Tomorrow gives us the Great Devolution Debate at Anglia Ruskin University, which will explore prospects for sustainability as managed by local authorities in the east of England. The seminar starts at 13:00, is free to attend, and has nibbles afterwards, but they'd like audience members to register by emailing email@example.com. Looking further ahead, this Friday (the 25th) through to Sunday (the 27th) is the Social Venture Weekend with the University of Cambridge. In their own words "Social Incubator East is an intensive support programme for people with an ambition to set up or grow a business dedicated to making positive social or environmental impact"- so if you're sitting on The Next Big Thing, check them out. On Saturday the 26th there will be a workshop entitled The Work That Reconnects, which looks at finding the oomph within yourself to tackle environmental issues. Outdoor clothing and lunch required. For more information, please contact Anna. Lastly, I'll just leave a quick reminder that Transition has a Winter Social at the Six Bells pub on the 14th December.
10:15-17:00, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF
The Work that Reconnects is an experiential process designed by Joanna Macy. It aims to help us find our energy and motivation to play an active role in the healing of our world, in the face of current issues (e.g. climate change, resource depletion etc). It is often used to support the Heart and Soul aspect of transitioning to a more sustainable world. During this day-long workshop, we'll explore our concerns for the world, and think about how we can act to bring about positive change. Everyone is welcome to attend (no experience necessary). Please book by e-mailing Anna McIvor (booking not essential but it helps us to have some idea of numbers). The workshop is by donation with a suggested donation of £10 towards room hire. Please bring clothes suitable for spending some time outdoors (unless it's pouring) and lunch either for yourself or to share (preferably vegetarian if intending to share). For more information, please contact Anna McIvor.
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 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.
19:30, Sue and Peter's house in Chesterton
The Food Group is getting together for a winter social - all are welcome to come along! In the great tradition of Transition, it's bring-and-share food, so please bring something to share if you can. For details of her address, email Sue
19:00, Six Bells pub, 11 Covent Garden (off Mill Road) CB1 2HS
Time for winter cheer, time to celebrate the year! The Transition winter social is a time to get together with old friends and meet new ones. We'll be in the back room, with plenty of space for everyone; come along any time from 7pm. Seasonal snacks to share are very welcome! The Six Bells, our usual venue for the winter social, won Community Pub of the Year in 2014. Check their website for more info.
<b id="gsiseranov2016">Short-term role: SHAPE-ENERGY research assistant</b> An exciting opportunity to undertake a short-term research assistant position as part of a major European project in social science and humanities research around energy. See here for more details on the SHAPE-ENERGY project. This full-time position for two-three months (also available on part-time hours over a longer period), will be based at the Global Sustainability Institute. The position has been designed so that its timing and duration is flexible, thereby allowing a PhD researcher to do it alongside their writing-up. The researcher would need to have experience of energy-SSH research. The application deadline is Wed 30 Nov, with interviews taking place on Tue 13 Dec (in Cambridge). For further information, please contact Dr Rosie Robison and Dr Chris Foulds. More details here.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org* More details here.
17:00-18:00, Judge Business School, Trumpington Street CB2 1AG
Do you have an idea for a social venture? Made a start but need a boost? Social Incubator East is an intensive support programme for people with an ambition to set up or grow a business dedicated to making positive social or environmental impact. The Social Venture Weekend is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you'll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs. For emerging social entrepreneurs, it's a chance to explore new ideas and get started on your new business. For established social ventures, you will be able to refine your business plan and cement your understanding of business fundamentals to help your business thrive. More details here.
09:00-17:00, Cambridge Guildhall
The third annual Cambridge Vegan Fair! It's free to enter and occupying one of the biggest venues in the city (The Cambridge Guildhall which faces onto the market square). You don't need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend, you can browse the food stalls or the information stalls at your leisure. There will be lots of cakes and hot food available, some animal charities, and people you can ask about nutritional information. More details here.
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.
19:30-22:30, Cambridge Arts Salon
The opening of a new exhibition of collage and poetry which addresses issues of climate change and change in the natural world. Poems by Clare Crossman illustrated by Victor Ibanezof. At the launch there will be readings from Razz of Survivors poetry and Cambridge poet Mark McGivern and a short film. The exhibition goes on until 30th November. Refreshments available. Collages for sale.
Have a great week,
Jonathan and the Bulletineers