CTRLshift: An Emergency Summit for Change: May 8-10 2019, Stoke-on-Trent

CTRLshift seeks to catalyse a network of change-making organisations, networks and independent practitioners, to work together to form a broad campaign for positive social, economic and environmental change.

Why is this summit crucial?

We are in a time of great uncertainty and unfolding crises

The social, economic and environmental failures of the current system are being cruelly exposed by rising inequality, social division, increasingly precarious and insecure employment, an alarming loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change. On a personal level,  an increasing number of people are struggling to meet basic needs of food and housing and maintain positive mental health.

A better future exists

Across the UK individuals, organisations and networks are working to create a future that is inclusive, collaborative, and creates shared benefits. We are creating affordable low carbon housing, local food, renewable energy, sustainable transport, and alternative finance systems from the ground up. Co-operative solutions, entrepreneurial innovation and new forms of democratic and social change are showing ways forward and in some places building local partnerships with the public sector. But these public social partnerships are relatively rare and need greater investment and support. We have the research and policy proposals, campaigns and participatory processes to support new forms of social innovation.

But we lack voice and coordination

Whilst many of the people working for a more participatory, inclusive and regenerative future share a set of values, and are working towards similar goals, our work remains fragmented and siloed. We have yet to demonstrate that we can bring together the different components we are each engaged in to create an alternative system, and our advocacy and policy work lacks voice and coordination. We struggle to work across identities of class, colour, culture, nationality, gender, politics and religion, even when we share values and aspirations for the future.

In the (probable) departure from the EU and its aftermath, there will be unprecedented opportunities to shape the future of the UK. Will our collective voice be heard, or will the alternatives we have developed be ignored?

Help us shape a positive post Brexit future

Our purpose is to create the spaces where we can ‘shape our future together’ locally, regionally and nationally.

We believe that the best way to effect change is to bring together those working to reform the system with those actively building practical radical alternatives on the ground. We want to bring together activists, organisers, commoners and entrepreneurs to develop a shared agenda to shift power over our democracy, economy and environment, from Westminster and multinational corporations, to people and communities across the UK. By bringing these solutions together and mobilising people for local and regional action we can make ‘taking back control’ a positive reality.

What we learnt in Wigan, March 2018

At our first event in Wigan over 100 organisations and networks came together to identify key issues and themes, map strategies and approaches, and learn more about each other’s work. It was a rich two and a half days and many initiatives and projects grew from the relationships that were formed.

Since then we have attended events and held a number of workshops, built the framework for collaborative action between events and developed proposals for funds that will enable a significant increase in the work. Until now, much of what has been achieved has been done by a small group of organisations and committed individuals. There is wide support from many organisations. With funds in place we are confident that CTRLshift can be a very significant opportunity to bring together our collective work.

For more, read our Briefing Paper here.

An invitation to get involved

The event is being run on a cost of service / non profit making basis. Key organisations will be invited to send representatives to the event. If you would like to get more involved, please contact Jay Tompt jay@transitiontowntotnes.org to talk about partnership opportunities, or Andy Goldring andyg@permaculture.org.uk to talk about getting involved in working groups and planning ahead.

To read our briefing paper, click the button below:

Who should attend

Local government officials seeking new models / civil society orgs with practical solutions to share / social enterprises, coops and community wealth builders / cultural creatives / funders and citizen activists / new economy & transition process academics

We’re looking to get the whole system in the room

Partners & Contributors include:

The Alternative UK, Cooperative News, Co-ops UK, Counter Coin, The Democracy Collaborative / Next System Project,  Ethical Consumer Research Association, People’s Food Policy, Permaculture Association, Preston Cooperative Development Network, Schumacher Institute, Shared Assets, Shared Future CIC, Solidarity Economy Association, Stir to Action, Totnes REconomy Project.

Why Stoke on Trent?

When plotting these events in 2017, the initial co-convenors were looking for a location in one of the many ‘Brexit Towns’ – those places that voted strongly for Brexit. Our reasoning is and was that many of these represent places left behind, places where the change is needed here and now. Wigan was our first location in 2018 and we’re now excited to be coming to Stoke on Trent.

Our aim is to work with local groups and local networks to combine our work and collective knowledge. Stoke on Trent has an emergent alliance of interdependent and interconnected organisations from the local government, civil society, business and academic sectors. We’re pleased to be able to work with this network to forge closer connections and build a local plan that works for all.

Potbank Hotel @ Spode Works

Potbank, our venue, is found on the site of the old Spode Works Factory, part of Stoke-on-Trent’s rich industrial heritage. There are modern meeting rooms, a cafe and 20 bedrooms for our use. We will also be using part of the unrenovated old factory connected to the Hotel.

To find out more, visit http://potbank.co.uk

Join us

We are looking to collaborate with:

  • CTRLshift Partners
  • Media Partners
  • Funding Partners

Contact Jay Tompt to find out more.

You can also follow us on Twitter @CTRLshiftsummit and use #CTRLshift2019 to share what’s happening.

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