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Podcast by Transition Culture

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  • Episode Five: What if we treated people at the end of their lives with reverence, love and care

    Episode Five: What if we treated people at the end of their lives with reverence, love and care

    20/07/2020 Duración: 29min

    This fifth episode of 'From What If to What Next' has the longest title of any of our shows thus far! It was sent in by subscriber Chris Wells. As we start, hopefully, to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected older people, many people have experienced an end to their lives that was lonely and traumatic. How different would the world feel if its priorities had changed to being one where the end of life was treated with the same love and reverence as birth? My two guests for this episode are Mike Grenville and Mary Nally. Mike is a dying doula and independent funeral Celebrant. He runs workshops on 'death and dying' including Dying To Talk sessions. He has had a long involvement in the Transition movement and he lives in Frome. Mary lives in Summerhill in County Meath, Ireland. She has background in nursing, and founded an amazing organisation called Third Age ("where the third age of life is valued and celebrated"), which she will tell you about in the podcast. She is an A

  • From What If to What Next: Episode Four: What if doctors surgeries became catalysts for Transition?

    From What If to What Next: Episode Four: What if doctors' surgeries became catalysts for Transition?

    07/07/2020 Duración: 35min

    In our fourth episode, we bring together two of the UK's most pioneering doctors to explore what a very different future for healthcare could be like. What would it be like if doctors' surgeries were key players in the wider Transition of the community, actively stimulating a reimagining of food, energy, community and much more? In this episode we are joined by Dr Jane Myat, doing amazing work at the Caversham Group Practice in Kentish Town, North London since 1997. She is a passionate advocate of finding alternative patient-centred approaches to long-term conditions. Inspired by pioneering GPs such as Sam Everington and by our second guest here, and assisted by Transition Kentish Town, Jane founded the Listening Space, a project centred around a community garden in the courtyard of her family practice. Dr Michael Dixon is a Devon GP whose CV and list of roles within the NHS is glittering and includes numerous national leadership roles. To name just two, he is a Chair of the College of Medicine and Clinic

  • From What If to What Next: Episode Three: What if cities relocalised their food production?

    From What If to What Next: Episode Three: What if cities relocalised their food production?

    22/06/2020 Duración: 39min

    FWIWN3.mp3 In this third episode of 'From What If to What Next', we're talking about food. Taking a question from Patreon subscriber Tony Buck, we are asking "What If towns and cities set out to intentionally relocalise their food production?" How would it work? Where would you start? How would you involve the local government? How would you ensure that it is inclusive? To explore this complex question, one that COVID-19 has firmly re-emphasised the importance of, we have two guests with many years of experience in this area. Dee Woods describes herself as a “food and farming action-ist and campaigner” and has been involved for many years in London, playing a role in many different projects, whilst also writing and speaking widely on issues around food insecurity, inequalities in food systems, participatory policy making, intersectionality and decolonisation. Christian Jonet is one of the founders and co-ordinators of the brilliant Ceinture Aliment-Terre Liégeoise ( Liége Food Belt) in Belgium, one of the

  • Episode Two: What if a UBI sparked a revival of the imagination?

    Episode Two: What if a UBI sparked a revival of the imagination?

    08/06/2020 Duración: 44min

    In this second episode of 'From What If to What Next', we're talking about Universal Basic Income with Alexis Frasz, researcher and cultural strategist with Helicon Collaborative, and Phil Teer, author of 'The Coming Age of Imagination'. What would it be like to live in a world in which UBI was now an integral part of everyday life? How would life, and the world around us feel different? How might we re-frame UBI as a vital strategy for rebuilding our collective imagination? All too often, UBI is discussed as being an economic issue, but might imagination provide a fresh and essential lens through which to explore the idea? I hope you love this episode. Please leave your comments and feedback below. My thanks to Ben Addicott for production and theme tune, and to you for subscribing to this podcast.

  • From What If to What Next: Episode One.

    From What If to What Next: Episode One.

    25/05/2020 Duración: 27min

    Welcome to this, the first ever episode of 'From What If to What Next'. In this first episode, we meet singer, curator, event creator and lover of birdsong Sam Lee, speaking to us direct from a birdsong-filled forest, and Mya-Rose Craig, also known as 'Birdgirl', who is doing amazing work promoting birdwatching among young people and promoting BME engagement with the natural world. Subscribe to this podcast at www.patreon.com/fromwhatiftowhatnext and get it a full two weeks before everyone else, PLUS a subscribers-only podcast called 'The Ministry of Imagination', PLUS other treats such as my recent conversation with permaculture co-founder David Holmgren AND the opportunity to ask the What If questions that shape these episodes. All for just £3 a month.

