A "What If...?" shop

Getting started

There are currently several empty shops in the city centre. Back in February, a city councillor approached us about making taking over one of these unused shops to help rejuvenate the city centre post-covid. Perhaps we could use one of these spaces as a pop-up Transition space, e.g. to showcase some of our projects, as a meeting or workshop space, or as a space to invite other community groups to host events in. It could perhaps be a "What if...?" shop, to invite people to imagine and take part in creating a better future for Cambridge. We put a call out in the Transition Bulletin, and there has been lots of interest from a variety of individuals and community groups. We are now working on how to make the shop happen. If you'd like to get involved, please get in touch!

First meeting

At our first meeting, we met each other and explored our ideas for the shop, and our understanding of how it would work. Here are the whiteboards from the meeting and the minutes.

Other similar projects

Transition Kentish Town have recently set up a similar space, called the "Think and Do" shop - you can hear more about it in this online talk.

Getting involved

We are interested to hear from you if you would like to be involved in whatever capacity. For example, you might have an idea you'd like to showcase, or you might have time free to volunteer, or you might like to help create the space, or to coordinate some aspects of it (or something totally different - we are open to other ideas about how to use such a space, with the only requirement being that they should be aligned with Transition objectives). If this appeals, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us here.

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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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