The Imagination Sundial could be used effectively over a range of scales, from small community groups to organisations, to movements to institutions, to the basis of a national imagination act.
So many times, in conversations with friends reflecting on things we see happening in the world, someone will say “well, basically we’re all shit aren’t we?” Or “human beings are basically vile aren’t they?” Or words to that effect. This belief in a selfish, destructive, greedy, violent core to our being is deeply pervasive and […]
In 2015, Zoe Moyden and Chris Bettles set off on a journey to visit Transition groups in the UK, Canada and the US to document them for a film. They were welcomed by Transition groups in towns, cities, villages and deserts, who hosted them, shared their stories, their projects, their hopes and fears, their learnings. […]
US Transitioner Beth Lively shares her reflections on what lockdown looks like for her. I’ve had a lot of uncertainty in my life over the last six years. Now everyone on the planet is feeling it too and, despite the public health and financial hardships we’re all facing, it’s comforting to have the company. I […]
Inspired by our recent post by Rob Hopkins, Sebastian Gahan of Transition Town West Kirby shares some reflections on what lockdown looks like for him. “Build positively and be ready for the next challenge!” he writes. Being lucky enough to live in close proximity to natural woodlands and beaches, I was about to set off […]
These days of the coronavirus lockdown have been, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, the best of times, and the worst of times. My intention in this piece isn’t to share my thoughts on what should come next, on how society might be rebuilt following all of this. Rather I want to give you a snapshot of […]
The declarations of ‘climate emergency’ by almost 70% of UK local authorities is creating intriguing opportunities for municipalities to work alongside community groups. Debbie Bourne and Farhana Yamin share the story of the Camden ‘Think and Do‘.
Graham Truscott tells the story of how Melbourne Area Transition bought a redundant cabbage field and turned it back into biodiverse, fruitful, community-owned land.
Imagining future towns and communities at ‘Pop Up Tomorrow’ in London
I spent most of this festive break on the Moon. I wandered amongst its vast craters, scaled its gently curving hills to get better views, sat on top of Moon boulders, left my footprints upon its fine grey dust. I sat and watched the Earth rise from behind the horizon, a green and blue marble […]
Given the scale and urgency of the climate emergency, why are we are proposing an activity which supports dreaming, imagination and creativity?
On July 13th in Totnes, an event was held which brought together local Transition, XR and other local groups to ask how best to respond to local government ‘climate emergency’ declarations. Rob Hopkins reports on the day, on its learnings, and how you might run your own.
Transition Marlborough wanted to help save the bees so they started joining up landscapes to connect pollinators and people.
A review of last week’s event in the Alumni Auditorium at the University of Exeter, hosted by the Global Systems Institute, called ‘So you’ve declared a Climate Emergency, now what?’
I’ve written this so that when my grandchildren ask me where I was when the great rebellion was sparked, when the great Transition began its inevitable momentum, I can show them this blog post capturing a remarkable week in France. I set off for France on what came to be known as the ‘Transition Tour […]
Last weekend, Transition Network’s Rob Hopkins and Filipa Pimentel travelled to Brest in France to take part in an event called Village Climate Déclic (which according to Google Translate means “Climate Village Click”). It was a weekend event organised by Brest Metropole and Ener’gence (local energy and climate agency), who had created an amazing weekend celebration […]
Rob Hopkins looks at the impact of the most recent IPCC report through the lens of imagination. For those who care about the world and the people and creatures we share it with, the last 6 weeks has offered a barrage of dire news. The new IPCC report called for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented […]
One of the questions we are often asked at Transition Network is “how did it all start?” The story of the emergence of Transition in Kinsale in Ireland has been explored in the past, for example in ‘The Transition Handbook‘ or in blogs, but never in great depth. It is a delight therefore to be […]
A fascinating new piece of research on Transition has just been published, entitled Transitioning towards Sustainability: What are we waiting for?. It is the work of Keigo Arai, Kristopher Le Ray Armstrong and Fernanda Pia of the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona in Sweden. The Masters thesis explores Transition in Ungersheim, a fascinating village in the Alsace in France which is […]
This is one in a series of blogs exploring imagination that you will find at Rob Hopkins’ website. Listening to Drew Dellinger‘s poetry regularly gives me goosebumps. Very shortly it will give you goosebumps too. He is a US-based writer, poet, speaker and teacher whose passions revolve around ecology, social justice, cosmology, social change and transformation. He […]
The late John Peel once said of The Fall that they were “always the same, always different”. The same could be said of Ted Trainer’s critiques of Transition. He just published another one, many of the points in which he has made before, and I have already responded to here and here. But there are […]
Finding creative, playful ways to get people thinking about ecological issues is one of the things that always fires my curiosity. So, when I was in Brussels recently, I was intrigued to be invited to attend the final dress rehearsal of a musical called ‘Urinetown’ put on by Brussels Light Opera Company (BLOC). Yes, odd […]
‘21 Stories of Transition‘, the book we published for COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, is now available here as a free download, both in English and in French. The book, comprising stories harvested by Rob Hopkins from many Transition groups around the world, and designed by Jane Brady, has been out of print […]
When I was recently at the #CTRLshift conference in Wigan, one project that many people were talking about was Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn’s ‘The Bank Job’, currently underway in a former bank in Walthamstow. It had just been featured in The Guardian under the headline ‘The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back […]
Rob Hopkins finds out about an amazingly imaginative piece of campaigning in Canada that is using craft beer to fight a new oil pipeline.
