Author Archives: Rob Hopkins

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: Christopher Lyon

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, […]

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: Juan del Río

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.

Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: in Portobello – Justin Kenrick

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.

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, […]