Transition Books - getting transition thinking onto your bedside cabinet
As people around the world experiment with the Transition Model and apply it to all sorts of different types of communities, we're seeing the knowledge base expand significantly. And as Transition Initiatives get further into the work of transforming their communities, the specialist groups are learning more about relocalised responses in the fields of energy, local government, food, housing, business, economics and beyond.
In order to distill the learnings from all these projects and experiments, we're producing a number of books in partnership with Green Books:
- The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience - by Rob Hopkins
- The Transition Timeline: for a local, resilient future - by Shaun Chamberlin
- The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times - by Rob Hopkins
- The power of just doing stuff: how local action can change the world - by Rob Hopkins
- Local Food: how to make it happen in your community - by Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins
- Local Money: how to make it happen in your community - by Peter North
- Local Sustainable Homes: how to make them happen in your community - Chris Bird
- Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future: working together to make things happen - by Alexis Rowell
- Localisation and Resilience at the Local Level: the Case of Transition Town Totnes - by Rob Hopkins
- Totnes and District Energy Descent Action Plan
All of the authors have been involved in their own local transition initiatives, experiencing the joys and challenges of working in their own back yard. Ordering details are below.
The first of these was the Transition Handbook, by Rob Hopkins.
Patrick Holden, director of the Soil Association, describes it well:
“The Transition concept is one of the big ideas of our time. Peak oil and climate change can so often leave one feeling depressed and disempowered. What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. The Transition Handbook will come to be seen as one of the seminal books which emerged at the end of the Oil Age and which offered a gentle helping hand in the transition to a more local, more human and ultimately more nourishing future.”
Read more about the Transition Handbook.
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The next was the Transition Timeline, by Shaun Chamberlin. Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and author of eight books, including The Party’s Over and Peak Everything, lays it out...
“Here it is: the map and timeline of how to save our world and ourselves. Whether we WILL take up these suggestions as scheduled is a question for the cynics and dreamers to debate. For us realists, the only relevant questions are, Where do we start?, and, Will you join us?”
The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us. It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower-energy world.
The practical, realistic details of this Transition Vision are examined in depth, covering key areas such as food, energy, demographics, transport and healthcare, and they provide a sense of context for communities working towards a thriving future.
Read more about The Transition Timline.
|For UK orders: £15.99||Europe: £18.99||Rest of World: £25.50|
The Transition Companion draws on over three years’ experience of the worldwide Transition movement and gives a new, easily accessible approach to creating change. It builds on the success of the bestselling The Transition Handbook (over 25,000 copies sold in the UK) and is packed with inspirational stories, photos and illustrations.
The Transition Companion picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world today. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured, where lower energy use is seen as a benefit, and where enterprise, creativity and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy.
Read more about The Transition Companion.
|For UK orders: £26.50||Europe: £29.00||Rest of World: £37.00|
Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you. They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.
The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works.
Read more about The power of just doing stuff.
|For UK orders: £10.99||Europe: £13.50||Rest of World: £14.75|
Many people already buy their vegetables as locally as possible, eat organic and seasonal food when they can, and are perhaps even getting to grips with managing an allotment. However, with current economic pressures and mounting concerns about climate change and peak oil, there is a growing feeling that we need to do more to reduce dependence on the global market.
Local Food offers an inspiring and practical guide to what can be achieved if you get together with the people on your street or in your village, town or city. It explores a huge range of local food initiatives for rebuilding a diverse, resilient local food network – including community gardens, farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture schemes and projects in schools – and includes all the information you will need to get ideas off the ground.
Drawing on the practical experience of Transition initiatives and other community projects around the world, Local Food demonstrates the power of working collaboratively. In today’s culture of supermarkets and food miles, an explosion of activity at community level is urgently needed. This book is the ideal place to start.
Size: 192 pages in two colours, 220 x 220mm
Read Rob Hopkins’ introduction to Transition guide to food.
Sorry, this book is currently out of print.
An inspiring yet practical new Transition Book, Local Money helps you understand what money is and what makes good and bad money, and reviews how people around the world and in the past have experimented with new forms of money that they create themselves.
The book draws on the track record of experimentation with local money to show those in the Transition movement and beyond what has been tried, what works, and what to avoid. Different models of alternative currencies are reviewed, from the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) and TimeBanks, which work within communities, to paper currencies such as Berkshares, German regional currencies and Ithaca ‘hours’, which circulate between local businesses as an alternative to their losing trade to the national chain retailers. Currencies like Ithaca ‘hours’ can also easily be used to enable people to exchange services locally at agreed hourly rates.
How can local banks and bonds help us move our cities, communities and homes on to a more sustainable footing? The book suggests how groups can create future forms of local money that can deepen local resilience and support the development of more local production of the things we need, such as food and power.
Read more about Transition Guide to Local Money.
|For UK orders: £18.50||Europe: £20.99||Rest of World: £25.50|
While the government talks about sustainable housing, thousands of individuals, groups and organisations are busy turning their buildings and homes into low-carbon exemplars, pushing the boundaries to cut carbon emissions far beyond government targets.
Where are these examples we should all be learning from, and how are they bringing sustainable housing closer in our communities? What are the obstacles to making sustainable housing the ‘norm‘ rather than the rare exception? Which housing associations are building Passivhaus homes for the elderly and retrofitting existing houses with ground source heat pumps?
Local Sustainable Homes answers these questions and features inspiring examples of communities making housing more sustainable, offering advice for those wanting to follow in their footsteps. The book covers everything from building a roundhouse in the woods to refurbishing council flats in Sheffield; developing an eco-cluster in rural Dorset to overcoming the psychological barriers to change; and includes town profiles showing what has been achieved in Totnes, Stroud, Brighton and Sheffield.
Read more about the Transition Guide to Local Sustainable Homes.
|For UK orders: £18.50||Europe: £20.99||Rest of World: £25.50|
The Transition Handbook is very clear that local government is a critical element in Transition because of the levers it controls such as planning, and that Transition groups need to build bridges to local government. “You will not progress very far unless you have cultivated a positive and productive relationship with your local authority,” writes Rob Hopkins in The Transition Handbook. Equally, councils and councillors have much to learn from the Transition Movement where so much thinking is underway about life after oil in a world with climate change.
What if there existed a companion to The Transition Handbook which contained examples of best eco practice from local authorities across the UK (and elsewhere), to inform and inspire councils and councillors everywhere? And what if that companion handbook was also designed to help local environmental activists, community groups and Transition Initiatives to understand what they can reasonably (and unreasonably!) ask for from local councils, as well as to explain exactly what levers they can pull? That book is Local Communities and Local Councils: working together to make things happen.
|For UK orders: £18.50||Europe: £20.99||Rest of World: £25.50|
Three years in the making, this PhD thesis is the most in-depth study yet of the Transition concept in practice. Exhaustively referenced and comprehensive in its analysis of the thinking underpinning Transition and of its impacts in practice (running to over 90,000 words), Localisation and Resilience is a pivotal addition to the literature on the fast-growing response to peak oil and climate change. It takes as its focus the Devon town of Totnes, the UK’s first Transition initiative, and looks in detail, using interviews, oral history, focus groups, surveys, World Cafe and Open Space methods, at the impact Transition Town Totnes has had during its four year existence.
It also takes a detailed look at the literature on resilience, and argues that the combination of resilience thinking, localisation and social enterprise offer a powerful tool for the economic revival of communities and for achieving a low carbon economy. If you are interested in resilience, sustainability, Transition, and the future of local economies, this is an essential publication.
Owing to its size (475 pages) and to printing costs, it is being made available only in PDF format which will be sent out by email.
Read more about the Localisation and Resilience at the Local Level.
‘Transition in Action: Totnes and District 2030. An Energy Descent Plan’
20 months in the making, many hundreds of members of the local community involved, 230 households surveyed, contributions from local artists and schools, many oral histories carried out, and now the UK’s first comprehensive Energy Descent Action Plan is available.
The final plan has emerged from a year’s process of running visioning workshops, backcasting workshops, extensive talks to local groups, some not-done-before research such as ‘Can Totnes and District Feed Itself?’ and an extensive Energy Budget for the area to ascertain how much energy could be generated locally and oral history interviews. It suggests that the relocalisation of much of the economy will be central to the revival of the community’s economic fortunes, and will leave it happier, healthier and better connected.
Read more about the Totnes and District Energy Descent Action Plan.
Totnes EDAP (discounted price including p&p)
|For UK orders: £20.10||Europe: £25.25||Rest of World: £36.75|
Totnes EDAP (full price including p&p)
|UK: £25.50||Europe: £30.50||Rest of World: £39.95|
How to purchase the books
Go to Green Books ordering pages - they describe individual purchases as well as bulk buying prices.