Past Meetup

Local Action Can Change the World - With Rob Hopkins, Transition Co-Founder

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187 people went

Price: $3.00 /per person

Ludcke Auditorium at the University of New England

716 Stevens Avenue · Portland, ME

How to find us

Ludcke Auditorium is right on Stevens Avenue. Parking is on street or in lots. Campus Map:

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Please join us for an extremely exciting event on the evening of Friday October 4th in Portland, Maine. Rob Hopkins, one of the co-founders and originators of the Transition Town and Transition Initiative movement will be coming to Portland Maine. Rob is based in the UK and his work on developing the Transition concept from 2006 to now arose out of his permaculture work. In fact, our local Permaculture Group here in Portland arose out of a conference organized by Rob and his permaculture students in the summer of 2005!

NEW! Additional Speaker! Portland's own John Rooks of The SOAP Group ( will be starting us off and setting the stage for Rob's talk on resilience, local action and more.

University of New England's School of Social Work Student Organization is graciously acting as our Venue Co-Sponsor for this evening. Please come early to secure a seat in Ludcke Auditorium for what promises to be a highlight of our season.

Please join us from 6:00 to 7:00 for an informal reception featuring local musicians followed by the start of our program at 7:00.

RSVPs on this page really help us plan but are not mandatory in order to attend. But know that space will be limited so come early to get your seat! If you do "join" the meetup and RSVP here, you can always delete your membership later.

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This Resilience Hub ( event is made possible by the generous support and participation of many people and groups including, but not limited to:

• UNE School of Social Work Student Organization (

• Transition US (

• Post Carbon Institute (

• Hour Exchange Portland (

• Portland Food Coop (

• Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church

• Midcoast Permaculture (

What will Rob Talk About?

Transition:the quiet revolution that is unfolding around the world (now in 43 countries). Transition isthe idea, the model, the process to create a future that is better than today, is more locally resilient and uses much less fossil fuel. People who see crisis as the opportunity for doing something different, something extraordinary, are stepping up to make that happen. They are setting up community bakeries, buying shares in a local farm, creating local investment strategies or leading neighbors through a carbon reduction curriculum. And so much more.Transition towns, cities, neighborhoods, projects, enterprises, universities, livelihoods...are springing up all over the world. Transition can be thought of as being in the middle, between things you can do as an individual and all government can do. It’s something that only an engaged community can do from the ground up, driven by ordinary people.

What might Transition look like in my neighborhood?

Local food production • Transition Streets carbon-reduction projects • Community-owned food enterprises • Interweaving of community relationships • Community-owned energy • Local low-carbon businesses • Reskilling festivals and Folk Schools • And so much more… All of the above are making a real difference in their communities. Increasingly, Transition groups are creating new livelihoods and vibrant enterprises that keep money local and boost resilience

This event is co-sponsored by The Resilience Hub, Transition US, Post Carbon Institute with generous co-hosting sponsorship by Hour Exchange Portland and others (to be added to this list soon!)

What to bring: Permaculture people, let's show how we do a locally-sourced, homemade and zero waste event! Please bring an appetizer/beverage/dessert to share on our reception table (sorry, no plugs for crock pots & pls label ingredients). Also please bring your own potluck kit (dish/bowl/utensils/cup/napkin). Who wants to volunteer to take home the compostables from this event?

This is event is coinciding with a full-day gathering on Saturday October 5 - also in Portland - of Transition Initiative participants and advocates from across New England. (

More About Rob Hopkins:

“Rob Hopkins brings humour, imagination and vision to the great challenges of our time, and argues that what is needed, above all else, at this time in history, is “engaged optimism”. The rapidly-spreading Transition movement which he was pivotal in establishing, is an embodiment of that. Nicholas Crane, presenter of BBC2’s recent ‘Town’ series, recently referred to Transition as “the biggest urban brainwave of the century”.

He is the co-founder of Transition Town Totnes ( and of the Transition Network ( This grew out of many years experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and setting up the first 2 year full-time permaculture course in the world (, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland, as well as co-ordinating the first eco-village development in Ireland to be granted planning permission (

He is author of ‘The Transition Handbook: from oil dependence to local resilience’ (, which has been published in a number of languages, and which was voted the 5th most popular book taken on holiday by MPs during the summer of 2008, and more recently of ‘The Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times’ (, published in October 2011. He publishes the (, recently voted ‘the 4th best green blog ( in the UK’(!). He tweets as @robintransition, and recently came 11th in the PeerIndex-driven Sustainability Drivers List (

He was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award (, is an Ashoka Fellow ( and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute (, served 3 years as a Trustee of the Soil Association, and was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists ( He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award ( for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian’s‘Green Community Hero’ ( In February 2012, Rob and the Transition Network were among NESTA and The Observer’s list of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’ (

He lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition, holds an MSc in Social Research and recently completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth entitled ‘Localisation and resilience at the local level: the case of Transition Town Totnes’ ( He recently became a Visiting Fellow at the University of Plymouth. He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.