Hong Kong, a city which is heavily impacted by globalization and consumerism.
Transition is when we work locally, to ignite a small revolution in our daily lifes.
Economy: the international division of labor brought by globalization. Local production diminished and therefore the city's resilience is weakened.a
Social: Profit-oriented enterprise operation overlooks the importance of other values, like relationship, community, sense of belongings.
Environment: Use of chemical additives and over exploitation of nature resources place irreversible damage to the natural environment. Globalization encourages distant transportation of goods with high carbon emission, worsening climage change.
In response to this, COME.Ground Works by St James Settlement, Tin Zi Zok Wai and Tin Shui Wai Community Development Network are working together, in pursuit of a transition movement in Hong Kong. Transition is where we reimagine and rebuild our world, by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.
One of the community economic development projects by the St. James' Settlement, which aims to create a eco-village in Sheung Shui in terms of "ecology", "society", "economy" and "world view".
Ecology: to promote community supported agriculture (CSA)
Society: to promote empowerment and community interconnection
Economy: to promote the use of community currency and local markets
World view: to rebuild the relationship between human and nature
Tin Zi Zok Wai
Folk wisdom of women in Tin Shui Wai
Impacted by globalization, Hong Kong's industrial structure is biased, and the city's resilience is continously reduced and weakened. A diversified economic model can be a way out, allowing us to live beyond the monopoly and increase the city's resilience and autonomy. Developing a diversed economy includes developing a self-sufficient community and reshaping a sustainable economic life circle. We believe in:
- co-participating, discussing, and making decisions together
- treasuring the diversity of people
- treasuring the environmental sustainability
- treasuring social relations
Tin Shui Wai Community Development Network
Embracing the core values of CARE, we works to encourage the Tin Shui Wai residents to care for the community, to develop a mutual support network, and to strive for community rights through collective participation. We strive to connect with different groups in society to introduce social resources to Tin Shui Wai. We work to encourage the self-support, mutual-support and empowerment of women, in order to build a gender-equal, sustainable society.