In this workshop, Rob will introduce the ideas that are central to his new book ‘From What Is to What If’ and set out why focusing on building the imaginative capacity in our culture is vital to our survival. Are we living in a time of imaginative contraction, and if so, why? And how might we rebuild it? What would the intentional, society-wide rebuilding of the imagination look like? And looking forward, he will sketch out his next project, which focuses on our ability to ask good What If questions, and what that might tell us about what a post-COVID 19 world might look like.
Rob Hopkins is a cofounder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of several books about Transition. 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, he 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, an artist.