The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the WorldPaperback
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- Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 16mm | 180g
- Publication date: 8 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: Totnes
- ISBN 10: 0857841173
- ISBN 13: 9780857841179
- Sales rank: 64,534
The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift towards cooperation represents the seeds of a new economy. If we have to deal with austerity, it is better to see it as a force for good and make using fewer resources more effective. But how do you connect and work together, for the benefit of all, and not for individual profit? In the UK and Europe, people are already sharing their entrepreneurship and creativity. And it works. This book shows you how more groups can come together in the future.
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Rob Hopkins is the co-founder 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-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission. He is author of The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience and The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times, and co-author of Local Food: how to make it happen in your community (all published by Green Books / Transition Books); also Transition in Action: Totnes and District 2030: an Energy Descent Plan (co-author), Woodlands for West Cork! and Energy Descent Pathways. The Transition Handbook has been published in seven other languages to date, and was voted the fifth most popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008. Rob publishes www.transitionculture.org, which has been voted 'the fourth best green blog in the UK'. He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served as a Soil Association Trustee for three years, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK's top 100 environmentalists. He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award in the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust / Guardian's 'Green Community Hero'. He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, and has recently completed a PhD on Transition and Resilience at Plymouth University. Central to The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion is the concept of 'resilience', which refers to the ability of a community to withstand external shocks and stresses. Rob argues that just cutting carbon emissions is insufficient: we need to rebuild the ability of our communities to provide for their core needs, and doing so will create huge opportunities for local economic regeneration. His books are about hope and optimism, and their untapped potential for engaging people in repairing their communities, their towns and cities, and, ultimately, their planet. The Transition Companion expands on the ideas in the Handbook, combining practical advice on starting and maintaining a Transition initiative with inspiring stories about groups across the world who are putting these ideas into practice. Rob regularly features as a keynote speaker, and has participated at the following events: Community Land Trust Conference; WWF (talk to the various teams); Sustainable Consumption and Production Conference; Dorset Schools Eco-Summit; Eco-Build Summit; Prince's Foundation Annual Conference at St James's Palace; Skype presentation to the Nova Scotia Planning Directors Association (NSPDA) Conference; Skype presentation for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) conference. He lives in Devon with his wife and four children. He has particular passions for cob building and walnut trees, and is staggered by the rate at which the Transition concept has spread.
Jonathan Dimbleby, writer and broadcaster: "Once upon a time it was tempting to mock the idea of a 'transition town' or even transition itself. Rob Hopkins is a truly original thinker who has not only given the concept meaning but has put it into practice in a way that now influences individuals in many parts of the world. "The essential proposition is not only that we have to adapt our way of life to meet the enormous environmental challenges that we face but that it is quite possibly - and no less practically to the point - a stimulating and enjoyable process as well. "If ever there was an idea whose time has come, this is it. Rob Hopkins' book is a truly unique piece of work that anyone who cares about our future in this densely populated and threatened world should read. It offers original thought and clear analysis. It also combines realism and hope". Horst Kohler, former German president and former president of the IMF: "I see [Transition] as a wonderful combination of civic local engagement and a worldwide network. In many towns throughout the world people get together, finding community, enthusiastic about the idea of together envisioning a future model for their town that will make it worth living in. There is something out there ladies and gentlemen, I'm deeply convinced, that was set in motion already quite some time ago - " Tony Juniper, Author and Campaigner: "There is good reason to believe that the old order is coming to an end. A new normal is emerging, and if societies are to thrive then we will need to do things differently. While the transition must be assisted with technology and policy, this book describes the awesome power of just doing stuff. Rob Hopkins reminds us how actions speak louder than words, and he does it with practical examples and the passion of someone who has successfully practiced what he writes about". Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-founder of 350.org: "In the leaking ship that we've made of our planet, the Transition movement is like a flotilla of life rafts. And they've come not to pull us off the earth, but to help us patch it and make it right." "There's no one on earth who's just done more stuff--and inspired more doing--than Rob Hopkins. This book shows how you can Do Stuff Too!" Monty Don, gardener, writer and broadcaster: "Rob Hopkins has done more to change the way that we live in the past 10 years than any one else in Britain. Because he has given people the tools to create change for themselves. It is beautifully simple and incredibly powerful." Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, writer, broadcaster and campaigner: "The idea that local food can be better for communities, for local economies, for our wellbeing and for the planet is now widely accepted. The Power of Just Doing Stuff captures the potential of applying that thinking beyond food, to how we think about energy generation, development, investment, job creation and to the shift to an economy appropriate to the 21st century. "There's a buzz around this book, and its message, that give great grounds for optimism on topics that are often rather doom-laden. Its true power lies in the fact that its many smart ideas are already underway." Andrew Simms, nef Fellow and author of 'Cancel the Apocalypse': "We can talk for ever, but actually learning to live well within planetary boundaries is about doing things differently here and now. "Rob Hopkins is a master at doing stuff. He makes the necessary look desirable and possible. Hopkins has understood that paths are made by walking and that what matters is taking steps. Dealing with global challenges will need important rules set at high levels, but we will only survive and thrive if we become enchanted by positive change locally, where we experience the world. This book is that spell to help rapid transition happen."
Table of contents
Introduction CHAPTER ONE WHY WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING Why we need a new Big Idea The New Normal The 'New Energy Normal' The 'New Climate Normal' The 'New Economic Normal' Local and resilient: the new Big Idea The Market of Hope What is resilience? We are the cavalry The Big Idea in Practice: The Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint So how does all that leave you feeling? Might this actually already be happening? CHAPTER TWO OPENING THE DOOR TO NEW POSSIBILITIES Broadening our focus The Transition approach A taste of Transition in practice [Story: Sustaining Dunbar] [Story: The Bristol Pound] [Story: Transition Streets] [Story - The Malvern Gasketeers] Transition as an economic approach The power of possibilities: redefining resilience CHAPTER THREE THE POWER OF JUST GETTING ON WITH IT An invitation Getting the ball rolling Transition in action in ... Crystal Palace, London Scale and focus Transition in action in ... Sydney, Australia Having a vision of where you're going Transition in action in ... Tor on to, Canada Engaging your allies Transition in action in ... Portalegre, Portugal Inspiring others to join you Transition in action in ... Coin, Malaga, Spain Making things happen The Ouse Valley Energy Services Company Transition Lancaster's 'Fruity Corners', UK Portalegre em Transicao's vegetable garden, Portugal Transition Chesterfield's annual 'Potato Day', UK Sustainable NE Seattle's Tool Library, United States Portillo en Transicion's 'Dinner by the light of the pedals' Transition Town Tooting's 'Tooting Transition Shop', UK El Bolson en Transicion's grain mill, Argentina Melbourne Area Transition's Church Roof Solar PV Scheme, UK Transition in action in ... Fujino, Japan CHAPTER FOUR DARING TO DREAM: WHERE WE COULD END UP The emerging new economy Transition in Action in ... Brasilandia, Brazil [Story - Green Valley Grocer, UK] [Story - Bath and West Community Energy, UK] [Story - DE4 Food, Derbyshire] [Story - Brixton Energy, London.] A few closing thoughts Next steps Food Energy Local currencies Working with your local council Some key books for illuminating our predicament, and why business-as-usual is over Some suggested DVDs Other places where you can find inspiring stories Places where you could acquire some new skills Acknowledgements