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…..)
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE 2017 OFF-GRID CONFERENCE PROGRAM
To get a taste of what to expect check out the 2016 program below from last years event
In 2016, the Conference will extend across 3 days under the theme Another World is Possible. We will be working alongside co-producers including STIR Magazine, The REconomy Centre, The Exeter Pound, Transition Exeter, Exeter Community Energy, Permanent Culture Now and The Biophilia Project to curate a programme that explores some of the steps needed for a new culture to emerge.
The format is made possible by talented facilitators and conscious participants, with no experience required except that of your own unique journey. By challenging ourselves to listen attentively and share openly, we hope to deliver empowered, solutions-based feedback which may be actualised both individually and collectively.
STIR Magazine are co-producing the New Economy day of our ‘Another World is Possible’ Conference. Stir To Action is a Bridport-based community organisation that publishes a quarterly magazine, runs groundbreaking workshop programmes and courses, produces how-to resources for setting up cooperatives and community enterprises, commissions original artwork and facilitates social economy start-ups.
The REconomy 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.
Positive Money is a movement to democratise money and banking so that it works for society and not against it. They’re a not-for-profit organisation based in London whose Board of Advisors includes economics professors, authors, entrepreneurs and people from the financial industry who know that something needs to change. Positive Money are the UK branch of a global movement to democratise money so that it works for society and not against it. We’re working to tackle an issue that is at the root of many of the social and economic problems that we’re facing today…
Community Juice are a small scale developer of community housing project across South West England. Community Juice provide consultancy services as well as working on their own housing developments. Community Juice will be co-hosting a session on Sunday morning of our conference programme.
The Frome Foundation is an organisation 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.
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 2016 in order to help share our learning with a wider, global audience.