The overarching goal of this summit is to help a more effective movement for positive change to emerge from our collective actions. We believe closer and more effective collaboration between grassroots organisations (which individually are doing great work) will enable us to thrive in these very uncertain times. The aspiration of this summit is to be a spark for new relationships, collaborations, and energy that will carry all of us forward.  

The aims for this 2 ½ day programme are:

  •    create and deepen relationships between individuals and organisations
  •    develop a shared understanding of each other’s work, analyses, and theories of change
  •    map a common understanding of the key issues and opportunities to align and work together
  •    identify next steps, long term goals and post-summit collaborations

Before the summit The process will be participatory and emergent, so among the questions that might help you prepare:

  •    What is your organisation going to bring to this experience and what are hoping to get from it?
  •    What learning can you share and what do you want to learn?
  •    How does your work fit with the work of others in this proto-movement for positive change?
  •    What are the most urgent challenges we must address and how can we work together to address them?

We have a Facebook group – for us to begin conversations, share information, and get ourselves prepared for the productive work ahead.

Solutions Sessions

There are going to be between 8 and 16 Solutions Session slots available at CTRLshift 2018. Each Solutions Session is 25 minutes in length and will take place in one of three main halls at the venue we’re using, The Edge Centre in Wigan. Solutions Sessions will take place around a table – physically or metaphorically depending on numbers. Up to 6 Solutions Sessions will take place simultaneously dependent on number of sessions requested and final numbers attending the Summit. Solutions Sessions will take place as follows:

  • 18:15 – 19:15 Tuesday 27th March
  • 17.30 – 18.30 Wednesday 28th March

These Sessions are ancillary to the main programme but give an opportunity for partners and other attendees to share with other organisations the work they’re doing.

Entertainment and Social

As important as all this work is, we’re also ensuring that there will be plenty of time for social space – networking, conversing and celebrating the uniqueness of this growing social movement. With that in mind there will be food, drink and performance on the evenings of Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March. Take a look at the schedule below for more details.

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Below is an overview of our schedule for CTRLshift. Where details are available, click the link next to each session – i.e. ‘Session 2’ – to find out more details on what’s planned


1Registrations15.00 - 16.00The Street
2Opening of the SummitSession 1.2 16.00 - 18.00Main Hall / MF1 / MF2
3Solutions SessionsSession 1.3 18.15 - 19.15MF1
4Social and EntertainmentSession 1.4 19.15 - 21.00Main Hall / Postcode Coffee House
1Formal Opening09.00 - 09.30Main Hall
2Exploring our Cardinal QuestionsSession 2.2 9.30 - 12.30Main Hall / MF 1 / MF 2
3Lunch - A delicious local lunch12.30 - 13.30The Street
4Open Space SessionsSession 2.4 13.30 - 15.00Main Hall / MF1 / MF2
5Grounding Our WorkSession 2.5 15.30 - 17.00Main Hall / MF 1
6Closing of Day17.00 - 17.30Main Hall
7Networking Opportunities17.30 - 18.30Postcode Cafe / The Street
8Solutions Session 2Session 2.8 17.30 - 18.00MF 1 & 3
9Solutions Session 3Session 2.9 18.00 - 18.30MF 1 & 3
10Dinner & EntertainmentMeal & Social Evening 19.00 - 22.30The Old Court Rooms, Wigan
1Opening of the DaySession 3.1 09.00 - 09.30Main Hall
2Opportunities and Ways ForwardSession 3.2 09.30 - 12.30Main Hall / MF1 / MF2
3A delicious local lunch12.30 - 13.30The Street / Postcode Coffee House
4Solutions and Collaborations13.30 - 16.00Main Hall / MF 1 / MF 2
5Formal Closing and CelebrationsSession 3.5 16.00 - 17.00Main Hall