On 23rd September 2010, Rob Hopkins (Co-Founder of the Transition Town Movement and Trustee of the Transition Network Charity) sent an unsolicited Email attempting to defame Ian R Crane.
The previous Email exchanges can be reviewed via the following links:
Round 1: Rob Hopkins Opening Salvo.
Round 2: Rob Hopkins Continues His Libelous Attacks.
Round 3: Rob Hopkins ... Portrait of an Eco-Leader in Denial
As it is becoming evident that Rob Hopkins is behaving like a Pit Bull Terrier and isn't about to let up in his efforts to defame me, I have now copied Ben Brangwyn (the other Co-Founder of Transition Town) in on my replies and requested a meeting with the Transition Network Board of Trustees in the hope that we might find a more conducive and co-operative way forward.
Unfortunately the initial response from Ben Brangwyn is not particularly encouraging:
From: Ben Brangwyn
Thank you for your request to meet with the trustees of Transition Network. We'll discuss it at the next board meeting. If the request is agreed with, I'll send you an email with the dates. If you don't hear from me, that's because we won't be able to fit you into our very busy agendas.
Transition Network: co-founder
address: 43 Fore St, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5HN, UK
uk registered charity: 1128675
Not a good start! Not only does this look like a stock administrative response, it is apparent that the issue only warrants being 'discussed' at the next Board Meeting ... and only then if they can 'fit me in to their very busy agendas!'
So let's get this right, the founder of Transition Town and Trustee of the Transition Network Charity (uk registered charity: 1128675) initiates an unsolicited attempt to smear a Researcher who has the audacity to call into question the Transition Town attachment to 'Peak Oil', yet the Board of Trustees barely consider it to be worthy of discussion!
So... here's my response to Ben Brangwyn:
----- Original Message -----
From: Ian R Crane
An Evolving Exploration into the Head, Heart and Hands of Energy Descent.
Available now from Transition Culture: The Transition Handbook: from oil dependency to local resilience published by Green Books.
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I wonder if this might get somebody's attention?