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Isabel Carlisle

Isabel Carlisle

Transition activities

Initiative: 
Totnes

About Isabel Carlisle

I'm currently helping Transition Network design an education strategy for young people aged 5 to 25. We are creating the blueprint for a School in Transition that any school could adopt. I am also working with a small group of young people to create a one-year skills-based Transition Learning Journey (TLJ) for people aged 18 to 25 (and upwards) who are looking for a learning programme outside the college/university system. Part of the TLJ programme will be 3-4 month placements in Transition Initiatives. We are also looking for skills mentors in the SW for our pilot, and for people in Transition who would like to be part of the journey as personal mentors. If you want to offer anything to this process, or be kept updated, please contact me on: isabelcarlisle@transitionnetwork.org

I started my career in archaeology abroad (Rome, Jerusalem, Pompeii, Sparta) and then fell into the art world where I worked for around twenty years doing a whole range of things including being an art critic for The Times and an exhibitions curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2002 I felt the need of a challenge so I set up and directed the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain all through 2006. That year I saw Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth and woke up to climate change and all the interconnected challenges that our world now faces. Somehow I also ended up reading the Transition Handbook and was excited to see that a joined-up solution might be possible. At the same time I found my way into "education for sustainability" and set up two drama-based projects in  East End London schools to test positive ways of getting the Transition message across. I also co-founded Transition Highbury in North London.

In September 2010 I moved to Totnes without any clear plan as to why I needed to move here. I just found an amazing house. Now I am a Trustee of Transition Town Totnes, a member of the TTT education group, and Education Co-ordinator for the Network.

Roles I perform/skills I can share: 
Facilitator
Roles I perform/skills I can share: 
Speaker
Interests: 
Education
Interests: 
Effective groups
Interests: 
Inner Transition