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Chris Johnstone

Chris Johnstone is a medical doctor, author, and coach who worked for nearly twenty years as an addictions specialist in the UK National Health Service. A former Senior Teaching Fellow at Bristol University Medical School, he trains health professionals in behavioral medicine and runs courses exploring the psychological dimensions of planetary crisis. He is known for his work pioneering the role of resilience training in promoting positive mental health, developing self-help resources, and setting up the Bristol Happiness Lectures. He is author of Find Your Power: A Toolkit for Resilience and Positive Change and co-presenter of The Happiness Training Plan CD. Chris has been a trainer in the Work That Reconnects for more than two decades, working with Joanna Macy and running facilitator trainings in the UK. In 2004, he set up the free email newsletter The Great Turning Times, which is now read by thousands of people throughout the world. He has been active in the Transition Movement since its very beginnings and contributed to a chapter on the psychology of change in The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins. Chris lives in the North of Scotland, where he lives with his wife, Kirsty, their dogs and chickens, pursuing his love of growing fruit in their evolving forest garden. His website is

Earth Talk: The Adventure of ACTIVE HOPE with Chris Johnstone at Schumacher College


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