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UK Conference 2011

We’re delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the 2011 conference.

We'll be in Liverpool in the North of England at Hope University for the two and a half days of the 8th - 11th July. The conference is a perfect opportunity to meet with other Transitioners taking this challenging journey, to delve deeper into the areas that interest you most, and to gain new skills that will serve you and your initiative well over the coming years.

This year's conference aims to provide knowledge, tools and understanding to help us live well in uncertain times. We'll all share our successes and challenges, hopes and fears, our questions and answers. We're planning an innovative structure and processes that enable each of us to get better at operating in group environments - a crucial skill as our transition journeys move into an increasingly uncertain future. When you leave the conference, you'll have new connections, insights and skills that will make both you and your transition initiative stronger for the times ahead.

You can expect innovative workshops; trying out 'Fishbowl' group techniques; skill sharing; in-depth project discussions; process work; entertainment (bring instruments!); creative outlets galore (particularly for kids); revitalising activities (bring loose clothing); and lots of meaningful fun and frivolity. All you need to bring is yourself, your energy, your experience and your thirst for learning more!

And just to make sure you didn't miss that - we're welcoming kids too this year. We finally got our act together and are welcoming children and young people with an exciting programme and plenty to do.

This just in! There is going to be a meet up of UK North West Transition Groups to coincide with the Transition Network Conference. This will take place on the afternoon of Friday 8 July. Details and venue are still being finalised, but in the meantime you can book for this free event here. More information will be appearing here soon as it is becomes available. The contact for the North West event is Michelle Bastian (

Hope University is ideal for the conference - lots of meeting rooms, a feeling of space, and enough accommodation for everyone. And it's on a mainline station, reasonably accessible from just about anywhere in the UK (and beyond). It's also good in terms of accessibility.

If you haven't been to a Transition conference yet, or you can't remember last year's (very unlikely!), have a read of the 2010 conference blog which covered much of the action, watch some of the videos, or look at the photos, visioning exercise artworks, open space sessions and more on our conference archive site.

How to buy tickets

Please go to our booking page for tickets

Dates and times

  • Registration opens on Friday July 8th at 19.00
  • The conference programme itself begins on Saturday morning July 9th at 10.00
  • The programme finishes on Monday July 11th at 13.00
  • Friday night will be an informal mixing time with an open bar, so turn up on Friday night to meet old friends and make new ones.


We are as pleased as punch to be able to announce that the scintillatingly excellent draft programme, which includes the equally draft but also equally splendiferous workshop schedule is now available.

Read the draft (but very nearly complete) conference workshop schedule here

Conference costs

  • Tickets for the 2 ½ day event are £110
  • Some concession tickets are available
  • Lunches for Saturday and Sunday are included in the price
  • Accommodation is extra – details below
  • Other food can be booked (see below), or you could self-cater, go off campus, or call in takeaways. Please note that to self-cater you would need to be staying campus (or cook with someone who is), and bring cooking utensils.
  • Day tickets are available for Saturday or Sunday for £42.50 with lunch, or £35 without lunch.
  • Booking early will allow you to take advantage of cheaper transport options.

Please go to our booking page for tickets

Concessions Fund:

Can you afford to help someone pay for a ticket? Please donate what you can afford to allow us to help someone with the price of their ticket. If half of us donated just £10, £35, or whatever you can, additional people will be able to attend at a concession rate. Please click on the button below to donate to the concession fund. 

Booking tickets


The only way to reserve a place is to pay for it. See below for payment details - you can pay either online or with a cheque (UK only). Please do not call us up for a reservation; if we are full, we will make this clear.

Payments – online

Buy your conference ticket on our booking page via Paypal, Visa, AmEx, Mastercard, Solo or Switch.
When Eventbrite accepts your payment, your place at the conference is secured – you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Payments – cheque (UK only)

To purchase a ticket by cheque (UK only) please make out your cheque to: "Transition Network", and send it along with your contact details, the number of tickets you want and your accommodation choice to:

Transition Conference 2011
Transition Network
43 Fore Street

Your place will only be reserved once we have received your cheque. We will notify you via e-mail or phone.


We have a limited number of tickets at concession prices. To apply for a concession please e-mail the conference team

Accommodation costs and options. Book soon - first come first served!

We can offer several options for accommodation on campus. Sorry there are no double rooms – the University doesn’t have them. Children are allowed to stay on the floor in a parent’s room (you would need to bring a bed roll or sleeping bag for them).

  • Single room ensuite including breakfast (includes bedding and towel). There is a shared kitchen for every 5 rooms with appliances, but no utensils.: £35/night
  • Single room ensuite, NOT including breakfast (includes bedding and towel). There is a shared kitchen for every 5 rooms with appliances, but no utensils.: £30/night
  • Single room, shared bathroom, including breakfast (includes bedding and towel). There is a shared kitchen for every 7 rooms with appliances, but no utensils: £25/night.
  • Single room, shared bathroom, NOT including breakfast (includes bedding and towel). There is a shared kitchen for every 7 rooms with appliances, but no utensils: £20/night.
  • Note: We have fewer of the single rooms with shared bathrooms, so if you want one please book early.
  • We have asked local Liverpool transitioners whether anyone can spare a room or sofa during the conference. Keep an eye on the conference forum for this information.
  • Other accommodation


  • Buffet lunches for Saturday and Sunday are included in the price. Please let us know of dietary restrictions when booking.
  • Other meals can be booked. If you are staying on campus you can choose to book a room including breakfast. You can also book dinners either for all three evenings, or just for 2, or even 1 evening – dinners cost £8.75/dinner. Dinners are a main course and sweet, plus tea or coffee. You can also book a buffet lunch on Monday if you would like one for £7.50.

