Apr 29, 2021
How do we unfold future culture from our imagination?
In this episode Amisha speaks with Rob Hopkins, an environmental activist and writer. Rob is the founder of Transition movement, cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He has written 6 books on environmentalism and activism, and was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists. His podcast ‘From What If, To What Next’ explores how we can make our future visions reality. He is a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project.
Amisha and Rob explore the power of our imagination and spaces that allow us to vision the future. They reveal that we live in a survival mode culture designing imagination out of our lives causing its mass loss and collective fear of imagining the future in hopeful and positive ways.
Rob shares powerful examples from his latest book of how communities can de-activate this destructive way of being and step back into collective imagination. He talks about his work with Transition movement in Transition Towns, such as Totness, where communities are reimagining and rebuilding their world; setting examples of how we can imagine and build a new culture and tell a new story of positivity and hope for the future.
We learn that in order to re-map our dysfunctional societies we need to re-activate our collective imagination. We need to give people a taste of a different future and spaces for exploring possibility. We need to re-imagine our relationship with technology, spend time in nature and with practices for quieting our minds, carve intentional time to be creative, to play and tell stories. The North Stars of our future are shining in the fine details we observe and in the ways we intertwine these.
Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co