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 programme is part co-working and networking and part workshop-based. The process will be participatory and emergent.

Over the two days of the event, the programme will include:

1.  Solutions Sessions – workshops sharing latest work and practice across sectors from our partners and other collaborators in the event.

2. Thematic Sessions –  exploring key themes within groups (Economy, Environment, Democracy) leading to facilitated sessions that explore deeper collaboration – using Stoke as a context and example to test our ideas and ground them in the reality of a real place. What would it look like if we put it all together in Stoke? With groups from Stoke.

3. Networking & Co-Working Sessions – time to foster new connections and cross sector collaboration – day 1 more organised; day 2, self-organised

4. Strategy Sessions – Where next for CTRLshift – invitation to get involved, funding, plans for events, working groups, how to get involved as partner, linking to parallel initiatives.

Draft Timetable

Actual times of sessions and workshops subject to change


Wednesday 8 May 2019

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Arrivals & Registration

Arrivals with a light social in the evening to set the pace for the event. The bar at Potbank will be open for the evening and there will be a meal available from The Works Canteen.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Community Night Walk

Community Night Walk with Anna Francis of Airspace Gallery. A chance to visit local projects and hear from a range of ‘human noticeboards’ along the way. Leaving from Potbank.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Socialising

Onwards socialising

Thursday 9 May 2019

9:00 am – 10:30 am Welcome (Warehouse)

> Welcome from Stoke and event organisers
> Interactive exercise – who is in the room?
> CTRLshift update and design (more after lunch)
> Introduction, housekeeping, safe spaces policy, inclusivity
> Introduction to solutions sessions

10:30 am – 11:15 am Solutions Session #1

In this session there are a choice of workshops to attend, titled ‘Solutions Sessions’. Each session is hosted by a partner or other collaborator. There are 2 sessions of 45 minutes each on Thursday

Alternative Local Food Systems: Growing and Diversifying Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Page DykstraMeadows Warehouse

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared. CSAs are an alternative model for local food systems and provide social and environmental benefits in addition to healthy, sustainably-produced food.

This session will ask how we can grow the CSA movement, especially through helping existing CSAs to reach a wider section of their local community and encouraging a diverse mix of communities to start their own CSA.

Presented by CSA Network UK

Page Dykstra of The CSA Network UK
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Building the Open Credit Network

Dave DarbyMeadows Warehouse

How to build a UK mutual credit network, including local nodes.

Presented by The Open Credit Network

Dave Darby of The Open Credit Network
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Citizen-Led Economic Transition

Jay TomptThe Pottery

We’ll cover the framework that emerged from our work in Totnes and other places – creating the conditions for new economic actors, relationships and models to emerge and thrive. 1. catalysing ‘transition-oriented’ economic and entrepreneurial culture; 2. mobilising place-based social and financial capital; 3. building out ‘enterprising ecosystem’; 4. weaving ‘convergence networks’ We’ll also talk about Local Entrepreneur Forum model and how it can provide foundation for solidarity economic development.

Presented by REconomy Totnes

Jay Tompt of REconomy Totnes
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Human and Nature’s Wellbeing

Jeremy CliffeCopeland Suite

How can the human health crisis (mental health, physical inactivity and social isolation) be linked with the environmental crisis (climate change and wildlife loss) to find a solution to both? How might we do this at a local level in Stoke, to then create a replicable model that works for any UK city?

Presented by Human Nature Escapes CIC

Jeremy Cliffe of Human Nature Escapes CIC
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Systems Shift: Citizens Action Networks

Indra AdnanThe Atrium

In order to meet the climate emergency, several forms of stepping up have to occur at the same time. How do we bring together the demands for climate justice into contact with the many solutions already available? In ways that genuinely include the citizens, beyond the cultural / political divides?

Welcome to Citizen Action Networks (CAN).

Indra Adnan of The Alternative
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Viable Economy on a Regional Scale

Mark Burton & Carolyn KaganMeadows Reception Room

Steady State Manchester set out 7 years ago to explore and promote possibilities and approaches to switching the Greater Manchester economy from one based on endless material growth to one that stayed within safe ecological limits while meeting the needs of the population. We came to call this The Viable Economy, although our concerns are not merely economic. With its focus on the regional level, our work occupies a space between the practical projects typical of permaculture and transition towns and the more abstract policy and research-orientated approach of those working on alternative economics and social policy. Our work embraces action, discussion, research and publishing, often in collaboration with other groups and organisations.
In this session we will outline our approach as well as its achievements and the difficulties and challenges. We anticipate this will be relevant to those trying to scale up practical work or to focus policy proposals on concrete political and institutional contexts. We are also keen to learn from participants, both from their own experience in related projects and from their reactions to what we present.
The session will consist of a short talk followed by facilitated discussion.

