The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times by Rob Hopkins

The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times

byRob HopkinsForeword byHugh Fearnley-whittingstall

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What if the best responses to peak oil and climate change don’t come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?

In 2008, the best-selling The Transition Handbook suggested a model for a community-led response to peak oil and climate change. Since then, the Transition idea has gone viral across the globe, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighborhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy, and resource depletion, Transition focuses on solutions, on community-scale responses, on meeting new people, and on having fun.

The Transition Companion picks up the story today, drawing on the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured; where lower energy use is seen as a benefit; and where enterprise, creativity, and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy.

The first part discusses where we are now in terms of resilience and vulnerability in the face of rising oil prices, climate change, and economic challenge. It presents a vision of the future if we do not address these issues, and how things might change if we start to do so. The book then looks in detail at the process a community in transition goes through, calling on the experience of those who have already embarked on this journey. These examples show how much can be achieved when people harness energy and imagination to create projects that will make their communities more resilient. The Transition Companion combines practical advice—the tools needed to start and maintain a Transition initiative—with numerous inspiring stories from local groups worldwide.

About The Author

Rob Hopkins is the cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He has many years' experience in education, teaching permaculture, and natural building, and set up the first two year-full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as coordinating the first eco-v...

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Title:The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 10.3 × 7.73 × 0.7 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Chelsea Green PublishingLanguage:English

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What Rob Hopkins has done-in this book, and with the Transition movement-simply couldn't be more important. We're coming to a powerful crunch time for our civilization, and if you read this you'll be well ahead of the curve in understanding how to prepare your community. There's much beauty here, and hope.--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The emergence of an idea: a potted history of Transition -- Ch. 2 Why Transition initiatives do what they do -- Ch. 3 Where we might be headed: the power of future scenarios -- Ch. 4 Resilience and Vocalisation -- Ch. 5 A taste of a powered-down future -- Ch. 6 Framing Transition -- Ch. 7 The story of four Transition initiatives told using ingredients and tools -- Starting out -- 1.Coming together as groups -- 2. Inclusion and diversity -- Tools for Transition No.1: Permaculture design -- 3. Respectful communication -- 4. Forming an initiating group -- Tools for Transition No.2: Standing up to speak -- 5. Understanding scale -- 6. Measurement -- Tools for Transition No.3: Transition Training -- 7. Visioning -- 8. Arts and creativity -- Tools for Transition No.4: Running effective meetings -- 9. Awareness raising -- 10. Forming working groups -- Tools for Transition No.5: Forming a legal entity -- 11. Building partnerships -- 12. The evolving structure -- Tools for Transition No.6: Communicating with the media -- 13. Backcasting -- 14. Creating a space for inner Transition -- Deepening -- 1.'Transition Towers'-having an office, or not? -- 2. Practical manifestations -- Tools for Transition No.7: Volunteers and volunteering -- 3. The 'Great Reskilling' -- 4. How we communicate -- Tools for Transition No.8: Financing your Transition initiative -- 5. Celebrating -- 6. Celebrate failure -- 7."How are we doing?" -- 8. Local food initiatives -- 9. Momentum -- 10. Ensuring land access -- Tools for Transition No.9: Supporting each other -- 11. Personal resilience -- Tools for Transition No.10: Unleashings -- Tools for Transition No.11: Healthy conflict -- 12. Education for Transition -- Connecting -- 1. Forming networks of Transition initiatives -- Tools for Transition No.12: Street-by-street behaviour change -- 2. Involving the council -- Tools for Transition No.13: Becoming the media -- 3. Working with local businesses -- Tools for Transition No. 14: Energy Resilience Assessment -- 4. Oral histories -- Tools for Transition No. 15: Community brainstorming tools -- 5. Engaging young people -- Tools for Transition No. 16: Meaningful maps -- 6. The role of storytelling -- Tools for Transition No. 17: Speaking up for Transition -- 7. Pausing for reflection -- Building -- 1. Energy Descent Action Plans -- 2. Social enterprise and entrepreneurship -- 3. Scaling up -- Tools for Transition No. 18: Community renewable energy companies -- 4. Strategic local infrastructure -- Tools for Transition No. 19: Tools for plugging the leaks -- 5. Appropriate technologies -- 6.Community ownership of assets -- Tools for Transition No. 20: Community-supported farms, bakeries and breweries -- 7. Strategic thinking -- Tools for Transition No. 21: Peak oil resolutions -- Daring to dream -- 1. Policies for Transition -- 2.A learning network -- 3. Investing in Transition.

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"Transition is the most vital social experiment of our times. The Transition movement has already motivated thousands to begin to adapt their lives to the twin challenge of peak oil and climate change. Drawing on this collective experience, The Transition Companion offers communities a combination of practical guidance and real vision for the future."--Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity without Growth