The Power of Just Doing Stuff

Oct 7, 2013
Rob Hopkins; photo by Rob Currie

Rob Hopkins; photo by Rob Currie

Transition | trăn’zi sʜ´ən | n. 1. The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

The Transition Movement is a grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis.…We believe that we can make the transition to a more sustainable world.

Transition Pasadena celebrates this idea, welcoming Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins to speak on Monday, October 14th.

Hopkins taught at Kinsale College of Further Education in Ireland, setting up “the world’s first full-time two year permaculture courses.” He also coordinated the first eco-village in Ireland, The Hollies Centre, and co-founded Transition Town Totnes, emphasizing practical sustainability, permaculture, and natural building (as in cob and strawbale).

Building a cob house; photo courtesy of The Hollies

Building a cob house using “hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw”; photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre of Sustainability

The aim of transition towns is to have sustainability, and to be ecologically and economically resilient. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels is a fundamental aspect of this movement, so there are initiatives to create community gardens; a “business waste exchange” where the waste of one business might be used by another business; and bartering, trading, and exchanging recycling materials and items in order to reduce “energy usage as well as (reduce people’s) reliance on long supply chains that are totally dependent on fossil fuels for essential items.”

Hopkins will speak, focusing on his latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World.

Following Hopkins’ talk, we’ll be celebrating Just Doing Stuff in Pasadena, featuring a potluck lunch, tours of the Throop Learning Garden, our award-winning Repair Café, a Really Really Free Market, and an opportunity to socialize and network with local environmental and community organizations. (

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Transition Pasadena will provide soup and bread. They are asking that people participating in the Fair bring a dessert dish or fruit to share.

Local groups participating in the Fair include the Arroyo Food Co-op, Arroyo S.E.C.O. Network of Time Banks, Pasadena Learning Gardens, Citizens Climate Lobby, Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and Sustainable World.

“By shifting our mind-set, we can actually recognize the coming post-cheap oil era as an opportunity rather than a threat, and design the future low carbon age to be thriving, resilient, and abundant.” ( (

Just Doing Stuff Transition Town Fair
Monday, Oct. 14th, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Throop Memorial Unitarian Universal Church
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101
Tickets: $5 online (; $10 at the door

Panel Discussion with Rob Hopkins, Sunday, Oct. 13th, 5-7 p.m., $10 (pre-registration required). Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Ave., L.A. 90045

Participating organizations:
Arroyo SECO Network of Time Banks
Repair Cafe
Arroyo Food Co-op
The Shed/La Loma Development Co.
Institute for Urban Technology
Pasadena Community Gardens
Pasadena Learning Gardens
Altadena Community Garden
Altadena Farmers Market
Cluck in Pasadena
Citizens Climate Lobby
R.I.P.E. – Residential In-Season Produce Exchange
Neighborhood Church 7th Principle Green Council
Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Associate
Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition

Here are more examples of structures at The Hollies Centre for Sustainability in Enniskeane, County Cork, Ireland.

Several interior shots of the main cob house:

The Hollies Centre Cob House_C

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Greenhouse interior:

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

An outdoor fire pit:

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre

A cob house “built by a teenager-highly insulated, energy efficient, with environmentally friendly and local materials”:

The Hollies Centre house by teenager

Photo courtesy of The Hollies Centre





1 Response for “The Power of Just Doing Stuff”

  1. Pearl Haw says:

    Please include RIPE (Residential In-Season Produce Exchange) as the participating organization. RIPE has more than 250 members. Visit to learn more.



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