The Trainer Papers
A discussion with Dr Ted Trainer
Philosopher and limits to growth advocate, Dr Ted Trainer, critiques a book critical of localisation but admits that there are conceptual problems with localism and Transition Towns thinking…
TED TRAINER — for those who might not have heard of him, Ted’s the man who taught sustainability before it became a social movement… he’s the man who taught limits to growth at university before it became the reality it …
I haven’t seen a copy of Ted’s new book yet, so the comments that follow are made in ignorance of the context set by it. My comments refer only to the chapters that Ted has circulated to publicise the publication. You will find this at the end of this review.
In late 2009, Dr Ted Trainer published a critique of the Transition and permaculture movements. This is reproduced here.
Ted works in the School of Social Work at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of a number of visionary books on sustainability such as The Conserver Society and The Simpler Way and has a small property at Pigface Point in suburban Sydney where he has built a number of intermediate technologies.
Here’s my response to Ted Trainer’s original article.
Thanks to the organised Greg Olsen from Transition Sydney for having the foresight to file the thing.
Ted’s paragraphs quote straight from his work and are followed by my responses denoted by RG:.