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25 Jul 2011

‘Totnes: what the past can teach us about the future’: a new film

I have had the great pleasure over the past few months to work with Susana Martinez and Emilio Mula to create a new short film about oral history and Transition.  It emerged from the oral histories we did in preparing the Totnes EDAP, interviewing some of those people in more depth.  The resultant film, premiered on Thursday night in Totnes, is one I very much hope you enjoy.

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25 Jul 8:48am

Very nice indeed! I live in Rome, and it seems so much more difficult to even start thinking of resiliency here than in a lovely English town like Totnes. I’m trying to do my best as a single individual (single family actually), but I know that I must try and create a link with some sort of community around me. So difficult but also so challenging. Opening up one’s nutshell and share and participate at community level… sooner or later… Thanks!

Pierre-Louis Lemercier
25 Jul 9:14am

Very well

Although I would have like to hear more about an assessment of the projects, after 5 years ? How much these localization initiatives have initiated local development ? What are the trends ? What are the bottlenecks for a true TN ? Is it positive ? What are the lessons that we can learn/replicate/avoid from the oldest TN experience ?

These might be somewhere else in a study ? Where can we have hold of it ?


PL from South Africa

25 Jul 9:31am

Hi Pierre-Louis… you’ll find a lot of that stuff in the PhD I did recently….

Ria Baeck
26 Jul 10:15am

I really love the film Rob, but what is annoying for non-native speakers is that the words – texts that show up don’t have enough exposure time for us to read. This is quite common in these films, but knowing that your film will be viewed by a lot of non-English speakers, this is something that could be improved and make it even better!

Jeff Mowatt
26 Jul 7:55pm

I’m for ‘localisation as economic development’ absolutely. Today in the Transition Voice blog I read an article – ‘I grieve that we can’t feed the world’ and have to admit being disappointed. Not disappointed in that I believe that we can’t feed the world, but that there’s a perception that localisation hasn’t been applied successfully in economic development.

It happened, in Siberia of all places, when an economic crisis in 1998 brought “critical food shortages in the region, children living on the streets because they considered orphanages intolerable, women having to resort to prostitution to feed their children, and a near-total lack of new economic opportunities.”

We call it ‘people-centered’ economic development and it was introduced to the UK in 2004 relocating to the Forest of Dean in 2006.

Similarly in 2006, setting out a strategy for another desperate situation in Ukraine, we wrote:

“Focus of this plan is on the microeconomic sector because this is the most effective way to immediately meet the fundamental objectives of a Marshall Plan: policy directed against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos”

How I wonder is it going to be possible to replicate localisation on a global basis if the advocates can’t or won’t see it being actioned?