Our Money, Our Planet: Participatory Budgeting and Climate Change

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


Working with Culture and Creativity

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.


Climate Conversations for Deep Social Change

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.

Building Regional Networks

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