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REconomy Project Day Programme

9.30 - 10am

Registration – (Octagonal)

Arrive, register, meet old friends, make new ones – Please arrive early as sessions start at 10am on the dot. The cafe will be open from 9.30am to buy snacks and drinks.

10am – 10.50

Introductions – (Grand hall)

The big REconomy welcome, some introductions and a chance to understand the collective wisdom of the room that will hopefully be answering all your questions.

10.50 – 11.40

Inspirations presentations - (Grand hall):

A series of short back to back presentations

1. David Micklem – Artsic Director at Battersea Arts Centre - The inspirational story of our host building, a 115 year-old public building facing being closed, the local community fighting to keep it open and finally taking on the lease and taking the building into community ownership and running the building “not for you, not for me, but for us”.

2. Inderpaul Johar - Co-founder of The Westminster HUB, a start up labrotary for change makes and a “superstudio for the new economy”. The first HUB founded in 2005 in London the idea has now inspired many and spread like wildfire and there are now 25 hubs world wide with many more in the making and 1,000’s of members.

3. Pam Warhurst – Chair of Incredible Edible Todmorden - “People come from all over the world to poke around in our raised beds”… Incredible Edible born in Todmorden without permission or a strategy document, they started transforming their landscapes and their action that has inspired many others to action, now starting new enterprises.

4. Ugo Vallauri – Founder of Restart Project - Ending the throw-away culture through the birth of the DIY rebuild culture. With inspirations from Kenya and their resourcefulness in reusing and rebuilding electrical goods.

5. Julie Brown - Founder Director of Growing Communities East London - a community-led organisation based in Hackney which is “providing a real alternative to the current damaging food system”. Not only does it inspire others to do the same, through their ‘Start up program’ it gives people the tools too.

6. Martin Abraham – Founder of Transition Town Brixton’s Community Draught Busters - A social enterprise set up by local residents that runs workshops which are skilling-up the community on how to install affordable and simple draught proofing measures in people's homes, along with energy efficiency advice sessions.

7.  Isabella Menezes – Initiator of Transition Granja Viana, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Executive Director of Oficinada Sustentabilidade – A report back from some of the amazing enterprises that are springing up in Brazil as well as an introduction to her work engaging existing businesses. 

11.40 – 12

Tea/coffee break (Served in the grand hall west corridor)

12 – 1.15pm

‘How to’ workshops (See venue map) –

5 break out workshops. Practical tools to help you set up an enterprise or project. Each workshop focuses on a specific theme or enterprise type and will be co-hosted by people with experience in the field, as well as support from organisations like School for Social Entrepreneurs, Cooperatives UK, Community Tools and others:

1. How to set up a food growing business – hosted by Julie Brown, Founder Director from Growing Communities and Paul Sousek from Fieldpower Organics and Cottage Farm

2. How to set up a community bakery (or any shop) – hosted by Janet Barnes from the Dunbar Bakery and Simon Tucker from the Hand Made bakery

3. How to set up a local currency - hosted by Jamey Fisher and Susan Steed from the Brixton Pound and Gary Alexander author of eGaia and Transition Network Trustee

4. How to set up a crowd funding bid – hosted by Theresa Burton Co-founder from Buzzbank

5. How to set up a community energy company – hosted by Chris Rowland, Director from Ovesco, Lewes and Paul Parker of Hydro Richmond, London

1.15 – 2.15pm

Lunch break (Served in the grand hall west corridor) –

Once you've got your food head into the Grand hall. During the lunch break we will be holding an solutions surgery at some of the tables. Hosted by Martin Grimshaw of Decisions Lab with a dedicated cooperatives section hosted by Laura Vickery, Special Community Projects Manager of The Cooperative Group. If you have and problems or your good with solutions, come and have a chat. Bring your food.

2.15 – 3.15pm

Re-imagining the High St (Grand hall) –

Hosted by Elizabeth Cox of the New Economics Foundation (nef). This session, we attempt to vision a credible alternative to our current economy as represented within the High Street, the symbolic economic center of our communities.
The REconomy team will prepare 10 to 20 ‘storyboards’ of existing inspirational enterprises, each of them representing some features of the new economy, in the hope to kick start a vision rooted in reality. This provides a useful tool for you to try out with your own communities.

3.15 – 3.35pm

Feedback session (Grand Hall) –

A few words summarising what has happened in High St activity, and reflections on our aim to create a credible alternative to our existing economy. This leads us into an introduction to the strategic session that follows.

3.35 – 4pm

Tea break (Grand hall west corridor)

4 – 5pm

Strategic workshops (See venue map) –

So far, we hope we have been inspired, we know how to do some things, and we have created a vision for our high street. Now you have to choose from up to 10 strategic workshops. During these workshops we look at what strategic activities could help us achieve our vision. There are the pre-programmed sessions listed below, but also anyone can suggest a different strategic session with as few or as many participants as are interested:

1. Economic Evaluation– hosted by by Fiona Ward REconomy Project / Transition Town Totnes and Nick Sherwood REconomy Project / Transition Hereford – estimating the economic potential of key sectors of your local economy (e.g. a re-localised food sector), and building a partnership group to deliver it

2. Setting up and managing a Social Enterprise Incubator – hosted by Jay Tompt from Transition Town Totnes and Inderpaul Johar Co-founder of The HUB Westiminster. – creating a space for the new economy to flourish

3. Setting up a Transition Bank and an exploration of other financial instruments – hosted by Theressa, Co-founder from Buzzbank, Jonathan Dawson from the Schumacher College’s Transition Economics Course and Shane Hughes from REconomy Project – modern and ethical financial instruments to lubricate and super charge the economic transition

4. Living in the gift - hosted by Mark Boyle, author of the Moneyless - a personal and community strategy for economic transition

5. Creating an Economic Transition Strategy – hosted by Philip Revell from Sustainable Dunbar – Transition Initiatives leading the economic transition through planned actions

6. Community ownership, development and management of assets – hosted by Sarah Preece, Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre, Kate Swade, Consultancy Programme Manager from Coin Street Community Builders and Lorraine Hart, Director at Community Land Use – exploring the strategic value of community assets

7. Community Currencies - hosted by Matthew Slater from Community Forge - tearing through the broader issues of setting up a currency or community exchange scheme. 

8. Good For Nothing Events -hosted by Co-founders of Good For Nothing Tom Rowley and Tom Farrand - Find out how to be a good for nothing or produce a good for nothing event and support the enterprises that you think will have a significant impact

5 - 5.30pm

Close (Grand hall) – 

Feedback and goodbyes