Work has started on developing the Scottish dimension of a bid by Transition Network for funding for a “Transition Regional Connecting and Peer Support” initiative across whole of GB. Following the Request for Proposals issued 22 May, this update and advises next steps.
We have appointed Kate Dyer, experienced project manager of community-led initiatives especially in Africa and Duncan Clark, Transition Stirling trustee, to help guide the Scottish contribution to a significant bid to The National Lottery Community Fund under the above title.
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David Somervell (Transition Edinburgh) and Philip Revell (Sustaining Dunbar) have stepped up to root this work in Scotland rather than being done remotely from London.
In friendship, David & Philip
Folks in Scotland were very fortunate to be able to invite Transition Trainer, Tina Clarke from the USA to visit on on the 2nd & 3rd of March 2019.
The first day was a Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Spring Gathering and Skillshare event. (more text here to summarise the day - David S to supply).
Tina wrapped up the first days session by sharing her experience of helping grassroots initiatives across America, Canada and Europe.
The second day was entitled 'Transition Training for a Carbon Neutral Scotland' and after a go-around to introduce ourselves, and what we wanted to gain from the day, Tina took us through what she called the 6 ways to create Social Change:
Tina also talked about the suitable scales of action.
Neighbourhood Level - smaller local clusters of neighbours/households (say approx 15 people within 15 mins walk of each other), where action should be focused on the practical (hands-on) activities. In Permaculture speak this would be the herb zone, chicken zone, etc. This could be communal growing spaces, orchards, compost bins, etc. Focusing on a Resilience of 1-3 weeks worth of resources.
Municipality/Community Level - town sized populations, where the outlook is broader in scope, looking and lifespan and legacy elements, food supply, water supply, heating, cooling, sanitation, with a Resilience focus on say 1-3 months.
and the Regional Level - were the focus might be on 1-3 years ahead, and be about local economics, energy plans for 100% renewables, 50% of food supply, etc.
Understanding these scales will help us to apply the right activities and planning at the appropriate level. ie there's no point in focusing on local economic issues at a neighbourhood level, and equally at a regional level it's very complex to organise big hands-on activities. In Scotland we need to look at streets, towns, villages, regions of cities as well as the larger regions and local authority levels of society and to channel our efforts to where they will be most effective an efficiently adopted.
Recommended Resources from the weekend are:
- Mark Jacobson - see link
- Story of Stuff
- Transition HealthCheck
- Climate Challenge Fund - Scottish Government funding for community-led projects.
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Reflections from attendees:
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Many thanks to David Somervell for organising the weekend and to Tina for making a deviation from her trip to Denmark to see us in Scotland.
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
Book your place here for Scottish Communities CAN's Annual Gathering. This year we have two days of events: Day 1 takes a look at why local decision is the future of politics, and how that might look, through talks and participatory workshops. Day 2, which takes a closer look at the conditions needed for good decision making in your local group or community, is an experiential workshop.
Day 1: Politics as Though People and Planet Matter: Harnessing democracy for our communities’ futureCan we imagine a world in which communities have control over the decisions that matter to us, and the resources to act on them? Can we re-invent how we do local democracy and local politics? And what would this mean for community-led climate action? The draft programme for the day can be viewed here.
Day 2: Decision making and governance: building a healthy relationship to powerA training day with Claire Milne, Transition Network and Eva Schonveld, SCCAN
Dear followers and supporters of Transition movement in Scotland.
We've put together this short survey and would greatly appreciate your time and views on the questions within. Here's the link: https://goo.gl/forms/VMhdy9ZV9y13Dl3B3
As a wee incentive, the first 20 will have a prize draw of a box of Fairtrade Chocolates ... and then a further box for all the rest submitted by 20 April!
Would you like to be involved with Transition Scotland (TS)? We work in our communities to make them stronger, happier and truly sustainable. We have just become a National Hub, part of the global Transition Network, with members in every continent. Through our website http://www.transition.scot and our newsletters we connect those in Scotland inspired by Transition tools and techniques ... to make our work even more effective. We encourage group membership AND individual membership.
This short survey will inform our direction in the coming year. Please get in touch if you can get involved – and join our Learning Opportunity weekend with Sustaining Dunbar, Friday 20 - Sunday 22 April [Book via https://ts-dunbar.eventbrite.co.uk] Thanks for your ideas.
Fri 20th (eve) to Sun 22nd (lunchtime) April'18
The Transition Scotland regional hub invite you and your community group for a Learning Visit to Sustaining Dunbar in East Lothian: 7pm Friday 20 April - 1pm Sunday 22 April
Book at https://ts-dunbar.eventbrite.co.uk[One booking per person: scroll down to tick your requests]
A Group Visit / Learning Opportunity - exploring Sustaining Dunbar's application of Transition Network principles and practiceFriday 20th April7pm Join Sustaining Dunbar Pot-Luck Supper Social at Belhaven Church Hall, Belhaven Rd, Dunbar EH42 1NH.
Discussion on a Plastic Free Coastline project, with guest presentation from local Surfers Against Sewage.
Saturday 21st AprilBleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1DX
10am Welcome and Introductory Session
11am Learning through sharing our stories
1pm Lunch, provided by the Ridge Cafe
1.30pm Learning visits offered to: Backlands Project / Zero Waste Hub / John Muir Birthplace /
European Stone Stacking Event / Dunbar Harbour & Battery etc.
2.30pm Open Space Discussions x 2
4.30pm Closing Circle and reflections
5pm Free time
7-10pm Optional Social Evening / Gourmet Green Supper (v) (Please book)
Sunday 22nd April10am Optional meeting / activities:
- Transition Scotland Core Group Meeting: interested in shaping the role of the TS Hub? (27 High St, Dunbar, EH42 1EN)
- Work Party at Belhaven Community Garden
- Walks eg. follow the clifftop trail from Dunbar Harbour to Belhaven Beach and John Muir Country Park
1pm Lunch and depart.
Accommodation Options:Couchsurfing with Sustaining Dunbar members where possible - please register your requirements asap.
Camp: www.meadowhead.co.uk/Belhaven-Home / www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/eastlothian/dunbar/dunbar
B&B: Springfield Guest House, Belhaven Rd, Tel 01368 862502 / Emmaus Guest House, 4 Newhouse Ter, Tel 01368 863949 / Rowan Cottage, North Road, Tel. 01368 863551
Self-catering: see: AirBnB or TripAdvisor
NOTE 1: We hope noone will be prevented from participating due to funding problems - please contact the organisers if you need a bursary / can offer to help organisation of things in exchange for free entry.
NOTE 2: We hope all travel expenses can be reimbursed through a Learning Exchange Fund. Keep receipts to claim.
NOTE 3: Please make one booking per participant.
Supplementary question if you are bringing family / kids.
No online fees for the two priced items.
Suggest small donation to couchsurf hosts.
Link to follow... please use the contact form in the interim.
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