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The Twelve Steps Rob Hopkins 1-6

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Siec Transition The twelve stages that we were developing are really based on observing what has worked in Totnes and each town is taking them and doing them in different ways, assembling them in different orders, is prioritizing some, forgetting about others it is very interesting to look at the different towns and how that's been working The First One we call Form a Steering Group and Design Its Demise From the Outset That feels really important to us. In some groups it raises a lot of questions but what the experience in Totnes was when we started we formed the steering group who we thought were the great and the good the kind of great, good and the green of Totnes, and we assembled these people together but the problem with assembling those people as a steering group is that they are very very busy, and they tend to be the people who are on around forty different committees, and you end up having meetings where you say "what should happen next is" and nobody will actually do it cause they are all too busy but actually those people are very useful at the beginning for pushing the First Stage forward but when you get later in the process that needs to change around the Second Stage is the Awareness Raising Stage. which is the group getting people educated about Peak Oil, but it is very important that we don't do what is often called "information dumping" in the addictions field called "information dumping", where you present people with the End of Suburbia, to take home, watch on their own, in their house with no one else there, no shoulders to wheep on And we somehow expect they are going to watch the film and start mulching the next day and I think that is actually really, really irresponsible. I think if we are going to introduce this information to individuals and communities, that we have a responsibility into how that information is communicated. So we try to make all the film screenings that we do as well as being film screenings, it's a networking opportunity to meet all the other people there. It is also an opportunity for people to digest that information in the company of other people to talk about it to talk through its implications and that strikes me as much more responsible and we do the same thing for talks as well. Stage Three is to Lay the Foundations As in really getting to know who the different groups are in town who are already doing things, who they are, what they are up to and to value what is often there, and we try to organize where we can events with other organisations, we've run climate change events with local Friends of the Earth we worked with Schumacher College, we've got this conference about estates coming up at the Dartington Hall Trust and that is really, really useful, building that network of alliances. Fourth Stage: The Official Unleashing. I love the term Unleashing, it really does seem to be what happens at it. And I think that awareness raising stage is like those children's volcanoes. Where you put vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, and they start to froth and you hold your hand over the top, and that point where it feels like it is all about to disgorge its contents on your living room floor. It is the point where you have got your Unleashing. And in a way we kind of gauged when to do our Unleashing, was when the number of people stopping us in the street, asking "What is happening, what is going to happen next" was one of the ways we gauged it. The thing with doing it too early you really miss the opportunity for that being a really spectacular event. The danger of leaving it too late is that it becomes somehow irrelevant, all things are already Unleashed. And you are holding an Unleashing Event when it is already Unleashed. So the timing of it isn't something that there is a rules of thumb about it is really something that you have to get a feel for But it should be designed as an evening what people will look back to instantly as the evening where it all started. And the Unleashing in Lewes was lovely, cause it was a big hall and there was another big hall next to it. And lots of the different local environmental groups were invited and they all had stalls within that area too. So they felt really included. and part of it too. And town can interpret that in their own way, with music, food, whatever it should be a really fantastic celebration of this journey that collectively the place is about to embark on Fifth Stage: Form Groups The working groups, I don't know if we have nine or ten in Totnes In Stroud there are few more then that. Sometimes you an engineer those, some of the groups we really engineered, we designed whole events that would draw those groups together So for the Food Group we run an evening called Feeding Totnes: Past, Present and Future With a speaker for all those three things. Some of the groups just arose spontaneously, like the Local Government Groups A number of people involved in Local Government, said we'd love to set up a group which networks the two things together And then some of the other groups we actually, sort of co-opted, groups that were already functioning in the town So there was a very strong Transport Group in town so rather then setting up some other Transport Group in opposition. We kind of brought them in and they are the TTT Transport Group There is now an oral history reminiscence project which came to us and said we are going to start an oral history reminiscence project and we would love to do it within the context of TTT and making that connection with what is happening, and people's memories before cheap oil and linking them together in the present. That is really exciting Oh yeah, and the other thing is that you can't assume, that, and this came up with the groups in open space you can't assume that just because people said they want to set up a group on building or whatever that they actually have the skills to facilitate a group like that Actually facilitating a group is a skills and is a learnable skills. So one of the things that we did in Totnes was to run training for people in how to run meetings and how to run groups which was really useful for people running those groups Sixth Stage:Use Open Space We use Open Space a lot, and you had a first hand taste of Open Space today. Open Space has been brilliant as a tool with us You can bring groups between twenty and thousand people together and you run this process like we did today and the other thing that we do is on the website which we have, which is a wiki, we we scribe on it during the day, during the event and we post that live onto the website, what is going on So in theory, Bob in Texas , could be following the Transition Town Totnes Food Open Space live, it would be rather dull, it would be like watching the Grand Stand but not quite so good, he could be sort of saying " Ha you haven't remembered about pollenta" or something and he could type that in and that could go in, so you can have people feeding in from all over the place but Open Space is brilliant as a way of bringing together all the people within that community who are really passionate about that subject to really look at the networking of it is fantastic. transcribed by [email protected] feel free to edit and translate

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Duration: 7 minutes and 43 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: Rob Hopkins
Director: Alex Munslow
Views: 125
Posted by: kamilpachalko on Apr 9, 2010

Rob Hopkins and the Transition Town 12 Steps. Transition Network Inaugural Conference 2007 Stroud

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