Pitching to the ‘Community of Dragons’

This is proving to be an interesting year for a very young, but growing, ‘new economy’ emerging in this region.  A new economy, we say, because the key value drivers are fairness, ecological integrity, resilience, wellbeing, and earning a ‘regenerative profit’. And growing, because young, new enterprises are launching and expanding all around us.

On May 12th, Totnes and the 5th annual Local Entrepreneur Forum become the focal point, with a full-day agenda designed to help new economy entrepreneurs, organisers, activists, supporters, investors, catalysts – and everyone in the community – connect, share, learn, collaborate, support and invest.  Four very worthy entrepreneurs will pitch their projects to the ‘Community of Dragons’, (that means everyone – we can all be investors!)

Pitching this year:

Iola WeirIola – iolaweir.co.uk – a start up led by Iola Weir in the theatre arts space with a vision to create local livelihoods and be catalyst for a flourishing regional arts and culture scene.

Sima CuttingThe Kitchen Table – thekitchentable.org.uk – an expanding sustainable catering company led by Sima Cutting, supporting local producers and raising awareness of important food system issues.

marieHorse and Heart – www.horse-and-heart.com – Marie Franco leads this expanding horsemanship training practice offering a range of services supporting the use of horses in agriculture and health & care.

Jack SkuseAmbios – www.ambios.net – an expanding farm and educational project led by Jack Skuse, producing organic food and serving the land-based educational needs of young people.

Each of these projects is looking to contribute positive impacts to our community in a range of ways – please stay tuned for more information about them and their pitches. And please plan to attend the LEF, May 12 at the Totnes Civic Hall, where you can hear their stories first hand and invest your support, it whatever way you’d like. In the meantime, please don’t be shy about rallying the support of your friends and neighbours, and cheerleading for these hardworking change makers on social media.


Book now for LEF5 and get ‘early bird’ discount

Create you own future. Pitch at LEF5This is the 5th annual Local Entrepreneur Forum in Totnes is on and it is going to be smashing. If that’s enough for you, we’re now accepting ‘early bird’ discounted bookings, through Sunday April 10th. Go on, click it!

Want more details? Read on, or check out the full programme.

Timing – This year we’re starting the day at 2pm and will go to 10pm, which means more people can participate, especially for the Community of Dragons bit. We’re mixing a few other things up, such as more time for networking and collaborating, and a more fun evening After Party.

Rhodri Samuel, the new CEO Dartington Hall Trust, will have some very interesting things to say during his short ‘afternoon keynote’, perhaps offering a glimpse of an emerging new vision for Dartington Hall.

Invest at Local Entrepreneur ForumJonny Gordon-Farleigh, founder of Stir to Action – publisher, entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, catalyst for change, new economy organiser – all that while still in his 20s! He’s also co-founding member of the Young Cooperators Network and will share his experience during his ‘evening keynote’ as an emerging ‘new economy’ leader in the Southwest.

Pedal powered coffee from the BeanBug, lovingly prepared locally sourced cuisine from The Kitchen Table, and community supporting craft brewed ales from New Lion Brewery.

We’ll have the Needs & Offers wall and Be Like a Bee, just as we always do, so you’ll meet who you need to meet and learn what you need to learn.

The Community Dragons – we’ll have four or five projects pitch. Could it be yours? And we’re also on the lookout for projects led by young people and ready to offer a little extra support. Our deadline is April 1, so act sharpish.

After party – we’ll have NLB brews flowing and special DJ set by the Sea Change Festival.

Click here for the full programme.

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LEF5 Networking Event

LEF5 Networking Event

1948253_241870742603401_4594106740363430368_nNovember 18 @6:30pm – 9:00pm
Totnes Boating Association, Totnes (map)
Local entrepreneurs and enterprising change makers, investors and supporters, consultants and experts – please join us for this fun opportunity to connect with interesting ‘do-ers’, identify opportunities to collaborate, and learn about the next Local Entrepreneur Forum.

And help us celebrate Global Entrepreneur Week with our special brand of innovative, sustainable, and resilient entrepreneuring.

And enjoy a drink or two.

So, bring your business cards and leaflets, your curiosity and gregariousness, and your elevator pitch.

Adventures in New Economics in Spain

Wednesday, October 21 7:30pm
Methodist Church, Totnes
Cost: sliding scale

july02-32015 023Since the ‘Indignados’ occupied the plazas of Madrid and other cities in Spain, a new politics and economics has been emerging. What’s happening there now? What can we learn and apply to our own change making projects? Is a pan-European movement possible?

Emilio, Jay, and Jenny launched Guadal -Journey to a post-crisis economy to try to find answers to these questions and more.  They spent 3 weeks in Andalusia, meeting people from over 25 project in 11 cities.

july08-92015 182Meanwhile, Exeterians Hannah and Adam, went to Barcelona to make a film about Cooperativa Integral, Autogestió.

Tonight, they will share stories from their trips and what they’ve learned. They’ll also talk about the documentary films they’re producing and other aspects of their project.

More information about their projects can be found on Guadal.org and Enfable.org/96-2/