At this year’s Transition Network conference (full workshop list here), Naresh Giangrande of Transition Training is co-presenting two workshops, ‘Good Lives Don’t Have to Cost the Earth’ with Jules Peck and Inez Aponte, and ‘An Introduction to the Transition Thrive Training’. We asked him what he had planned for the workshops, and why should anyone want to go to them?
One of the workshops on Saturday afternoon is called ‘Turning local food initiatives into social enterprises’ and will be presented by Julie Brown of Growing Communities in Hackney, Josiah Meldrum of Farmshare CSA in Norwich and Jon Walker from the Green Valley Grocer in Slaithwaite. We asked Jon about the workshop, what people could expect from it, and what it is that he loves about Transition Network conferences.
In response to that last question he replied:
“It’s always inspirational. It’s always wonderful meeting all the people who are involved in these things and seeing what new is happening and catching up with old friends and getting up to date with what’s going on … they’re always a delight and really entertaining, and you learn a lot and meet a lot of nice people. It’s a good way to recharge your batteries”.
One of the workshops that will take place in the first session of workshops at the conference will be led by Sophy Banks, one of the originators of Transition Training. Here she is to tell you more about what to expect from it:
In the 4.30pm workshop slot on Saturday at the 2012 Transition Network conference is a session which brings together three leading social entrepreneurs, who will talk about their work outside the world of Transition, bringing different models, passion, enthusiasm and insights you may not previously have encountered. We are honoured to have them, and who knows what collaborations, overlaps and connections might arise from it. So, in no particular order, they are Lily Lapena of MyBnk, Ken Banks of kiwanja.net and Junior Smart of the St Giles Trust (SOS Project). A bit more about each of them: