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Presentation delivered by Rob Hopkins, Transition Network, as part of the Next Ten Years for People and Nature session at Communicate 2012: Breaking Boundaries

Presentation delivered by Rob Hopkins, Transition Network, as part of the Next Ten Years for People and Nature session at Communicate 2012: Breaking Boundaries

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  • We know that times are changing, and fast. Talk by George Osborne of 100 year bonds, or perpetual bonds recently, only serves to emphasis this. The last time these were issued were to cover the costs of the second world war. The oldest perpetual bond was issued in 1853 with the intention of refinancing debt issued in the 18th century following the crash of the South Sea Bubble investment mania. The Treasury is still making interest payments to investors. I was musing on this whilst reading a blog post the other day about the Village SOS roadshow in London whose keynote speaker was Peter Couchman from the Plunkett Foundation. Whilst the plunkett foundation do some incredibly good work capacity building on rural communities, they are not known for their radical stance, more gentle encouragement and top quality support rather than inciting direct action. Nor is Village SOS viewed as the militant wing of the WI, this started as a nice tie in between the Big Lottery and the BBC on providing funding to parishes of 3,000 people and under to build community, the BBC no doubt envisaging some nice chumbly jam and Jerusalem footage for early evening viewing. What has ensued however is something quite different, projects have been funded which include ambitious renewable energy projects, various community enterprises and, in the case of Tideswell, the rebranding of a whole village. In his presentation at the roadshow entitled – the time is now – Peter Couchman had a salutary message: the cavalry are not coming he told delegates and that communities can sit and hope; sit and despair or take action. The blogger noted that new people were coming forward in communities and the language being used was subtly different, community development not as a not a nice to have but as a necessity and a new thirst to take direct action.
  • Mycorrhiza. How does it spread? Gardening.
  • Focussing in on Totnes what tangible assets do we have? We have land. Allocated development sites, employment land plonked in the most obscure places, most sites optioned and some that aren ’t in the dpd. Neighbourhood plan (photo of picturesque Totnes, then the plan). What if we could Reallocate employment designations, utilise the community right to buy to acquire brownfield sites such as the old magistrates court and take that in return for finance. Section 106 monies.
  • Top benefits – social and community benefits
  • “ THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS YOU EXPERIENCED FROM TAKING PART IN TRANSITION STREETS”
  • Focussing in on Totnes what tangible assets do we have? We have land. Allocated development sites, employment land plonked in the most obscure places, most sites optioned and some that aren ’t in the dpd. Neighbourhood plan (photo of picturesque Totnes, then the plan). What if we could Reallocate employment designations, utilise the community right to buy to acquire brownfield sites such as the old magistrates court and take that in return for finance. Section 106 monies.
  • AN UNSTOPPABLE MOMENTUM - “THERE IS PLENTY TO KEEP US AND OUR CHILDREN BUSY FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE’VE BEGUN. WE KNOW THAT "WE’RE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR", SO WE’RE JUST DOING IT". WE DON’T NEED THE CAVALRY, WE’RE ALREADY HERE”

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  • The Transition approachAssembling theingredients ofcommunity resilience. th25 October 2012.Rob Hopkins
  • No Cavalry
  • How it spreads
  • By creativity
  • Shared work
  • Cut & paste ideas
  • New traditions
  • Street-by-street
  • The group
  • New food economies
  • New food economies
  • Community energy
  • Community energy
  • Local currencies
  • Local currencies
  • Economic Blueprint
  • Atmos Totnes
  • www.transitionnetwork.org * www.transitionculture.org www.intransitionmovie.com On Twitter @robintransition .