed and WHY are derived from materials such as the following:

"Those 'green shoots of recovery'?  Those would be gangrene!"
-- Stoneleigh

  • "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" by Jerry Mander found on page 9 of this pdf
"The scale of denial is breathtaking." --Jerry Mander
"Understandably, everyone wants it to get “back to normal.” But here’s a disturbing thought: What if that is not possible? What if the goalposts have been moved, the rules rewritten, the game changed?"  -- Richard Heinberg

Working groups are one of the 12 Ingredients of the Transition process.  Designed to "tap into the collective genius of the community," they are tasked with looking at the local area to try to determine the best ways of building community resilience and reducing the carbon footprint. Eventually, the conclusions reached by the Working Group becomes part of theTransition initiative's Energy Descent Action Plan.