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From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want

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The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it’s more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.

In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a consensus about anything in the world, it is that the future is going to be awful.
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Andy Jones
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspiring read, a truly mind-blowing idea that actually imagining a better world and a better life is a big step forward to making it happen. Rob talks about how important the imagination is for adults as well and children, and also discusses how current educational processes work against supporting children's imagination. I can't wait to hear him talk at the Cheese & Grain in Frome next week
Judy Merrill-Smith
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short book is full of depressing facts (complete with footnotes), and yet managed to make me feel encouraged about the future. I appreciate Hopkins's expansive discussion of imagination and various initiatives taking place all over, but especially in Europe. Very useful for U.S. folks like myself who often don't get enough info from the rest of the planet.
Ellie Humphrys
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well thought-out heartwarming account of how the world could be if we started asking 'what if?'

I had goosebumps at the end truly imagining how the world could be if we had a system where community and imagination thrived and there was more time to care about the things that matter and less about how much money is in our bank account.
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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 ...more