Transitioners’ Digest (May-June 2015) REconomy
By rob hopkins 30th June 2015
We’ve had a fascinating couple of months going into our REconomy theme. Welcome to our traditional theme Digest, where we condense those 8 weeks into a few paragraphs so you can more easily find the bits that interest you. We started with our editorial, 8 Paradigm Shifts at the Heart of REconomy, which put REconomy in its wider context of change we can already see happening in the world. We heard from the people making the Exeter Pound, set to launch on September 1st, a reality, about the steps they are taking and how it’s going.
We asked ‘What is a Transition-oriented enterprise?’, and Rob Hopkins wrote about his experience of visiting Wilmslow in Cheshire having been won by Transition Wilmslow in a competition. We heard from different parts of the world about what REconomy looks like in that context, hearing from Linlithgow, Portugal, United States and Mexico.
We rather excitingly unveiled three new free REconomy guides for Transition groups, one of which was the Transition Events Toolkit, which author Jo Taylor introduced. We also published extracts from one of those guides, ‘Transition Core Resourcing’, capturing the diversity of approaches groups use to fund the core of their work. We published 4 specially-commissioned short videos, ‘REconomy Reflections’, in which Fiona Ward and Rob Hopkins reflected on where REconomy came from, what it is, and where it’s going.
Following our recent glowing review of Julian Dobson’s book ‘How to Save Town Centres’, we interviewed him. “It’s time to raise a glass to the New Economy” he told us, among other things. One amazing manifestation of REconomy is the Local Entrepreneur Forum. Transition Town Brixton just held the first LEF outside Totnes, and it was amazing. We blogged about the experience here, and here is a short, and rather wonderful, video about it: