Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins

Societal & Personal Transformation

Rob Hopkins is co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events.

“I found that many people I admire, such as Naomi Klein and George Monbiot, were writing about climate change and blaming a ‘failure of the imagination’, but frustratingly never went further to ask what a failure of the imagination is, and what we can do about it. I came to see that much of what we do at Transition Network creates spaces for people to be imaginative, and that those spaces are all too rare today. I want to create an inspirational book rooted in qualitative research and evidence, showing that austerity creates the ideal conditions for the contraction of our imagination. And that unless we reignite it we will not be able to face climate change - the greatest failure of the imagination in the history of the world.” Rob

From What is to What If

"From What is to What If, unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want".

A book about imagination, its decline in our culture, and how we might set about rebuilding it. Rob Hopkins has conducted done extensive research including over 60 interviews on the subject. The book narrates the story of a 2-year journey into imagination, and how it is a vital ingredient in the search for solutions to the world’s challenges. The Book was published in 2019 by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Lunt Foundation vision

Society is shaped by culture. Culture is shaped by our beliefs. And our beliefs are shaped by the stories we hear. In order to transform our society we must transform our culture, which means transforming our beliefs. Our beliefs change when we hear new stories, that open up our vision of what is possible. Many solutions to today's challenges already exist. What is needed is for the stories of these solutions to be spread. By expanding our awareness and imagination, new narratives elevate our consciousness and capability co-create a new future.

Lunt Foundation support

In 2017 and 2018 the Lunt Foundation’s support enabled Rob to take a sabbatical from his all-consuming work at Transition Network. This enabled him to focus on his new book, give workshops and conferences worldwide, and visit the international hubs of the Transition Network.

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