Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 14: Rob Hopkins: Stretching Our Imagination

July 23, 2020

Rob Hopkins is an author and a Co-Founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network. He approaches the question of “What could possibly go right?” with a fascination in the power of imagination for our future. His insights include:

  • That we need to create the conditions for the human imagination to re-emerge.
  • That trauma, anxiety, loneliness and systemic problems have caused our imaginations to shrink, which can put at risk our ability to reimagine everything needed in these times.
  • That to some extent, COVID has provided us some space for us to think in a different way and pause to “take a collective breath”.
  • That we may each emerge from lockdown as different people than we went in, in a profound and extraordinary way.
  • That we need to be wary of governments without imagination, which are only thinking of how to get back to the way things were.
  • That this has been a phenomenal global act of love and solidarity in history.
  • That any solutions will start with us, working together in communities with a sense of solidarity and mutual aid.
  • That community movements need proper support and resources, with governments recognizing that allocating money effectively towards these has spin off benefits for public health, mental health and social cohesion strategies. 

About Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is a Co-Founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, The Power of Just Doing Stuff, 21 Stories of Transition and most recently, From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want. 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. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and its sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and three TEDx events.

An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a Director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes, an ambitious, community-led development project. He blogs at transtionnetwork.org and robhopkins.net and tweets at @robintransition.

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