Expert Q&As: Rob Hopkins,

April 24, 2011
Paul McGinniss
Green Real Estate Daily

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is founder of Transition Network, "an evolving exploration into the head, heart and hands of energy descent." He is considered the founder of the Transition movement, and TED: Ideas Worth Spreading called his work "a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies independent of fossil fuel." Hopkins teaches permaculture and natural building, and established the first two-year full-time permaculture course in the world, at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. He is author of several books, including Energy Descent Pathways and The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. His blog has been voted one of the top green blogs in the United Kingdom, and recently Hopkins was named by The Independent newspaper as one of the U.K.'s top 100 environmentalists. Hopkins lectures and writes widely on peak oil and Transition. He lives in Devon, England, and is a keen gardener.

So you're wrapping up your PhD thesis?

I'm finished! What I'm working on at the moment is the next edition of The Transition Handbook.

How many editions have you done so far of that book?

My book, The Transition Handbook, was published about three years ago. This [new] book is going to be called The Transition Companion, and it's kind of the sequel, so it's a completely rewritten book.

When will The Transition Companion come out? Will it be available through your website,

It will be out in September 2011, all being well. is a place where you can buy all the Transition books; and you'll be able to get it from Amazon and in good, old-fashioned bookshops, as they say.


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