Session 1.3

Session 1.3

Session 1.3

Solutions Session 1: 6 Sessions : MF 1 & Seminar 1 |

Solution Sessions: Tuesday 27th March

Below are a list of confirmed sessions for Tuesday 27th March. All sessions will take place over 2 slots of 25 minutes between 6.15pm – 6.45pm & 6.45pm – 7.15pm. 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.


Live Video Link Up with The Ecolise General Assembly, 6.15pm, Seminar 1

Ecolise [] is ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, is a coalition of national and international networks of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change, as well as organisations that support a community-led transition to a resilient Europe.

ECOLISE aims to celebrate, stimulate and increase the positive impact of community-led action on sustainability and climate change, by:

Raising the profile and highlighting the potential of what is already happening across Europe and beyond
Sharing and co-creating knowledge and catalysing effective co-operation among member networks and other stakeholders
Influencing European and national policy development and delivery to empower, enable and build upon the benefits of community-led action.

The members of ECOLISE include international networks of community-based initiatives such as the Transition Network (representing over 1200 Transition initiatives), the Global Ecovillage Network (15,000 ecovillages), the Permaculture movement (3 million practitioners globally) and ICLEI, the association of local governments for sustainability; national and regional networks; and other specialist bodies engaged in European-level research, training and communications to support community-led action on climate change and sustainability.

By bringing these organisations together, ECOLISE seeks to establish a common, Europe-wide agenda and a platform for collective action.

James Shorten: Regenerative Settlement Trust, 6.15pm, MF1

Regenerative Settlement – a New Framework for Eco Development

Regenerative Settlement is a new way of thinking about development – that development can make things better, not worse, which is what is generally assumed. Nearly 30 years of planning work have led to the formulation of this recipe for sustainable communities which also ticks the planning boxes. An introduction to the concept, our live projects (including a 100 house ecovillage), and invitation to meet the people get involved.

Alex Philips: Unltd – The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, 6.15pm, MF1

Resilient Communities – Learning from working in a ‘Place’

Top down ‘regeneration’ schemes such as Housing Market Renewal failed to make an impact despite significant investment. Through times of ongoing austerity and reduced investment available for large scale interventions, Unltd (the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs) have noticed the value of working in a ‘place’ by investing in individuals and small groups to initiate sustainable solutions to local problems. A critical mass of local activists learning from each other with some external support has created significant impact with reduced budgets. Peer learning, learning journeys to other areas, grant award making and infrastructure support are all planned or are starting to take place. Are other organisations working more collaboratively to bring about change, are there greater opportunities for cross sector working to further develop this approach on a wider scale?


Sophie Laggan: University of West of England, 6.45pm, MF1

Shape Our City: citizen engagement in healthy urban development

This session will look at the role of arts and science in engaging citizens in healthy urban development. Using our latest Bristol-based project as an example, I will present some fun and innovative ways of approaching the public and encouraging them to be the change. There will be chance to provide feedback, discuss potential collaborations and ways of working with business, communities and academia to increase our collective impact.

Jez Hall: Shared Future CIC, 6.45pm, MF1

Participatory Budgeting: A democratic innovation that is sweeping the world

This session(s) would explore how participatory budgeting operates to give voice to people in a huge variety of practical, democratic and empowering ways. It would look at its evolution since the 1980s in Brazil to be a worldwide phenomena, that places citizens in the driving seat over public funding. Its application in the UK has been wide from developing health and wellbeing, tackling islamophobia and social exclusion, bring more transparent and accountable government, and lever opportunities of open source civic tech, through to sharing the benefits of renewable energy. It could democratise Union budgets, school budgets, policing budgets, any budget. But its primary application is within local councils. A practical citizenship building tool that is rooted in participatory, direct and deliberative democracy. This session would enable people to see how PB can be adopted within their work to make any budget, any resource more participatory, more inclusive and more empowering.

Sarah Mckinley & Julian Y Manley, The Democracy Collaborative/Next System Project/Preston Cooperative Development Network, 6.45pm, MF1

Community Wealth Building: Economic Democracy in Action

I will discuss the community wealth building model of democratizing local economies through broadening ownership over capital to benefit community, and present examples of this work in action in communities in both the USA and the UK.

The Preston Cooperative Development Network aims to develop cooperative businesses in Preston and to encourage the development of sustainable local wealth retention and job creation. Its wider remit as part of the Preston Model is to raise awareness of local democracy, community and citizenship.

The Preston Model, including its framework of Anchor Institutions, is being developed in collaboration with key partners such as the University of Central Lancashire, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, the Mondragon Cooperatives, the Labour Party, Trade Unions and the Democracy Collaborative. The Democracy Collaborative has been key to the Preston Model’s development of Anchor Institution engagement with local communities and businesses. In partnership with the Democracy Collaborative, the Preston Model’s vision is none other than system change.

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: