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The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World

The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World [Kindle Edition]

Rob Hopkins
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Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the wellbeing of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you. They’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they find that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives. This book is packed with inspiring real-life examples, and the voices of people who have created innovative local businesses and invested in all manner of new enterprises. This is the seed of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward. At its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in wellbeing, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works. Reviving the place you live in starts with a small group of people making the decision to do something. One of that group could be you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6467 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (4 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F21X5CM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is real power..... 18 July 2013
By Janec
If you are either a 'head in the sand' person, or a 'we're all doomed!' person you should read this deceptively simple book and 'get real'!!

If you already know that things could be better if only someone would listen to you, then you must read this book and then get on joining with local, likeminded people and making your voices heard.

So that covers everyone then??!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The future 19 July 2013
As Billy Bragg said way back when: "The system has failed, you don't fail yourself." The system has failed. Governments around the globe - including the UK - are attempting to prop up a system that is unsustainable and, frankly uninspiring and depressing. This book suggests a new way forward. A new way of looking at society. Without doubt, the Transistion movement offers a way forward that just might work. Read the book and discover how focusing on small, local issues and finding collaborative ways to overcome them can build a ground swell of positive activism. If new ways of doing things interests you, and you want to be part of the solution, read this, join your local Transition group (or look around your neighbourhood and remedy local problems with a group of friends) and check out the New Economics Foundation (an economic think-tank). The system may have failed, but that doesn't mean it has to...Buying this book could be the most powerful tenner you ever spend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and uplifting read 18 July 2013
This book is an essential read for all those out there who are aware of change in the air, but don't know what to DO about it, and instead do nothing, hoping it will all go away.
Rob Hopkins offers some very sound advice, and incredibly inspiring, and heartening examples of what some other communities across the world are doing in response to the perceived change.
The touch is light, non- 'doom', and very well articulated and researched.

Do yourself and your friends/neighbourhood a favour- buy this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a first draft 31 July 2013
I really wanted to like this book, because the whole Transition Town project is so inspiring and sympathetic. But unfortunately, this short book doesn't do it justice. It feels like it has been written a little too quickly and takes a little too much for granted in its attempt to help people understand and relate to the challenges and solutions it presents.

The book is split in 4 parts:
- a rather fast and depressing run-through of challenges that the Transition movement is seeking to solve
- a little too brief and general description of the mindset and principles behind the Transition movement
- a long, long list of examples of Transition projects, which don't really go into enough detail to be of much use
- a decent summary of some mature Transition projects that indicate a vision for the future

The whole point of the book is to make it easy for people to get started Just Doing Stuff, then this book leaves a little too many questions unanswered. What if you don't want to use the integrated Transition-style approach? How do you actually get started with these projects? Unfairly put, the book simply suggests that you bring a bunch of people together for a meeting and then find out what to do. I didn't really need a book to help me figure that out. That is not to say that the book isn't helpful and clever. It's just not as helpful and clever as it had the potential to be.

Instead, I'd recommend John-Paul Flintoff's brillant How to Change the World: The School of Life

Full disclosure: I wrote this review because I was invited to write it by an automated email from the Transition Network. You're welcome. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and inspiring 25 July 2013
By Arnold
I did read this book in just a few days. It is well written, fast paced and very inspiring. It must have been a huge effort to condense all this experience from more than 10 years into this book of 158 pages!
As I was not involved with Transition Towns before (although I did hear about them), I now feel that I am having a clear perspective on the great purpose of this globally growing movement.
Community and personal resilience is key, so go and apply the learnings in your own situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is Hope 19 July 2013
By Mojo47
In the doom, gloom and despair of environmental discourse there are beacons of hope and this is one of them.There are times to talk and times to just get on with it - the time is now! I found some of the examples truly inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book 5 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book on recommendation from someone, cannot say I found it very interesting at all, was disappointed and ended up not finishing it. Felt I had wasted my money really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reinspired, reempowered and reassured! 18 July 2013
By Bonnie
I've been familiar with Transition Towns for some time and have read other books and articles that Rob Hopkins has written, as well as seeing him speak. In this little book, as in his others, he is extremely accessible and unpretentious and has a unique ability to outline some very serious issues without making you feel like hiding his book somewhere and burying your head in the sand. I guess the whole principle behind Transition rings through clearly in this book: together individuals, within their communities, can do something that really can make a difference and that the very process of starting to engage and do something (anything) together reaps so many positive rewards. After reading the simple, lovely, commonsense, insiring stories from across the worldin this book you're left asking Why not? rather than Why bother? - even if we didn't have the problems of climate change and peak energy, all the things that people are currently doing to address them at a community level leave them happier and stronger, more connected and more resilient, so there is really nothing to lose! A great book to reground you in a sense of your own value in tackling issues that can sometimes seem too big to even see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and inspiring.
Easy to read and just makes you want to get up and get going on 'stuff'. Loads of good ideas and practical tips with a really excellent and well researched, well backed up first... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lindsay Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars THe best book I have read about sustainable society
Rob Hopkins have a amazing quality to write about e very difficult subject in a way that you don't get depressed by and let you feel that there is hope.
Published 9 months ago by A. K. Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars useful information
like most people to read this book, anyone that cares about others in their community. It helps you to understand what needs
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Published 10 months ago by rhoda holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Charge Your Batteries.
The Power of Just Doing Stuff is a small inspiring book which serves as an introduction to what can be done by setting up local scale Green projects. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Solarhot
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring update
Transition Towns pulled me in because of their effectiveness but also the sense of fun and hope. The Power of Doing Stuff gives the reader a great update on what Transition Towns... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kamil Pachalko
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring follow-up to The Transition Handbook
As someone who bought The Transition Handbook when it came out, I found The Power Of Just Doing Stuff a really inspiring follow up. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Helen Drever
5.0 out of 5 stars Power of Just Doing Stuff . . .
An inspirational book for those who just want ideas on energising their communities, making a difference, from the simple to the grand, practical ways to move your hamlet, village,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Neil Pamela and Madeleine
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone
Working at both a practical and policy level related to Development Trusts and towns I found this book combines both pragmatic advice and visionary stories about people and place,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sneddon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Transitioners and explorers
Rob Hopkins infectious enthusiasm bubbles up through thisThe Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World easy to read little book as he shares some inspiring... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Susan J Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just good ideas, direct action
For inspiring examples of how individual neighbourhoods and towns are "starting to build a new economy based on local action," in particular an economy that is both democratic and... Read more
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