Session 2.8

Session 2.8

Session 2.8

Solutions Sessions | MF1 & 3 | Seminar 1 |

Solutions Sessions, Wednesday 28th March

Below are a list of confirmed sessions for Wednesday 28th March. All sessions will take place over 2 slots of 25 minutes each between 5.30pm – 6.00pm & 6.00pm – 6.30pm. Multiple sessions will run simultaneously in rooms in the venue. More info on what to expect from Solutions Sessions is found further down this page.

SESSION 1 : 5.30pm – 6.00pm

Indra Adnan & Pat Kane (The Alternative UK), 5.30pm, Seminar 1

The Politics We’ve Been Waiting For

Brexit was the clarion call for a politics that better meets our needs for belonging, autonomy, meaning and purpose. But can a human centred politics also deliver our material needs and save the planet? Join us to experience how our connectivity gives rise to a new political logic and a future we can all look forward to.

Kayshani Gibbon, The RSA – Citizens’ Economic Council, 5.30pm, MF1

The RSA Citizens’ Economic Council

The RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council set out to explore whether engaging citizens through the use of high quality deliberative processes, and bringing them together with experts and economists in a sustained and informed dialogue, could make a positive difference to economic policy-making. Our process and findings will be presented in brief, then we will invite reflections and suggestions on how to move this work forward.

Jon Hall, Community Energy England, 5.30pm, MF1

Energised Communities

I will give an overview of the community energy sector and describe what the future might hold whilst exploring any potential linkages with other movements.

Robin Grey, Land Justice Network, 5.30pm, MF1

Three Acres And A Cow and Land Justice Network – what’s the point?

For the last five years I’ve been touring around the country teaching people about English social history through folk song – how to best nurture this to bring about systemic changes?

Zarina Ahmad, Ethnic Minority Environment Network, 5.30pm, MF3

Diversity Adds Value

Interactive workshop with talk, participatory exercise and a Q& A session. Scotland’s communities are growing in terms of diversity. What are the advantages of engaging with different ethnic groups, how do we learn from each other and what are the benefits ? Understanding climate justice from the perspectives of those most affected. Come and hear what the members of the Ethnic Minority Environmental Network have to say.

Bob Cannell, Cooperative Business Consultants, 5.30pm, MF3

Are Coops a solidarity solution?

People often assume that cooperatives are the best way to provide goods and services in a solidarity economy. After we replace corporate capitalism. But is this true? We will be looking at the different kinds of coops and considering which can be called ‘solidarity coops’ and where coops should and should not be used in our brave new world.

Isabel Carlisle, Bioregional Learning Centre, 5.30pm, MF3

Resilience at the level of the Bioregion

Bioregional Learning Centre is a new organisation in South Devon. It is addressing the shift to resilience at regional level. Our strategies include engaging civil society and working with systems: food, energy, water, waste, soil etc. I will talk about what it means to be a backbone organisation, and how our interlocking ecology, economy, arts and learning programmes are generating collective will towards the shift.

What is a Solutions Session?

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. An example would be the REconomy Project explaining, briefly, their work in different fields; or Solidarity Economy Association showcasing a report on diversity in the cooperative sector. Whether it’s a specific project you’re involved in, a research report or a general overview of your work, all offers are welcome.

They offer a space to seek collaborations, explore mutual opportunities and challenges, and have a conversation with others that you may not otherwise have. These Solution Sessions are designed in a similar vein to the overall programme with an edge of spontaneity and an eye to interaction and participation.

Who can offer a Solutions Session?

Priority for Solutions Sessions goes to our partners in CTRLshift. Over 30 organisations from across a wide spectrum of sectors have signed up to support this event. However, if you are not a registered partner, that doesn’t bar you from applying and we welcome interesting and exciting offers of participation.

It is likely that not everyone who requests to run a session will be able to and so we will have a mind to diversity of voices, sectors and projects when we make the final selection.

What should happen at a Solutions Session?

Solutions Sessions are not about powerpoint presentations delivered in an ‘expert to audience’ format. Though facilitators are welcome to bring a laptop and show a short presentation to introduce their work, the aim is to use these sessions to stimulate discussion, share knowledge and learnings and build bridges for better collaboration in the future.

Facilitators will have 25 minutes to discuss their work and open to the attending participants.  We recommend that you bear in mind that the goal of every session is to get participants to bring value to the work you’re doing – be that through collaborations, suggestions, new actions and so forth – and for your own work to inform theirs in turn.

How do I apply to run a Solutions Session?

The first step is to fill in the Google Form here.

We’ll look at applications as they come in and make decisions as quickly as possible. We intend to have a final programme no later than 22nd March 2018. We know that this is late notice, and we’ll do our best to make decisions significantly before this point wherever possible.

Guide to Facilitation of a Solutions Session

  • Do a short introduction to your project/s, network, research and/or other things you are bringing to the table. We would recommend no more than 10 minutes.
  • Feel free to use a powerpoint presentation but don’t rely on it. It should only be there to inform or illustrate what you are saying.
  • We request you bring your own laptop/tablet where possible. We will have some available but compatibility can be an issue. Where borrowing a device from CTRLshift, please ensure any presentation is saved as a PDF.
  • Remember, Solutions Sessions are only an introduction to your work. There’s plenty of chance to have detailed follow-up conversations across the event. There is a room available, Seminar 1, for impromptu meetings; and the Postcode Coffee House can also be used throughout for more informal discussions.
  • Prepare beforehand.
    • What help would you like to receive from those attending?
    • What information or perspective would benefit you most?
    • Where are there opportunities for collaboration?
    • How does your work fit into the wider picture?
    • What is your work doing to help bring about a CTRLshift?
  • Enter the session with a willingness to listen; be open; share ideas; receive support! We recommend meditating on the virtue of broadmindedness as a useful tool.
  • There will be a flipchart available for each session. Feel free to make use of it or even assign a note-taker from the audience to help capture what you discuss.

If your organisation wishes to take on one of the Solution Sessions please contact: