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 November 2018
Time: 16:30 – 19:00 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.

Time: 16:30 – 19:00 CETDate: 29th November 2018

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.

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 – 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.

3. Training facilitators and valuing the skills of facilitators

Date: 17th of December 2018
Time:  16:30 – 18:45 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.

4. Strategies to bring communities and municipalities together

Date: 17 of January 2019
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 CET
Presenters: Cristiano BottoneLuis 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.

5. Inclusive community engagement

Date: 8th February 2019
Time: 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Presenters: Hilary Jennings, Erika Zarate, Richard Couldrey
Facilitator: Nicola Hillary
Brief summary: to be defined

6. Practical sources of inspiration, tools and resources

Date: 19th February 2019
Time: 16.00 – 17.30 CET
Presenters: Mike Thomas
Facilitator: Nicola Hillary

Brief summary: Mike will introduce recommended sources of (English language) information, tools and resources:  online guides, forums, books and where to look for what you need to help inspire and inform community-led work in partnership with municipalities, for sustainability and social justice.

7. Helping communities understand how to work with elected politicians; and how to work with a change in elected politicians

Date: to be defined
Time: to be defined
Presenters:  to be defined
Facilitator: to be defined
Brief summary:  to be defined