Mark Burton and Carolyn Kagan
Thu 10:30 am – 11:15 am

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Solutions Sessions #2

The second opportunity to hear from our partners and collaborators.

Building Regional Networks

Richard Couldrey & Michael ThomasMeadows Reception Room

In 2016 and 2017, we ran 11 regional network workshops looking at practical steps to developing regional networks across England. 146 attendees from 85 Transition Groups joined us and from that we got a really good picture of what it might be like to connect regional towards larger scale change. In 2019, we’ve continued to work with 8 of those regions on The Great Invitation.

Recognising the multiple drivers from Extinction Rebellion, Council Declarations of Climate Emergency, Greta Thunberg etc, we wanted to extend a “Great Invitation” to join in, become active and make the change we want to see. This extends beyond transition, depending on local context. In this session, we will continue to explore how networks can benefit our individual and group activity, either theme based or multi-faceted, what are the benefits of networks and how can they catalyse and accelerate good change?

Presented by Transition Network

Richard Couldrey & Michael Thomas of The Transition Network
Thu 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Climate Conversations for Deep Social Change

Susannah RaffeThe Pottery Room

This Solutions Sessions will guide a discussion of how we can have more and better conversations about climate change beyond our own bubble, while simultaneously building the social fabric we need to navigate peacefully through a post-Brexit world.

While I will bring learnings from my work in both Australia and the UK, this is more about an opportunity to explore together how conversations create social change; how conversations change the way we think; how conversations can bring in those previously left out, invite them in to the conversation, in to the movement, and empower them to engage and act.

Susannah Raffe
Thu 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Our Money, Our Planet: Participatory Budgeting and Climate Change

Jez HallCopeland Suite

We will discuss the democratic empowerment process called participatory budgeting (PB), and most importantly a new initiative to connect PB and the new green deal.

That is, how to use PB to mobilise, engage and empower individuals and communities to respond to climate change, especially in neighbourhoods, local authorities and cities that have declared a climate emergency and also have high levels of marginalised or disengaged people.

We will link this with the current calls for deliberative democracy, such as citizens inquiries and other forms of mini-publics, to address issues such as climate change, well-being or even brexit!

Presented by Shared Future CIC

Jez Hall of Shared Future CIC
Thu 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Women as a force for Social Change

Patsy Corcoran / Indra Adnan / Monica Cru HallMeadows Warehouse

This session will showcase and discuss how women are an effective force for social change. We will start with a short panel discussion, then we will then break into discussion groups for reflection, information gathering and action planning.

Presented by Flourish Together CIC

Presented by Patsy Corcoran of REACH; Indra Adnan of The Soft Power Network and The Alternative UK; and Monica Cru Hall, Art Therapist and Coop Group Community Pioneer.
Thu 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Working with Culture and Creativity

Hilary JenningsMeadows Warehouse

Explore the role of imagination in creating change via creative, cultural and artistic interventions. 

A facilitated exploration of the role and value of culture (including heritage, arts, creativity) in supporting place-based and positive social, economic and environmental change. An opportunity to hear from existing cultural projects alongside a creative materials-based exploration building possibilities and new alliances.

The session will include two short presentations – followed by a chance to reflect together on the role of the imagination in creating change as part  of a short visit to the Spode Rose Garden.

Hilary will share examples from museums and cultural organizations who work with their communities to tackle issues as diverse as air pollution, climate change, waste, food security, city planning and local economies – drawing out common themes around the potential for cultural collaborations.

Anna will use her perspective as a Stoke-on-Trent based artist, to draw out the crucial role of imagination in working with people on projects which lead to temporary, and sometimes more permanent change in the city. Anna will explore the imaginative journey by sharing projects which she has worked on since 2008; becoming a city tour guide, reactivating a disused band stand, adopting an abandoned garden, the Spode Rose Garden, and more recently, working to transform a derelict pub into a community asset.

Hilary Jennings is Director of The Happy Museum Project (supporting museums across the UK to reimagine their role in support of the wellbeing of people, place and planet) and co-chair of the global Transition Movement.

Anna Francis an artist and researcher whose practice aims to rethink city resources, through participatory art interventions.  She is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University, is a director at AirSpace Gallery, a Stoke-on-Trent artist led gallery and studio project, and Co-Director of The Portland Inn Project.

