North West Workshop

Are you interested in shaping a regional Network in your area, then come to this workshop on the 13/05/17

Transition Network is running a series of workshops throughout England over the next three months to help groups come together and form regional networks.

These workshops will help you to:

  • Connect with other groups near to you
  • Design a regional network in your area
  • Help you to think about how to grow Transition and support each other

We want to run a day workshop in Lancaster on the 13th of May and would love to know if anyone from your group could attend.

There will be no cost for the workshop, though you will have to cover the costs of travel to and from the workshop and sort out your own lunch on the day. It will run from around 10am - 4:30pm with a lunch break. The reason we choose this area to run this workshop, was that it was quite central to a lot of Initiatives either geographically or had good transport links. We realise that this may not be where you would naturally place yourselves. The aim of this workshop is to get people together to build links and to decide together where there networks are, which could mean that several networks are formed at one workshop. We also have limited resources so had to make a decision based on providing as much access to as many groups as possible.

Later on in the year we are also planning meetings to discuss what an England Transition National Hub might look like, which you will also be invited to nearer the time.

You can find out more about the whole project on this website.

There is an outline of the workshop below followed by a list of groups we have invited (if there are Transition groups that are not on that list, then please pass this on to them and let us know as well, thanks).

We are also organising meetings in other areas that you may wish to attend instead depending on where you are based, more details of these can be found here:

East Midlands Workshop

West Midlands Workshop

Let us know if you can come

We would really appreciate if you could email me at with the following information asap:

  • Your name
  • Your group
  • Your phone number and email
  • If you would be able to come to this workshop or not
  • If you are interested in attending one of the other workshops

Once we have gauged whether there is enough interest to continue we will confirm the venue and exact timings.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully meeting you in person.

Mike Thomas
(Transition Network)
Richard Couldrey
(London Hub and Transition Tooting)

Regional networks development workshop

This day workshop has been developed out of work carried out in London and the South East where groups came together and co-designed a functioning regional network. This network developed through using a series of exercises to come up with ideas and plans and it is these exercises that form the basis of the workshop. London now has a really thriving network that meets regularly, shares information and has arranged events together. We want to help other networks to develop based on the great stuff that has happened there to create thriving networks throughout England.

You design your network

Workshop facilitators Mike Thomas (Transition Network) and Richard Couldrey (Transition Town Tooting) have both been involved in the development of the London and SE hub. They believe that Transition groups in a region will know how best to define what their regional network does and how it functions. This workshop has been designed to facilitate this happening. At the end of this workshop, you and the other groups involved will have explored whether there is energy for a regional network, what it function should be and how to develop it.

We also want to learn from you and share your innovations

As part of this project, Richard is also carrying out research into scaling up grassroots social innovation to affect greater change. The workshop will also feedback into this process to seed the next steps of the project which includes strengthening and developing regional networks in preparation for a workshop about a National Hub later this year.
What to expect from the workshop

The following outlines the one day workshop in more detail to give you an idea of what to expect, this may develop between now and the workshop day.

Session 1: Physical mapping exercise
The whole group will position themselves in the the room based on questions related to the region, i.e. location, time group going, links to other groups, projects you are doing etc.
This is a great short exercise that will help you to quickly get a picture of where people are from, how they are doing and more.

Session 2: Thrives/barriers/local connections exercise
You come together in groups to discuss:
What do I really enjoy about Transition, what activities do i find myself naturally attracted to
What saps my energy and tends to lead to burnout / conflict?
What helps my group to thrive
What are the barriers to our group being successful
What connections do we already have in our area

This session explores why you do Transition, what you enjoy about it and what helps your group to thrive, what the barriers are to being successful and the connections that you already have in your area. Doing this helps you to think about the common issues that affect all groups and what can be done to make Transition a nurturing experience. It also helps people to gain more of an understanding about each other and what their groups are doing, which you can then chat about over lunch.

BREAK. Sharing Lunch.

Session 3: Brainstorm/mindmapping of themes and role of a Regional Network:
This exercise helps you to to identify the themes and areas for the Give and Gain wheel to inform the overall shaping of your network.

This session enables all people present to begin to identify and design what a regional network could do in your area and how it could benefit your group. This is really important session as it allows everyone to shape what a regional network could be, which will then feed into the next exercise.

Session 4: Give and gain activity:
This activity enables you and the group to state what you are interested in and how much energy you are willing to give to tasks.

This session looks at the potential activities that a regional network could carry out and then analyses as a group what they are interested in and what they would be willing to give energy to. This is where you begin to assess whether a regional network is a feasible project and if it is worth doing.

Session 5: Emergent themes:
We will be asking the question: what’s the purpose? What’s the activity? What’s the modus operandi?
This also helps articulate what the network is and what it does - a definition of vision and mission if you like.
Defining what should be the next steps for your network, what will you spend time on?
This enables you dig into the detail of the emerging themes to understand them operationally, how might they play out over time.

This helps with visioning how the network might develop through understanding what your first priorities are.
We could imagine those who, in the Give and Gain wheel, identified an area of special interest might gravitate towards that area in this bit.

This final session, then takes the outcomes from the Give and Gain activity to decide on next steps together, considering who will do what and how this will happen. Then it is up to you to develop your network together into the future.

Groups invited

  1. Alsager
  2. Bolton
  3. Brampton
  4. Buxton
  5. Chester
  6. Congleton Sustainability Group
  7. Frodsham
  8. Holmfirth Town (HoTT)
  9. Hope Valley
  10. Kendal and South Lakes
  11. Lancaster
  12. Liverpool
  13. Marsden and Slaithwaite Towns (MASTT)
  14. Northwich
  15. PACT: Penrith Action for Community
  16. Regather Works- Sheffiled
  17. Sustainable Carlisle Network
  18. Transition New Mills
  19. West Kirby
  20. Wigan