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The Social Reporters are people doing Transition around The United Kingdom who want to write together about Transition, or related topics. They set their own editorial agenda.

The Social Reporting project began in 2011 with 12 'social reporters' around the United Kingdom, producing one blog post every day on a different topic set each week (see right hand column). At the moment, it is a smaller band of writers, who are always interested in new people joining.

If you have any questions, or would like to write a guest blog, or join the group, please email the social reporters.

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Urgency and the Long Game

While I was walking my dog this morning under the sparkly blue skies I've grown used to, I detected a slight shift in the angle of the light, reminding me that the earth rotates on its axis and it's heading back around the sun.

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Eye on the horizon

What a summer it's been. Glorious sunshine and blue skies, day after day. It makes for a welcome change here in Wales, but globally it's not just the weather that's been hot. Ukraine, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Ferguson...to name but a few places where conflicts have once more erupted from historic smouldering tensions into outright flaming war.

Pears for your heirs

Some neighbours here in Totnes spent a couple of years and a great deal of money retrofitting their house to achieve Passivhaus certification. It was one of the first retrofitted homes in the UK to achieve this standard and certainly the first to do so without benefit of any grants.

Urgency and the Long Game

While I was walking my dog this morning under the sparkly blue skies I've grown used to, I detected a slight shift in the angle of the light, reminding me that the earth rotates on its axis and it's heading back around the sun.

How to transform your local economy in one day

We want community-led economic development, the kind that's just, ecologically regenerative, inclusive and equitable. But it's easier said than done. Creating bottom-up economic change is incredibly difficult. But for the past three years, we've been doing something that seems to be working. It's relatively cheap and easy to do.

5 reasons why the world cup will never be environmentally sustainable.

So it’s over for another four years (hooray!) No more hearing ‘fun facts’ over breakfast, about minor players and fixtures, from my football obsessed son, and no more avoiding my favourite pubs which for several weeks became no-go zones of crowds and big screen TVs. But personal dislike aside, just how bad is the world cup (and other major sporting events) for the environment.

The Duke's a Hazzard

Totnes, the town that took on Costa Coffee and stopped them opening an unwanted coffee house in the High Street, is now challenging plans by the Duke of Somerset to build over eighty homes on the site of a long established dairy farm on the edge of the town.

Allez! Allez! Allez!

Every once in a while the huge screen went blank and a tennis score was displayed Federer – Djokovic 1 set all 6-6.

Our Mainstream Stories

Did you see the mainstream coverage of the Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes? The full-page spread and the Sunday magazine feature? The 6 o'clock news segment?

Gladiators, Football and Transition

The main function of the Colosseum was to host public events designed to distract and socially control the public. Despite the huge cost of staging events that could last 100 days and cost thousands of lives, entry to the public was free.

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