Session 2.9

Session 2.9

Session 2.9

Solutions Sessions | MF 1 & 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 2: 6.00pm – 6.30pm

Angie Polkey, Local Futures, 6.00pm, MF 1

Localisation as a strategy for whole system change

This session will look at localisation as a systemic strategy to rebuild fair place-based economies operating within nature´s limits, while reweaving community ties, reducing pollution and restoring democracy.

Local Futures, a pioneer of the new economy movement, will share a coherent analysis and proposal for positive change based on over 40 years of international experience. We will also present our current initiatives, which include our economics of happiness resources and the International Alliance for Localisation (IAL) – a cross-cultural networking initiative.

During the session we aim to discuss the following questions: How can the principles of localisation be applied in the UK post-Brexit? How do we facilitate international collaboration within a localised framework? How can localization as a strategy be communicated to a broad audience? Can localisation become a common strategy for a new economy movement?

Lucy Antal, Feedback, 6.00pm, MF1

North West Food Stories

Mapping the activities around food, growing and community action supporting sustainable food and circular economy in the North West. Come and tell your story, have a conversation, build new connections and hear about the Regional Food Economy NW.

Tim Crabtree, Schumacher College, 6.00pm, MF1

Innovation in Affordable Housing – How can we support more activity led by communities?

This session will focus on the crisis in housing, and the responses that are coming forward in the community housing space – including community land trusts, co-ops, co-housing and self-build. How can we create more dialogue and mutual support?

The session will draw on Tim Crabtree’s experience at Schumacher College and with Wessex Community Assets, which runs the UK’s largest support programme for community housing. Tim is currently undertaking action research into the potential for innovation in this space.

Francesca de la Torre, Ethical Consumer, 6.00pm, MF3

From Consumer to Campaigner

We will explore how ethical consumption can act as starting point for more direct activism or campaign work. Ethical Consumer’s product guides focus in on the impacts of specific brands and companies to help people make more ethical consumer choices based on a wide range of factors. Many of the issues uncovered through our guides and rating system then feed into our campaign work. In this session we want to explore how to best utilise people’s interest in ethical consumption to create and or support more targeted campaigns and how can we collaborate with other organisations to make this more effective? For example, how do we go from people avoiding companies that get a bad rating under our ‘Political Activities’ category to people joining the wider movement to prevent corporate interests over-riding our political systems? There will be time to discuss possible collaborations.

Clara Dos Santos & Kat Darling, Solidarity Economy Association, 6.00pm, MF3

Mapping the Solidarity Economy

The solidarity economy is a values-led, alternative, grassroots economy. It’s made up of initiatives that have inherent values (self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, ecological sustainability, justice and solidarity) and includes a diverse range of activity, from housing co-operatives, community land trusts and localised food systems, to informal childcare clubs and migrant savings clubs. Because the solidarity economy movement is made up of initiatives that put people and the planet before profit, it has the means to overcome the types of inequality (gender, race, class, species) that capitalism is built on.

Our session will consider the ways in which mapping the solidarity economy movement in the UK will help to strengthen it. We believe that in mapping the diversity of the movement, it will be easier to find participants within it, to understand it, to support it, and for those actively involved in it to collaborate. We want to have an open and collaborative discussion with attendees and we’re looking to hear from people about the things they can imagine being able to do or to support, should a map of the solidarity economy within the UK be available.

Professor Paul Salveson, The Northern Umbrella, 6.00pm, MF3

Northern Umbrella – a shared space for all working for a better North of England

To quote the Hannah Mitchell Foundation’s Andrew Wilson: what great stuff is happening in the north right now? And how do we get more of it? Northern Umbrella exists to create a space where we can gather together all of us who want a better North of England, and want to share ideas and collaborate across the North’s many cities and places to build it. We want to respond to the challenge of Big Issue North magazine to create an alternative Northern Powerhouse partnership that is genuinely inclusive.

Chris Cook, Nordic Enterprise Trust, 6.00pm, MF3

Fintech 2.0 – Complementary Credit & Capital

Complementary legal designs and instruments for financing enterprise/asset development and long term sustainable funding.

Our focus at Nordic Enterprise Trust (NET) is on the institutions (organising rules) and instruments (such as shares and credit) necessary to mobilise people, place and physical resources ‘bottom up’ to achieve independence, security and hence resilience.
The emerging wave of Financial Technology (Fintech) innovation has created a bubble like the Internet before it. This new machine-centric means of sharing authenticated data & information (Blockchain), and funding instruments (Coins) has opened up a new space beyond existing institutions and instruments.
We aim to fill the technocratic and resource hungry vacuum created by this wave of de-humanised technology to embrace relationships with people and planet.
Our approach is to update the simple but radical risk, cost and surplus sharing agreements and promissory instruments which pre-date modern capitalism by millennia and flourish to this day in developing nations and to apply them to create complementary ‘open’ and smart forms of human and intellectual capital.
In this way we aim to mobilise and energise people and place and achieve the transition to a sustainable economy through a Low Carbon Enlightenment


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: