Transition Café at OtherSyde

Where: OtherSyde*: The Engineer's House, Riverside (based at the Cambridge Museum of Technology), Cambridge, CB5 8HN

This is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. It takes place at the OtherSyde, which is based at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. The bar will be open before and after the event. After the event, you are invited to stay to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge.

Get in touch with Annuscha if you would like to become part of the Transition Café organisers team; if you would like to suggest a topic for a café evening; or if you have any questions, such as about facilities or access.

* Unfortunately, the venue is up some steep stairs so it isn't wheelchair accessible. Approximately by end of May, there will be wheelchair access from the front of the Museum of Technology.

Picture from our Café at OtherSyde

Date and Time Description Booking
Wed, 20th February

19:00-20:30

How to Change the Climate of our Climate Conversations (Workshop) Details below Book here
Wed, 6th March

19:00-20:45

Transition Café Planning Details below No booking required
Wed, 20th March

19:00-20:30

Discover Transition Cambridge's Farming and Community Gardening Projects Details below Book here
Wed, 17th April

19:00-21:00

Embracing Emotions for True Transition Details below Book here
Wed, 22nd May

19:00-20:30

Sustainable Finance: How do you Make Your Biggest Impact? Details below Book here
Wed, 19th June

19:00-20:45

Globalisation or Localisation? How to Achieve a Fair and Adaptive Global Society Details below Book here
Wed, 24th July

19:00-20:30

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Wed, 21st August

19:00-20:30

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Wed, 18th September

19:00-20:30

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Wed, 23rd October

19:00-20:30

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Wed, 20th November

19:00-20:30

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Wed, 18th December

19:00-20:30

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How to Change the Climate of our Climate Conversations (Workshop)

Wednesday, 20th February 19:00-20:30 at OtherSyde
Booking: Please make sure to book here.

Why is it sometimes difficult to raise the topic of climate change with family, friends or colleagues? How can we make conversations easier and more fruitful? This workshop provides an opportunity to share thoughts and observations on these topics. We will survey the kinds of opportunities for conversations which may arise - and which of them are most worth pursuing. We will consider the feelings and attitudes, in ourselves and others, which make things stressful. And we will explore the kinds of moves which may put things on a better footing. This workshop is facilitated by Jane Heal. Jane has worked with Cambridge Carbon Footprint for ten years and been a Trustee since 2013. She has lived in Cambridge since 1986 and retired from teaching philosophy at the university in 2012.

This is a free event, however there's a suggested donation of £2-3 per person to cover venue hire.

Transition Café Planning Meeting

Wednesday, 6th March 19:00-20:45 at the Six Bells Pub (11 Covent Garden, Cambridge, CB1 2HS). If you like, you can get a drink (and food if you're hungry) at the bar. Please join us in the back room.

Currently, 14 people are actively involved in the organisation of the Transition Café. If you are interested in helping to keep this wonderful project going, you can join us at our next planning meeting. On 6th March, we will decide on themes and build small groups for the café nights from July to December 2019. Each of these groups will then organise one event.

Discover Transition Cambridge's Farming and Community Gardening Projects

Wednesday, 20th March 19:00-20:30 at OtherSyde
Booking: Please make sure to book here.

Spring is coming! Which means the growing season is getting going too! This café evening is a chance to find out more about Transition Cambridge's farming and community gardening projects - and maybe join in as a volunteer.

  • Cropshare is based at an organic veg farm close to Cambridge, volunteers participate by planting, weeding and harvesting - and enjoy a delicious bring-and-share lunch…More info here.
  • Growing Spaces finds neglected patches of land around the city and transforms them using edible landscaping. More info here.
  • Empty Community Community Garden group meets on a Sunday to tend the garden and work together. More info here.
  • At 'Grow your Own' sessions on an allotment, participants learn how to grow veg - simple! More info here.

This is a free event, however there's a suggested donation of £2-3 per person to cover venue hire.

Embracing emotions for True Transition

Wednesday, 17th April 19:00-21:00 at OtherSyde
Booking: Please make sure to book here.

Our workshop explores emotional responses to the climate crisis. Participants can expect activities that centre around gratitude, and strengthening connections with each other and the Earth as we consider the emotional process involved in affecting personal and social change. This work is inspired by environmental activists and eco-psychologists Joanna Macy and Ro Randall.

This is a free event, however there's a suggested donation of £2-3 per person to cover venue hire.

Sustainable Finance: How do you Make Your Biggest Impact?

Wednesday, 22nd May 19:00-20:30 at OtherSyde
Booking: Please make sure to book here.

Banking, Investing, Mortgages, Avocado? Join us for a brief presentation and discussion on the impact of our personal finances and how we can make the most drastic gains for sustainability. We will focus on practical steps to make a positive change - NOW.

This is a free event, however there's a suggested donation of £2-3 per person to cover venue hire.

Globalisation or Localisation? How to Achieve a Fair and Adaptive Global Society

Wednesday, 19th Jun 19:00-20:45 at OtherSyde
Booking: Please make sure to book here.

Have you ever wondered if a fair globalisation is possible? Or even questioned the validity of globalisation in our changing societies? This Transition café evening wishes to explore our collective visions for the future, addressing the pros and cons of globalisation, and sharing ideas on how to evolve locally and beyond.

This is a free event, however there's a suggested donation of £2-3 per person to cover venue hire.

Our Mission

Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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