Subtitle: Imagination taking power

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Due to popular demand, we have had a limited run of copies of the ‘Ministry of Imagination Manifesto‘ printed, just 200 copies, and they’ll sell fast. Don’t miss out. Order them as gifts for policymakers you might know. Order one to give your own imagination a treat. In full colour, beautifully printed, you don’t want […]

April 30, 2024
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Last weekend Transition Network held an online event called the Day of Transition Practice. As part of it, I was asked to give a short talk about the narrative of Transition, and how it’s changed over time. So here is an edited version of the video I made of that talk (I was travelling and couldn’t do it live) and also the full written version

April 15, 2024

And so ‘The Ministry of Imagination Manifesto: an imagination-based manifesto for times that need one’ was born. We’ve painstakingly edited together all the policies, under subject headings, and the whole thing has been beautifully designed by Capella Andrean of The Creative Bloc. You can download it here. Please share it far and wide. Send it to any policy-makers or politicians you know. Post it anywhere you can. Don’t let the possible be constrained by the imaginative poverty of our current manifesto writers.

January 26, 2024
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Last week I was with the entire staff team of Climact in Brussels running an imagination workshop with them, which was such fun. We made potato creatures (the first time I’ve ever had potato creatures partly composed of snowballs), time travelled, played ‘Yes, But/Yes, And, had a Walk of What If. worked up some great ready-to-go transformational ideas, before eating together and having a music quiz to which I knew the answers to nothing at all.

October 4, 2023
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Last month, the River Exe came alive with song, night swimming, stories and a wild salmon run for the first Festival of the River Exe. Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins hears about the three Transition groups who collaborated to protect, restore and celebrate their local river, harnessing public outrage at the state of our water and transforming it into local action [originally published at Transition Together].

June 7, 2023
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A couple of weeks ago I was in Paris to speak at the wonderful ChangeNOW event. Here is the film of the talk I gave, on the stage with the most stunning backdrop I’ve ever spoken on, as well as being the hottest stage I ever spoke on! I hope you enjoy it.  

May 15, 2023
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Our four day immersion in London Transition activities started on Thursday evening at the Doreen Bazell Hall, a Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) Hall on the Goldington Estate in Camden, to visit one of the weekly meetings of Camden Think and Do, an initiative created between Camden Council and Transition Kentish Town.

May 11, 2023
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I was recently in Lancaster to run an afternoon workshop for Lancaster Food Futures, which was a lot of fun. About 70 people came and took part. Nina Osswald of Closing Loops was there and she took some beautiful photos of the day. Rather than write up what we did, I’m just going to share her photos to give you a flavour of what people coming together to fire up their imagination can look like in action…

April 30, 2023
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I have no idea how many trees have been planted by Transition groups since the movement began (17 years ago), and no way of knowing, but it must be a pretty huge number by now. But how do they organise to do it, and what lessons might they be able to plant on that might make it easier for you?

April 24, 2023

I gave a pretty much identical talk twice during Extinction Rebellion’s ‘The Big One’ protests over the weekend, both of which were a lot of fun. A few people came up and asked if I might be sharing the text as they wanted to use it in different ways. So here it is. These are the notes I used anyway, so they are a bit ‘notey’, but hopefully they give what you need. 

April 6, 2023
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The first day of my current week-long adventure in France began at Campus De La Transition, a fascinating place near Montereau about an hour from Paris. Set in a beautiful 19th century chateau, it is an attempt to create a kind of French Schumacher College, a place that describes itself as “a training centre for social and ecological transition, a research laboratory, and an ecoplace that experiments a sustainable lifestyle”, working towards creating a kind of French Schumacher College.

© Rob Hopkins 2017-2024