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CTRLshift 2018 Partners

Would you like to join us?

Levels of participation for partner and supporting organisations:

CTRLshift Partner

  • Your organisation endorses the aims and objectives of the event
  • Uses its influence to invite key additional organisations and/or individuals to the event
  • Sends out AT LEAST one newsletter that mentions the event both before and after
  • Will buy at least one ticket AND will attend – or better – send a diverse delegation in terms of gender, ethnicity, and experience
  • Will participate at event in drafting and/or endorsing event communiqué
  • Will participate at event in exploring 3-5 year ‘strategy’, ‘coalition’, ‘platform’, and/or ‘collaboration’ through which participating organisations and networks can self-align and self-coordinate activities in ways that will create the conditions for our society to adequately address the emergency-level crises we collectively face. This may be supported by funding from National Lottery Community Fund Partnership Programme
  • Your organisation/network’s name will be listed as such in relevant materials, along with logos
  • Space at the venue for pop-up banners
  • Your organisation/network can be allotted programme time for workshop or seminar

Media Partner

  • Your media organisation will develop and publish content leading up to, during, and/or following the event.
  • Your organisation’s name will be listed as such in relevant materials, along with logos.
  • Your organisation can be allotted programme time for workshop or seminar.

Funding Partner

  • Your organisation will provide funding support for the event and/or follow on activities, projects, etc.
  • You will have a free place at the summit, space for a pop-up banner, and possible slot for a workshop
  • The name of your organisation will be listed as such in relevant materials, along with logos, if space allows.

Contact Jay Tompt to find out more.

2019 CTRLshift Partners & Contributors:

We’re currently updating our list of partners for 2019. A full list will appear here soon.

The Permaculture Association supports our members and others in the permaculture network to design thriving communities across Britain by applying permaculture ethics and principles, and to contribute to permaculture worldwide.  Whether you are involved in gardening, farming, planning, building homes, economic regeneration, or business, using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future.  By putting ethics first and using natural systems as a model, there are simple and innovative ways to live fairly and sustainably now and in the future.

At Shared Assets we make land work for everyone. We support the development of new models of managing land that are sustainable and productive, create livelihoods, enhance the environment, and involve local people in making decisions about the places they care about. We provide advice, support and training, undertake research, and advocate for changes in the way we manage land.

The Totnes Reconomy Project, an initiative of Transition Town Totnes, was launched by a small group of enthusiastic community members. We wanted to reverse the negative economic trends affecting the town, but we also wanted to innovate. We wanted to inspire a new kind of economic regeneration that would create an abundance of opportunity for people to meet their needs, and to do so in ways that work with natural systems, are inclusive and fair, and that generally increase the well being of the entire community. These are aspirations, of course, but we have taken the first steps and good things are beginning to happen.

Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world that has been growing since 2005.  It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities.

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Co-operatives UK is the network for thousands of co-operative businesses worth £36 billion to the economy. Our mission is to grow the co-operative economy and together we work to promote, develop and unite co-operatives across all sectors, from major high street retailers and large agricultural businesses to community owned pubs and credit unions.

CounterCoin is a network of local charities, small business and volunteers working together to promote good citizenship in Newcastle under Lyme. This video was created, shot and edited by a group of talented young adults from North Staffs YMCA in June/July 2017.

The Alternative UK is a political platform based in the United Kingdom. Through curation, editorial, public events, commissioning and research, we aim to transform the language and practice of politics on these islands. Inspired by and associated with Alternativet in Denmark, we are trying to bring about “a friendly revolution”.

The Happy Museum Project – The Happy Museum Project looks at how the museum sector can respond to the challenge of creating a more sustainable future.

It supports museum practice that places wellbeing within an environmental and future-facing frame, rethinking the role that museums can play in creating more resilient people, places and planet. Through action research, academic research, peer networking and training it supports institutional and community wellbeing and resilience in the face of global challenges.

Transition London and South East aims to catalyse netwTransition London and South East aims to catalyse networking as a critical element to scaling up Transition activity in the region through the 6 themes: celebrate, share, support, co-produce the Bigger Picture, communicate, organise. Through acting together, it will form an effective platform to represent and advocate for Transition Towns in the region, relationship building with such institutions as City and Borough Councils.

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Red Pepper is a bi-monthly magazine and website of left politics and culture. We’re a socialist publication drawing on feminist, green and libertarian politics. We seek to be a space for debate on the left, a resource for movements for social justice, and a home for open-minded anti-capitalists. Although based in London, we have links around Britain and have always covered events and perspectives from outside the capital. We seek to help build the kind of pluralistic, dynamic movements which can fundamentally challenge our economic system, with its entrenched injustice, structures of power and oppression, and tendency towards war and environmental destruction.

