January 14th 4:30pm at the REconomy Centre
The One Year in Transition cohort will be in town for their social enterprise and local economics module and we’re throwing a little party for the occasion. What’s 1YTY? An innovative educational programme for young people. During the afternoon, we’ll be exploring current issues in social enterprise and economic relocalisation. Then we’ll shift into party mode. If you are involved in a social enterprise, please come and share your experience – your chance to ‘give back’. If you’re a young person interested in alternatives to university, then here’s your chance to gain a new perspective. For more information, see the 1YT website: http://www.oneyearintransition.org/
Monday 7th December 2015 19:30 – 21.30
Fore Street, Totnes
The Henry George Society of Devon host a talk by Andy Wightman, Scottish land reform campaigner and author of The poor had no lawyers: who owns Scotland and how they got it as well as many policy papers about land reform and Land Value Taxation in Scotland.
Land provides the fundamentals of our existence as individuals and communities. It provides places to live, to grow food, to derive important natural resources, to play, and to sustain all life.
Who should own the land? How should it be governed? How should decisions about its use be made? How should it be taxed?
Andy Wightman will explore these questions and relate them to the state of the UK economy, the housing crisis and community development. He will outline the current land reform process in Scotland and the prospects for reform beyond the 2016 Holyrood election.
Totnes boasts three local craft-breweries. Nine years ago there were none. 100 years ago the Lion Brewery was one of the largest employers in town.
Join us on this fun, Friday afternoon trail and we’ll test out the hypothesis that this humble resurgence of local breweries is not a passing fad, but part of a subtle yet significant shift in our economic culture.
Doing things on a smaller scale and closer to home is making more and more sense to more people. The benefits include creating more fulfilling livelihoods, making businesses more sustainable, circulating more money locally and bringing communities together.
Join us to explore how Totnes has become recognised as a bit of a centre for local food and drink. We will walk the new ‘Totnes ale trail’ visiting each of the breweries, making some interesting stops along the way.
> The now famous High St and Friday market
> Finding out about Transition Town Totnes and its history of working with food
> REconomy Centre, an ‘incubator’ which supports new and emerging small-scale, local enterprises with food being a priority sector
> ATMOS, an ambitious bid by the town to take their now redundant dairy into community ownership and develop it to meet local needs, including spaces to accommodate food businesses.
> And of course, the three breweries along the route:
* New Lion Brewery *
We will meet the workers and / or owners of the breweries and hear their stories while we sup their fine produce! We’ll chat and make merry as we go.
You need to be able to walk, but we can make special arrangements with advance notice, if necessary.
Date: Friday 20th November 2015
Meet: 4pm at the tree in the Civic Square (Market Square) on Totnes High St.
End: 8-9pm approx. at the Albert inn, Bridgetown
Cost: Donation – pay what you can or you think its worth. Suggestion is £10 for locals, £20 for visitors, but it is up to you. Bring some cash to spend at each bar!
We’ll meet by the tree in the Market Square at 4pm.
The Local Entrepreneur Workshop is designed to stimulate, inspire, and support enterprising change makers develop their business idea and maybe even to help prepare to pitch at the next Local Entrepreneur Forum. This workshop is a full-day session on November 21 from 9:30am – 4:30pm at the REconomy Centre. It will focus on four themes: Leadership, Innovation, Business Models, and Pitching Your Plan. The day will be productive and fun with interactive discussion, activities and lots of resources. Cost is £20 with bursaries available. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This one day stimulating workshop with Gill Coombs is for anyone wanting to explore what you want to give through your work, as well as what you want to get from it. Everyone has unique qualities and skills to offer – but in today’s highly commercialised and individualistic society, many find themselves in work that isn’t fulfilling, or doesn’t fit their values. Through discussion, creative activity and individual reflection, you’ll gain greater clarity about how your life at work could develop. You’ll create a plan to take the insights you gain about your potential back into your daily life, launching you gently towards realising your vision.
Saturday, September 26
10am – 4pm
Cost – by donation
Max group size: 12
Gill Coombs, in response to feedback she often receives, describes herself as a Thought Provoker. Author of Hearing our Calling, she brings a diverse work history, many years of coaching and group facilitation, a relaxed, friendly, compassionate approach and a deep commitment to the importance of finding our calling in the world.
