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A write-up of the 2012 Transition Network conference. The best yet.

September 26th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

Transition folks from around the world gathered last weekend at Battersea Arts Centre for the 6th annual Transition Network conference.  In a week when the Arctic ice reached its smallest ever extent, scientists warned that the world’s weather could be on the verge of running amok and it was suggested that Saudi Arabia, always meant [...]

Off to the Transition Network conference 2012

September 17th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

So, it’s bag-packing time as I get ready to set off to Battersea for the Transition Network conference.  There probably won’t be much activity on these web pages over the duration of the conference as it tends to be hectic bonkers from start to finish and little time to sit and blog.  However, there will [...]

A July/August Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

September 10th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

This month’s round up covers two months, because this time last month half of the team that lovingly create these round ups was away when they should have been producing this.  As a result it’s a bit of a whopper.  The latest Transition Bristol newsletter begins “In this issue…. The Bristol Pound is coming, [...]

An interview with Charles Eisenstein: “Something in your heart knows that this is what life is supposed to be about”

August 31st, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

About 4 weeks ago, I had the honour of interviewing Charles Eisenstein, author of ‘Sacred Economics’ while he was in the UK visiting Schumacher College to teach a course there for a week.  I had to admit before we began the interview that I have yet to read his book, in spite of the number [...]

Costa Coffee and the Market of Hope

August 20th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

I was recently in Santander, a major port city on the northern Spanish coast.  While my kids were waking up in the hotel, my wife and youngest son went out in search of breakfast.  Bereft of a map, we wandered in search of some fruit, and some pastries perhaps?  Eventually, glancing round a street corner, [...]

The Four Slugs of the Apocalypse

July 21st, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

The other day my wife sent me a text while I was at work. “Get some broccoli”. During my lunch break, I duly headed out into Totnes in pursuit of the afore-mentioned brassica. I started out by visiting all the places that might sell local, organic broccoli, but they were all out, [...]

Randers: “Don’t teach your children to love the wilderness”. Discuss

June 10th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

I am reading Jorgen Randers’ new book ’2052: a global forecast for the next forty years’, due for publication next month.  Imagine a ‘Limits to Growth’ for the next 40 years, a presentation of Randers’ best guess as to how the world will pan out between now and 2052.  As you can imagine, it’s not [...]

Transition Streets: an evidence base to support the Transition approach to change

May 25th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

I am really pleased today to be able to share with you some of the key outputs from Transition Streets, which I have written about here before.  Let’s start, for people who are new to the concept, with this short video which beautifully captures how Transition Streets worked in Totnes.

Transition Streets has already been rolled [...]

Announcing the Festival of Transition

April 21st, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

I am delighted to be able to announce today the Festival of Transition, an initiative of new economics foundation, Transition Network, the Ramblers Association, Mission Models Money and UKYCC.  The idea is that rather than flying to Rio, putting nearly 4 tons of carbon dioxide into an atmosphere that really doesn’t need 4 tons of [...]

‘In Transition 2.0′ is here! So now what happens?

April 8th, 2012 by Rob Hopkins

Following the recent very successful previews of ‘In Transition 2.0′ in the communities who featured in the film, we are proud to unveil today how it will be released to the world over the next few months. There are various elements to this, the Website (launched today!), The Guardian Open Weekend [...]