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29 Apr 2013

It’s that Macy/Johnstone webinar again!

A lot of people commented that they couldn’t watch the version of the recent webinar we did with Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone due to not having Flash or somesuch, so we loaded it onto YouTube and now anyone anywhere can enjoy it!

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25 Apr 2013

Fantastic new animation: ‘Carbon Omissions: how the UK outsourced its carbon footprint’

Here’s a wonderful new video from Carbon Omissions which uses animation to beautifully make a very important point:

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24 Apr 2013

“I’m sorry … what?”: a visit to the Met Office Hadley Centre

The Met Office, near Exeter.

The Met Office, near Exeter.

The other day a friend and I took our young sons on a tour of the Met Office’s centre near Exeter.  The Met Office is home to the Hadley Centre, one of the foremost centres where climate modelling and research into climate change takes place.  It was to turn out to be an event I left both angry and puzzled, and with some reflections I’d like to share here.  The tour itself is of little consequence to this piece, other than to say that it managed to turn what could have been really interesting hour’s tour into a fairly tedious 3 hours, and certainly not a tour designed to sustain children’s interest.  The low point for me, however, was when we actually reached the Hadley Centre.  So, picture the scene …

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Categories: Climate Change, General, Storytelling

17 Apr 2013

Six resilience “aha!” moments


Usually when I go to events I tend to be the ‘resilience guy’, or one of a handful of people who work with and think about resilience who tend to gather at the back of other events and bemoan the fact that no-one has talked about resilience yet.  So I was fascinated when I saw that the British Red Cross was hosting a one-day conference on resilience, the first that I’ve been aware of.  They had stated that the objectives of the day were to:

  • share and generate learning on how resilience building works in practice in various settings and from a variety of perspectives – in other words, what works well and why?
  • understand how humanitarian agencies can effectively contribute to building resilience within communities.

About 200 people attended, including researchers and policy-makers, community activists, people involved in refugee services,emergency/humanitarian response,health and social care and age-related resilience. It was a fascinating day, and one that I’d like to share five of my lightbulb moments from the day.

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Categories: Climate Change, Community Involvement, General, Localisation, Peak Oil, Resilience

10 Apr 2013

A March Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

Pic courtesy of

Pic courtesy of

We’ll start this month’s Round up in Crystal Palace in London, and news of the ‘Palace Pint’.  Crystal Palace Transition Town started the initiative inspire by the nearby ‘Brixton Beer’, and more than 80 people have now planted hops in their gardens as part of the scheme.  CPTT have teamed up with local brewers Late Knights in Penge, who will brew a special brew using the hops and who will also run sessions throughout the year where people can learn to brew.  Hops were also planted in the Crystal Palace Museum Garden and in the Grape and Grain pub’s Tipsy Garden (see pic above).  

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