Festivals, films and having fun with less stuff!

Hi Everyone

Introducing another info-packed and fun-filled week of sustainable community events!  First up,  we are excited to be holding a newcomers' welcome session this evening at the Friends' Meeting House.  On Tuesday evening  come to an evening of film and discussion about Fracking,  a practice that has widespread implications for all of us, wherever we live.

Change is all around us, not all of it easy to embrace. As we can't beat it,  we might as well meet it - so use this week's online DIF festival to become informed and engaged with it.  

Finally  our festival weekend with a difference is coming up this Saturday and Sunday: 2 days of  environment, technology, arts, community innovation and collaboration with our friends from Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Pivotal.  Two venues over two days for your delight and delectation:  we look forward to seeing you there!  

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • TONIGHT! Monday 07 November:  Transition Cambridge Newcomers' Meeting
  • Saturday 12 November: Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Saturday 12 November - Sunday 13: Pivotal Takeover: a festival of the environment, community & technology
  • Thursday 01 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Employment opportunity - General Manager  for Signal Box
  • Be part of the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub

Other News and Events

  • Monday 07 November - Friday 25: Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)
  • Saturday 12 November: Circular Cambridge Festival
  • Sunday 13 November: Fabulous Fungi
  • Sunday 13 November: The Work that Reconnects - taster session
  • Tuesday 15 November: All about Fracking: an evening of Talk Film and Discussion
  • Tuesday 22 November: The great devolution debate: implications for sustainability in the East of England
  • Monday 28 November: CambridgeSoup
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 07 November: Introducing Transition Cambridge: Newcomers' Meeting

19:15-21:30, Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane Cambridge

Are you new to Cambridge or have you only recently signed up to the Bulletin but haven't yet made it to a TC event? Come to a  fun and easy introduction evening  tofind out more about our projects and initiatives.  Meet the people behind our project groups, ask your burning questions, enjoy our customary tea and cake and take a step closer to joining our friendly, hands-on community. Whether you have skills to offer or want to learn new ones, you are very welcome! No need to book, just turn up. For enquiries please contact Jacky

Saturday 12 November: Cambridge Repair Cafe

13:30-16:00, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, CB1 1LG

Cambridge Repair Cafe is back, this time as part of the Circular Cambridge Festival, a cornucopia of events showcasing practical ways of moving away from the linear economy of buying stuff, using it and throwing it away. Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing, and help them pick up useful repair tips and skills. We tackle small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits'n'bobs. You can turn up with your broken item on the day, but it's best to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what to expect: cambridgeskillshareatgmail.com. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. It's a free event, donations to cover costs are very welcome. More details here.

Saturday 12 November - Sunday 13: Pivotal Takeover: a festival of the environment, community & technology

19:30-20:30, Cambridge Museum of Technology, The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane Cambridge CB5 8LD

Just 5 short days to go until the Pivotal Takeover Festival of Change! This event is an incredible mix of family friendly activities, from museum tours and nature walks; creative writing, art and writing workshops, to films, music and spoken word performances,  Food stalls and more. Entry is just £5 per adult and free for children under 12. See the link for more information. More details here.

Thursday 01 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Peter Pope's place, Fen Road

Our main topic this time will be energy storage - why we need it? What is feasible at the moment? Is there anything we can be doing to promote it? We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. This will be our last meeting before Christmas so we must celebrate the year as well. We will have a short formal meeting and then a convivial natter - please bring drink and/or finger food to share. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Monday 21 November: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

Community News

Employment opportunity - General Mgr for Signal Box

The Signal Box is a local charity which opened in Autumn 2015. It is a multi-purpose space designed to meet the needs of youngsters of all ages. It consists of two multi- purpose meeting rooms, kitchen and toilet facilities. It is a flourishing, vibrant space which hosts many different activities and functions in the heart of the South Newtown community. The Signal Box Trustees are seeking to appoint a General Manager to oversee all aspects of the effective functioning of the Signal Box Community Centre and the work of the Signal Box Charity. Salary: £19,500 pro rata Hours: 10 hrs per week Location: At home & The Signal Box Please send an email to ask for an application pack. Closing date Nov 25th.

Be part of the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub

Imagine one amazing building where you could buy delicious local produce, meet friends at a sustainable café, hire meeting space, or sign up for a course to learn new cooking skills. Cambridge Sustainable Food has a vision to make this 'Sustainable Food Hub' a reality and now need the support of the community to raise the necessary funds. Please back and share our crowd funding campaign, and help us to spread the word by following Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub on Facebook and @Cam_Food_Hub on Twitter. More details here.