  • A taste of Episode 1 of From What If to What Next

    A taste of Episode 1 of 'From What If to What Next'

    11/05/2020 Duración: 04min

    Here is a taster of Episode One of 'From What If to What Next', my new podcast series. You can unlock this full episode, as well the exclusive 'Ministry of Imagination' podcast, and other exclusives, by subscribing at www.patreon.com/fromwhatiftowhatnext. This first episode speaks to Sam Lee and Mya-Rose Craig, and is deeply lovely.

  • Rob Hopkins at Schumacher Centenary event at Bristol Colston Hall 2011.

    Rob Hopkins at Schumacher Centenary event at Bristol Colston Hall 2011.

    12/11/2019 Duración: 54min

    In 2011 I gave a talk at Bristol Colston Hall, which as someone who had grown up in Bristol, was hallowed ground. The talk opens with a Captain Beefheart anecdote I am rather fond of.

  • From What Is to What If: Book launch, 20 October 2019.

    'From What Is to What If': Book launch, 20 October 2019.

    22/10/2019 Duración: 05min

    On Sunday 20th October, at Battersea Arts Centre, following an incredible day of 'Pop Up Tomorrow', I launched 'From What Is to What If'. Here is the audio of the evening, which also features appearances by improv expert Jeremy Finch and Ruth Sapsed of Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. I hope it gives you an inspiring taste of the evening.

  • Talking play and imagination with Peter Gray

    Talking play and imagination with Peter Gray

    08/10/2019 Duración: 46min

    One of the very best books I read while researching 'From What Is to What If' was 'Free to Learn' by Peter Gray. Peter is an evolutionary psychologist who taught for 30 years at Boston College as a Professor. He is now retired from teaching but still does research on children’s learning and children’s development.  'Free to Learn' became the most-underlined book out of all the books I read, rich in insight and wisdom and research about why play matters, and what happens when we starve our children of it.

  • John Crowley: Imagination actually alters the world

    John Crowley: "Imagination actually alters the world"

    04/09/2019 Duración: 54min

    One of the perks of running this website and of writing 'From What Is to What If' has been the opportunity to speak to some of the people who have had the biggest impact on my own imagination. Today's interviewee, John Crowley, is one of those people. I first read his novel 'Little, Big' sometime in the mid-1980s, and it blew me away. About a year later, I met the woman who was later to become my wife and it turned out that, prior to our meeting, she had not only read the same book, but the actual same copy I had read! It was such a thrill when he responded favourably to my request for an interview. He opened our conversation with some reflections on the imagination and times in which we live...

  • Ben Goldfarb on how beavers can boost the collective imagination

    Ben Goldfarb on how beavers can boost the collective imagination

    10/07/2019 Duración: 40min

    One of the finest books I’ve read recently was ‘Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter’ by Ben Goldfarb. Ben is an American environmental journalist who has taken great interest in this remarkable creature and its ability to, as he put it when we spoke, “help tackle many of our ecological problems if we just get out of the way and let the rodent do the work”.  I was fascinated to hear his thoughts as to how living in a world full of beavers might impact the human imagination, and how living in a world without them impoverishes it. I started by asking him if he might sum up the narrative of the book for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of reading it.

  • The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède

    The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède

    14/04/2019 Duración: 49s

    The frogs singing outside my bedroom window in La Farlède by Rob Hopkins

  • Lucy Neal: imagination is the most important thing in the whole wide world

    Lucy Neal: "imagination is the most important thing in the whole wide world

    18/03/2019 Duración: 51min

    When I started writing what is now called 'From What Is to What If', the first person I spoke to was Lucy Neal. And now, as the process enters its final editing stage, the last person I'm interviewing for it is Lucy  Neal. Lucy is one of the most imaginative people I know, and is hugely skilful at bringing that imagination out into the world. She is the author of the seminal book 'Playing For Time: making art as if the world matters'.

  • Michele dAlena on Bologna, the city with a Civic Imagination Office.

    Michele d'Alena on Bologna, the city with a 'Civic Imagination Office'.

    04/03/2019 Duración: 25min

    What follows is my conversation with Michele D’Alena, Director of the Civic Imagination Office. It is a multi-professional team working to build a creative bridge between the citizens of Bologna and the administration. Michele has worked for the municipality for the past 6 years, and for the past two years within the Fondazione per l'Innovazione Urbana, in charge of the Civic Imagination Office. In Bologna, a new approach to engagement and civic action is emerging, rooted in the imagination. One driver for this shift is the realisation we are living in what Michele calls “a distrust era”, where people don’t trust public administrations, NGOs, or private businesses.  The Civic Imagination Office’s approach is towards what Michele calls ‘proximity’ working. As he puts it, “we need people to stay on the ground, to stay with the people”. And the story that Bologna has to share with the world is, I think, vitally important.

