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Rob Hopkins 'From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination'

The New Abnormal

In this episode of #TheNewAbnormal, I interview Rob Hopkins,  cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network,  and author of numerous books including 'The Transition Handbook, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want'.  He presents the podcast series 'From What If to What Next'  which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality.  Rob 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. He's also appeared on BBC Radio 4, in the French film phenomenon 'Demain'  and its sequel 'Apres Demain', and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events. In 2020 he was a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change. (And in his - presumably minimal - spare time, he sometimes makes lino prints.) So, in this dynamic interview, we discuss his views on all of the above, and along the way, issues such as Buddhism, punk, permaculture, the climate & ecological emergency, the decline of play vs the rise of screens, the great reskilling, citizen assemblies, positive change, speculative fiction, and The Fall...

56mins

7 Sep 2022

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87. Storytelling, Longing And Unleashing The Creative Imagination / Rob Hopkins

The Hive Podcast

In this conversation, I speak with the brilliant Rob Hopkins - cofounder of the Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes, and author of several wonderful books: From What Is to What If? (one of my personal favourites), The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. Voted one of the Independent's top 100 environmentalists in 2012, and named among Nesta and the Observer's list of Britain's 50 New Radicals, Rob has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Four Thought and A Good Read, and was featured in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Après Demain. An Ashoka Fellow, Rob has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events, and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. A keen gardener, Rob is a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He’s also an artist whose beautiful lino prints you can check out at robhopkins.net, and his podcast, From What If to What Next is really worth a listen if you’re looking for inspiration as to how we can unleash our collective imaginations to create a more resilient world.Recorded on 28th January 2022.

55mins

30 Apr 2022

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#35 What if: Imagining The World We Want With Rob Hopkins

The Decade

Why is imagination so crucial for humanity in 2022? The latest IPCC report is telling us that we have a small shrinking window for change, and it’s shrinking fast. What if, could actually be the two most important and powerful words in our world right now. Todays guest Rob Hopkins, the author of What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want, says “Physics demands that we re-imagine everything, our food system, education system, transport system, economic system. All transformative projects starts with great what if questions, and if we keep coming back to our imaginative spaces, our imagination grows, followed by a sense of what’s possible grows, and that’s what we need to see in the world, now more than anything.” By listening to this episode you will learn how you to become more imaginative, both in your personal and professional life, what a great “What if-question?” with transformative capacity is and tons of inspiration and insights from some of the amazing transformative stories behind Rob’s work.  See you in there! /Jonathan & Melker https://www.robhopkins.net/

1hr 1min

20 Apr 2022

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Rob Hopkins: From What If to What Next?

A Skeptic's Path to Enlightenment

Rob Hopkins, climate activist, co-founder of the Transition Network and host of the podcast series From What If to What Next talks about an engaged, passionate form of Buddhism that actively works for positive change in our communities and in the world.103. Rob Hopkins: From What If to What Next?Support the show (https://www.skepticspath.org/support/)

49mins

22 Mar 2022

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Rob Hopkins | Transition écologique : libérons nos imaginaires (in english)

Manifeste.

Rob Hopkins était notre invitée pour la cinquième émission de la saison 3 de Manifeste, mardi 15 mars 2022. Rob Hopkins est enseignant en permaculture britannique et l’initiateur du mouvement international des villes en transition. Dans ses ouvrages, Rob Hopkins nous parle de résilience des territoires bien sûr, d’écologie évidemment, mais aussi du besoin absolu d’imagination pour repenser notre modèle en profondeur.  ​ Nous revenons avec lui sur son parcours et les quelques 2000 expérimentations que son approche a inspirées. Nous échangerons sur ce que nous pouvons faire, à l’échelle individuelle et collective et sur l’impératif démocratique, seul à même de porter la transition que nous souhaitons voir éclore.

53mins

21 Mar 2022

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The Power of Imagination with Rob Hopkins

Beyond Day Zero

I'm absolutely blown away that I had the opportunity to chat with Rob Hopkins. I greatly admire Rob's work, it offers a positive way ahead considering the dire situation we face. I found his book From What Is to What If to be a brilliant read and often draw inspiration from it in conversation with others. It's an inspiring read, go and buy it from somewhere that isn't Amazon! You can follow Rob in these ways His website - robhopkins.net Do Support his podcast on any platform or subscribe for bonus content at Patreon And you can find out more about the Transition Network and check out the nearest Transition town to you here

1hr 3mins

28 Oct 2021

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Climate Emergency: From 'What is' to 'What if', with Rob Hopkins

Science & Wisdom LIVE

Our guest today is Rob Hopkins, environmentalist, founder of the Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, author, artist, and host of the podcast ‘From what if to what next’. In this interview with Scott Snibbe, he talks about his work with the Transition Network, the relationship between one’s spiritual life and action in the world, and the potential of communities to promote positive change. He also discusses possible solutions to the current climate and ecological crises, the role of positive narratives, and the lessons that we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemics.

