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10 May 2013

An interview with Prof. Calvin Jones: “Economics is a child of the oil age”

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The other day I read an excellent piece by Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics at Cardiff Business School (see right) called Technology Cannot Tackle Climate Change.  Having argued that, due to a range of issues, economic growth is no longer possible, he writes:

“Faced with these issues it is easy to withdraw into either a belief in an economic growth fairy, or into passive, nihilistic depression. But this is not necessary. Many societies historically have functioned perfectly well without ever-increasing levels of growth and complexity”.

He also wrote “the cognitive dissonance we feel, as GDP figures rise, and we feel ever more tired, stressed and scared, is real, and must be challenged”, rapidly becoming one of my favourite quotes.   Given the challenges of condensing complex arguments into short articles, I thought it would be good to have a chat with Calvin.  So what follows is either the audio file to listen to while you’re hoovering the stairs, or a transcript of our talk.

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9 May 2013

All change at Transition Culture

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I’d like to announce today one of the biggest changes to Transition Culture since it started back in the dim and distant days of November 2005.  Transition Culture has always served as “an evolving exploration of the head, heart and hands of energy descent”, focusing on the ‘edge’ of Transition, bringing new ideas and deepening thinking around the Transition approach.  It has sat alongside, but apart from, Transition Network’s website, as my own independent soapbox.  In recent months though, as we have been looking in more detail at how Transition Network communicates, and speaking to a range of communications experts, again and again they have told us “this doesn’t make sense”.  They have argued the need for a single website that brings together the networking, gathering of resources, and entry-point-into-a-global-network of TransitionNetwork.org and the seat-of-the-pants, edge-exploring and thought-piece-producing Transition Culture.  After much soul-searching and discussion, as of mid to late- June 2013, that’s what we’re going to be doing.

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Categories: General


2 May 2013

An April Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

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We start this month’s Round Up with the first of two awards we’ll be giving out this month, the ‘Dedication to Transition Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award’.  It goes to David and Mark of Transition Keynsham, who will be taking part in the Exmouth Exodus bike ride to raise much needed funds for Transition Keynsham.  The Exodus ride is an overnight bike ride from Clifton to Exmouth, a total of around 100 miles with a few hills along the way!  If you would like to sponsor them, or send them encouraging words, please click here.  Every little helps (as they say).

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24 Apr 2013

“I’m sorry … what?”: a visit to the Met Office Hadley Centre

The Met Office, near Exeter.

The Met Office, near Exeter.

The other day a friend and I took our young sons on a tour of the Met Office’s centre near Exeter.  The Met Office is home to the Hadley Centre, one of the foremost centres where climate modelling and research into climate change takes place.  It was to turn out to be an event I left both angry and puzzled, and with some reflections I’d like to share here.  The tour itself is of little consequence to this piece, other than to say that it managed to turn what could have been really interesting hour’s tour into a fairly tedious 3 hours, and certainly not a tour designed to sustain children’s interest.  The low point for me, however, was when we actually reached the Hadley Centre.  So, picture the scene …

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Categories: Climate Change, General, Storytelling


23 Apr 2013

Introducing the Transition Research Primer

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With some considerable amount of fanfare and dancing elephants, I would like to introduce you today to the all-new Transition Research Primer.  It is the creation of the Transition Research Network (TRN), a self-organising peer group of academics and community activists which aims to:

  • Help advance understanding and practice in Transition
  • Support Transition groups to address their research needs
  • Help transform the crisis in our universities into an opportunity for positive change in research culture, making research relevant, fulfilling, and fun.

The Primer is available here.  I spoke to one of its authors, Tom Henfrey, a researcher in the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University and Bristol’s Schumacher Institute, to ask him more about it and how it came about. 

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