Archive | transition towns RSS feed for this archive
uned cymru

#punkmoney and monetary diversity

All kinds of things have been used as money – shells, salt, clay tablets, and to that list we can now add tweets. Using the hashtag punkmoney, Eli Gothill hatched the idea of issuing promisory notes on twitter and exchanging them as a primitive form of e-currency. To create money, you simply tweet the person […]

24 Comments Continue Reading →
956000_solarpower_is_beautiful_part_2

10 benefits of community energy

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of community energy projects in the light of the current debate over energy prices. There are a lot more reasons to celebrate community energy and I didn’t want to cram too much into the post, so I thought I’d follow it up with a second post. Here are ten […]

4 Comments Continue Reading →
climate-after-growth

Why environmentalists should embrace postgrowth economics

Climate after Growth: why environmentalists must embrace postgrowth economics and community resilience is a new paper from Rob Hopkins of the Transition Network and Asher Miller of the Postcarbon Institute. It’s the kind of challenge to the environmental movement that I’ve been expecting for a while. It was just a matter of who would do […]

6 Comments Continue Reading →
the-power-of-just-doing-stuff-195x300

Three kinds of investment

One of the things I picked up from Rob Hopkins’ book The Power of Just Doing Stuff is a useful way of thinking about how to fund transition initiatives and regeneration efforts. He describes three main sources of investment: extractive, inward, and internal. ‘Extractive investment’ is the kind you get when big companies do business […]

4 Comments Continue Reading →
the-power-of-just-doing-stuff-195x300

The Power of Just Doing Stuff, by Rob Hopkins

Previous Transition books, of which there are several, have so far been handbooks and how-tos for those within the movement or at least fairly seriously interested. Rob Hopkins‘ new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, reads more like an outreach piece for those who have a vague awareness of Transition but aren’t entirely sold […]

16 Comments Continue Reading →
the-power-of-just-doing-stuff-195x300

The power of just doing stuff

I’ve just started reading Rob Hopkins’ new book, The Power of Just Doing Stuff. I’ll review it next week, but I thought I’d mention it and post the video. The book is kind of a pep talk for just getting on with it, and it reminds me of John Paul Flintoff’s book How to Change […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →
communities-councils-low-carbon-future

Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future, by Alexis Rowell

Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future, by Alexis Rowell came out at the same time as another Transition Books title on buildings. I didn’t want to read both together and this one sounded like the less interesting of the two, so it’s been languishing on the shelf. Predictably, I now wish I’d got to […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →
totally-locally-manifesto

Totally Locally

This week I came across Totally Locally, a campaign to encourage local shopping. It caught my attention, as it looks like a great way for Transition Town initiatives and other local community groups to promote local business. The campaign is essentially an off-the-shelf marketing kit, made available free of charge. Totally Locally provide the brand […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →
festival-of-transition

The Festival of Transition

Today sees the start of the Festival of Transition, “an invitation to think positively about how our lives could change as we adapt to the end of cheap fossil fuels, address the threat of runaway climate change and fix our broken financial system.” The organisers share my belief that ‘there is no alternative’ is a […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →
japan_nuclear_protests

Japan’s post-Fukushima energy descent

Something rather remarkable has happened in Japan in the last year. As we all know, Japan’s East coast was hit by a devastating tsunami in March 2011. Several towns and cities were inundated, over 15,000 people died, and the world looked on as the news story morphed from earthquake to nuclear meltdown at Fukushima. The […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,453 other followers