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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is real power.....
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...
Published 22 months ago by Janec

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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a first draft
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.

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Published 22 months ago by Andreas Lloyd


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is real power....., 18 July 2013
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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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 Charge Your Batteries., 20 Aug. 2013
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.
Author Rob Hopkins, Co-Founder of the Transition Movement, takes a quick tour of several successful projects that have captured the essence of local scale sustainable development.
The projects are a range from several different countries, showing that the transition to low carbon communities can be rooted in many different cultures.

The examples explored include local food projects, shops, community orchards, communal vegetable growing, local currencies, tool libraries and local energy cooperatives. Behind all these projects is a desire to combat climate change and the issues raised by the issue of peak oil, and the need for alternatives. Local communities are seen as the place where resilience against price shocks and shortages can be tackled by groups coming up with alternatives that are sustainable.

A message coming over clearly from the book is don't wait for government permission, get together with others in your community and start on a manageable scale. The challenges are big. This small volume shows that some positive changes are already happening. It is ordinary people who are developing local networks with locally available skills, money and time. They are rebuilding communities from the bottom upwards.

I think this is a very useful volume that summarises some very helpful activities. It does not give step by step recipies about setting up groups. For that it is worth considering getting a copy of The Transition Handbook which is the first book that I am aware of to be produced by the Transition Movement. However for a quick inspiring introduction to some of the gains made by initiating projects on a local scale, it is well worth a read. There are also entire transition books about sustainability in local currencies, food and housing, for those wanting to be more involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and uplifting read, 18 July 2013
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Ms N. J. Taylor "Nat" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Reinspired, reempowered and reassured!, 18 July 2013
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 Easy and inspiring, 25 July 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars There is Hope, 19 July 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Power of Just Doing Stuff . . ., 7 Aug. 2013
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, town or wherever to a new place, new way of thinking about the world where local people empower themselves, where neighbours actually start talking to each other and where things can happen to change your local part of the planet for the better . . . and you might just have great fun along the way! Read, be inspired then share . . . and see what happens . . . Neil (Transition Linlithgow)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring follow-up to The Transition Handbook, 10 Aug. 2013
As someone who bought The Transition Handbook when it came out, I found The Power Of Just Doing Stuff a really inspiring follow up. This book is full of great examples of people applying Transition values to a wide range of projects. It documents their successes and failures, and importantly the lessons that can be learnt from them. Rob Hopkins offers insightful guidance based on practical experience, to show how we can go about building a new type of economy where our local communities can flourish. A heartwarming read and a message of hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring update, 11 Aug. 2013
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Kamil Pachalko (Southend on Sea, USA) - See all my reviews
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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 have achieved so far and what are the plans for the future and the book is showcasing the qualities which attracted me to Transition Towns. The book describes a more mature Transition Movement and gives a good, quick intro to the ideas worked on by hundreds of communities and individuals worldwide.
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