Rob Hopkins on The Power of Just Doing Stuff

June 18, 2013
Sami Grover

“In the leaking ship that we’ve made of our planet, the Transition movement is like a flotilla of life rafts. And they’ve come not to pull us off the earth, but to help us patch it and make it right. There’s no one on earth who’s just done more stuff–and inspired more doing – than Rob Hopkins. This book shows how you can Do Stuff Too!”
- Bill McKibben,

Rob Hopkins, founder of the astonishingly prolific Transition Movement, has done it again. This time, he's releasing a book which catalogs how communities across the Globe are stepping up and taking on some of the biggest challenges faced by humanity.

In The Power of Just Doing Stuff, Hopkins sets out to demonstrate how local action really can change the face of humanity:

"Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you. They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives."

I'm excited to read it.

For all my talk of green lifestyle choices never saving us (which one commenter, not unfairly, recently described as public self-justification), I do believe that personal and local action can have a profound impact on our culture, and that impact can in turn create systemic change for our economy as a whole. I just believe that in order to take hold, the primary focus of these actions should be on what we can do—not pointing the finger at others for what they are not doing.

That's something that the Transition Movement has cottoned onto from the start. The Power of Just Doing Stuff is simply the next chapter in that push.

The Power of Just Doing Stuff is available now via Transition Culture.

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