Hilary Jennings of The Happy Museum Project and Anna Francis of Airspace Gallery Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose practice aims to rethink city resources, through participatory art interventions. She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently: often experimenting with leading and instruction by creating manuals, kits or leading guided tours. In recent years the interventions which Anna has worked on focus on the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and use an action research process to recognise untapped resources, plan responses to site, take action to change the way the site is viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent. Through this, Anna aims to gain an understanding of the role of artists and arts organisations in the development of places. Anna is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University. Anna is a director at AirSpace Gallery, a Stoke-on-Trent artist led gallery and studio project, and Co-Director of The Portland Inn Project.
Thu 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (Atrium)

Delicious food served!

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Reflective activity

> Please start in pairs for about 10 minutes.
> What are your reactions and responses to the morning sessions – what have we heard or learnt?
> Please then find another pair to work with and share your reflections together.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Shifting Control Together (Everyone in the Warehouse)

> Context and introduction to afternoon

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm Get into groups of 15

No workshops in this session.

2:50 pm – 3:20 pm Activity 1. Work in groups of 3 to answer the question:

“What are you currently doing to build agency at the local level, or shift power from national government and corporations?”

> Identify current and planned activities, processes, mechanisms and initiatives on the provided cards.

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm Activity 2: Work in groups of 3 to answer the questions:

“What will it look like when we have successfully built agency at the local level and shifted power? What will be different locally and how are regional and national levels supporting this?”

> Develop specific statements that say what will be different in the future – what’s changed?

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm Break

Short break before continuation of activities

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm Activity 3: Work as a whole group or in groups of 5 (as feels appropriate) to answer the question:

“What will it take for us to achieve that?”

> List specific proposals, responses, actions, initiatives, needs and requirements.
> For each decide what timeframe they could be achieved – ‘now’ (this year), ‘soon’ (next year), or ‘later’ (2-3 years)

Supplementary questions if time:
> What help do you need to make that happen?
> What barriers will we need to overcome to achieve this together?
> Are there any clear priorities / powerful ways forward?

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm Return to Warehouse

No workshops in this session.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Whole group plenary (Warehouse)

> Clustering cards and proposals (30 mins)
> Draw out & share key clusters for each question, with particular emphasis on question 3.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reflections on the day

Plans for tomorrow and thanks

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner, social time and music

No workshops in this session.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Band

Venus Rising – Well known local Stoke folk band –

A small team will work on Thursday evening to pull together and synthesise day 1 outputs for clear articulation in the morning. Let the facilitators know if you want to join in.

Friday 10 May 2019

9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome back, emerging thoughts and voices

Continued observations of what was uncovered yesterday

9:30 am – 10:15 am Solution Sessions #3

Another opportunity to hear from our partners and collaborators

Connecting Across Difference

Sophie Docker & Sarri BatterMeadows Reception Room

Can we walk towards fundamental differences, and find our answers with those we see as the problem both within our organisations and communities and in our change work?

Join us for an introduction to processes, skills and a consciousness that support collaboration and change making – without reproducing divisions of the past. We will look at:

How we hold power and the impact it has on us personally and systemically engaging with conflict as a driver for change

Get beyond competing ideologies to blame free change making
Interdependence and what it means to organise around all needs to mattering

Presented by Open Edge

Sophie Docker & Sarri Batter of Open Edge
Fri 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Developing a regenerative business hub and practitioners forum

Anna ClaytonThe Atrium

Business is a primary door to major change on a societal and planetary scale” and a number of frameworks exist that can be drawn upon to help us move towards more regenerative enterprise and business practice. But how can we better facilitate regenerative business practice in the UK?

This session will explore answers to this question and will hope to identify key next steps for living these answers and exploring this question further.

Presented by Ethical Consumer Research Association

Anna Clayton of Ethical Consumer Research Association
Fri 9:30 am – 10:15 am

People Powered Money

Mike RiddellMeadows Warehouse

Learn how CounterCoin can help your organisation to become more financially sustainable and more socially responsible.

Presented by CounterCoin

Mike Riddell
Fri 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Permaculture – Systems Thinking for Connected Action

Andy GoldringThe Pottery Room

An overview of the permaculture design approach. A brief overview of background, range of activity and global spread will be followed by an introduction to the principles and design approaches that are used to create bespoke, place-based, citizen-led people and planet friendly solutions. The session will include signposting to key literature, training and networks in the UK.

