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20 Nov 2012

Competition Time! What are your three best films to screen at Transition events?

Now this should be fun.  It’s poll time, but with prizes!  In the Transition Primer, one of the most commented on sections was the list of films that Transition groups find useful in their awareness-raising work, complete with ‘doomer ratings’ and so on.  For this new book I’m doing, I want to include a ‘Top 10 films’ found useful by Transition groups.  Which were the most useful ones for your group?  I’d like to run this for 2 weeks (closing date December 5th), and for you to send me your top 3 films, in order of preference.  I will then lovingly create a Top Ten from your votes, which I will publish here.  What could possibly be more fun than this?

You can email them to me at rob (at) or have a spirited discussion about it below.  The final Top 10 will also appear in the book.  To spice it all up a bit, Permanent Publications have kindly given us 5 copies of Looby McNamara’s ‘People and Permaculture’ to give away to first entrants drawn from a hat at the end of the whole thing.  This should be fun!

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13 Nov 2012

Identifying the positive trends of Transition already emerging

2011 was the first year for over 40 years that more new bicycles were sold than cars in Italy.

Someone once said that things are “getting better and better, and worse and worse, faster and faster, all at the same time” or something like that.  For this new book I’m doing I have a short section that lists some of the trends in which we can start to see the seeds of a Transition future already emerging around us.  I have gathered some, I wonder if you can think of any more that you’ve come across that I can add to this list?  Any you’ve spotted?  Any ideas or suggestions very welcome.  Thanks.  Here are mine:

The rising cost of fuel has meant that sales at out of town stores fell by 12% compared to comparable stores in town (ref) • 2011 was the first year when, in Italy, sales of new bicycles outstripped sales of new cars for over 40 years (ref) • The Scottish government is considering introducing legislation to presume in favour of the use of land owned by public bodies and private landowners for people to grow food • number of bicycles in the UK has increased 18% since 2007, compared with a slight decline for cars/taxis and at 20% fall for motorcycles (ref) • the internet and social media enable the spreading of ideas and information almost instantaneously, with a profound impact on how social change and movements can happen  • 40 million more journeys were made by bicycle in the UK in 2012 than in 2010  • A 2011 survey found that a third of UK adults planned to grow the majority of their food that summer (ref)

Any more?  You could tweet them too, using the hashtag #transitiontrends.

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12 Nov 2012

Your help needed! New book about Transition needs your thoughts on the best scale for doing Transition …

Thanks for all the great Top Tips sent in over the past few days.  Great stuff.  Today’s ask is that I would love to hear your thoughts on scale, and how you decided what would be the best scale on which to do Transition?  Was it an easy decision or did you deliberate long and hard?  How did you decide what constitutes your neighbourhood?  Did you decide to set up a Transition group to work on the scale of a whole city, or a part of it?  What underpinned your thinking? How did you decide to work at the scale you are working at, and in hindsight, do you feel like you made the best decision?

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Categories: The Thrill of Just Doing Stuff

5 Nov 2012

Your help needed! New book about Transition needs your Top Tips for practical projects …

Transition Town Bridport’s ‘Draughtbusters’ project at work.

This new book is progressing well, thanks again for all your input.  One section in it is about practical projects, and as part of that I would love to ask you if, as a result of your involvement in practical projects (many of which you have already told me about), you would have any tips to share to help other initiatives have successful projects?  What advice would you give to other groups, based on your experience, that might help to ensure that they are successful in achieving the projects they’d like to do?  Any Top Tips for our Transition Practical Projects Top Tips section would be very much appreciated.  Thanks!

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30 Oct 2012

Your help needed! New book about Transition needs ideas for the Situations Vacant page of 2030

This new little book about Transition (working title ‘The Thrill of Just Doing Stuff’) is coming together nicely, and thanks to everyone who has responded to my requests for assistance so far.  Today I want to invite your thoughts on what, in a Transition economy, refocused around resilience and localisation,  might be the jobs on offer in 2030?  If you were 18 now (and indeed perhaps you are) what would you train yourself to be in order to best be of service to the emerging Transition economy?  Any thoughts much appreciated.  Here is my starter list:

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