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Every month we take a deeper look at 3 stories of what Transition initiatives are up to around the world.

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    • Personal Journals

Every month we take a deeper look at 3 stories of what Transition initiatives are up to around the world.

    Rob Hopkins at Schumacher Centenary event at Bristol Colston Hall 2011.

    Rob Hopkins at Schumacher Centenary event at Bristol Colston Hall 2011.

    In 2011 I gave a talk at Bristol Colston Hall, which as someone who had grown up in Bristol, was hallowed ground. The talk opens with a Captain Beefheart anecdote I am rather fond of.

    • 54 min
    'From What Is to What If': Book launch, 20 October 2019.

    'From What Is to What If': Book launch, 20 October 2019.

    On Sunday 20th October, at Battersea Arts Centre, following an incredible day of 'Pop Up Tomorrow', I launched 'From What Is to What If'. Here is the audio of the evening, which also features appearances by improv expert Jeremy Finch and Ruth Sapsed of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. I hope it gives you an inspiring taste of the evening.

    • 5 min
    Talking play and imagination with Peter Gray

    Talking play and imagination with Peter Gray

    One of the very best books I read while researching 'From What Is to What If' was 'Free to Learn' by Peter Gray. Peter is an evolutionary psychologist who taught for 30 years at Boston College as a Professor. He is now retired from teaching but still does research on children’s learning and children’s development.  'Free to Learn' became the most-underlined book out of all the books I read, rich in insight and wisdom and research about why play matters, and what happens when we starve our children of it.

    • 46 min
    John Crowley: "Imagination actually alters the world"

    John Crowley: "Imagination actually alters the world"

    One of the perks of running this website and of writing 'From What Is to What If' has been the opportunity to speak to some of the people who have had the biggest impact on my own imagination. Today's interviewee, John Crowley, is one of those people. I first read his novel 'Little, Big' sometime in the mid-1980s, and it blew me away. About a year later, I met the woman who was later to become my wife and it turned out that, prior to our meeting, she had not only read the same book, but the actual same copy I had read! It was such a thrill when he responded favourably to my request for an interview. He opened our conversation with some reflections on the imagination and times in which we live...

    • 54 min
    Ben Goldfarb on how beavers can boost the collective imagination

    Ben Goldfarb on how beavers can boost the collective imagination

    One of the finest books I’ve read recently was ‘Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter’ by Ben Goldfarb. Ben is an American environmental journalist who has taken great interest in this remarkable creature and its ability to, as he put it when we spoke, “help tackle many of our ecological problems if we just get out of the way and let the rodent do the work”.  I was fascinated to hear his thoughts as to how living in a world full of beavers might impact the human imagination, and how living in a world without them impoverishes it. I started by asking him if he might sum up the narrative of the book for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of reading it.

    • 40 min
    The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède

    The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède

    The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède by Rob Hopkins

    • 49 sec

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