Somewhere beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Our Conference space unfolds each year with different themes, a different style and a host of ever-interesting facilitators and speakers. Previous programmes have ranged over Systems Change; Smallholdings; Future Farming; Land Law; Co-operative Models; Community Housing and Development; Gift Economy; One Planet Living and much much more. We’ve heard from extremely talented and inspiring speakers – both well and less known.
The 2017 Conferences take place across two venues:
The Community Convergence: A space dedicated to exploring the techniques and technologies, means and methods of community organisation. From housing co-ops to low impact lifestyles, local economies to the happiness movement, we will range across a broad range of subjects over the 3.5 days of Conference.
The Another World is Possible Forum: A series of sessions allow us to get together to explore some of the big issues of the day and ask the questions that sometimes need to be asked. From Restorative practices to permaculture and politics, the forum will inspire discussion and debate (and possibly reveal just how little we all actually know…..)
The Biophilia Project hosts Off Grid Festival. In 2017 they will be contributing actively to the debate by hosting a series of two sessions as part of the Barn Programme. Expect lively debates on the bigger picture of global hierarchy, money and power; and the chance to offer your ideas into the future of this unique project and consider how you can get involved.
We will once more be partnering with The REconomy Centre. The centre in Totnes is a co-working and meeting space in Totnes, home to the REconomy Project, an initiative of Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes. The Centre and Project aim to bring forth a new economic system based on resilient local economies. Active programmes include the Local Entrepreneur Forums and Local Economic Blueprints.
The Frome Foundation and Restorative Frome are sister organisations exploring systemic change and wellbeing, using the town of Frome in Somerset as a base.
They will be hosting a session on Systemic Change as part of the Conference programme with contributions from Restorative Practitioners Sophie Docker & Paul Kahawatte; Maria Franchi from Rhizome Co-op and Michael Thomas of Transition Network.
Permanent Culture Now is an online media platform supported by a community of like minded folk. They’ve kindly agreed to support this open-ended experimental process through the production of digital content which will be made openly available online following Off Grid in 2017 in order to help share our learning with a wider, global audience.