Community of Dragons – Rob’s Podcast

Our Community of Dragons event last week, part of our 6th annual Local Entrepreneur Forum, was a huge love fest.  We’re still glowing and still counting up all the offers for Bob and Huxhams Cross Biodynamic Farm, Richenda and Studio 45 Creative Potter Hub, Jay Jacoby and Yew Media, Emily and Black Bee Combe, and Al and The Woodland Presents.  We’ll have a follow up report, soon.

In the meantime, Rob Hopkins has put together a nice blog post and podcast, here.  Take a look and have a listen –



Transform Your Local Economy in One Day or how to run the Local Entrepreneur Forum

Local Entrepreneur Forum or ‘How to transform your local economy in one day’

REconomy Centre
Nov 19 10am-4pm
Cost: gift
Booking:  send email to

Four happy local entrepreneurs.
Four happy local entrepreneurs – Iola, Marie, Jack, and Sima.

This workshop is for people interested in making economic change in their own communities and regions. Want to create a more regenerative, resilient and inclusive local economy? The Local Entrepreneur Forum can be your catalyst project.

After 5 years, the Local Entrepreneur Forum has been incredibly effective. It is the focal point of the REconomy work in Totnes, facilitating practical support for enterprising change makers, engaging and including the wider community in a powerful new economic narrative, and catalysing the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture. The event brings entrepreneurs and investors together for learning, connecting and support, where everyone is part of the ‘Community of Dragons’ and can invest in the kind of enterprises – and local economy – they want to see in their community. In this session you’ll learn:

• how it works as an event and an ongoing strategic platform for ‘REconomy work’
• about our results: financial and non-financial investments, new firms, livelihoods, etc.
• why this can model can work anywhere – it already has in London and Gothenburg
• what tools and resources are available to support you implementing the LEF in your community

Led by Jay Tompt, is a coordinator of the Totnes REconomy Project, a social enterprise consultant, and activist. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has launched innovative economic regeneration and resilience building projects, such as the Local Entrepreneur Forum and the REconomy Centre. He has been leading workshops and giving talks about this work and on community-led economics, across Europe and Japan.

Prior to moving to the UK from San Francisco, Jay spent 10 years as entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’, after a 12-year career in Silicon Valley. Jay holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University.

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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