This powerful documentary features commentary by the charismatic Gar Alperovitz (co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and co-chair of its Next System Project); Richard Sennett (whose background is in ethnography, history and social theory) and John Fullerton (author of Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy).
The icing on the cake is the insight the audience gains from observing the vision, values and objectives of the featured organisations:
The Red Victorian is a 20 room cooperatively run bed and breakfast based in San Francisco - providing short term to long term housing options to like-minded people with common visions.
Sole Food Street Farms currently has 5 urban farm sites throughout Vancouver and provides meaningful employment to those facing significant barriers (such as long-time heroin addict Lyle Hayes who attributes his improved quality of life to his involvement with Sole Food Street Farms).
London Brewing Co-operative has grown from the back shed into a sustainable, ethical and cooperatively-run community business based in London, Ontario's Old East Village.
Sensorica is based in Montreal - an open value network model; its initial focus was to develop open source scientific research equipment using commons-based peer production methodologies.
Loomio a worker-owned cooperative social enterprise from Wellington, New Zealand which offers decision-making software to assist groups with collaborative decision-making processes
In Ontario, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee coordinates the weekly Thorncliffe Community Market. It is a socially inclusive market, providing immigrants and new Canadians with supplementary income, friendship and support - ultimately creating shared 'backyard' to those living in the neighbouring high-rise apartments.
The Transitions Film Festival is a visionary festival dedicated to showcasing inspirational documentaries about the social and technological innovations, revolutionary ideas and trail-blazing changemakers that are leading the way to a better world.