TIPS #10

By Norry Schneider

What if… we unleash our imagination to create the future we want? 

Through inspiring stories from individuals and communities around the world, Rob Hopkins’ new book “From What Is to What If”, is a call to action to reclaim and liberate our collective imagination. Because how could we hope to build a different world if we are not able to imagine it? 

For the founder of the Transition Movement, Rob Hopkins, the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity are above all a crisis of imagination: human beings have been able to make the most incredible inventions and to found radiant/glowing civilizations, but precisely at a time in history when everything is in danger of collapsing… our imagination is lacking. 

And yet, faced with this rather bleak picture, Rob Hopkins reminds us that drastic, rapid and unexpected changes for the better are possible.  

Hopkins reports amazing experiences in Mexico City, Bologna, Liège and many more concrete examples, he invites us to put imagination back at the heart of our lives – defining imagination as the ability to look at things as if they could be different. 

Bonus: based on his book and after the news of the last few months, Rob Hopkins has just launched a series of podcasts entitled “From What If to What Next”. The first of this new series is entitled “What if birdsong drowned out the traffic? ». It looks great! + links 

Find this text in French in pdf here

Norry Schneider – is graduated in natural sciences and systems analysis and has been engaged for twenty years in social and environmental movements. He is co-founder of the Transition Minett citizen initiative (in the south of Luxembourg) and works since 2015 with the Center for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL) as coordinator of the Luxembourg platform of Transition. In 2016 Norry joined the Higher Council for Sustainable Development (CSDD). He is also a member of the LUCA Board of Administration. 

Save the date! A conference and workshops are planned with Rob Hopkins for the fall of 2020/21. Details will follow on cell.lu.