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The Second Life of Sally Mottram: a review

It feels to me like an important moment in the evolution of Transition  - the first novel in which Transition plays a key role, published by one of the UK's largest publishers.  It's also a great read, and it's oddly thrilling to think that on beaches around the world this summer people were reading this story of one woman bringing Transition to her community. 

How we make space for nature: Transition Town Tooting

Tooting is a busy London suburb stretching between and beyond two tube stations (Tooting Bec and Broadway) and along the A24, originally a Roman road and now a major arterial road carrying 10 million cars a year and numerous bus routes.   One of our earliest TTT blog posts shows a map and satellite image

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Responding to drought by thinking like a forest

Here is a recent piece I wrote for The Guardian's Living Better Challenge:

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Interview: George Monbiot on Rewilding

In July I had the great privilege of chairing George Monbiot's presentation on rewilding at the Ways With Words literary festival at Dartington Hall.  Before the talk we found a quiet corner and chatted for about half an hour about the book, and some of the ideas and issues it raises.  If you'd rather download or listen to a podcast of our conversation, you'll find it at the end of this post. I started by asking George to give a sense of what his new book Feral is all about.  

Why Transition needs a sense of wonder

It's dusk.  The family who arrived earlier in the day and pitched their tent next to ours have just asked us if we'd like to join them for a short walk to see "something magical".  We walk in the near-darkness down a grassy track to a lane with hedgerows on either side, the sea away to our right and the lights of Plymouth giving the clouds ahead of us an apricot-coloured underbelly, until something catches our eye.  Two dots of greenish light in the hedge.  Glowworms.  

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Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow and the loving community

What I saw now was the community imperfect and irresolute but held together by the frayed and always fraying, incomplete and yet ever-holding bonds of the various sorts of affection.  There had maybe never been anybody who had not been loved by somebody…It was a community always disappointed in itself, disappointed in its members, always trying to contain its divisions and gen

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