We’ll start this month’s round up in South Africa. We loved this video from German TV about Transition Town Greyton, and the work they are doing. Wonderful stuff. Altogether now: “Stuff your bottles, clean up your town”…
This month’s round up comes to you with a new added source of material, Twitter. There are hundreds of Transition initiatives on Twitter, and they offer a more intimate insight into what’s happening on the ground, stories that wouldn’t necessarily warrant a blog or make the local press, but which offer a great sense of what people are doing. Hopefully you’ll agree that this month’s round up is all the richer for it. Feels to me like the fullest and most vibrant we’ve yet produced.
It’s now 12 days until the launch of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, all very exciting. The full list of Transition Thursdays, launch events around the country, will be published later this week, but we thought you might like to know about the first two events where you’ll be able to get your hands on the book and hear more about it. The first, on Saturday 15th June at the 2013 Schumacher Lectures in Bristol, will be a pre-launch, and then the actual formal launch will be in Crystal Palace, London, on Tuesday 18th June (yes, the first Transition Thursday is, in fact, erm, a Tuesday). Do come along to either (or both)… Here’s more information on them:
We are currently making a short film to promote The Power of Just Doing Stuff in advance of its publication next month. And we really need your help. We need short clips of you, or anyone, saying what the Power of Just Doing Stuff means to you/them. You could film it on your phone, or any kind of video camera, but what we’re after is what you get out of doing practical projects rather than just sitting watching passively as the world unravels around you? What kind of power do you feel you reclaim or discover through it? Just one sentence, speaking to the camera, would be brilliant. “Doing stuff makes me feel like we can change the world”, “doing stuff brings the world around me to life”, “doing stuff is far more fun than dusting my collection of celebrity thimbles” … things like that.
We need them by Tuesday next week (May 21st). Please contact Emma Goude (emmagoude (at) hotmail.com) and she can give you details of the DropBox account to upload it to. We want to capture passion, spirit, vision. Please help! There, and you were just wondering how you were going to spend your weekend … thanks!
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.
There are now just over six weeks until the publication of The Power of Just Doing Stuff: how local action can change the world. I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a bit more about it and why you might want to start building into a fever pitch of excitement. It will be published second week of June, will have 160 pages, will sell for £7.95, will be a thing of great beauty, and an inspiring introduction to what Transition is and the ‘Big Idea’ that it represents. Here’s a longer introduction: