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The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times Paperback – November 3, 2011
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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
"This is the biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe. This is a book that can change your life-our lives."--Nicholas Crane, broadcaster and author of Clear Waters Rising
"There is no more important journey we can undertake than the transition from our current fossil-fuel dependency to locally based economic resiliency. This book is the ideal companion for that journey-optimistic yet clear-headed; informed by experience yet playful and encouraging. Hopkins's wisdom, creativity, and gentle humor pervade each captivating page."--Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The End of Growth
"Here, Rob sets out an exciting, much-expanded idea of what Transition is and could become; one that is rich with hard-won insights and practical advice. It's a work full of bold answers, inspirational ideas and daring solutions. Although profoundly serious at heart, it's never somber. In fact, it's a great deal of fun, frequently demonstrating how Transition is a highly creative, stimulating, and even playful process. …The Transition Companion offers an extraordinarily rich yet highly accessible model for drawing together the people around you, and describes the tools needed to start an economic and social renaissance in the place you live. It's a book that is unashamedly ambitious and far-reaching in its scope and vision. But, if we are to successfully navigate what's coming toward us, and hold on to our identity, our community, and our shared optimism for the future, that is exactly what we need."--Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, from the foreword
"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
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-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission.
He is author of Woodlands for West Cork!, Energy Descent Pathways and most recently The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, which has been published in a number of other languages, and which was voted the fifth-most-popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008. He publishes www.transitionculture.org, recently voted the fourth best green blog in the UK. He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, an Ashoka Fellow, a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served three years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, 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 for 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, holds an MSc in Social Research, and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled "Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes." He lives in Devon and is a keen gardener.
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Like the WEC, The Transition Companion is a book of tools. These tools are for building a grassroots community program. In my years of work in this field I've never seen a better guide. The Transition Handbook (2008) was a great launch for the movement but the Companion is a quantum leap beyond it.
What is the measure of success? How about the growth of the Transition Towns (TT) movement? The TT movement is only five years old, starting from the founding of Transition Towns Totnes in the UK in 2006. Since then nearly 400 official Transition Initiates have been formed in 34 countries and 103 of them are in the US. More are starting up. This is what they call viral in the best sense.
Yes, incredible! Before I continue let's raise a glass and give three cheers to Rob Hopkins and another three cheers to the thousands of Transition Towners around the world. Hip, Hip.....!
The Transition Companion is 300 pages of superbly illustrated text. We need to give a hand to Chelsea Green for an excellent product, on "Paper from responsible sources." The book uses a form of Christopher Alexander's "pattern language." That means the book is made up of a lot of short parts that are very carefully crafted to unfold in the form of a "pattern," an encapsulation of community smarts presented in the form of something like a recipe. Patterns are things that work, not theories.
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