In the wake of global warming induced climate change, can we make our lives more sustainable and less dependent on oil? Transition culture is a bottom-up initiative to rethink and rework the ways we live. Concerning Jakarta, I seriously doubt that this is the answer: 'gotong royong', i.e. reciprocity. The mega-city of Jakarta is a collection of strangers. The future of Jakarta is not in an idea that might have worked on the village level.