Book Discussion: The Transition Companion by Rob Hopkins

We are introducing a book discussion group centered around sustainable community development, planning and transitioning to an equitable, resilient and low energy future.

The book chosen to start our discussion is "The Transition Companion:making your community more resilient in uncertain times" by Rob Hopkins.  This book is the updated version of "The Transition handbook" that first spread the transition movement around the world.

The Transition movement (also known as Transition network or Transition Towns) is a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.  It began as a permaculture design student project overseen by permaculture teacher Rob Hopkins at the Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland.

Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth, says of The Transition Companion: “What Rob Hopkins has done—in this book, and with the Transition movement—simply couldn’t be more important. We’re coming to a powerful crunch time for our civilization, and if you read this you’ll be well ahead of the curve in understanding how to prepare your community. There’s much beauty here, and hope.”

Other activities may be added, if the group wishes.

When: 3:00 - 4:30pm, first and third Sunday of the months of the winter, holidays permitting.

Who: Permaculture group members Karen and Laura will co-lead this group.  Members of GSPG and the general public are all invited!

Cost: Suggested donation between $1-5 requested to cover meetup expenses

Book Deal: RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth is offering GSPG a 20% discount on the price of the book. This brings their price down to $23.96 a copy. Please remember to mention that you're a GSPG member who's attending the book discussion when you place your order to get that discount. Their contact info is http://www.riverrunbookstore.com / (603)[masked] / info AT riverrunbookstore.com

Karen Schreiber is a public health consultant specializing in environmental health and policy and community building.  She has been studying and (slowly) implementing permaculture practices on her property for ten years.  She completed the Transition Training in 2010.

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  • Laura W.

    Hello. Please read the Introduction and Part One of this book before the meeting. We will start by watching In Transition 1.0 by www.transitionnetwork.org and then begin our discussion of the Introduction and Part One of the 'Transition Companion.' Feel free to post questions or related links in the Discussion tab of this website. I created a topic for our collective sharing and input.

    November 7, 2012

  • Beth B.

    Hello,
    I just ordered the Transition Handbook before knowing about the book discussion, thinking perhaps it was better to read that before getting the companion, but it sounds like the Companion is the book to have. I'd love to join the discussion!

    October 24, 2012

    • Beth B.

      Yes, that's what I'm planning to do this weekend. I'm so glad I heard about this discussion; I've been curious about the book and it will be so much better to have other people to talk about it with.

      October 24, 2012

    • Laura W.

      Good deal. We will post which chapter will be covered in each meeting soon. Glad you can join us.

      October 24, 2012

  • Laura W.

    FYI: Talked to River Run Bookstore last week. To get a group discount, we have to order as a group. I've ordered mine already - need to get reading pronto. Let me know if you want to add your order too.

    October 15, 2012

  • Laura W.

    RiverRun Bookstore is offering GSPG a 20% discount on the price of the book. This brings their price down to $23.96 a copy. Please remember to mention that you're a GSPG member who's attending the book discussion when you place your order to get that discount. Their website is http://www.riverrunbookstore.com/.

    October 6, 2012

  • Amy A

    You can probably talk to anyone who answers the phone, but Tom Holbrook is the manager. Thanks!!

    October 3, 2012

  • Laura W.

    Yes it's the first book, about 315 pages. If we breeze through it we can select another book afterwards, if we choose to as a group. Amy, I can get the book ordering set up. Who was your contact there?

    October 3, 2012

  • Amy A

    Yes, it's been decided!
    And, I'd suggest we do a group order from River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth - they offer a discount for book clubs. Anyone able to look into that?

    October 3, 2012

    • Cassandra C.

      I work in Portsmouth, I will find out tomorrow

      October 3, 2012

  • Cassandra C.

    So this is the book, yes?!

    October 3, 2012

  • Karen L.

    Note: The Transition Companion largely replaces the Transition handbook, as it contains the material from the handbook that has been found to work in the field, as well as actual experiences.

    1 · October 3, 2012

  • Karen L.

    Wow, I'm really behind on this one. It keeps moving! I would be happy to help you co-lead discussion of the Transition Companion, Laura.

    1 · October 3, 2012

  • Amy A

    I am still not sure I can do this with you, but I want to suggest The Transition Companion - since we are talking about doing more outreach, I think this might have the broadest appeal beyond this group.

    September 29, 2012

    • Laura W.

      Well, that makes two endorsements. Let's see who signs up.

      September 29, 2012

  • Laura W.

    Okay, here's my casual book vote:
    1. Transition Companion
    2. Toward Sustainable Communities
    3. Ecovillages
    4. Creating a Life Together

    My professional choice is 'The Environmental Planning Handbook for Sustainable Communities', but it's an expensive book.

    September 29, 2012

  • Laura W.

    The last book is actually a text book used by Universities and it's on the AICP certified environmental planner (AICP CEP) reading list ( http://www.planning.org/asc/environment/readinglist.htm ).

    September 29, 2012

  • Amy A

    Ok, I made this an "official" meetup, although the book still needs to be decided on. Also, I only had it go until Dec 16... probably you'll skip Dec 30 and restart on Jan 6, right?
    Unfortunately, when I create the official meetup event, there isn't a way to transfer the conversation from the suggested meetup... but it's still there to check out for now.

    1 · September 28, 2012

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