EP 07: Yes, you can pay in chocolate

Explorations and Discoveries Within the Transition Town Movement

Inez Aponte and Ben Brangwyn live in Totnes, England, a town that has reimagined their local economy to support greater sustainability, enagagement, and happiness for all. (26:03)

Ben’s background is in marketing, customer support and organisational change in international hi-tech businesses. However, a growing awareness of climate change, economic injustice and society’s addiction to fossil fuels compelled him away from being part of the problem towards being part of the solution. As a result, he co-founded Transition Network and decided to devote his time to helping catalyse and support community-level responses to the biggest challenges of our times. Within Transition Network, Ben coordinates International Development. In his local initiative, Transition Town Totnes, Ben is DoctorBike and an active member of the Totnes Pound team. More about Ben.

Inez Aponte is a facilitator, trainer and consultant in the Human Scale Development Approach, working with individuals and communities seeking to improve their quality of life in balance with the Earth’s ecology. With an arts and performance background she has been developing participatory learning processes since 1998 and has worked with organizations such as WWF, The British Council and The Soil Association. She is an accredited Trainer for the Transition Network, co-founded the Well & Good Project and works for Totnes-based Futurebound on their Leadership for Resiliency programme. She is also a member of the New Economics Organisers Network (NEON). Inez delivers the Beautiful Economies training, which uses the Human Scale Development framework to explore how we can create thriving local economies that truly meet our needs and Storytelling for Changemakers, which teaches how to use the power of stories to inspire change. More about Inez.

A History of Transition in 2 Minutes:

Relevant Facts and Links:

  • Transition is a growing movement started in 2005 in Totnes, England.
  • The movement centers around local, crowd-source solutions to global challenges, such as climate change and inequity.
  • Transition is designed to foster more caring, mutually-supportive communities that are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, and weaving webs of connection and support.
  • Transition has spread to over 50 countries in thousands of groups, towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools and beyond.
  • https://transitionnetwork.org/