It’s been an exciting few months for the Transition Bounce Forward project, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to support Transition community responses in England in the wake of Covid-19.
What has been
Since launching in September we have run 8 webinars exploring What Is? the situation and context we find ourselves in now; What If? how to use the power of imagination and collective visioning to unlock ideas and potential in ourselves and the wider community; and last but not least we have been exploring our ongoing theme of social justice by asking – why is our movement green, but mostly white? And how can UK environmental movements become actively anti-racist?
You can watch any of these webinars, including Nick Anim’s presentation on environmental movements and anti-racism on our Youtube channel here.
Alongside this creative thinking we are also going to give practical support to Transition groups in England through seed funding grants. These grants will enable groups to bounce forward from Covid-19 and take practical action in their groups and wider communities.
We’ve had over 200 applications for our seed funding, and will be awarding £140,000 to amazing projects across the country tackling issues such as food poverty, sustainable transport, solar power, building resilience in the local economy, creating new community hubs, repair and reuse cafes and empowering communities to have a stronger voice and work with Local Authorities who have Declared Climate Emergency.
We will be publicly announcing successful seed funding grant recipients on Monday 21st December.
What Next? Summit Save the date!
Coming up in early 2021 we have our What Next? Summit from 3rd-20th of March.
This online summit is not to be missed! Working with our partners CTRLshift it will build the power of community led action throughout the UK by bringing together hundreds of community activists who are already making change happen, so together we can have a bigger impact. It will be a space to empower us to create our own future, through inspiring each other, making new connections and sharing knowledge to build a stronger movement that creates the change we want to see in our communities.
The summit will run over a period of three weeks, to enable people to dip in and out as they wish and to allow space for learning, reflection, the building of relationships and concrete pathways of action.
The summit will be taking place in March rather than February, as originally planned, to enable us to collaborate with a wider range of organisations and community activists to curate a truly exceptional programme.
Each week we will have a different focus, following the flow of What Is? What If? What Next? We’re still working on the detail but here’s a general overview of the timeline – save the dates!
Make sure you’re following Transition: Bounce Forward for updates and events as they happen:
What Next? Summit Outline 3rd – 20th March