Transition Companion Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times

ISBN-10: 1603583920

ISBN-13: 9781603583923

Edition: 2011

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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,, 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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 11/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

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.

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
Tools for Transition N0.3 Transition Training
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
Creating a space for inner Transition
Transition Towers' - having an office, or not?
Practical manifestations
Tools for Transition N0.7 Volunteers and volunteering
How we communicate
Tools for Transition N0.8 Financing your Transition initiative
Celebrate failure
"How are we doing?"
Local food initiatives
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
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
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?
Notes and references
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