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Packed with real-life examples and the voices of people who have created innovative local businesses and invested in all manner of new enterprises, this call for local action argues that the seed of a new economy—and the answer to the desperate search for a new way forward in an increasingly economically insecure and ecologically unstable world—is an understanding by indiv ...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published 2013 by Green Books
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May 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darüber muss ich jetzt erst einmal nachdenken - es gibt viele Aspekte zu bedenken
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rob Hopkins, der Begründer der Transition Town-Bewegung, erklärt nicht nur die Hintergründe seiner Iniatitive, sondern beschreibt Beispiele von Transition Town-Aktivitäten aus aller Welt. Regionalgeld, essbare Städten, Repair-Cafés usw. sind nur einige der Beispiele, mit denen Bürgerinnen und Bürger sich für die eigene Stadt engagieren und die globale Verflechtung ein klein wenig zugunsten einer regionalen Orientierung auflösen wollen. Das Buch wird abgerundet durch einige Beispiele aus Österrei ...more
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
One of the strengths of the climate movement is its ability to articulate the need for change. One of its greatest weaknesses is to say what that change ought to be. It is always a case of 'they' - without specifying who they are - should 'do' something, without actually saying what that might be. The purpose of this book is to address that issue.

The basic premise of the book is that if we wait for large scale collective action, then we will have to wait a very long time as resources meet other,
Jun 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Quick book, essentially an introduction to the transition movement - the examples presented are cool and relatively inspiring.

However, everything is fairly mediocre: the introduction presents the context of transition with a bit of oversimplification and cherry picking examples, the narrative doesn't feel very strong across the book.

I'd appreciate to have a more structured and inspiring list of examples with different complexity and themes and contexts.

In the end, it reads like a simple good con
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you noticed you've got a womanly aptitude for achieving but also facilitating others to do what needs to be done to keep a household and its members working well? I find that when I get on and use this ability with my family we can transition easily from difficulties into things running smoothly, creativity blossoming and all of us being more capable of maintaining love as the underpinning dynamic of our relationships. In short, we are happier.

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Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I like the concept ... the subtitle says it all: "How local action can change the world".

I had hoped for some concrete ideas as to how I and my folks could make a difference. There are a few in here. But so much of the book is turned over to success stories of the Transitions movement (of which author Rob Hopkins is the founder), that unless you either want to copy other groups OR have sufficient imagination to use as a springboard for your own circumstances, the book is lacking.

The author's po
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Some very neat ideas in the book that got me thinking, at times. I noticed a couple major flaws in the suggestions.. including that money needs to stay locally. I'd like to argue (with my limited knowledge) that it's not where the money goes but to whom. Also, with the notion of local farming... that is great for some things but people who live in landlocked countries still need access to coastal fish, countries without the ability to grow certain fruits need those fruits. What I am saying is no ...more
Jarkko Laine
This book talks about an important issue, bringing forward the idea that we, you and I, can start working on a better future right now.

As a book, this one isn't very good (although, I suppose that isn't even the goal): The first and last chapters do a great job inspiring action while the middle chapters are quite badly organized and therefore boring. Unfortunately.

Despite the criticism, this is an important book, and I think you should read it.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Important, motivating book with strong ideas and offers real-world examples and resources. However, slightly disappointing in the fact that, in the end, it seemed like Transition Town propaganda. That was the main focus of the book. Would've been nice to have other examples from non-Transition movements. ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
i'm very enthusiastic about the transition town culture. this thin paperback started out positively explaining the transition movement clearly & concisely. felt the latter chapters were less inspiring, but it's easy to read, lots of references to follow up, and a helpful addition to the website. ...more
Helene Montpetit
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of what we need to see to as global citizens and of what Transition Network groups are doing. Inspiring, educational and practical, with loads of resources to help get people moving. A must read for anyone serious about creating a better future.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably a richer read if you sit with The Transition Handbook first (I did not). TPOJD is clearly written with lots of inspiring examples of communities reimagining themselves.
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A short but encouraging read, with plenty of inspiring ideas from Transition projects throughout the world.
Mike Zinn
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this. That's how important it is. And then DO STUFF ...more
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Rob Hopkins did his permaculture design course in 1992, and around the same time saw Bill Mollison lecture in Stroud, and both of these things dramatically changed his life. He became involved in the Bristol Permaculture Group, and at the same time did a degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management at UWE Bristol. His dissertation, ‘Permaculture - a new approach for rural planning’ is o ...more

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