We start this month’s Round Up with the first of two awards we’ll be giving out this month, the ‘Dedication to Transition Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award’. It goes to David and Mark of Transition Keynsham, who will be taking part in the Exmouth Exodus bike ride to raise much needed funds for Transition Keynsham. The Exodus ride is an overnight bike ride from Clifton to Exmouth, a total of around 100 miles with a few hills along the way! If you would like to sponsor them, or send them encouraging words, please click here. Every little helps (as they say).
Let’s start this month’s round up in Australia. Transition Sydney also recently held an event about social enterprise and reviving local economies through resilience-building, entitled the ‘Living Economies Forum’, with a great range of speakers. Here is the poster. One of them was Michael Shuman, and here is his excellent talk, called “Building Resilient Local Economies through Local Investment”:
I wrote a couple of days ago about the recent Atmos Totnes event when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was unveiled as a new Patron of the community’s attempt to bring the former Dairy Crest site into community ownership. Here’s a great short film of the event made by Chris Watson of Smith & Watson.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was in Totnes last week to throw his weight behind Atmos Totnes and to visit other Transition Town Totnes initiatives. Hugh is the fifth Patron of Atmos, joining Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP, Jonathan Dimbleby, Kevin McCloud and Tim Smit. Atmos Totnes is working to bring the former Dairy Crest site adjoining Totnes station into community ownership to develop it as ‘the heart of a new economy’. It is currently negotiating with Dairy Crest, the site’s owners, for an Exclusivity Agreement for the site, a process that has entered a critical stage.