Que se passe-t-il en Grande-Bretagne ? : Rob Hopkins explores how we can create spaces for unlocking our collective community imagination, like the Imaginarium in Cambridge

12 January 2023
Rob Hopkins explores how we can create spaces for unlocking our collective community imagination, like the Imaginarium (pictured) in Cambridge. Read more below. 

Transition Together, the story so far… 

Just over a year ago, we launched Transition Together, a project to grow and strengthen the Transition movement in England and Wales, building on Transition Bounce Forward and made possible by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. As the year turns, we’ve been reflect on our role, what we’ve been doing, what we’ve learned and on what we’ll be focusing in 2023. We’d welcome your thoughts and feedback too!


What’s on in 2023…

We’re hard at work on plans for hosting events, workshops and important conversations to support your local work for Transition in 2023. Here’s what’s already confirmed, and we’ll have more to share soon:

  • Just a few spaces left for Launch training for new Transition groups on 21 January. A one-day workshop with practical tools to start strong. Book here

  • Thrive training kicks off on 13 February, designed to support existing Transition groups to grow, strengthen and, well, thrive! More info here.

  • Are you interested in co-hosting an in-person regional Transition gathering in May/June? A fantastic chance to show local projects and connect with the wider movement. Express interest by 31 January.

  • Finally, if you’ve used Vive, our online space for Transitioners, join us on 1 Feburary to explore how we can shape it to best meet your needs and support your work. More here.


Tools for Transition: Community Imagination

Helping your community see a different, better future can be a vital step in working out what actions and projects will help make change.  Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins has been finding out how to set up and run creative spaces to unlock collective imagination. He discovered that whether they are mobile projects on wheels, pop-ups at festivals or take over vacant high street shops, using creative methods and open ‘What If?’ questions can invite people into richer, deeper and bigger conversations than traditional consultation or surveys. Read his article, drawing on examples from Transition groups and others, below, and check out our visioning guide to reimagine the future together.


Transition group challenges coal mine in court

South Lakes Action on Climate Change will this week legally challenge the Government’s permission for a new coal mine at Whitehaven in Cumbria. The Transition group has opposed new coal locally for four years, through protests and a public inquiry. Maggie Mason said: “Our tiny charity has employed a great legal team since 2019, and they know the best way to challenge and reverse this decision.”

Their High Court legal action argues key evidence from the public inquiry was ignored, including expert witnesses brought by SLACC, and permission should be overturned. It complements a court case brought by Friends of the Earth, allowing the mine to be challenged on a wider range of grounds and increasing the chance of success. Maggie added: “So many business and political leaders, faith groups and scientists have spoken out against the mine, but SLACC needs money to take this forward.” The group has launched a Crowd Justice page for donations to their legal bid here and you can find out more about their campaign here.

E-waste drop off launched in Hythe

Hythe Community Environmental Group launched a new small electricals drop off service last month, making it easier for people to reuse and recycle. They set up the project after discovering most local electricals end up incinerated, despite a major recycling facility in the area. Volunteers run the high street drop off each Saturday; three full wheelie bins have been collected so far. Working items are passed to a local charity. The group also gives advice on what can be recycled and has produced a local guide. Chris Turnbull from the group said: “We really hope that as we have proven the need and how easy it is to set up, other groups will use the model. We are very happy to talk to anyone who is interested.” Get in touch

Welcome to Win Green Town! 

New Transition group Win Green Town has already started a number of exciting local projects. They have planted 24 fruit trees in a local estate, installed swift boxes and are exploring a community car club for the town of Winchcombe. They held two fundraising socials in December to raise their profile, and launched a competition to design their a new logo that reflected their mission of fostering green solutions and building a better future for their community. Welcome to the family Win Green Town! Find out more about their plans here. If you’re thinking of setting up a Transition group, or a new group, join our one-day Launch training workshop on 21 January to help you get started on firm foundations. Book here

Engaging big retailers in your area

Online event: 2 February

Low Carbon West Oxford (a member of Transition group CAG Oxfordshire) has been running a project to engage with 16 big retailers in their community, encouraging them to adopt pro-environmental behaviour. They want to share their learning with other communities who might want to do the same. Find out more

New Housing Futures for people & planet 

Join WeCanMake for an online discussion, film and launch of their new playbook on a model they’ve developed in Bristol for reimagining housing through creative community-driven innovation and how it can be replicated. Takes place online on 8 February Find out More

How to engage community on renewables

The Centre for Sustainable Energy is running training in an approach they’ve developed to engaging communities with renewable energy planning. Join an introductory webinar on 13th or 18th January, and sign up for in depth training next month here.

How to win climate justice campaigns

Citizens UK is running a series of five online workshops January – March exploring how the tools of community organising can help win campaigns for climate justice. It is for people at all stages of their organising journey, from curious to veterans. Find out more

Creative Food System campaign call

Greenpeace has issued an open call for creative work that could confront the role of UK industrial food system in the climate crisis. Up to three grants of £10K will be given to collaborators, prioritising those artists or activists who who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, people of colour and/or working class. Submit proposals by 15 January. More

Food Futures

North Lancashire’s sustainable food network is recruiting for three paid posts. They are looking for a freelance fundraiser, a Network Building and facilitator and a REconomy Coordinator on their Closing Loops project. Apply by 27 January. Find out more

Zero Guildford

As part of their new Leaky Homes project, to offer advice and support to local residents to make their homes more energy efficient, they are looking for several champions to assess homes, and a coordinator. Zero has also worked with University of Surrey to set up a new sustainable business network, which is now looking for a project officer. More here

Cumbria Action for Sustainability 

Three more opportunities here: for an administrator, finance and resource manager and contractors to install home energy measures. More

Sustain UK

New Food for the Planet grants to support communities to take local action or run campaigns to make food in their area better for people and planet. Apply for up to £5K by 10 Feburary here.

National Open Garden Scheme

Community garden grants up to £5K for projects that bring the community together, share skills and increase access for a wider range of people. Apply by 31 January here.

Community Action Fund

Civic Power is offering grants of £2.5K- £20K to grassroots organisations building the power of their community and campaigning for long-term change. Apply by 26 February.  More

Tree Council

Grants for trees, hedges and  orchards: extended deadline to 15 January. Orchards for schools funding reopens this month. More

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