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    Transition Companion Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times

    ISBN-10: 1603583920
    ISBN-13: 9781603583923
    Author(s): Rob Hopkins, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
    Description: 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 first Transition Handbook,  More...
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    Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 320
    Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 2.266
    Language: English

    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 first Transition 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.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. His series for Channel 4 have earned him a huge popular following, while his River Cottage books have collected multiple awards including the Glenfiddich Trophy (twice), the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year (three times), the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food award at the Guild of Food Writers and, in the US, the James Beard Cookbook of the Year. Hugh lives in Devon with his family.

    Forewords
    Introduction
    Why the Transition movement does what it does
    The emergence of an idea: a potted history of Transition
    Why Transition initiatives do what they do
    Where we might be headed: the power of future scenarios
    Resilience and localisation
    A taste of a powered-down future
    What the Transition response looks like in practice
    Framing Transition
    The story of four Transition initiatives told using ingredients and tools
    How the Transition movement does what it does - ingredients for success
    Starting out
    Coming together as groups
    Inclusion and diversity
    Tools for Transition N0.1 Permaculture design
    Respectful communication
    Forming an initiating group
    Tools for Transition N0.2 Standing up to speak
    Understanding scale
    Measurement
    Tools for Transition N0.3 Transition Training
    Visioning
    Arts and creativity
    Tools for Transition N0.4 Running effective meetings
    Awareness raising
    Forming working groups
    Tools for Transition N0.5 Forming a legal entity
    Building partnerships
    The evolving structure
    Tools for Transition No.6 Communicating with the media
    Backcasting
    Creating a space for inner Transition
    Deepening
    Transition Towers' - having an office, or not?
    Practical manifestations
    Tools for Transition N0.7 Volunteers and volunteering
    The'GreatReskilling'
    How we communicate
    Tools for Transition N0.8 Financing your Transition initiative
    Celebrating
    Celebrate failure
    "How are we doing?"
    Local food initiatives
    Momentum
    Ensuring land/access
    Tools for Transition N0.9 Supporting each other
    Personal resilience
    Tools for Transition N0.10 Unleashings
    Tools for Transition N0.11 Healthy conflict
    Education forTransitidn
    Connecting
    Forming networks of Transition initiatives
    Tools for Transition N0.12 Street-by-street behaviour change
    Involving the council
    Tools for Transition N0.13 Becoming the media
    Working with local businesses
    Tools for Transition N0.14 Energy Resilience Assessment
    Oral histories
    Tools for Transition N0.15 Community brainstorming tools
    Engaging young people
    Tools for Transition N0.16 Meaningful maps
    The role of storytelling
    Tools for Transition N0.17 Speaking up for Transition
    Pausing for reflection
    Building
    Energy Descent Action Plans
    Social enterprise and entrepreneurship
    Scaling up
    Tools for Transition N0.18 Community renewable energy companies
    Strategic local infrastructure
    Tools for Transition N0.19 Tools for plugging the leaks
    Appropriate technologies
    Community ownership of assets
    Tools for Transition N0.20 Community-supported farms, bakeries and breweries
    Strategic thinking
    Tools for Transition N0.21 Peak oil resolutions
    Daring to dream
    Policies for Transition
    A learning network
    Investing in Transition
    Epilogue: Where might all this be going?
    Appendices
    Notes and references
    Resources
    Index

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