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The transition companion : making your community more resilient in uncertain times

Author: Rob Hopkins
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2011.
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This book seeks to answer the question:"What would it look like if the best responses to peak oil and climate change came not from committees and Acts of Parliament, but from you and me, and the people around us?"For the firstTransition Handbook, published in 2008, this was pretty much a speculative question, but with this new book we are able to draw from what has, in effect, been a four-year worldwide experiment,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rob Hopkins
ISBN: 9781603583923 1603583920 9781603583930 1603583939
OCLC Number: 719429800
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Ch. 1 The emergence of an idea: a potted history of Transition --
Ch. 2 Why Transition initiatives do what they do --
Ch. 3 Where we might be headed: the power of future scenarios --
Ch. 4 Resilience and Vocalisation --
Ch. 5 A taste of a powered-down future --
Ch. 6 Framing Transition --
Ch. 7 The story of four Transition initiatives told using ingredients and tools --
Starting out --
1.Coming together as groups --
2. Inclusion and diversity --
Tools for Transition No.1: Permaculture design --
3. Respectful communication --
4. Forming an initiating group --
Tools for Transition No.2: Standing up to speak --
5. Understanding scale --
6. Measurement --
Tools for Transition No.3: Transition Training --
7. Visioning --
8. Arts and creativity --
Tools for Transition No.4: Running effective meetings --
9. Awareness raising --
10. Forming working groups --
Tools for Transition No.5: Forming a legal entity --
11. Building partnerships --
12. The evolving structure --
Tools for Transition No.6: Communicating with the media --
13. Backcasting --
14. Creating a space for inner Transition --
Deepening --
1.'Transition Towers'-having an office, or not? --
2. Practical manifestations --
Tools for Transition No.7: Volunteers and volunteering --
3. The 'Great Reskilling' --
4. How we communicate --
Tools for Transition No.8: Financing your Transition initiative --
5. Celebrating --
6. Celebrate failure --
7."How are we doing?" --
8. Local food initiatives --
9. Momentum --
10. Ensuring land access --
Tools for Transition No.9: Supporting each other --
11. Personal resilience --
Tools for Transition No.10: Unleashings --
Tools for Transition No.11: Healthy conflict --
12. Education for Transition --
Connecting --
1. Forming networks of Transition initiatives --
Tools for Transition No.12: Street-by-street behaviour change --
2. Involving the council --
Tools for Transition No.13: Becoming the media. Contents note continued: 3. Working with local businesses --
Tools for Transition No. 14: Energy Resilience Assessment --
4. Oral histories --
Tools for Transition No. 15: Community brainstorming tools --
5. Engaging young people --
Tools for Transition No. 16: Meaningful maps --
6. The role of storytelling --
Tools for Transition No. 17: Speaking up for Transition --
7. Pausing for reflection --
Building --
1. Energy Descent Action Plans --
2. Social enterprise and entrepreneurship --
3. Scaling up --
Tools for Transition No. 18: Community renewable energy companies --
4. Strategic local infrastructure --
Tools for Transition No. 19: Tools for plugging the leaks --
5. Appropriate technologies --
6.Community ownership of assets --
Tools for Transition No. 20: Community-supported farms, bakeries and breweries --
7. Strategic thinking --
Tools for Transition No. 21: Peak oil resolutions --
Daring to dream --
1. Policies for Transition --
2.A learning network --
3. Investing in Transition.
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This book seeks to answer the question:"What would it look like if the best responses to peak oil and climate change came not from committees and Acts of Parliament, but from you and me, and the people around us?"For the firstTransition Handbook, published in 2008, this was pretty much a speculative question, but with this new book we are able to draw from what has, in effect, been a four-year worldwide experiment, and attempt to try to put the Transition idea into practice. This book is a move away from The Twelve Steps of Transition that underpinned the work of Transition initiatives up to this point toward a more holistic, more appropriate model. It imagines the work involved in transforming the place you live from its current highly vulnerable, unresilient, oil-dependent state to a resilient, more localized, diverse, and nourishing place, as a journey. With this book, the author has created a highly useful companion on the journey toward community resilience. It is rich with stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, of tried and tested tools, and offers many of the ingredients you may find you need to create this process where you live. The way it has been created embodies this sense of collaboration and creativity. Each of the tools and ingredients was written in draft and posted to the author's blog, TransitionCulture.org, as well as on the Transition Network's site. Comments and feedback were invited. Transition initiatives around the world were invited to send in their stories and photos, which abound in this book.

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