Sessions will run from 1pm – 6pm each day.
We’re building an exciting programme of talks and discussion sessions, focusing on the Power of Community and Network-Building with a range of experienced and skilled contributors available to facilitate.
The Community Convergence will be hosted in the wetheuncivilised space (see below)
Confirmed contributors to the 2017 programme include:
- James Shorten – One Planet Development (Wales) & The Devon Agrivillage project
- Charlotte (Landmatters) – Planning Permission for Low Impact Development
- Isabel Carlisle – Community Charters
- Felipe Viveros (GNH Centre of Bhutan) – The Bhutanese model of Gross National Happiness
- Michael Thomas (Transition Network) & Dan Hurring (Permaculture Association) – The Power of Networks
- Doug King-Smith: The Hillyfield project
- Simeon & Miranda Warburton: From London to Landmatters – A rip-roaring tale
- Myc Riggulsford: Charter of the Forest
wetheuncivilised – Sun-powered Ecological Cinema and Community Hub – Join us as we explore a culture of connection and belonging and cultivate the possibility of positive social and environmental change – this year, we are honoured to be hosting the Off Grid Community Convergence Programme. Details to come, but expect some of the following, and more!
- Community Convergence – An open space for capacity building, community-led activism and boundless co-creativity. Daily 1-6pm
- Talking Circles – Experience and learn about the power of sitting in Circle. Drawing on indigenous wisdom from around the world, talking Circles are a way of connecting, decision making and coming together to find solutions
- Ecological Cinema – Films selected to inspire, inform, empower and engage, including screening and Q&A with filmmakers of Award-Winning wetheuncivilised
, A Life Story “A stunning and sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality.”
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE FULL DETAILS OF THE 2017 COMMUNITY CONVERGENCE PROGRAM
The Hillyfield: Woodland Management & Restoration on Dartmoor
With Doug King Smith of The Hillyfield
This session will be a presentation about the process of obtaining the land and managing it sustainably, an update on the planning situation and an opportunity for discussion of this and other aspects of woodland management.
The Charter of the Forest
With Isabel Carlisle
Isabel Carlisle leads the team that is bringing the Bioregional Learning Centre into being in South Devon. She is also Education Coordinator for Transition Network and is co-founder of the Community Chartering Network She lives in Totnes, Devon.
Following a long career in the art world (in art publishing; as an art critic for The Times; and exhibitions curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London) Isabel set up and directed the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain throughout 2006. Over 120 events in almost every conceivable art form brought audiences into contact with the Muslim world in order to build bridges of understanding between cultures. After that Isabel became a Creative Consultant to the University of the Arts in London and developed education strategies for sustainability with schools in the east end of London. She moved to Totnes in 2010 and created two blueprint education programmes for Transition Network: Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition (1YT). 1YT is a sustainable livelihood-creation programme for over 20s that is now being replicated abroad. Isabel is also a member of the European Commons Assembly.
Planning Permission for Low Impact Development
With Charlotte (Landmatters Community)
Most people have little experience of the planning system until they need to use it. This session will cover an introduction to why there is a system, how to make the most of it, and some pitfalls to avoid, in the context of low impact development. It will be mostly in Q&A format with everyone’s questions and answers welcome. So please bring your experiences, good and not so great, to share with others embarking on the L.I.D. path.
Charlotte lives at Landmatters permaculture community near Totnes, Devon. She was involved in their journey from enforcement notices to permanent planning permission, and draws on this experience and that of similar low impact developments.