Hot Topics Discussions

Wider MiT Community of Practice

We collected your votes on the key topics you’d like to discuss.  Now we’ve assembled a brilliant range of co-presenters to help us all explore these topics.  The co-presenters will be there to give some expert insights, but this is mainly about YOU – in your Transition group, municipality project, community project working for a better world.  Anyone is welcome to attend. Please bring your stories, experiences, questions, support you can offer to others and challenges. Let’s see where we can take the exploration and discussion of these fascinating topics.

1. Working systemically, identifying leverage points and different theories of change

Date: 29th of November 2018
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 CET
Presenters: Daniel Wahl and Tom Henfrey
Facilitator: Juan del Rio
Brief summary: In this webinar we will explore what do we mean by systemic change, why we need to foster it and how to do it. Among different topics we will bring the idea of scale of community and bioregion and we will dive on how to leverage change. We will also look at different theories of change and their relation with the transition process towards sustainability, especially putting detail on resilience theory and political ecology. Finally we will have time to share experiences from the participants to learn from different ways of promoting positive change.
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2. How to resource the work of collaboration between communities and municipalities: the need for funding for processes

Date: 10th of December 2018
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 CET
Presenters: Eleanor Besley-Gould, Peter Lipman and Nicolas Krausz
Facilitator: Nicola Hillary
Brief summary: How do we fund this work?  This is a crucial challenge.  The processes of collaboration and partnership between community groups and municipalities can be difficult to define and predict.  Our co-presenters have a variety of relevant expertise and Nicolas Krausz can give insights about what this challenge looks like from a funder’s point of view.  We need to request: strictly no pitching please! Also, we’d love to hear any questions in advance as well as during the webinar.
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3. Training facilitators and valuing the skills of facilitators

Date: 17th of December 2018
Time:  17:00 – 18:30 CET
Presenters: Ana Digon and Dave Pollard
Facilitator: Juan del Rio
Brief summary:  The workshop will introduce several key concepts of facilitation, suggest a set of resources to learn more about the practice, provide some guidance, and offer an introduction to Group Works, a tool (available in four languages) that uses a pattern language approach to the training, evaluation and appreciation of excellence in facilitation.
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4. Strategies to bring communities and municipalities together

Date: 17th of January 2019
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 CET
Presenters: Cristiano Bottone, Luis Keel Pereira, Òscar Gussinyer and Lucia Aboutaoufik
Facilitator: Tommaso Brazzini
Brief summary: The webinar “Strategies to bring communities and municipalities together” will see four presenters introducing best local practices of citizens and municipalities committed to work together. Cristiano Bottone, from Transition Italia, will introduce the concept of “groups vs fluxes”. Luis Keel Pereira, from Telheiras Parceria Local (Lisbon, Portugal), will explain the way the local administration joined the local partnership association to improve synergies in the neighborhood. Òscar Gussinyer, from Resilience.Earth coop, will discuss about the bioregion of La Garrotxa (Catalunya, Spain) and the relationships between consortium, civil society and local administrations. Lucia Aboutaoufik, from 21solutions (Bruxelles, Belgium), will explain the role of thirds actors as facilitators between municipality and community led actions, as well as the methodologies used.
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5. Inclusive community engagement

Date: 8th of February 2019
Time: 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Presenters: Hilary Jennings, Richard Couldrey, Nonty Sedibe
Facilitator: Nicola Hillary
Brief summary: What is gained from inclusive community engagement? How do we understand unconscious and internalised racism and white privilege, and how can creating allies be the answer to creating a new world and a new story? How do you respond to, welcome and work with the diversity of your community? This webinar will share learning from South Africa and Europe, 10 years of working in a diverse inner-city location and from new approaches in the cultural sector. Come and share your own experiences and challenges around the huge benefits of building relationships and community resilience over the long-term – particularly for resilience in challenging times and in the face of external shocks.
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6. The Pilots of the Municipalities in Transition project – What’s been happening?

Date: 23rd of February 2019
Time: 19:30 – 20:30 CET
Presenters: Representatives from the Pilots of the Municipalities in Transition project
Facilitator: Tommaso Brazzini and Nicola Hillary
Brief summary:  Directly from the Pilot Municipalities in Transition community of Practice, we wanted to share with the Wider Community of Practice the learnings and experiences of the Pilots during the year long period of experimentation with the municipalities in transition project. Taking advantage of being all reunited in a pilot’s meeting and evaluating the project as a whole, being near the end of this social experiment, we thought of organizing this interesting webinar to give everybody a taste of how the project went. This is a wonderful opportunity to bridge the Wider Community of Practice with the Pilot Community of Practice. We highly encourage participants to ask questions and interact with the speakers, the representatives from the Pilots.
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7. Helping communities understand how to work with elected politicians

Date: 5th of March 2019
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 CET
Presenters: Gorka Egia, Steven de Mesmaeker
Facilitator: Juan del Río
Brief summary:  In the present webinar we will explore how citizens and politicians can work and dream together towards a sustainable future. Gorka Egia and Steven De Mesmaeker will share with us their experiences regarding challenges and opportunities in the relations between local administration and civil society, as well as the question of ecological awareness at political level. We will also hear about direct experience of practical cases of urban transformation through transition initiatives in different environments. The interaction with participants will be highly encouraged, as a great opportunity to learn and share.
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8. Practical sources of inspiration, tools and resources

Date: 20th of March 2019
Time: 17.00 – 18.30 CET
Presenters: Mike Thomas, Nenad Maljković, Fyodor Ovchinnikov
Facilitator: Nicola Hillary
Brief summary: Where should you best look for resources, guides, information about systemic change and working at community and municipal level? An introduction to Transition Network support resources, a Top 5 of self-learning resources for change agents, and the concepts of #BubbleSharing & #BubbleSurfing to catalyse cross-network learning. Please come and share YOUR most useful and inspirational resources with everyone!