Rob Hopkins reports from the Transition Hubs meeting in Santorso.
Rob Hopkins reports on the sixth Totnes Local Entrepreneur Forum, an event about supporting business start-ups that is known to regularly move people to tears (in a good way).
Rob Hopkins gets up at the crack of dawn to hear the dawn chorus, and reflects here on why it matters for our imagination, our curiosity, our empathy. [Originally published at robhopkins.net].
Christopher Lyon of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at the University of Dundee is co-author of the chapter ‘Transition in Peterborough, Canada’ in the newly published ‘Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation’. We asked him a few questions about his contribution to the book. This interview is published with thanks to Gesa Maschkowski, […]
Juan del Río is a Transition Trainer and coordinator of Red de Transición (Transition Spain). He co-authored the chapter “Transition in Spain: A First Assessment of Dimensions, Challenges and Opportunities for Transition Town Initiatives”. This interview is published with thanks to Gesa Maschkowski, Celayne Heaton Shrestha and Tom Henfrey from the Transition Research Network.
Rob Hopkins reflects on what it looks like when the economy begins to turn in favour of the local. [Originally posted at RobHopkins.net].
Justin Kenrick introduces the chapter Climate, Commons and Hope: The Transition Movement in Global Perspective which he co-authored. This interview is published with thanks to Gesa Maschkowski, Celayne Heaton Shrestha and Tom Henfrey from the Transition Research Network.
Rob Hopkins speaks to a group of Belgian students who found a unique way to communicate Transition.
Carolyne Stayton of Transition US reports on the arrival of the French film ‘Tomorrow‘ (‘Demain‘) in the US, and the screening in her home town of Sebastopol.
We add a new translation to our growing collection of different translations of our ‘Essential Guide’.
To mark the release of ‘Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation’, the new book edited by Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes, we hear from some of the book’s contributors. For the first one, Andrea Connell, Cheryl Lyon and Dave Sumner of Transition Town Peterborough in Canada discuss their chapter. This interview is published with thanks to Gesa Maschkowski, […]
Don’t underestimate the power of that small screen in your pocket. It’s a lot more powerful than you might think, writes Rob Hopkins.
The finalists of the Lush Spring Prize have just been announced, and there are some familiar faces in there…
Rob Hopkins reports on a recent visit to France, on the eve of a momentous Presidential election.
[Originally posted at robhopkins.net] Rob Hopkins visits Arles, and reflects on what Van Gogh’s painting ‘The Yellow House’ can teach us about Transition.
Surely Molly Scott Cato, a long advocate of economic localisation, would think that Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ approach is a good idea? Right? Let’s see…
Rob Hopkins reports on a recent short, but very packed, 36 hours in Geneva, Switzerland.
Tom Henfrey, in conversation with Rob Hopkins, introduces a new publication exploring the edge between Transition and resilience. This interview is published with thanks to Gesa Maschkowski, Celayne Heaton Shrestha and Tom Henfrey from the Transition Research Network.
The REconomy Project team report on the recent event in London exploring Local Innovation For Transition.
Tanja Aertebjerg shares the story of the Transition Flower Shop,
As screenings of ‘Tomorrow’ spread across the UK, we hear how a recent screening in Deal went down.
Rob Hopkins announces changes to this blog, and to his work, over the next 12 months.
Rob Hopkins speaks to Alex Lawrie about Go-op, a highly ambitious attempt to create the first co-operatively owned train operating company in the UK.
Rob Hopkins shares an audio highlight of last week’s multi-voice reflection looking back over 10 years of Transition in Totnes.
Young, wanting to travel, and into Transition? We may have just the thing…
Rob Hopkins reflects on a recent Panorama programme about the rise of sleeplessness in young people (and can’t decide on a title).
One of our ‘21 Stories of Transition‘, the Transition Community Cafe, is recognised with a prestigious award.
As Transition Network turns 10, Rob Hopkins looks back to when it all began…
Rob Hopkins reviews a new book “Advertising Shits In Your Head” which argues that the best strategy for dealing with the advertising industry is to take it on headfirst.
Martin Charter reports on Farnham’s Repair Cafe [original here].
Hilary Jennings interviews playwright Ella Hickson about her play ‘Oil’.