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The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2014
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 chapter that lays out the backdrop of what's going on in the world. It should be on the present list for ALL your friends and family.
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on 25 July 2013
Along with the arguments for local action based on peak (cheap) oil and climate change, which Rob Hopkins explains in his earlier Transition books, The Power of Just Doing Stuff presents the case for building financial, as well as food and energy resilience in our local communities. He gives plenty of examples based on the success of a growing number of local currencies, and develops the theme of community action through many examples of local food, energy and self-help initiatives in UK and around the world.

A friend of mine involved in our local community energy scheme was recently asked by his employer, "Why are you always smiling when you talk about your project?". Share the fun and get several copies!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 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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on 18 July 2013
The Power of Just Doing Stuff is short, to the point and is light enough to take on your bike, the bus or train.

It's chock full of inspiring examples of people that stopped complaining about the state of the world and started doing something about it. And then found that nothing succeeds like success. Funnily enough it turns out that doing things to change the world is a lot more effective than talking about how great it would be if someone would do something to change the world.

So do me and everyone else a favour. Read this book, but please don't just read it.
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on 29 July 2013
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 stories of Transition experiences around the world. For those just dipping a toe in the water, this is a great introduction to the Transition movement. For those like us who have already begun the journey, it gives the wheel a spin and reignites the excitement experienced during our early steps five years ago. Jerry and Sue, Transition Cleeve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
like most people to read this book, anyone that cares about others in their community. It helps you to understand what needs
to be carried out.
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on 29 July 2013
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, all set within the desire for a new parallel economy based on the notion of localism. There is something in it for most people with an interest in these ideas.

Being part of the Development Trust movement in Scotland I particularly like the notion of just 'doing stuff'.
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on 24 July 2013
Following on from the other Transition books this one is what is happening to many of us right now because we're doing it, it's working and it's POWERFUL! Do yourself a favour and get 2 or 3 copies because you'll want everyone to read it but need your copy at hand. I've had to order 2 more!
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on 19 July 2013
This little book is a gem. It's packed full of inspiring stuff that is actually taking place everywhere, re-connecting communities and making everyone feel happier. As Rob Hopkins says "We are the cavalry we've been waiting for".
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