Transition: Bounce Forward – What Is
By Yaz Brien 18th August 2020 Culture & Society
As the first step of Transition: Bounce Forward, we invite you to a series of four exciting online What Is events from 7th-10th September. This will be followed by further sessions in October and November, during which we’ll be looking at What If and What Next.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability and inequality experienced by many people in our communities, it has also demonstrated the potential for major and swift changes to reframe the purposes of our economy and our society.
In true Transition form our vision is not to ‘bounce back’ to how things were before. Transition groups have been crafting a vision of a better future for over a decade, that speaks to the needs for community resilience and a society with a focus on caring. So instead of bouncing back, we invite you to join with us to bounce forward.
As the first step of Transition: Bounce Forward, join us for a series of four exciting online What Is events from 7th-10th September. This will be followed by further sessions in October and November, during which we’ll be looking at What If and What Next.
Transition Network supports the international Transition Movement, but because Transition originated in Britain we have continued to act as an informal Hub for groups in England and Wales. This project – working also with Transition Scotland – is aimed at individuals and groups from across Great Britain. However, there’s lots to be gained from sharing learning and ideas across regions and continents, so if you’d like to come along and listen to what is happening in Great Britain you’d be very welcome to attend the webinars.
These online sessions will allow us to explore the reality of what is happening in our communities at the intersection of the Covid-19, social and climate crises, and some inspiring solutions that Transition groups have already developed in response.
What is the context for the next 5 years of Transition?
Monday 7th September. 7pm BST. Free.
Join Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre), Nick Anim (TT Brixton) and Eva Schonveld (Transition Scotland) to explore the challenges and the framing that will shape the next few years of the Transition movement.
How best to be in service to the scale of ambition the climate emergency demands of us, the urgency of demands for racial and social justice, as well as the need to ensure individuals and groups have the emotional and collective resilience for times that will be turbulent, fast-moving, and always surprising? Hear the thoughts of our panel and their conversation, while also bringing your own questions and reflections.
Chaired by Rob Hopkins of Transition Network.
Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/116222878759
The Opportunities These Times Present.
Tuesday 8th September. 7pm BST. Free.
Join representatives of Transition Liverpool, Transition Llandrindod Wells and Transition Town Letchworth to explore how three Transition groups have been using these days of Covid-19 to dream big about what comes next and to take imaginative steps towards it.
Expect tales of takeovers of car parking spaces, a reimagining of how a town feeds itself and a bold and audacious plan for cycle lanes everywhere!
Chaired by Peter LeFort of Transition Network.
Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/116225340121
Thinking big and building networks to mobilise communities to rethink the future.
Wednesday 9th September. 7pm BST. Free
Join representatives of Transition Kentish Town, Transition New Mills and Transition Ealing to hear how they are finding new and unexpected openings to work with their local councils in response to climate emergency declarations.
Listen out for tales of empty cafes transformed into community hubs for the imagination, community ‘What Next’ imagining events, and ambitious plans for decarbonisation by 2030.
Chaired by Hilary Jennings of Transition Town Tooting.
Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/116226094377
Reinventing and revaluing projects in changing times.
Thursday 10th September. 7pm BST. Free.
Join representatives from Crystal Palace Transition Town, Hythe Environmental Community Group and Transition Town Wellington to explore how their projects are adapting to recent events, to the pandemic, and to the upsurge of concern around climate change.
Expect tales of Libraries of Things, award-winning Food Markets, food gleaning projects, Repair Cafes and so much more. Prepare to marvel and what groups of motivated people can achieve.
Chaired by Yaz Brien of Transition Network.
Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/116230742279
You can follow the work of Transition: Bounce Forward as it develops here – https://transition-bounceforward.org/
Hello, I’d love to be watching this, but unfortunately I’ll be having a major operation and recovering in that week. Will they be recorded and made available if you subscribe as with many online broadcasts? Many thanks, Alexander
Wishing you all the best for your operation and recuperation. We do plan to record and share these webinars once they’ve happened and there will be no need to subscribe to get those recordings. Once we’ve uploaded them to our Youtube account we will share details on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as on the website.
Hi, I am very interested to follow this.
I am a member of Transition Town Guildford and the West Australian Transtion Hub.
I have signed up for the first broadcast on the Bounce Forward but I am not sure if I can make it as it is at 2am in the morning here.
So my question is will the events be recorded and made available for us to share in our groups here in Oz.
No, we really wouldn’t expect anyone to have to join a webinar at 2am! We do normally try to schedule our events at times that might allow for engagement in both the northern and southern hemispheres. These events are part of a broader piece of work focussing on Great Britain, though we do look forward to welcoming participation from people across the world (where time zones allow).
Our plan is to record these webinars and upload them to our Youtube site – we will let people know we’ve done this by sharing details on our website, Twitter and Facebook platforms.
We hope you can enjoy them at a reasonable hour 🙂
Unfortunately I am not online in the evening but I am a Member of my town Transition Group, Transition Belper. Is there a possibility of a free transcript of the debates which could be sent out after the events? I would be interested to receive one.
Our plan is to record these webinars and then upload them to our Youtube site – we will share details as to how to find them via our website, Twitter and Facebook. We haven’t planned to turn the content into transcripts, though this is an idea that I’ll pass to the team to consider.
Well done. Just what we need.
Just getting started on this Transition Community thing. Looking forward to it. My family has a small farm in the middle of the town of Groton, CT, USA, population 38,000. The family farm was started in 1784, the town started in the 1600’s. It is a town struggling with its identity: a few strip malls, a Walmart and whose major employer is General Dynamics (submarine manufacturing) and a naval military base. There are some good people but not much community cohesion.
FB: Groton Family Farm
Groton Family Farm looks like a really great project. Really good to see the ways that projects and communities have been helping to provide and distribute food to people who need it, particularly in these times.
If you’ve not already, be sure to get in touch/register with Transition US who can provide support, community, networking – https://www.transitionus.org/initiatives
Are you booked up on some events? I’m trying to register and the ‘register’ link is blank.
So sorry for the delay in seeing and replying to this message – have you been able to register for the webinars you wanted to attend?