If you want to understand what is going on in the world today, and how to proactively respond to it, listen to this talk. If you're planning ahead for the next six months (even if that plan is to continue with your daily routine), listen to this talk:
The speaker is Nicole Foss, of The Automatic Earth (formerly of the Oil Drum Canada), and her premise is that there is another economic shock coming - and it's going to be big.
It's a sobering talk - which is to say honest - the healthiest place to be when facing crisis and uncertainty. Don't let this phrasing turn you off - it's not hyperbole. Transition is an approach that seeks to gather as much relevant information as possible, and use it to respond to economic instability, peak oil, and climate change. An informed community is a resilient community, and it is in that spirit that you are asked to listen to this talk. Its implications are clear: do as much as you can to get out of debt, provide for as many of your own needs - in various ways - as possible, and build strong connections with friends, family, and community, for they are the most secure assets you can have.
If you're uncertain about what the future holds, this is your chance to get brought up to speed. We are engaged in an ongoing community-wide discussion about these issues (peak oil, climate change, and now more than ever: economic crisis.) Post your comments below, contact your politicians (local, county, state, and federal) to urge them to act on these issues, and contact your local press to get them to cover these issues and what they mean for you. Information is the greatest resource we have, and it's not finite. The more we share it, the more power it has. Learn from this and empower yourself with it. Then pass it on.