What a great event!
Despite the weather 40 people came to UCS to celebrate current transition projects, explore new ones, drink tea and eat freshly baked cakes. Participants included councillors, people from Transition Bury and Transition Woodbridge, Suffolk County Council Emergency Planners and a great mix of folk from across Ipswich and the surrounding area.
We kicked off with a quick review of several existing projects, most of which are illustrated in this slide pack (warning – over 7MB): TI_workshop_23_Jan
Greta Irving, a qualified and experienced Open Space facilitator based in Bury St Edmunds got proceedings underway and we soon had 7 topics to explore:
1. Community Owned Energy
2. Sustainable employment
3. Good neighbours and self help in the community
4. Garden share scheme
5. Local currency
6. Cycle routes
7. Transition hub
The tea and cakes generated good energy levels and the space was soon buzzing with ideas.
No notes were left for Community Energy and Good Neighbours, though the latter identified the lack of clearly defined community neighbourhoods as an issue within Ipswich (this important topic should be explored by those interested in the near future). If anyone has a record of the Community Energy discussion please email details to Transition Ipswich and they’ll be added to this post.
The Transition Hub discussion merged with Sustainable Employment.
Key aspects of the discussions were captured in the flip charts below, so these will serve as reminders to those involved and give everyone who could’t participate an idea of what was covered.
Of course, the key thing now is that these ideas need to be translated into action. The forum on this site is available to organise next steps and call for support and resources. With a little care and nurturing these new projects should soon be springing into life.
At the end of the evening it was agreed that we’d run another event in about 6 months to review existing projects and sow the seeds for more new projects. The provisional date for this is Wednesday 24th July, when the weather should be very different! Put this in your diary and please spread the word.
Judging by the energy and enthusiasm last night, by July we’ll surely see that some of the project seeds sown last night will have rooted deeply and started to bear fruit!