Solutions Sessions | MF 1 & 3 | Seminar 1 |
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fintech 2.0 – Complementary Credit & Capital
Complementary legal designs and instruments for financing enterprise/asset development and long term sustainable funding.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your organisation wishes to take on one of the Solution Sessions please contact: email@example.com