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14 May 2013

Transition … in pen and ink

POJDS - Dunbar small

I have already posted a couple of articles that had to be left out of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, and there are more to follow.  Another thing left out of the book, due to not fitting with the design feel Green Books wanted the book to have, were four line drawings I did to go with some of the stories.  They are the result of several enjoyable evenings at the kitchen table with a pen, a paintbrush, and a bottle of ink.  Rather than just pop them in a folder under the bed, I thought I would share them with you (click on them and you can see them in more detail).  The first one, above, is of the Dunbar Bakery, set up by Sustaining Dunbar, a Transition initiative, following a community share offer.  

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The second is of the Malvern Gasketeers, a project of Transition Malvern Hills.  The group surveyed and then refurbished all the town’s 104 listed Victorian gas lamps, with new burners and mirrors, leading to a huge increase in light output, near-zero light pollution, a 70+ per cent reduction in gas use, operating cost and carbon footprint, and 80 per cent less maintenance requirements (they are maintained now by Lynn, the UK’s first female fully-qualified gas lamp technician).

POJDS - Transition Streets small

This is a picture of solar panels being installed as part of Transition Town Totnes’ Transition Streets project.  On average, each of the almost 700 households who have taken part have saved 1.3 tonnes of CO2 (around £600), but in a survey, the key benefit most participants reported was “getting to know my neighbours”. Transition Streets won the 2011 Ashden Award for Behaviour Change.

POJDS - Bristol Pound small

The Bristol Pound is the city’s complementary currency.  In November 2012, George Ferguson, elected as Bristol’s first Mayor, announced in his inaugural speech that he would be taking all of his salary in Bristol Pounds. Many hundreds of Bristol businesses now accept the currency, 270 being set up to received payment by text. Over £180,000 has been turned into Bristol Pounds, which it is estimated will turn into around £1.8 million’s worth of economic activity. The opportunity for people to buy renewably generated energy using Bristol Pounds is currently in development.


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14 May 11:54am

I think the ink drawings are positively lovely, and made me aware how much art plays an important role in mainstreaming such transitional behaviors, embracing these scenes as reflections of what humanity is up to these days. Just as we are used to countless paintings in museums depicting people at work in the fields, we may start seeing paintings of people at work on solar panels on their roofs, or….at work in the fields!

Kristen Hughes
14 May 2:01pm

I think the first three drawings would make nice greeting card pictures, maybe for fundraising.

David MacLeod
14 May 2:18pm

Beautiful, Rob. I love the drawings!

14 May 4:13pm

Excellent. I hope you get to use them in another project.

Jo Homan
14 May 4:14pm

What lovely pictures!

14 May 9:10pm

Great drawings, I am fascinated that Malvern still use their victorian gas-lamps, good that they are repaired and in service.

Diana Korchien
15 May 4:40pm

Rob, you could do a book without words (just picture captions). So inspiring!

Trish Knox
16 May 1:17am

Your creative feminine side is alive and well and such a complement to your masculine logic. Transition intelligence! Your drawings say more than words…they are soothingly magical. Thanks for being you!

Carole Whitty
18 May 7:40pm

beautiful, expressive and inspiring!