Wednesday, 1 March 2017

"Doing it Ourselves" >>> Forum for a New Local Economy >>> looking at opportunities: meeting Torbay 4th March

On Thursday, the Devon New Economy group will be meeting up again:
Futures Forum: "Doing it Ourselves" >>> Forum for a New Local Economy >>> meeting Torbay 4th March

Sustainable Crediton has more details:

Doing It Ourselves: Forum for a New Local Economy


South West Energy Centre South Devon College Long Rd TQ4 7BJ Paignton GoogleMap


"Doing it ourselves"  - Forum for a New Local Economy

We all know we're in a unique historical moment - Brexit, shifting international politics, a weakening Pound and massive economic uncertainty across the world. Against this background, we're already facing rising challenges across Devon and Torbay - lack of decent jobs and affordable housing, continued council budget cutbacks, NHS under threat, the wrong development priorities, etc.

BUT there are opportunities in all this chaos and we can start making good things happen, right here, ourselves. There are exciting community-led economic solutions already making a difference across the region supporting local entrepreneurs, launching new enterprises, finding new sources of community finance, investing in local renewable energy production for local benefit, timebanking and supporting one another. All this means more jobs,  and a more resilient and inclusive local economy.

Join us and other changemakers from BrixhamPaigntonTorquay and across Devon to connect, get inspired, learn something new, and start new collaborative relationships. This is the 3rd Devon Convergence event and will prove to be just as useful and productive as the previous two have been. The format of the day will include presentations, workshops and 'open space', with lots of chances to connect with people you should meetlearn things you'd like to learn.  The location will be perfect - the South West Energy Centre and PassivHaus.

Keynote speaker:  Fernanda Balata, new economics foundation

Fernanda Balata, nefFernanda is co-author and lead researcher of the Blue New Deal, and important piece of work for understanding the unique challenges faced by coastal communities and identifying the opportunities for community-led development.  She'll present some key insight of special relevance for Torbay and other Devon coastal communities, and will contribute through out the day. Her participation offers a valuable opportunity for local organisers, entrepreneuers, and policymakers - don't miss it!

More details about the day's agenda coming soon.  Book your place and help spread the word.
Cost: sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds
Lunch: Please bring own lunch, there is a cafe on site but with limited capactity
** Please bring your own mug for hot drinks and reduce waste!
Help us spread the word! print an A4 poster and put it up in a public place or print an A5 flyer to hand out to friends. (Tip: If you are using Internet Explorer don't forget to set your Header & Footer details to Empty in your Page Setup.)

Sustainable Crediton - Doing It Ourselves: Forum for a New Local Economy

Fernanda has been working with Devon projects:
Futures Forum: The Blue New Deal from the New Economics Foundation @ Climate Week in Sidmouth: the presentation

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