The Schumacher Institute is a think tank. We believe that our planet faces complex social, economic and environmental crises that are hard to solve, however, we are optimistic that solutions can be found. We apply systems thinking to explore and test sustainable options, which acknowledge the complexity of our world. We see social justice as integral to sustainability and look for answers that are fair to all, within the limits the Earth can sustain.

Losing Control 2019 brought together change makers from all kinds of backgrounds, sectors and positions to discuss and create bottom-up and collaborative approaches to social change.

Established in 1871, Co-operative News is published by Co-operative Press Ltd, an independent registered co-operative society. It is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 as a bona fide co-operative, registration IP 1585R.

Membership of Co-operative Press is open to individual readers as well as to other co-operatives, corporate bodies and unincorporated organisations. The Co-operative News mission statement is to connect, champion and challenge the global co-operative movement, through fair and objective journalism and open and honest comment and debate.

We are Shared Future. We’re committed to community empowerment, social enterprise and democratic participation. We’re all about providing expertise, building connections and delivering worthwhile projects. We work with not-for-profit organisations, the public sector and ethical private companies.

Stir to Action publishes STIR, a quarterly magazine on the new economy, runs workshop programmes, and supports Community Economic Development. STIR focuses on cooperatives, commons, solidarity economy and financial innovation. Stir to Action’s wider programme includes ‘Unlocking the Next Economy. They are a media partner for CTRLshift 2018.

Community Energy England was established in 2014 as a not for profit organisation, set up to provide a voice for the community energy sector and help create the conditions within which community energy can flourish. Community energy includes the delivery of community renewables, energy efficiency, demand reduction and energy supply projects. They represent communities at the national level, influencing decision makers and informing the energy debate.

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Ethical Consumer’s primary goal is making global businesses more sustainable through consumer pressure. Ethical Consumer aims to enable you to assert your own ethical values through the market by providing information about the company groups that lie behind the brand names on a product-by-product basis. Ethical Consumer are one of CTRLshift’s media partners.

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The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action. We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. Supported by our 28,000 Fellows, we share powerful ideas, carry out cutting-edge research and build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, helping to create fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.

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The Democracy Collaborative was founded in 2000 at the University of Maryland as a research center dedicated to the pursuit of democratic renewal, increased civic participation, and community revitalisation. It works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.

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CLES is the UK’s leading, independent think and do tank realising progressive economics for people and place. Their aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere. Their experienced team are specialists in their fields, and at the forefront of pioneering work relating to Local Government, local economic development, community wealth building, system change and co-production, housing, public health, cultural assets, environmental change, place-making and planning, procurement, finance and investment, good governance and devolution, employability and skills, social value and inclusive growth.

In 2011, Preston City Council committed to an alternative approach to economic development by supporting co-operatives. They are working with a number of experts such as Co-operative UK, Co-operative NW, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and other specialists as part of their Fairness Agenda.  They aim to promote co-operatives through three main activities: Presco is the new, legally constituted cooperative development network working to expand the cooperative economy in Preston and build community wealth.  

Let’s create a fairer society for everyone!  A society based on equality, democracy, and solidarity.  We are the Solidarity Economy Association.  Our vision is a thriving Solidarity Economy for the UK – an economy that embodies the values of economic and social justice, diversity and pluralism, co-operation, self-management, and ecological sustainability.  Another economy is not just possible: it’s already happening.

Additional 2018 Partners

The People’s Food Policy is a grassroots initiative developing recommendations for the food policies we would like to see. It is a collaboration between actors in the food sovereignty network and groups working for a more just and sustainable food system.  At the moment our work is being co-ordinated by representatives as from Land Workers Alliance, Global Justice Now, Ecological Land Co-operative, Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience, Permaculture Association and others.​​ We are working in collaboration with the leadership and experience of civil society organisations, unions, non governmental organisations, community groups and citizens.

Co-operative Business Consultants is a co-operative consortium of individuals and organisations committed to social justice through solidarity co-ops. We operate in the UK and Ireland.  For over a decade we have built a solid reputation for our high quality services to co-ops, working with many start-ups as well as existing businesses.  CBC is active in finding new ways forward and promoting democracy and accountability within the co-operative movement. Since 2014 we have hosted five major conferences and submitted popular proposals to Co-op Congress UK on co-operative identity, living wage, salary ratios and member participation.

