Rethink Brighton Event 11 October 2014
How can we support each other in creating massive change?
Notes from our ‘Open Space‘ discussions
Energy production/supply – how to expand the ability of communities to produce their own?
Availability/close to home
Worked with what people are already engaged in
Engineers – the knowledge
= possibilities – ground source, solar panels, tidal, wind (out to sea), rain (drain pipe)
council run data search
Certainty of support – security in investing – community providers
home demonstrations of how to use – awareness of how much you are – simple solution – do this > save this > payback periods
But why not reduce consumption?
Leadership, sub-committees in Transition groups with specific interest and skills who can take action in those areas and feedback to the group and make network?
Don’t be afraid of structure, it helps more good ideas to become inspiring and produce replicable action
Informal, rapid, specialist sub-groups that feedback e.g. waste, energy
Action not just talk – can alienate others
It can empower and support
don’t fear leadership/structure – can lead to unofficial hierarchy – shared accountability. Need to think about power
need to be careful of replicating unequal structures (both explicit and underneath the surface) by introducing hierarchies.
Links/apathy/casting the net wide
Build a snapshot of what already exists within Brighton that’s heading in the same direction – network
Casting the net wide
No functioning transition group in Brighton at the moment
What is the difference between a Transition Town and a town with lots of this stuff happening?
Other groups e.g. HASL
Does there need to be more connections?
Link to what is happening already
Everyone can be a Transition person
Accepting and welcoming!
No ‘them and us’
What do people need? e.g. Economic change
Can’t afraid of failure
Open minded, practical
Include people at whatever level they can be involved
Finding common ground and not being divisive – not preaching to the converted
Don’t want to put people off ideas – it’s not a sacrifice
Notes from the end – Ideas and comments raised at the end
Transition at Sussex, linking things together and moving forward
Taking forward some ideas
Want to take forward education idea – will meet as part of other meeting. ‘Bike It Ben’ mentioned, PSHE classes
Set up Doodle for those people who wanted to arrange meet up to do so – DONE.
Using Brighthelm as a venue – not that open?
Would like to see the group grow and do big things in the future
Would like to see strategy, hadn’t realised there was one before. For now wants to mull over everything from the meeting