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From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want

Rob Hopkins

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

£7 - £12.50

Environmentalist and founder of the international Transition Towns movement Rob Hopkins says true creative and positive thinking is in decline and communities need to revive it and reclaim it to bring about dramatic change for the better.

Increasing loneliness and anxiety, a rise in extremism, climate change, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity and fracturing communities all point to a grim future. Hopkins argues it does not have to be that way and there is plenty of evidence that cultures and communities can change things dramatically. He draws on the experience of his own town of Totnes where the community is becoming its own housing developer, energy company, enterprise incubator and local food network. Hopkins says we are failing to bring about dramatic change because we have allowed our imagination to languish.

Hopkins is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. In 2012 he was named as one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists. He is a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes and a director of Totnes Community Development Society.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Steer Oxford Botanic Garden