One of the key workshops at the conference will be ‘The Potential of Localism to Unlock Transition’, which will explore the new tools now available to communities due to the localism agenda and what could be done with them. It will be chaired by Transition Network’s Rob Hopkins and will include Frances Northrop from Transition Town Totnes and Philip Revell from Sustaining Dunbar. It will begin with a crash course in localism, everything you could want to know about it and how it works, from Dave Chapman, Head of Social Action at Locality (formerly the Development Trust Association and BASSAC), and will include plenty of time for discussion and questions. We asked Dave to tell us more about what he’s planning to say at the workshop:
This month’s round up covers two months, because this time last month half of the team that lovingly create these round ups was away when they should have been producing this. As a result it’s a bit of a whopper. The latest Transition Bristol newsletter begins “In this issue…. The Bristol Pound is coming, the Bristol Pound is coming, oh, and lots of other stuff too! Read on”. That seemed like a good way for us to start too. The Bristol Pound, the vastly exciting imminent launch of a city-wide currency that is creating a frenzy of media interest, is nearly here. Here is a short film about it:
On the Monday following the 2012 Transition Network conference (September 17th), Hal Gillmore of Big Green Canoe will be leading ‘The Brixton/Belsize Tour’, which visits those two London Transition initiatives. You’ll experience the Brixton Pound (arguably the coolest bank notes in circulation, anywhere), the Remakery (formerly Brixton Reuse Centre), Community Draught Busters and Brixton Energy, as well as a range of Belsize Transition happenings, including some great urban permaculture plots, such as a food garden in the carpark of a Premiere Inn. You will need a Zone 1 and 2 Travel Card, and the whole thing is being run on a donations basis. A fantastic and inspiring way to wind down after the conference. Everything you need to know is here. We asked Hal to tell us more about the tour, where it will be visiting, and what you should hope to get out of going on it:
One of the highlights of the 2012 Transition Network conference will be the Transition Cabaret on the Saturday night. It will feature James Marriott of Platform, actor and performer Ben Mellor, the social arts project In Your Own Skin with live vocals from Juliette Russell, performer poet Kate Tempest, live music and dancing from Holly Molly and the Crackers, as well as other treats yet to be confirmed. It will all be hosted by the “not only funny, but tender and true” (The Guardian) Matt Harvey. We asked him to tell us more about the evening and what people can expect from it. For those not attending the conference, tickets for the Cabaret are available from the Battersea Arts Centre box office.