1 July – Green Books: Rob Hopkins on From What Is to What If


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For the sixth in our popular Green Books series, we are delighted to be joined by Rob Hopkins, who will be talking to Paul Hannam about his new book:  From What Is to What If:  Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want”

It’s on Thursday 1 July at 7.30-8.30pm.  Tickets are available by clicking the button below.

from what is to what ifAbout the Book

According to the Times Educational Supplement:

“This important book cements what most of us hope for: for everything to be okay – and not just now, in the present. He offers us a future that most aspire to: a future in which communities and environments blossom, political furore and the words “Brexit” and “Covid” no longer loom over our society, education is no longer all about exam results and, most significantly, people work together for the common good.

What, however, is most extraordinary about his book is that Hopkins doesn’t just present us with this utopian ideal. He puts forward an array of examples, case studies and evidence that show that this ideal is achievable. Much of what is needed to achieve this is already being done around the world, but only in small pockets of communities, industries and educational sectors.

From What Is to What If is a call to action to reclaim and unleash our collective imagination, told through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are doing it now, as we speak, and witnessing often rapid and dramatic change for the better.”

About the Author

Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network, and the author of The Transition HandbookThe Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, and 21 Stories of Transition.   He presents the podcast series ‘From What If to What Next‘ which invites listeners to send in their “what if” questions and then explores how to make them a reality.   In 2012, he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on Nesta and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. 


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About Green Books

This series of online talks with leading environmental writers is held the first Thursday of the month , from 7.30-8.30pm.  The aim is to educate, engage and inspire!  You can find out about other upcoming talks at greeningsteyning.org/greenbooks.

You can either book a free ticket or choose to make a small donation to help cover the costs of the event, and support the work of Greening Steyning and our ambitious 2030 Project.  Just click on the booking link below.

You will receive an email from Eventbrite with Zoom login details. Zoom is free to use, if you haven’t used it before you can login from a smart phone or computer.



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Order the Book

The wonderful Steyning Bookshop are also offering a 15% discount on this fantastic book.  Just click on the link below to find out more.


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