1hr 2mins

26 Oct 2021

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TYPE 2: Episode 019 - Rob Hopkins

Looking Sideways Action Sports Podcast

Type 2 is a podcast from Looking Sideways in association with Patagonia that explores the intersection between the outdoors, action sports and activism.My guest for this episode of Type 2 is Rob Hopkins, a ridiculously prolific UK-based activist, author, podcaster, lecturer and environmentalist who describes himself as a ‘champion of the collective imagination’.There are many lessons and insights in this chat, but two themes predominate - the power of local movements to lead to wider, societal change; and the importance of imagination and creativity in this wider process. For Rob, the act of imagining different outcomes and realities is integral if we are to get through the perilous climate situation we find ourselves in. If you think about it, this is a profound insight. After all, one thing that keeps the status quo in place is a kind of imaginative helplessness, this idea that our own actions are destined not to have any impact, so there’s no point in bothering. Rob sees this condition of inertia and confusion as ‘a state of promise,’ and his work is primarily concerned with arming people with the tools to break out of this imaginative malaise, and to reimagine our individual and collective realities so we can create a better future. That’s the basis of Rob’s pioneering work with the Transition Movement, for example, and the work he’s currently leading in his home town of Totnes in the UK. Rob is a truly original thinker with an ethos that is a beguiling blend of pragmatism and untrammelled creativity. I found this to be a hugely inspiring, thought-provoking and insightful conversation. I hope you do too. New episodes of Type 2 are released every four weeks through my Looking Sideways channel. Hear it by subscribing to Looking Sideways via ApplePodcasts, Spotify or any of the usual other podcast providers. Thanks to Ewan Wallace for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit lookingsideways.substack.com

59mins

5 Aug 2021

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Moving through resistance - at the level of Earth - with Rob Hopkins

Leading Audacious Change

Today I am speaking with Rob Hopkins. 15 years ago, I visited Totnes in Devon, UK, and was amazed. They just had started to become the first transition town in the world.Fast forward to 2021 and we live in a post-pandemic one  society that faces the much bigger climate crisis and lack of imagination of what to do next.Good we have Rob and his many allies, because they want to build imaginative infrastructures. Tune in and listen how you, I, we all, can actually do it. Because others have already done it, so it's now down to us to follow; move through our resistance and change the way we live, work, travel and perhaps most importantly - collaborate.Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘ which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality. 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.An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. In 2020 he was a member of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He blogs at transtionnetwork.org and robhopkins.net and tweets at @robintransition.

58mins

16 Jul 2021

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Rob Hopkins and The Future of Communities in Practice

The Happy Pear Podcast

For episode 4 of our Community series, we present to you the very man who changed our own perspective on community living years and years ago. The co-founder of the Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes, Mr Rob Hopkins!To give you a bit of background on Rob, he is the author of numerous books including, The Transition Handbook, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want. He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘. 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.This was by far one of our favourite episodes. The expression ‘you should never meet your heroes’ does not apply here. Rob was our hero 15 years when we first came across him, and now all these years later when we finally get to meet him, he is still our hero!"At the moment we measure the success of an economy by how much bigger it is than last year. Imagine with your kids; there is a while in the evolution of your children where the fact that they are bigger than they were last year is a good thing. They are growing in the right direction. If that was the only measure, and they just kept on growing and growing and growing, till they were about 50 metres tall… after a little while you would think something is going really really wrong here. Actually what you want is for your kids to grow, ideally to slightly shorter than you are! And then to start growing in different ways; become kinder, wiser, more skilled, more connected, and more resourceful. We don’t have that assumption for our economy, we just say - ‘is it bigger than last year? Grand!’ The fact that cancer rates are rising, anxiety is rising, and people are less and less able to walk home alone after dark, all the things that we don’t want to happen in a society, we don’t measure, we don’t factor them in.”This quote says it all, he is a creative thinker who lets no walls or structures limit his imagination and willingness to strive for a better future. The ultimate doer and who leads by example. We delve into everything from how Totnes became a self-sufficient transition town to how you as an individual can start thinking outside the box and become the change you want to see happen to your own community.Enjoy! Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 4mins

29 Jun 2021

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