Thanks to Transition Town Freiburg in Germany for this. Horst Köhler, recently-resigned German president (and former president of the IMF) gave a speech to a big world mobility conference (i.e. lots of car companies in the audience), in which he waxed lyrical about Transition! And a few days later he stood down. Here is the video of his talk, followed by a translation of what he said.
There are now just over six weeks until the publication of The Power of Just Doing Stuff: how local action can change the world. I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a bit more about it and why you might want to start building into a fever pitch of excitement. It will be published second week of June, will have 160 pages, will sell for £7.95, will be a thing of great beauty, and an inspiring introduction to what Transition is and the ‘Big Idea’ that it represents. Here’s a longer introduction:
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).
The Summer Issue of the marvel that is Transition Free Press is published today and is being distributed via a Transition initiative near you as we speak. It is packed with really great stuff, including, which is always a pleasure for me, stuff about Transition I didn’t know anything about. The print quality is far improved on the first issue, it’s a crisp and colourful joy to behold. This issue’s print run has increased to 13,000 copies, and one copy will be being bundled up and sent out to every subscriber to Permaculture Magazine with their copy of the magazine. I’d say it’s pretty much essential reading for anyone interested in Transition. Here is a browsable version of this new edition so you can see what I mean.
The second edition of something like this is always tricky, the “Second Album Syndrome” being a risk. Speaking personally, I think it has found a voice and an identity that is its own. You can read editor Charlotte DuCann’s thoughts about this latest edition here.
This Sunday, 5th May 2013, is International Permaculture Day and what a truly wonderful thing of great beauty and awe that is. Its theme this year is ‘Grow Local!’ which I thought would resonate with you as a reader of this site, and as I am one of its supporters/participants, I thought I would tell you more about it. Here is a teaser of a longer video I made as my contribution (filmed in my greenhouse) which will be aired on the day: