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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Transition Books (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322973
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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What I love about the Transition approach is that it is inspirational, harnessing hope instead of guilt, and optimism instead of fear. --Patrick Holden, Director, The Soil Association

The Transition Companion offers an extraordinarily rich yet highly accessible model for drawing together the people around you, and describes the tools needed to start an economic and social renaissance in the place you live. --Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage

The biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe.This is a book that can change your life; our lives. --Nick Crane, writer and broadcaster

The Transition Companion offers an extraordinarily rich yet highly accessible model for drawing together the people around you, and describes the tools needed to start an economic and social renaissance in the place you live. --Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage

The biggest urban brainwave of the century. A visionary, practical blueprint that took root in a town and is circling the globe.This is a book that can change your life; our lives. --Nick Crane, writer and broadcaster

About the Author

Rob Hopkins is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network. He has many years' experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and set up the first two-year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland.

He is author of The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience (now out of print) and The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times, and co-author of Local Food: how to make it happen in your community (all published by Green Books / Transition Books); also Transition in Action: Totnes and District 2030: an Energy Descent Plan (co-author), Woodlands for West Cork! and Energy Descent Pathways.

The Transition Handbook has been published in seven other languages to date, and was voted the fifth most popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008. Rob publishes www.transitionculture.org, which has been voted the fourth best green blog in the UK . He is the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award, is an Ashoka Fellow and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, served as a Soil Association Trustee for three years, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK's top 100 environmentalists. He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award in the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust / Guardian's Green Community Hero. He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, regularly featuring as a keynote speaker, and has participated at the following events, among others: Community Land Trust Conference; WWF; Sustainable Consumption and Production Conference; Eco-Build Summit; Prince's Foundation Annual Conference at St James's Palace; Skype presentation to the Nova Scotia Planning Directors Association (NSPDA) Conference; Skype presentation for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) conference.

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Designed as a pick and mix of ingredients, with several examples of how that could work in different ways, this book is an ideal companion for any community-led group aiming to combat climate change, peak oil, and local economic uncertainty. I would recommend reading the whole thing from cover to cover no matter how excited and eager you are to get started with your Transition Initiative, it's a wonderful overview. It doesn't get bogged down with lots of detail and it isn't designed to be used as a blueprint for success, it takes a much wiser position than that. The Transition Companion leaves the door wide open for your unique movement to grow organically. It's the framework, not the runner beans! More detailed analysis, research, tips and trials can be found online and in other transition publications by the people within the transition initiatives who have used this structure to launch projects of their own, for example, creating a local currency. But instead, this book will help to give our Transition movement shape and a much richer setting.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MarkBoyle on 15 Nov. 2011
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Just like The Transition Handbook and The Transition Timeline, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make the journey from where we are now to where we need - actually, want - to go next. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of what is now an extraordinary worldwide movement, showing the change to be something beautiful and inspiring and not the terrible sacrifice that it can often be perceived as by a fundamentally unhappy society that really ought to be ready to sacrifice it's unhappiness.

It's realistic, its based on over three years experience meaning its advice is more accurate, meaningful and useful than the excellent handbook, and as always from Rob it's incredibly well-written. It's inspiring, very practical and like all good permaculture teachers, Rob makes no pretence to having all the answers. But he has many of the right questions. The answers have to some degree be localised.

I just want to say thanks to all involved in the publication of this, your work is a vital service to our world.
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By Jomo on 28 Jun. 2014
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This is a great explanation of the Transition movement, writen by Bob Hopkins himself, so directly from the horses mouth so to speak. If you want to understand more about the movement and the changes we need to make, this is a great read!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mackay on 19 Nov. 2011
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This book is well-named, it is a very effective companion both for those working within a community, or anyone wanting to understand what is happening across the Transition movement and why. I'm finding it can be used in a variety of ways, as a reference book to explore tried and tested ways of doing Transition, as a tool to dip in and out of for ideas on solving a specific problem, or as a fantastic source of ideas and positive inspiration.
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