We are UnLtd.  We want to see a world where people act to make it better. Our mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of enterprising people who do good.

Local Futures’ mission is to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization. Through its “education for action” programs, Local Futures develops innovative models and tools to catalyze collaboration for strategic change at the community and international level.

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FEA is a project of the Real Farming Trust (RFT) a charity concerned with food sovereignty and sustainable farming (in particular, the practice of agroecology). The mission of RFT  is to enable the growth of farming and food production practices that are economically sound and democratic, socially just, humane to animals, and promote the long-term protection of natural resources.

Sustainable Wells, based in Somerset, is part of the Transition movement to encourage people to reduce the use of fossil fuels, cut down on food waste and support the local economy by buying from local, independent retailers.

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The Citizens’ Economic Council is an RSA programme designed to give citizens a say on national economic policy, and influence over the future of the UK economy. They aim to build a stronger economic democracy in the UK through informed engagement and discussion.

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Through community events, academic research and online debate, Civil Society Futures will create a space for a much needed conversation among those involved in all forms of civic action – from informal networks to vast charities, Facebook groups to faith groups. Considering how both the nature of civil society and the context it exists in are changing fast, we will investigate how to maximise the positive effects of civic action and provide a guide to how to release its potential to drive positive change.

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The Open Co-op was founded in 2004 with the purpose of “building a world-wide community of individuals and organisations committed to the creation of a collaborative, sustainable economy”. In 2017 we ran the UK’s first two day event on ‘platform co-ops’ – online organisations which are owned and managed by their members and the follow up event, OPEN 2018, on “collaborative technology for the co-operative economy is now scheduled for the 26th and 27th of July at Conway Hall in London. Find out more at

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Campfire is a new community that is working for the common good, free of advertising and algorithms, with a funding model around membership, an online social network and events. Its Global Beacons initiative is launching in 2018, with the plan to bring new local groups together for social change across the UK and beyond on the days of the solstices and equinoxes. It’s a great example of a modern community that is thinking in new ways  which has the potential to change the way we do social networking. More details :  

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Schumacher College has developed an international reputation for nature-based education around ecology and sustainability. Their work is to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the difficult questions and to find knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions.

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We are the leading global authority on social enterprise. We are the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK. We are a strategic partner to 6 government departments and have led public policy on social enterprise for 15 years. We have unrivalled business relationships working with some of the biggest companies in the UK to support social enterprise through their supply chains, people and networks. Our membership is a network that includes all the leading lights of the UK social enterprise movement from community organisations to consumer products.

Biodynamic Land Trust’s mission is to secure land through community shares and donations for healthy, productive and sustainable farms. Biodynamic organic farming produces healthy food, protects nature, creates fertile soils and fosters community. Through community ownership, we de-commodify farmland, protecting it from the pressures of agri-business and land-banking. Our farms generate rural employment, access to land for entrant farmers and food security. Biodynamic Land Trust is saving the planet, one farm at a time.

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A legal innovation lab, making law work for the real economy. Founded by lawyer, Mothiur Rahman, the firm covers areas such as community rights, community energy and social enterprise.

Involve was founded in 2003 to “create a new focus for thinking and action on the links between new forms of public participation and existing democratic institutions”.  Since then, they have developed world renowned expertise, skills and resources on public participation, open governance and democratic reform. They have partnered with international, national, devolved and local organisations – including the OECD, Open Government Partnership, UK and devolved governments and parliaments, numerous local authorities and public sector bodies, and civil society organisations.

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Local Trust’s mission is to enable residents to make their communities and their areas even better places in which to live. They do this by helping residents develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future. They provide a mix of funding and finance to support people to make sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources.

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Gaia Education is an international NGO which provides students of all ages and cultural backgrounds with knowledge and skills to design a thriving society. We teach our students how to use energy and resources with greater efficiency, distribute wealth equitably, and make quality of life the focus of future thinking. Our learners become Changemakers, capable of playing active roles in transitioning their communities to sustainable and regenerative practices, lifestyles and infrastructures.

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We are a think tank, a campaigning and advocacy organisation, a news service, a network of local groupsand more. We are also a philosophy of a different kind of Scotland and how we can achieve it. Our goal is to achieve a Scotland of social and economic equality and environmental sustainability with a vibrant community and cultural life, widespread democratic participation, a high quality of life and cooperative working.

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CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. Their site is a unique and valuable practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions. They also run the Zero Carbon Britain project and produce research reports on this.

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Contact Jay Tompt to find out more about collaborating with us.