The Power of Just Doing Stuff is now officially launched and out in the world! Following a pre-launch at Saturday’s Schumacher Lectures in Bristol, the book was officially kicked off at an amazing event in Crystal Palace, London. I am making a short film of the day there which I will post soon, but for now, here’s a short account, some audio and photos from the evening. I am deeply indebted to John Barrett and Jonathan Goldberg for the great photos here. I had spent the afternoon visiting some of the many projects Crystal Palace Transition Town (CPTT) have started over their 2 year existence, and meeting members of the group. The evening event was in the Grain and Grape pub, and was packed. Here is the talk I gave, with an introduction from Joe Duggan of CPTT.
Today is the day of the publication of The Power of Just Doing Stuff. I’d like to mark this historic occasion by presenting you with this short video of the recent poignant and moving launch event we recently held with the Mayor of Totnes to welcome the book into the world. Please put in Facebook, Twitter, whatever, and share it around. Do join me between 4 & 5pm (BST) for our Twitter Q&A (#doingstuff).
Tomorrow is the official publication date of The Power of Just Doing Stuff. We will be treating you tomorrow morning to a video of a sombre, respectful and moving launch event that took place in Totnes a couple of days ago to welcome the book into the world. Today however I wanted to put a date and time in your diary. Tomorrow (Friday), between 4 and 5pm BST, I will hosting a Twitter Q&A (which I steadfastly refuse to call a ‘Twitterview” because it’s just too silly). So do join me, bring your questions, your thoughts, or perhaps you’re one of the people who pre-ordered your copy and may even have read it by then, and you might join us with some feedback and thoughts. We’ll be using the hashtag #doingstuff. See you there!
If there was one picture that captured the times we are living through it is this. It appeared on the BBC website recently with the following caption:
Kevin McGuire walks his dog past a vacant shop in Belcoo, Northern Ireland. The empty shop is one of a number that have had graphics placed on the windows to make them look like working shops ahead of the G8 summit which takes place nearby later this month.
Let’s take that a bit more slowly. Here is a shop, one of many that has gone out of business due, among other things, to the growth-fixated policies of the G8, situated in a place G8 ministers will be driven past en route to their summit. Rather than their being able to see how things are actually unfolding in the real world, the division and misery being caused by their approach to the economy, the windows have been plastered with stickers that present it as a fully-stocked, thriving shop.
Here’s my kitchen table, covered in orders of The Power of Just Doing Stuff ready to be posted tomorrow. Amazon aren’t shipping them until Friday, the only way you’ll get one sooner is to have your copy amongst the mountain of them that will be heading down to the post office on Tuesday. You can order your copy here, and doing so today will guarantee that it joins this pile. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says “There’s a buzz around this book, and its message, that gives great grounds for optimism on topics that are often rather doom-laden. Its true power lies in the fact that it’s many smart ideas are already underway”. As we build up to this weekend’s pre-launch event in Bristol, and the launch next Tuesday in Crystal Palace there will be other content about it posted here this week.