Presented by The Permaculture Association

Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association
Fri 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Promoting Urban Agriculture

Jeremy IlesCopeland Suite

We’ve been exploring opportunities and barriers to developing larger scale Urban Agriculture in the UK since 2017. We are currently waiting for the outcome of a further bid to fund this project for the next few years.

We propose running a pilot urban agriculture session proposal to test out an approach that could potentially be used anywhere. We are explicitly including urban, peri-urban and links to rural areas, as well as city-region models.

Presented by Green Future

Jeremy Iles of Green Future
Fri 9:30 am – 10:15 am

10:30 am – 11:15 am Solutions Sessions #4

Final opportunity for workshops from our partners and collaborators

Experiments in Shared Governance

Sarah McAdam

How Transition Network and the international network of Transition Hubs are experimenting with non-hierarchical ways of working which make power more visible and distributed across groups, networks and organisations, help us access collective intelligence without sacrificing agility and enable us to work creatively with emergence and complexity.

I will share practical stories of innovative collaboration across difference and distance and make space for questions, comments and the experiences of others.

Presented by The Transition Network

Sarah McAdam of The Transition Network
Fri 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Citizen audits and beyond: building local democracy

Fanny MalinenMeadows Warehouse

Research for Action has been working on a citizen debt audit in local authorities, and successfully contested expensive and risky bank loans to councils. In this session we will share experiences from our audit, especially how to use the rights residents have to inspect and object to their council’s spending.

We will also facilitate sharing experiences of accountability and participation in local government, ideas for improving them and ask how we can work together towards better local democracy.

Presented by Research for Action

Fanny Malinen of Research Action
Fri 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Creating farms fit for the future

Zoe WanglerMeadows Warehouse

The Ecological Land Co-operative has spent the last 12 years taking land out of conventional monoculture, and into small-scale, ecological agriculture. The results have been phenomenal, not just in improved soil health, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration, but also in productivity, in producing food that supports human health, and in reconnecting ourselves to nature. In this session I’d like to share some of the outcomes of the work, and ideas and opportunities that we’ve spotted along the way. And I’d like to get your collective input into the challenges, choices and dilemmas that we face.

Zoe Wangler, Ecological Land Cooperative
Fri 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Community led Housing

Steve HoeyThe Atrium

This session will hear about the growing community land trust network, and the community led housing movement more widely. We will discuss and explore the part it plays in solving global and local issues including climate change, loneliness, unemployment, poverty, placemaking, community.

Presented by The National Community Land Trust Network

Steve Hoey of The National Community Land Trust Network
Fri 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Students as change agents for local community action

Sarah BriggsThe Pottery Room

This session will explore the potential for higher education institutions to contribute to local environmental and social change through their student communities. Many students spend up to 3 years living in the communities surrounding their university, highlighting considerable potential to engage and involve students as change agents through partnerships between universities, students’ unions and community groups.

Students’ unions also include volunteering departments, providing social and environmental benefit and the potential to forge stronger relationships between students and the communities they live and study in.

Student voices will be represented through input from Keele students who have been involved in activities including climate marches, organising and delivering conferences focusing on environmental and social issues, collaboration for sustainability, and climate change, and involvement with environmental education programmes, to unpick opportunities to engage students, share their diverse knowledge, cultural experiences and passion, and ensure youth voices are included to drive sustainable change.

The session will be co-led by Keele’s Sustainability Project Officer and Keele Students’ Union’s Activities and Communities Sabbatical Officer.

Sarah Briggs of Keele University
Fri 10:30 am – 11:15 am

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Break and sharing reflections

From the Solution Sessions

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Moving into action

Setting up the afternoon to be super productive

12:45 pm – 1:50 pm Lunch

No workshops in this session.

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm Group photo (outside or in the Warehouse if raining)

Informal networking & meetings and then group photo

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Action planning in groups

(identified before lunch) (multiple spaces)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Bringing it all together

Sharing Action Plans and looking at the big picture (Warehouse)

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Close and thanks

No workshops in this session.

Solutions Sessions

There will be between 16 Solutions Sessions at CTRLshift 2019. Solutions Sessions are workshops where we get to explore each other’s work, projects and best practices. The sessions offer a space to seek collaborations, explore mutual opportunities and challenges, and have a conversation with others that you may not otherwise have.

If you think you may wish to offer a Solutions Session, please first read the guide here. CTRLshift Partners will be prioritised when selecting the final choice of workshops. We will also have a mind to diversity and, of course, relevance, when making final selections.

Sorry, applications for Solutions Sessions are now closed

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

You can also follow us on Twitter @CTRLshiftsummit and use #CTRLshift2019 to share what’s happening.