Transition Towns: Low Carbon Innovation in Practice

Transition Towns: Low Carbon Innovation in Practice

Finn Jackson, Change Management Consultant
9th March 09
12.00 - 2.00
University for the Creative Arts

Organised by: SMILE @ The Centre for Sustainable Design

FREE workshop


The past two years have borne witness to the phenomenal worldwide growth of the Transition Towns movement.  From a standing start it has now grown to over 120 ‘official’ Transition Towns worldwide. These include rural locations such as Horsham, Lewes and the Forest of Dean, as well as inner-city areas like Brixton, Coventry , and Liverpool South. Outside the UK, Boulder Colorado in the USA , Wanganui in New Zealand and Fujino in Japan are just some of the places that have become ‘official’ Transition Towns. And more than 800 other communities around the world are starting the journey, including Farnham.

The driving force behind this movement has not been money or an evangelical leader. The driving force has been a growing grassroots realisation that the issues of climate change and peak oil are real, that we need to act together to address them now, and that if we do so correctly we have the opportunity to create a future that is not only lower in carbon usage but also more vibrant and enjoyable.

This talk will explain some of the background to the Transition Town movement. It will explain why the Transition movement sees the coming changes as an opportunity to make our lives better. And attendees will leave not only with a deeper understanding of the issues, but also a flavour of how the transition approach could affect them.


Finn Jackson

Finn Jackson, Change Management Consultant

Finn Jackson bridges the gap between strategy and execution.
He helps leaders and organisations understand quickly where they are and where they need to get to. He works with them to develop clear, workable visions and focused implementation plans.

With over 20 years’ experience in industry and consulting, Finn has worked for NGOs and quoted companies, in organisations ranging in size from 6 employees to 120,000. His core experience is almost a decade spent designing and implementing strategic change at all levels of a global technology company, in more than a dozen countries worldwide. His 2004 book has been called “The only top to bottom book on business” and “A blueprint for winning any game your business chooses to play.”

Finn has a BA in physics from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction from Imperial College . He is the founder of Transition Town Farnham.

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