Rob Hopkins “Rob Hopkins brings humour, imagination and vision to the great challenges of our time, and argues that what is needed, above all else, at this time in history, is “engaged optimism”. The rapidly-spreading Transition movement which he was pivotal in establishing, is an embodiment of that. Nicholas Crane, presenter of BBC2’s ‘Town’ series, … Read more

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Sarah Pugh I have been facilitating permaculture courses since 1999 and teaching them since 2003. I was incredibly fortunate to learn to teach with Mike Feingold and Patrick Whitefield, both experienced and innovative teachers. I have worked as a community rabble rouser and environmental instigator for the past 15 years, mostly within the thriving network … Read more

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Jenny Mackewn Jenny is an environmentalist, creative, coach, learner, writer, leader, educationalist, connector, change agent, teacher, parent, communicator and artist. Here is how she describes her work. “I have facilitated and catalysed breakthrough in many different groups and contexts. I love the continuous creative challenge of discovering what is needed in each unique situation. For … Read more

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Sophy Banks Originally trained in engineering, Sophy worked in London for over 20 years teaching electronics, computer systems and technical stuff to women returners, and then in housing associations. She later trained in psychotherapy, healing and family constellations – and set up a private practice as a therapist. In 2005 she realised she was too … Read more

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Sarah McAdam Sarah has had a varied public sector career working in housing, criminal justice and – most recently – rural development (she was leading DEFRA’s Rural Communities Policy Unit when she caught the transition bug). She has run a housing aid centre, helped set up a new Ombudsman Service, managed criminal courts and cleverly … Read more

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In 1795 Samuel Taylor Coleridge gave a series of radical lectures in Bristol which questioned religion, attacked the slave trade, condemned the war with France and criticised taxation. They promoted wide debate and were attacked by the city’s merchants. A new Festival of Ideas series, the Coleridge Lectures, looks annually at a theme of interest … Read more

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Be part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital as a Bristol Energy Champion! Would you like to help your community? Are you interested in saving energy? Could YOU be an Energy Champion? We would like every neighbourhood in Bristol to have a local person to turn to for energy advice, a person who will champion … Read more

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Bristol 2015 European Green Capital is today launching the initial programme that brings together the events, projects, summits and conferences that will shape the city’s year in the spotlight and a lasting green legacy. Bristol is the first UK city to be awarded the prestigious title and the programme promises to be the best-funded and … Read more

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