What The Whole Earth Catalog (WEC) did for its time, I believe The Transition Companion will do for today. The WEC was about the tools needed to build a new culture in the days oil was cheap and plentiful. The Transition Companion is about a new era when oil is expensive, the easy oil is nearly gone, human caused climate change is a global game changer and recovery from the Great Recession of 2008 is proving slow at best.
Like the WEC, The Transition Companion is a book of tools. These tools are for building a grassroots community program. In my years of work in this field I've never seen a better guide. The Transition Handbook (2008) was a great launch for the movement but the Companion is a quantum leap beyond it.
What is the measure of success? How about the growth of the Transition Towns (TT) movement? The TT movement is only five years old, starting from the founding of Transition Towns Totnes in the UK in 2006. Since then nearly 400 official Transition Initiates have been formed in 34 countries and 103 of them are in the US. More are starting up. This is what they call viral in the best sense.
Yes, incredible! Before I continue let's raise a glass and give three cheers to Rob Hopkins and another three cheers to the thousands of Transition Towners around the world. Hip, Hip.....!
The Transition Companion is 300 pages of superbly illustrated text. We need to give a hand to Chelsea Green for an excellent product, on "Paper from responsible sources." The book uses a form of Christopher Alexander's "pattern language." That means the book is made up of a lot of short parts that are very carefully crafted to unfold in the form of a "pattern," an encapsulation of community smarts presented in the form of something like a recipe. Patterns are things that work, not theories.
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