New to Transition? Here is a short and inspirational sharing about how to get started! Rob Hopkins was a visionary permaculture teacher who helped co-found the Transition Movement. With his brilliant positivity he encourages everyone to practice ‘engaged optimism’, coming together in practical and activated ways to build the healthy and resilient communities of the future.
Film produced by Dana Wilson
Special thanks to Leonie Croy
Envoy : Delvin Solkinson
My name is Rob Hopkins, I am a co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and The Transition Network. I am a father, a gardener, a blogger and a swimmer.
If you are somebody who hasn’t come across Transition before and you want to get started, there are lots of resources out there for where to start including a very good two day launch training, there’s trainers in most places. In many places I go, many people I meet say, ”The place I lived, I never really knew it until I got involved in Transition. I feel I know it so much more. I’ve met so many people, feel much more connected and feel a sense of possibility that I can actually effect the future instead of just being buffeted around by it."
There’s just something that people mark their lives in terms of before and after they got involved in Transition. You can put as little or as much time into it as you want. This is something that changes people’s lives and people’s sense of what is possible. And what’s beautiful is those huge existential challenges like climate change, peak oil and economic instability you look at them globally they just seem utterly untouchable, they are so much bigger than we are. Actually when you break it down and you play it to this part here (motions to surroundings) how can I effect this part here? Not only can you have more of an impact, but you can act quicker and encounter much less resistance. It’s a really a skillful scale to work on and, in doing so, you meet more people and feel more connected. I think transition is a win win win win win myself.