Moving on from a year of unprecedented change and challenges, what learning and inspiration can we take forward to ensure that Transition is vibrant, vital, and viable in the unpredictable year ahead? Here are some of our top pieces and webinars from Transition Network’s Bounce Forward project. Bounce Forward is exploring how the UK can, in true Transition spirit, use the power of imagination, community action, and resilience to bounce forward, rather than back, from the covid-19 pandemic, and the vulnerability and inequalities it has exposed.
Are you curious to explore how Transition is evolving in a Scotland specific context, and how we can locally and regionally ‘bounce forward’? Join the Transition Scotland online gathering on January 9th, 9.30-12.30, on zoom. Sign up at https://ts9jan.eventbrite.co.uk.
What is the context for the next 5 years of Transition?
Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre), Nick Anim (TT Brixton) and Eva Schonveld (Transition Scotland Hub) explore how best to be in service to the scale of ambition the climate emergency demands of us, the urgency of demands for racial and social justice, as well as the need to ensure individuals and groups have the emotional and collective resilience for times that will be turbulent, fast-moving, and always surprising? Interesting insights and provocative discussion. Chaired by Rob Hopkins of Transition Network.
Green, But Mostly White. Why?
Transition member Nick Anim presents his research on how racism impacts our work within the UK Transition movement. Ethnicity is widely acknowledged to be an important determinant in the harmful impacts of climate and ecological crises in space and time. Yet, many environmental groups and organisations in multicultural societies of Western countries, such as the UK, struggle with having a diverse membership. Why? How can prominent environmental movements and organisations address this long-standing problem? A much needed discussion. A further reading list is available here.
The Power of Asking Good What If Questions
Inspired by Rob Hopkins’ latest book From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want, Rob Hopkins and guests Ruth Ben-Tovim, Megan O’Malley and Phil Frodsham explore what it is that makes a really good What If question to create the best vision for your community. Plenty of practical ideas for you to apply in your own community setting, especially if you are looking for something to re-energise and re-motivate your group/organisation.
Thinking big and building networks to mobilise communities to rethink the future
Representatives from Transition Kentish Town, Transition New Mills and Transition Ealing share how they are finding new and unexpected openings to work with their local councils in response to declarations of climate emergencies. Listen out for tales of empty cafes transformed into community hubs for the imagination, community ‘What Next’ imagining events, and ambitious plans for decarbonisation by 2030. Inspiration abounds! Chaired by Hilary Jennings of Transition Town Tooting.
See all the resources, webinars, and interesting ideas coming out of Bounce Forward at https://transition-bounceforward.org/. The project will culminate in a What Next? Summit from March 3rd-20th 2021 - not to be missed!
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