To book a place: email@example.com
More info at: www.gillcoombs.co.uk
How should we live? A dangerous invitation
by Belinda Seaward
Philosophers have been asking this question for centuries and arriving at various theories that aim to promote human flourishing. Self-examination started early in ancient Greece with Socrates, the big daddy of philosophy, whose playful and provocative approach to asking the most fundamental questions such as: what is true knowledge, drew scores of young followers inspired by him to open their minds and think for themselves.
Considered the most dangerous man of his time, Socrates was given a death sentence for corrupting the teenagers of Athens and told by the court that he could escape the penalty on the condition that he give up philosophy. He chose to drink hemlock rather than give into a system that wanted him to stop making people think.
A few thousand years later, a contemporary Socrates, the Australian philosopher Peter Singer received death threats for daring to suggest that not all human life is sacred. Among Singer’s so-called outrageous ideas is the claim that some highly evolved mammals such as whales or chimpanzees should be considered persons.
The Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, another controversial thinker who spent most of his years as one of Norway’s most eminent professors living in a remote mountain hut, believes that is it painful to think, but necessary if we are ever to wake up and find the solutions to some of the most pressing problems such as how we should preserve life on our planet.
If the above fails to put you off, then you have passed the first test of philosophy, which is to realise that thinking properly is challenging, mind-expanding and potentially, illuminatingly dangerous. If you would like to learn more and try out some philosophy in practice then come along to a free taster session at the REconomy Centre in Totnes on Thursday September 24th from 7pm to 9pm.
The theme of the evening is: What is Philosophy for and what can Philosophy do for me? An introduction to philosophical thinking through the ideas of Socrates. The seminar is led by teacher, author and social entrepreneur Belinda Seaward, who has taught philosophy and ethics for more than fifteen years. Two years ago she launched learning for life social philosophy seminars, which are growing across the South West. For further information contact: Belinda Seaward, Thinking Through Philosophy. 07968904256/01626 778049. www.belindaseaward.wordpress.com
Applying for Jobs –
as if work matters
Wednesday, 22 July 2 – 4.30pm
The REconomy Centre
|This is a practical mini workshop, designed to help you get the job you want. We’ll explore:|
- What kind of work are you looking for?
- Writing an effective CV/application form
- Successful interviews: a two-way, quality conversation
Gill Coombs is a professional coach, facilitator and author. She has spent many years on both sides of the recruitment story: helping organisations across the sectors with recruitment, and training interviewers; and helping people find the right work for them, apply for jobs or start their own businesses. Her book Hearing our Calling was published last year.
Join us for the first two-day intensive course offered through the REconomy Centre. August 22-23
Skilling Up For Local Economic Change – this two-day course is designed for members of community groups, organisers, activists, local leaders – anyone, really, who is interested in making real economic change where they live. Based on our experience in Totnes and elsewhere, this course will include useful ideas and theories, and lots of practical tools. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of local economics, how to organise change making project, and a real feeling of confidence. Topics include:
- economics – assumptions and aspirations
- community engagement
- key ideas in local economics
- mapping and assessments
- networks beyond the usual suspects
- messages and frames
- design charrette
This is course is offered on a sliding scale basis from £ 5 – £100.
Booking is essential – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skilling-up-for-local-economic-change-tickets-17539560297
Facebook – love it or hate it, it is essential for communicating with your customers and building awareness about your ethical business.
This workshop is designed to help businesses get the most out of facebook. Initially we will look at some interesting facts about facebook, its incredible popularity and how people are using it.
We will then briefly discuss each delegate’s business goals and how they intend to achieve them through marketing.
We will look to see how each business can use facebook to help to deliver these goals.
As it is a hands on workshop numbers will be limited to 8 in total, and each delegate is expected to have tried to set up a facebook page for their business. You should bring a lap-top computer with you so we can work through each element together.
The tickets to this event are by ‘donation’ the proceeds of which will go to the ReConomy Centre as this is the first workshop I will have run on the subject. Similar workshops cost around £50 per delegate, but please pay what you can afford.
Led by REconomy Centre member Angus Ogilvy Stuart of the Business Guru.
Thursday July 2nd, 1pm-3pm REconomy Centre
Click here to book and for more details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grow-your-business-a-facebook-workshop-tickets-17480790515?ref=ecounttw