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What if the best responses to peak oil and climate change don?t come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?
In 2008, the best-selling 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 across the globe, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighborhoods. In contrast to the ever-worsening ...
What if the best responses to peak oil and climate change don’t come from government, but from you and me and the people around us?
In 2008, the best-selling 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 across the globe, from Italian villages and Brazilian favelas to universities and London neighborhoods. 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 on having fun.
The Transition Companion picks up the story today, drawing on the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world. 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.
The first part discusses where we are now in terms of resilience and vulnerability in the face of rising oil prices, climate change, and economic challenge. It presents a vision of the future if we do not address these issues, and how things might change if we start to do so. The book then looks in detail at the process a community in transition goes through, calling on the experience of those who have already embarked on this journey. These examples show how much can be achieved when people harness energy and imagination to create projects that will make their communities more resilient. The Transition Companion combines practical advice—the tools needed to start and maintain a Transition initiative—with numerous inspiring stories from local groups worldwide.
Ch. 1 The emergence of an idea: a potted history of Transition -- Ch. 2 Why Transition initiatives do what they do -- Ch. 3 Where we might be headed: the power of future scenarios -- Ch. 4 Resilience and Vocalisation -- Ch. 5 A taste of a powered-down future -- Ch. 6 Framing Transition -- Ch. 7 The story of four Transition initiatives told using ingredients and tools -- Starting out -- 1.Coming together as groups -- 2. Inclusion and diversity -- Tools for Transition No.1: Permaculture design -- 3. Respectful communication -- 4. Forming an initiating group -- Tools for Transition No.2: Standing up to speak -- 5. Understanding scale -- 6. Measurement -- Tools for Transition No.3: Transition Training -- 7. Visioning -- 8. Arts and creativity -- Tools for Transition No.4: Running effective meetings -- 9. Awareness raising -- 10. Forming working groups -- Tools for Transition No.5: Forming a legal entity -- 11. Building partnerships -- 12. The evolving structure -- Tools for Transition No.6: Communicating with the media -- 13. Backcasting -- 14. Creating a space for inner Transition -- Deepening -- 1.'Transition Towers'-having an office, or not? -- 2. Practical manifestations -- Tools for Transition No.7: Volunteers and volunteering -- 3. The 'Great Reskilling' -- 4. How we communicate -- Tools for Transition No.8: Financing your Transition initiative -- 5. Celebrating -- 6. Celebrate failure -- 7."How are we doing?" -- 8. Local food initiatives -- 9. Momentum -- 10. Ensuring land access -- Tools for Transition No.9: Supporting each other -- 11. Personal resilience -- Tools for Transition No.10: Unleashings -- Tools for Transition No.11: Healthy conflict -- 12. Education for Transition -- Connecting -- 1. Forming networks of Transition initiatives -- Tools for Transition No.12: Street-by-street behaviour change -- 2. Involving the council -- Tools for Transition No.13: Becoming the media -- 3. Working with local businesses -- Tools for Transition No. 14: Energy Resilience Assessment -- 4. Oral histories -- Tools for Transition No. 15: Community brainstorming tools -- 5. Engaging young people -- Tools for Transition No. 16: Meaningful maps -- 6. The role of storytelling -- Tools for Transition No. 17: Speaking up for Transition -- 7. Pausing for reflection -- Building -- 1. Energy Descent Action Plans -- 2. Social enterprise and entrepreneurship -- 3. Scaling up -- Tools for Transition No. 18: Community renewable energy companies -- 4. Strategic local infrastructure -- Tools for Transition No. 19: Tools for plugging the leaks -- 5. Appropriate technologies -- 6.Community ownership of assets -- Tools for Transition No. 20: Community-supported farms, bakeries and breweries -- 7. Strategic thinking -- Tools for Transition No. 21: Peak oil resolutions -- Daring to dream -- 1. Policies for Transition -- 2.A learning network -- 3. Investing in Transition.
Posted January 18, 2013
Do not buy the Nook edition. It is terrible, and fails entirely to capture the essence of the book. The font won't adjust, and it is ridiculously small.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2011
You can start or continue your journey with the Transition Movement with this book. For those who are new to the concept, the Companion effectively introduces you to the current flavor of the process. After a few years of completing initial transitions in a variety of cities and companies, the movement has a better understanding of what works.
The flexibility of the movement is both the challenge and charm of the book and process. Transition purposes to not tell individuals or communities what the right answer is for each process of change. Rather, the movement is specific about the objectives and methods. The objective is to create stable communities without dependency on oil harvest-levels represented by peak oil production.
Rather, the objective is an effective community that can support itself in a more local way so the need for extensive transport is needed. The movement is well-aware that not all products should be handled in smaller communities and bases. One of the most interesting tables in the book illustrates this fact. Some opponents of the movement characterize participants as being simple Luddites who don¿t understand the implications of modern society. With the updates presented in The Transition Companion the founder makes it clear these are not the goals of the movement.
Obviously, a single book cannot address everything a person or community needs to become self-supporting. The Companion can get you started or bring you up to date on Transition experiences around the globe. Transition is not about fear about modern failure or disaster. It is about preparing and adjusting: reasonable actions in our changing, unsettled world.