The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times by Rob Hopkins
“Transition is the most vital social experiment of our times. The Transition movement has already motivated thousands to begin to adapt their lives to the twin challenge of peak oil and climate change. Drawing on this collective experience, the Transition Companion offers communities a combination of practical guidance and real vision for the future.”
Tim Jackson, author of Prosperity without Growth
“What Rob Hopkins has done—in this book, and with the Transition movement—simply couldn’t be more important. We’re coming to a powerful crunch time for our civilization, and if you read this you’ll be well ahead of the curve in understanding how to prepare your community. There’s much beauty here, and hope.”
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth
“This is the biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe. This is a book that can change your life; our lives”.
Nicholas Crane, writer and broadcaster.
Foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
- Pre-order the book on Transition Culture
- Putting the ingredients and tools online
- Key dates around the book publication
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.
In 2008, The Transition Handbook suggested a model for a community-led response to peak oil and climate change. Since then, the Transition idea has gone viral around the world, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighbourhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening stream of information about climate change, the economy and resource depletion, Transition focuses on solutions; on community-scale responses; on meeting new people and having fun.
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. Here is a short film from the 2011 Transition Network conference of Rob talking about the book:
The Author: Rob Hopkins has created this book through a collaborative process involving thousands of people. He is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He is recognised globally for his grassroots work in promoting community resilience in the light of peak oil and climate change. His blog is on www.transitionculture.org.
The ‘ingredients and tools’ of Transition that make up much of the book are also being put online in an interactive and very useful format. A few will go live before the publication date, but the bulk of it will go live at the same time that the book is published (October 27th).
In the meantime, here is Rob discussing them at the Transition Network conference 2011:
The book will be officially released on October 27th, but you can pre-order copies from Transition Culture.
Here is the timeline of events around its release:
- Monday September 12th: there will be a second webinar through Transition US which will explain more about the book and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about it
- Tuesday October 4th: The official launch of the book will take place at Totnes Civic Hall (free, all welcome)
- Thursday October 13th: I will be doing a ‘Twitter Book Launch': where you will be able to ask questions about the book and from that day people will be able to order advance copies from Transition Culture (details on the event page)
- Thursday October 27th: The official launch date from when it is available in all good bookshops (and Amazon)
Published by Green Books
In the USA and Canada it is published by Chelsea Green:
ISBN 978 1 900322 97 3. 265 mm x 197 mm. 320 pp in full colour