Unlocking local potential
I am co-founder of both Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, which supports, networks and trains Transition groups in over 50 countries. I write, blog and speak widely about the Transition movement. I am an Ashoka Fellow, and one of the founders of the award-winning social enterprise New Lion Brewery in Totnes, which in 2019 became 100% community owned thanks to 270 community investors.
I am author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and 3 other books. I was awarded a PhD by the University of Plymouth in 2010, and more recently Honorary Doctorates by the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. In 2012 I was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and one of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thought’ and on ‘A Good Read’, in the French film phenomenon ‘Demain’ (‘Tomorrow’), and spoken at TED Global once, and at 3 TEDx events. I am currently touring and speaking about my book ‘From What Is to What If’, on imagination, which was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2019.
I am a freelance consultant, working with communities as an adviser for the NEF/Co-ops UK Community Economic Development Programme. Beginning my career in Bradford, as one of three locations in the UK leading the DoE Extended Schools Pilot, my background is in community led development including co-production around health and social care, the establishment of community and social enterprises, relationship building across three tiers of local government, regeneration and asset transfer and management.