North West Transition Gathering – are you interested in a shaping a Regional Network?

We want to facilitate 8 regional workshops across England to explore the benefits of setting up regional networks to share the possibilities and challenges of working “In Transition”. These workshops will be freely offered in partnership, we hope, with you.

Would like to be involved in a workshop with other Transition Towns exploring the benefits of working together?

We will be offering this workshop in regions right across the country from the North West to the South East and down to the tip of Cornwall!

The first one we wish to run is in the North West, we are looking at the best date for organising this and have setup a doodle poll and it would be great if you could let us know dates you are free by Friday 7th April.

Regional Networks story so far:

The Transition Movement is celebrating its 10th Birthday – its really been only 10 years! – and for the majority of that time, the Transition Network Board have been holding both the development of the movement Internationally and the England/UK development. As the Movement has grown, it has become clear that energy should be put towards co-designing a National Hub starting from the wants and needs of Transition Initiatives themselves. This project is part of that conversation.

What have we been up to?

After extensive mapping of Transition activity across the country, we can now reliably say that there are around 250 initiatives across the UK and Ireland identifying as Transition Towns and many more grassroots environmental organisations not directly identifying with the Transition model.

We’ve noticed networks building up in London and the South East, East Kent, the North West, Herefordshire and Buckinghamshire. We would like to catalyse that shared action to explore whether it would be beneficial to strengthen local ties across Transition Groups and co-design purpose.

This in turn is preparing the ground for a conversation about an Nationwide Hub to join a growing International community of 45 Hubs across the World.

Why bother? 2 examples…

Transition Groups in the North West met last year and found a greater sense of network to share experiences and benefit in putting “faces to names”. They also found that meeting together was more effective to talk about how changes in the big picture (e.g. the UN Sustainable Development Goals) relate to Transition and a great way to share local challenges and how to overcome them.

Over the last year, groups in London and the SE have developed a sense of purpose around 7 themes

  • Share learning and experiences
  • Support each other
  • Organise to be part of a bigger picture.
  • Communicate their stories well
  • Connect with other organisations and movements in a spirit of celebration and fun.

This regional hub resulted directly in the event “REconomyLIFT – Local Innovation for Transition” looking at re-imagining local economies and gathering over 70 Transitioners together in the spirit of the 7 themes of the Hub. Check out the 10 minute video HERE and blog HERE and HERE!

Both groups have found great benefit of shared action and greater possibility of connecting with your neighbours to affect greater change.

How?

We would like to propose a day together in your region. This workshop day would include mapping what we have already before exploring the role of a regional hub in your area – this could be wildly different for different regions. Mike, Nick and I can bring our experience to date and offer facilitation so that you can be firmly in the conversation.

Resources.

Our biggest resource is time to work in partnership with you. We also have a small budget to contribute to overheads.

When might this happen?

We’d like to offer the following dates, organised by a doodle poll, be great to know your availability and interest:
May 13th/14th
June 3rd/4th
June 17th/18th
Participate in the Doodle HERE. 

The workshop could be on either the Saturday or the Sunday and would be something like 10.30am to 4.00pm.

Please do get in touch if this is interesting to you as an attendee or as a co-organiser!

All best,

Richard (Transition Town Tooting) and Mike (Transition Network) and Nick (friend of Transition Town West Kirby and Transition Liverpool)

PS. This message has been shared with Transition Liverpool, Northwich, West Kirby, Chester, Frodsham, Lancaster, Wigan, Kendal and South Lakes, Bolton, Brampton, Congleton Sustainability Group, Penrith Action for Community (PACT) and Sustainable Carlisle Network. If you know of any more, please do forward on!

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