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Transition Culture has moved
After eight years of frenzied blogging at this site, Transition Culture has moved to its new home. Do come and join us, but feel free to also browse this now-archived site and use the shop. Thanks for all your support, comments and input so far, and see you soon.
It’s now 12 days until the launch of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, all very exciting. The full list of Transition Thursdays, launch events around the country, will be published later this week, but we thought you might like to know about the first two events where you’ll be able to get your hands on the book and hear more about it. The first, on Saturday 15th June at the 2013 Schumacher Lectures in Bristol, will be a pre-launch, and then the actual formal launch will be in Crystal Palace, London, on Tuesday 18th June (yes, the first Transition Thursday is, in fact, erm, a Tuesday). Do come along to either (or both)… Here’s more information on them:
You will hopefully have read my post recently about the big changes underway here, with Transition Culture, in a couple of weeks, moving home and taking up its new residence at TransitionNetwork.org. It’s all going fine, falling into place nicely. Many of you who are regular readers will also be subscribers, so you get an email notification each time a new article is posted. We are keen that as many subscribers as possible join us in our journey across the waves of cyberspace. I recently emailed all of the Transition Culture subscribers and got a response from nearly a half of you – mostly to say yes – thank you. According to Ed our webmeister, this is a fantastic response rate, but I reckon we can go further. If you are a subscriber, you should have an email in your inbox. We need to hear from you by this Thursday (June 6th). The email is a very simple survey that will, literally, take less than a minute to do, unlike all those other email surveys that claim they will only take a minute and end up taking up half your morning (i.e. this one only has 2 questions in it). In its new home, Transition Culture will be maintaining its edge while bedding it into all the amazing voices and activities from around the movement, and I hope you come with me and help me make it work. Thanks.
I spoke at the Hay Festival last week, a very well-attended and enjoyable session. Every day during the Festival, the Daily Telegraph produces ‘The Hayley Telegraph’, a free magazine given away at the Festival, which includes articles by, or about, some of that day’s speakers. Here is the article I wrote for the edition published the day I spoke.
The new economic frontier is a chance for community resilience
There’s a TV advert I remember from the 1980s that has stuck with me. It features a recently unemployed man telling his wife that he and his friend are “going it alone”, that “the bank says yes”, and that they are going to set up their own business. I think the ad was for a car or something. It captured the spirit prevalent during that decade, where business was the new frontier, anything was possible, and there were no limits.
A couple of weeks ago, Transition Network and Resilience.org held a webinar that looked at Local Economic Blueprints. I chaired it, and it featured Tony Greenham, Nigel Jump and Fiona Ward, and tried to feature Molly Scott Cato, but technology got the better of us there, although as you will see, she does dip in intermittently by phone and by typed-in comment (for biographies of the speakers click here). Here now is the video of the webinar, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.
I was at Hay Festival last week and had the pleasure of spending an hour listening to one of my great heroes, the illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. His lecture was entitled In and out of the book – the uses of illustration (you can see the transcript of his talk here). The first part of his talk looked at the role of illustration in bringing stories to life and in introducing children to the joys of reading. It was the second half of the talk though which I found most fascinating. He talked about the work he has been doing most recently in hospitals, and the power of illustration to help people in a variety of therapeutic situations and life transitions. It really got me thinking about what role illustration could play in Transition in its widest sense.