One last sweep of the blogosphere to let y’all know that ROB HOPKINS will be in Los Angeles this coming Sunday Oct 13th (Westchester) & Monday Oct 14th (Pasadena). Details below and in previous posts.
WHY is this a rare opportunity? Because in efforts to walk the talk on our over-use of fossil fuels, Rob has not taken an airplane to any of his appearances since 2006, choosing instead to make long-distance appearances via Skype and pre-recorded talks… which has made a U.S. tour out of reach—until recently. Read “Why I’m marking passing 400 ppm by getting back on an airplane >>
THE BUZZ: Sonali Kolhatkar just interviewed Rob on her show Uprising Radio which can be heard locally on KPFK. Listen to the interview >>
Here’s what the Uprising website had to say about Rob & Transition:
It can be dizzying to think about what it will take to reverse global warming and survive without oil. But a growing movement worldwide suggests that now is a good time to adapt our lifestyles toward self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Pioneering British environmentalist Rob Hopkins has founded the “International Transition Town Movement” through which he promotes what he calls a “transition response” in communities readying themselves for a world without oil and creating a new economy that is based on efficiency and sustainability… MORE >>
Rob is an inspiring speaker, an Akosha fellow, and the subject of a widely circulated TED talk. His Transition Handbook was a worldwide bestseller, and his Transition Companion is a lovely photo-spread intro to global progress. (There are now more than 1,100 Transition groups in 43 countries—and TCC is # 37!)
His latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff (scroll down for more info) will be available for sale for $15/each at both the Westchester and Pasadena events.
Locally on the Westside, you can join in for a fun afternoon at the “Just Doing Stuff” Festival in Westchester (FREE!) followed by a Panel Discussion in the early evening just across the street from the festival:
Sunday Oct 13, 2013
2:30 – 4:30pm
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
Emerson Avenue Community Garden
Emerson Ave @ 80th Place, LA 90045
FREE, Fun for all ages: Live music, food, Transition-related displays, crafts, & games.
Sunday Oct 13, 2013
“Just Doing Stuff” PANEL
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Ave., LA 90045
Tickets: $10 — pre-registration required >>
Rob in conversation with friends Andy Lipkis, founder and director of TreePeople,
D’Artagnan Scorza, executive director of Social Justice Learning Institute,
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor (and core member of TCC!),
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Changemakers.
If you can’t make Sunday, Rob will also be in Pasadena
Monday October 14 at the “Just Doing Stuff” TALK and FAIR,
10:30am-2:00pm. Throop Unitarian Universalist Church,
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101.
Tickets: $10 at the door, or pre-register with Transition US for $5 >>
Excerpt: “Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you.
They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.
The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works.” More info >>
The book will be available for purchase ($15) at the WLA “Just Doing Stuff” Festival & Panel Discussion.
Once upon a time it was tempting to mock the idea of a ‘Transition town’ or even transition itself. Rob Hopkins is a truly original thinker who has not only given that concept meaning but has put it into practice in a way that now influences individuals and communities in many parts of the world. The essential proposition is not only that we have to adapt our way of life to meet the enormous environmental challenges that we face but that it is quite possible – and no less practically to the point – a stimulating and enjoyable process as well. If ever there was an idea whose time has come, this is it. Rob Hopkins’ book is a truly unique piece of work that anyone who cares about our future in this densely populated and threatened world should read. It offers original thought and clear analysis. It also combines realism and hope.”
—Jonathan Dimbleby, UK writer and broadcaster