Author Archives: Rob Hopkins

Community resilience from the future

During my talks, I often invite people to time travel in their imagination to a 2030 that’s not utopia, or dystopia, but rather is the result of our having done everything we could possibly have done in those intervening years. We do it because, as Walidah Imarisha puts it, “we can’t build what we can’t […]

How the ‘From What If to What Next’ podcast came to be.

Rob Hopkins shares the story of how his podcast series was born, and shares some of his highlights from the journey so far… It all started with the first lockdown. All of a sudden, weeks of work that lay ahead of me, travelling here and there to give workshops and talks, evaporated. I needed to […]

What Happened at the What Next Summit?

Rob Hopkins tells the story of how it unfolded, with videos of the sessions and some reflections. Between March 3rd and 20th 2021, the Transition: Bounce Forward team hosted the ‘What Next Summit’, billed as “building community power through imagination and action”. While its focus was on Britain (due to the funding that enabled it) […]

The Imagination Sundial

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.

Rob Hopkins reviews ‘Human Kind: A Hopeful History’ by Rutger Bregman

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 […]

My Pandemic Experience

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 […]

For without creativity, what is our existence?

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 […]

“The sun will never shine as it does today” – some reflections from lockdown

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 Tale of the Camden Think & Do

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‘.

Why I spent Christmas on the Moon

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 […]

‘Imagination Taking Power’: my Transition Tour de France

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 […]

Have imagination, will travel: 2 days in Brest

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 […]

New thesis explores early days of Transition in Kinsale

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 […]

New thesis explores the Transition experiment in Ungersheim

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 […]

Drew Dellinger: “If we had more imagination, we could have less capitalism”

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 […]

A visit to Urinetown (no, really)

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 […]

Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn on ‘The Bank Job’

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 […]

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: in Peterborough

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, […]