Other food options

There is a cafe on campus where tea/coffee and some light refreshments can be purchased.

If you are staying on campus and bring your own mug you can also make drinks for yourself in your kitchen.

If you prefer to prepare your own meals there are kitchens available in the accommodation blocks. These have ovens, microwaves, fridges and kettles, but do not have utensils, plates, cutlery etc. We suggest that if you want to do this you get together with friends, or other transitioners on the forum and arrange who will bring what, and who will cook etc.

There are a number of takeaway outlets and restaurants nearby. Some of the takeaway outlets deliver. There is a Co-op within a mile of the campus.


  • Cancellations received by end of day June 1st will be reimbursed 100%
  • Cancellations received between June 2nd and end of day June 24th will be reimbursed 50%.
  • Cancellations received from June 25th will not be reimbursed (please contact us if you have exceptional circumstances).

Venue and conference information

Conference numbers

This year we have capacity for around 350 participants, which has felt like a comfortable number at previous conferences.


  • Hope Park is a modern university campus. All of the classrooms that we will be using have fully accessible entrances, lifts, and access to accessible toilets. The main room and classrooms are fitted with hearing loops. DeafAlerter® is installed at the Hope Park site (fire alarm alert).
  • There are a number of wheelchair accessible bedrooms including wet-room style bathrooms.
  • Many workshops use visual aids such as powerpoint slides and flipcharts. Please let us know if this is an issue so that we can work with the presenter to reduce the impact of this.
  • The University provides designated parking bays for the exclusive use of vehicles displaying a Blue Badge providing the badge holder is accompanying the vehicle. Any vehicle using a designated parking space without a Blue Badge will be clamped and subject to the University regulations on clamping.
  • If you have further queries, or need assistance making your way to the venue once you arrive in Liverpool, please email Catrina and we will do our best to help.

Children and young people

  • We have some places for children (0-16 year olds) who are attending with a parent or guardian. Please make sure that you book places for your children.
  • There will be a children’s and young people’s programme running during the weekend by Moving Sounds. Please let us know when booking whether your children want to join in with these scheduled activities.
  • Movingsounds will be running a program of activities for young people at the conference based on 10 years experience of leading educational workshops and a lifetime of playful engagement.

    There will be a chance to play music, write lyrics, rap and beat box, play drums, create performances or beautiful works of art, or just do your own thing.

    We will play games and do activities together whilst also exploring our own thoughts and feelings about current environmental issues.

    We can explore the land around the venue and play some out door games as well and have a chance to connect with local environment in fun ways.

    The activities will be adapted to different ages depending on the group but this will be a chance to make new friends, get creative, have loads of fun and even present something back to the adults at the end of the weekend about what we really think and believe to be important, like a message from the young voices of transition.

    We can't wait!

  • If your child is attending with you and is either younger than 5 or doesn't wish to join in the activities, please be aware that you still need to book. Sadly we cannot afford to provide creche facilities, so you will need to keep your child with you at all times and be responsible for their welfare.
  • Children under 5 - The venue does not have any provision for baby foods so please bring what you need.

Getting there

The campus is east of the centre of Liverpool:

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9JD

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  • By public transport: There are regular trains and coaches to Liverpool from around the country. Search for ticket deals using, National Express or Megabus. For local public transport connections see here.
  • If you’re bringing your bike there are secure lock ups on campus. Taggart Avenue, which divides the Hope Park Campus, provides a signed cycle route which links the campus with the Woolton Cycle Route to the south, the Trans-Pennine Trail to the west and Liverpool 's Outer Orbital Route. The city centre is accessible from Hope Park on continuous signed cycle routes.
  • By car: For directions see here. If you have space, please offer it to others on the forum, and if you need a lift, it's worth having a look there too. Car parking costs £1.50 for 24 hours - permits can be purchased at the conference reception. 
  • By plane: While we would love to have all Transitioners at the conference, we are also aware of the carbon footprint aspect of travel. Please read this piece from Rob's blog and consider it before making a decision about flying to the conference. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon airport.

Other accommodation options in Liverpool


  • Wifi is available on campus. Passkeys will be available at reception.
  • We will be filming during the conference. If you do not wish to be filmed please politely notify the filmer.

Press protocol

Members of the press are very welcome to participate in or observe all and any aspect of the conference, as long as they sign up (by email or at the conference) to the following protocol:

  • All press must register through the normal channels, paying full price. Email the Conference team for your press pass
  • All press must state which publication (or freelance) they represent on their signup form
  • All press must make themselves known to a Transition Network person on arrival
  • Transition Network will provide press with an identifiable badge with name and publication
  • Press must wear the badge at all times
  • Any press person engaging a conference participant in conversation must explicitly convey whether the conversation is on the record or off the record
  • All participants will be told that if they feel uncomfortable talking to the press that it is their responsibility to express that (politely) before the conversations start
  • Dress code for conference - if you're in a suit, you'll be the only one :¬)

Online social reporting from the event

We have set specific budget aside to enable the recording of as much of the conference as possible with roving reporters using film and audio and written reportage. We will upload this material as quickly as possible to our conference blog and use youtube, twitter, facebook and other media so that people who can't come to the conference can keep up to speed on it as far as possible.

We do not intend to use video conferencing or other synchronous media during the event. In our experience, it is rarely worth the effort in a conference environment, and our main focus is on the event.

If you have any questions please email the Conference team at

Please go to our booking page for tickets


Thanks to Colin Dyas of Transition Liverpool for assistance with local contacts. Colin is currently involved in the emergent Made in Liverpool (MiL) project. MiL is a business which is all about fostering local social entrepreneurship. For more information contact

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