From What is to What if: A Transition Towns Reading and Discussion Group at Putney Library
Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30pm
Join Simon Renault and Paul Levasseur to discuss the theories and stories of From What Is to What If, while giving space for participants to share their ideas as we imagine the future of our community. This will be a fun evening, filled with play and stories.
Author Rob Hopkins is the founder of the international Transition Towns movement from which the vital community group, Transition Putney, emerged. Hopkins’ new book, From What is to What if:
Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want, asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline. He asserts that it’s more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.
Since it is a call for imagination and an invitation to envision a better future, a part of each group sessions will include visioning exercises and discussions.
This program is free and open to the public.
Please register ahead of time by emailing Simon :firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not need to have participated to previous sessions to join this event. If at all possible, come to the event having read the Introduction and Chapter 2 of the book. We ask that you come with a quote from the book and be prepared to talk about a concept you have discovered in the book.
Paul Levasseur is a co-founder and trainer for the Putney-based New England Council Collective which recognizes that every person has a story to share and a piece of the whole. He was a co-founder of Transition Town Putney, and taught at SIT Graduate Institute for 39 years.
Simon Renault moved from France to Vermont 12 years ago and ran Sun Hill Farm in Putney for 10 years. He has been involved in starting and supporting local initiatives. He was inspired to launch this book group because he is passionate about issues of sustainability and community citizen engagement.
10 years ago, Simon and Paul organized a book group of “The Transition Handbook” by Rob Hopkins. The enthusiasm and conversation that ensued led to the creation of may projects in the community.
The book group will gather at the Putney Public Library on Tuesday, February 11th from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Copies of the book have been both donated to the library and made available to participants for purchase from the organizers at cost by Chelsea Green Publishers.
Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main Street in Putney, Vermont.