Other News and Events

Monday 07 November - Friday 25: Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF)

10:00-10:00, online

How would you answer the question "The economy is changing - what do I need to know, experience and do?". The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, makers and learners to explore this question. Using a mix of online and face to face events, participants have the opportunity to explore the economy through a different lens. Sessions demonstrate how people worldwide are challenging the current 'take, make and dispose' economic model. The main themes for 2016 are - System Reset, Regenerative Cities and The Future of Work. There are also broader themes - Design Innovation, Systems Thinking, Sharing Economy, Internet of Things, Regenerative Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, New Business Models, Materials and Energy and 21st Century Science. More details here.

Saturday 12 November: Circular Cambridge Festival

11:00-16:00, The Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge, CB1 1LG

The Circular Cambridge Festival will get you thinking about our throwaway culture and change your relationship with stuff. 40% of global climate emissions arise from stuff we consume. We need to move from a linear take - use - dispose model to a circular one. A model in which the value of everything is maximised, where the goods of today become the resources of tomorrow. At the festival you will be able to hear from one of the UK's leading environmentalists, enjoy a climate themed piano suite, get your broken gadget fixed, enjoy a free film festival (organised by Pivotal), try a tandem or electric bike, enjoy a story from the Cambridge Bard, swap some clothes at a swish, meditate, contribute to an art piece and get circular updates from our city's big institutions like Addenbrokes and the University. In addition there will be stalls, a speakers corner, bike-powered short films and a chance to see again the Whole Earth display that was on Parker's Piece last year. This Festival is part of a whole weekend of events linking the environment, arts, technology, community and innovation organised by Pivotal More details here.

Sunday 13 November: Fabulous Fungi

10:30-12:30, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve

Join the Rangers and mycologist Peter Walker for a walk to discover the variety of fungi at Trumpington Meadows and the nearby Local Nature Reserve of Byron's Pool. More details here.

Sunday 13 November: The Work that Reconnects - taster session

14:30-15:30, Museum of Technology, Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD

As part of the Pivotal Festival of Change, come and experience "The Work that Reconnects" as formulated by Joanna Macy. We will explore our connection with nature, and open ourselves to the insights that nature can offer about how to engage with the issues facing our world today. This taster session will be facilitated by Anna McIvor, who has been involved with Transition Cambridge over many years. All are welcome - this workshop is free (by donation), and there is a £5 entry fee to the Pivotal Festival of Change. There are many other exciting events as part of this festival, including films, music and storytelling - come along to find out more!

Tuesday 15 November: All about Fracking: an evening of Talk Film and Discussion

19:30-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ

Cambridge Climate Action & Frack Off are holding an evening of film, talk and discussion about the UK fracking industry, its supply chain and the consequences for communities both nationally and locally. Details: Tuesday 15th November, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3UZ 7.30pm - 9pm. No booking necessary. Entry is by donation to cover costs. For any more information please email cambridgeclimateaction@riseup.net

Tuesday 22 November: The great devolution debate: implications for sustainability in the East of England

13:00-14:30, Anglia Ruskin University (East Rd) Optometry building 103

Latest instalment of the Global Sustainability Institute's seminar series. "The great devolution debate: implications of increased local powers and Brexit for sustainability in the East of England" will involve a panel discussion with: Matt Hullis (Head of Environment Strategy, Suffolk County Council), Andy Jordan (Professor of Environmental Sciences, UEA), Cecilia Tredget (Managing Director, East of England Local Government Association), and Pete Tyler (Professor at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge). Join us for the debate (13:00-14:30) followed by tea/coffee and cake from 14:30-15:00. *Free to attend but please register by emailing: gsi-info@anglia.ac.uk* More details here.

Monday 28 November: CambridgeSoup - Social Enterprise evening

18:00-20:00, Allia Future Business Centre Norfolk Street

Join us for an evening of networking, discussion, debate, Soup and a vote for the social enterprise you would most like to see take place on your doorstep. You will hear from 4 local projects that may make a difference to your community or City. Pay £5 for entry. This buys you your soup, some bread and a vote! The proceeds from the cover will make up the 'prize fund' for the winning project.. Come together with neighbours and friends, share Soup and be part of something. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Thanks for reading have a great week!

Jacky and the Bulletin Writers' team

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