  • Dave Strudwick on how a School of Creative Arts can foster the imagination

    Dave Strudwick on how a 'School of Creative Arts' can foster the imagination

    21/02/2019 Duración: 36min

    We recently spoke to Andrew Brewerton, Principal at Plymouth College of Art, about the fascinating tale of how Plymouth School of Creative Arts came to be. PSCA is a remarkable new school which puts the cultivation of the imagination at its heart, even down to how its striking new building was conceived and designed. Before Christmas I visited the school and sat down to chat with then-Head Teacher Dave Strudwick to find out more about the place, how it came into existence, how it works, and what the thinking  is that underpins it.

  • Shana McDavis-Conway on storytelling, imagination and activism

    Shana McDavis-Conway on storytelling, imagination and activism

    13/02/2019 Duración: 32min

    Storytelling is a powerful political tool.  Becoming better storytellers has been shown to make a huge difference to the impact and efficacy of activist groups and campaigns. The Centre for Story-Based Strategy ("where imagination builds power") are pioneers in this field. They work with groups giving them the tools to make the most of the power of imagination, building their capacity to intervene in narratives and in social change work. They particularly work with groups in frontline communities that are at the intersection of poverty, pollution and racism, with a focus on climate, economic and social justice.  Their work is incredible, so it was a huge honour to be able to talk to Shana McDavis-Conway, Co-Director of the Centre. I started by asking her why she thinks that story and the cultivation of strong narratives are so vital to bringing about change?

  • Clodagh Harris on how Citizens Assemblies rekindle the imagination

    Clodagh Harris on how Citizens' Assemblies rekindle the imagination

    11/02/2019 Duración: 32min

    There’s a lot of talk about Citizen’s Assemblies these days. Some people say, as the UK flounders to try and find a way through the wreckage of Brexit, that it should have done Citizens’ Assemblies in advance of any vote. Some say they should happen now, to decide the next steps forward. Citizens Assemblies are a powerful tool for hearing the thoughts of a population without the filter of political interference, lack of understanding, and the polarity that has been driven by social media and surveillance capitalism. But what are they, and how might Citizens Assemblies be a vital tool for creating the spaces that allow imagination back into our public life?

  • We decided to create a school: talking imagination with Andrew Brewerton.

    "We decided to create a school": talking imagination with Andrew Brewerton.

    04/02/2019 Duración: 55min

    This post is the first of two that will be exploring the story of Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a remarkable new school in the south west of England. It is a fascinating example of a school designed around the nurturing of imagination, right in the heart of one of the UK's most deprived cities. In this post, I speak to Andrew Brewerton, Principal at Plymouth College of Art, one of the key people behind the creation of the school, where he also chairs the Board of Governors. In the next post we'll hear from Dave Strudwick, the school's Head Teacher. As you'll see, Andrew Brewerton is a leading thinker in terms of how education can build, or crush, the imagination, and I started our conversation in his office at the College of Art by asking him to tell me how the school came about, and what was the gap, the hole, it was trying to fill:

  • Helen Marriage on The Sultans Elephant and large acts of public imagination

    Helen Marriage on The Sultan's Elephant and large acts of public imagination

    25/01/2019 Duración: 16min

    I would like to think that when I reach the end of my life that I will have very few regrets. I know that I will have one though, which is that I was not in London on Thursday May 4th 2006, and for the days that followed. For those 4 days, a huge puppet elephant and an 8 metre-tall girl, walked around the city, entrancing and charming the million or so people who came to see them. It was a magical event that moved people deeply, and which brought the city together in an amazing way, just 9 months after the 7/7 bombings. It brought the imagination into the heart of one of Europe's largest cities, and is one of the best examples of that that I've been able to find. One of the people central to it happening was Helen Marriage of creative company 'Artichoke'.  She very kindly agreed to speak to me, so I started by asking her, for anyone who didn't see 'The Sultan's Elephant', as the project was known, to tell us a bit more about it.

  • Cllr Matthew Brown on the Preston Model and the economics of the imagination.

    Cllr Matthew Brown on the Preston Model and the economics of the imagination.

    23/01/2019 Duración: 33min

    The scholar Richard Sennett once wrote, “modern capitalism works by colonizing people’s imagination of what is possible”. If it is the case that our current economic model thrives by creating the conditions that suppress rather than unleash the imagination, and if we recognise that now, more than any other time, we need a mass re-nourishing of the collective imagination, then where might we spot examples of 'the economics of the imagination'? Eight years ago, the economy of Preston was crocked. Then its Council decided to take a new approach. Today I'm speaking to Cllr Matthew Brown, the recently-elected leader of Preston City Council. What Preston have achieved should be a model for everywhere else. "Let’s have a bit of imagination about how to get out of this mess" he tells me. I last interviewed him in June 2015, so I started by asking him, when we spoke just before Christmas, what has changed since then?

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