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The CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL 2017 celebrates Ireland’s response to the global challenges we face — through transformative, community-led approaches to meet our climate targets and implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a fair, healthy and low-carbon future.

Across Ireland, citizens, social enterprises and communities are already using social innovation, co-production and collaborative consumption to strengthen resilience, foster their local economies, and create new jobs in areas such as food, transport, energy, education, housing and waste.

The Convergence Festival 2017 brings together community champions, social entrepreneurs, researchers, networkers, support agencies and policy-makers from around the country to identify and celebrate best practices, build capacity for local change-makers, and promote widespread understanding of the actions local communities can use to transform our lives and the places we live.

Convergence Programme PDF

Convergence is supported by the EPA, DCU, the Environmental Pillar and Galway European Green Leaf 2017. Carlow County Council, Galway City Council, Limerick Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment have supported events in Convergence through the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

The aim of Convergence is to…

  • Illuminate the potential of community-led action on climate change, wellbeing and sustainability
  • encourage public participation and increased citizen engagement in local community initiatives
  • listen for stories that help inspire a community led approach and make pathways visible for others to follow
  • develop the capacity of ‘community champions’, ‘green ambassadors’, ‘place makers’ and ‘social innovators’
  • build bridges and strengthen partnerships between sectors as well as increasing cohesion between all stakeholders
  • promote Irish community projects across Europe
  • raise awareness and localise the Sustainable Development Goals and climate targets

 

Convergence Programme 2017

Thanks to the support Convergence 17 has received, most of these events are free to attend although booking is essential.
For bookings and further details (unless otherwise specified in event description below) contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CONVERGENCE AT THE ELECTRIC PICNIC
1st - 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017, Stradbally, Convergence Tent in Global Green
The ELECTRIC PICNIC is Ireland’s largest music and culture festival, featuring a sustainability area called the Global Green Ecovillage —  a cutting-edge nexus of green ideas and connections. Join us there in the Convergence Tent for brilliant new music, gloriously local food, radical ideas, inspiring stories and compelling conversations  for a community-led future.

HOUSING OURSELVES CONFERENCE
Saturday 16th - 10.00 - 17.00 - WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary - Tickets €30 [PayPal link below]
Cultivate is hosting this conference in partnership with Cloughjordan Co-Housing and Cloughjordan Ecovillage, to explore new models of housing, smaller homes and more liveable neighbourhoods for healthier and more sustainable local communities. Following the ‘Housing Ourselves Co-operatively’ in 2015 and the Co-Housing Salon in 2016, this event is designed for people and organisations interested and/or involved in cooperative housing, co-living projects, community land trusts, community development, planning, green building and social finance. Our aim is to make a community-led approach to housing a reality.

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A LOW CARBON IRELAND
Monday 18th - 19.30 - 21.00 - Dublin City University
Presentations and discussion with Peadar Kirby (Cloughjordan Ecovillage), Sam Fahy (DCU Community Garden Initiative), Oisin Coghlan (Friends of the Earth, Rowan Oberman (School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies, DCU), Barry McMullin (DCU), and Paul Allen (editor of Zero Carbon Britain and Director of the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, who will give a keynote presentation on the latest Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen report).  This event is held in partnership with Dublin City University, Friends of the Earth and Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A HEALTHY, HAPPY AND SUSTAINABLE CARLOW
Tuesday 19th - 19.30 - 21.30 - Visual Carlow
This evening event aims to inspire increased engagement in community-led initiatives, social enterprises, wellbeing projects and the reduction of our ecological footprint. A facilitated introduction where local projects tell their own story will be followed by a café conversation exploring questions designed to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions that might enable more local initiatives. The final element of the evening is a presentation from Paul Allen, a Director at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth in Wales and the editor of Zero Carbon Britain, who will share the lessons from the latest Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen report and explore how we might empower citizens and catalyse change. This project is held in association with Carlow PPN and the Change Exploratory and is being supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which is funded by Carlow County Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A GREEN AND LOW CARBON TIPPERARY
Wednesday 20th - 20.00 - 21.30 - WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary
This evening event aims to inspire increased engagement in green business, sustainability and local energy projects.  A facilitated introduction where a number of Tipperary projects will tell their own story followed by a café conversation exploring questions designed to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions that might enable more local initiatives. The final element of the evening is a presentation from Paul Allen, a Director at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth in Wales and the editor of Zero Carbon Britain, who will share the lessons from the latest Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen report and explore how we might empower citizens and catalyse change. Hosted in association with Tipperary Energy Agency, the Tipperary Public Participation Network, CRES - Community Renewable Energy Supply, and Tipperary Green Business Network.

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A HEALTHY AND LOW-CARBON GALWAY CITY
Thursday 21st - 19.30 - 21.30 - PorterShed, Galway
This evening event aims to inspire increased engagement in community-led initiatives, social enterprises, climate actions and wellbeing projects.  A scene-setting presentation framing local action for the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be followed by a facilitated presentation where local projects will pitch their own story. A café conversation will be hosted to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions to enable more local initiatives. The final element of the evening is a presentation from Paul Allen, a Director at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and the editor of the Zero Carbon Britain report, who will share the lessons learned from that research and explore how to empower citizens and catalyse change. This event is organised in partnership with An Áit Eile, Third Space, Collaborative Ways, Post Carbon Galway, Galway City Community Network with support from the EPA and Galway Green Leaf 2017. Galway City Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are supporting this project as part of the LA21 Environmental Partnership Awards.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH: THE CHALLENGES AND THE OPPORTUNITIES
Friday 22nd - 10.00 - 16.30 - NUI Galway
The engagement will continue on Friday 22nd September at "Climate Change and Health: The Challenges and the Opportunities", a conference hosted by NUI Galway and partners. The conference will take place at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society on Upper Newcastle Road, featuring discussions on the impacts of climate change around the globe, as well as highlighting responses to protect and improve human health. Diverse local and international speakers include the Lancet Countown's Dr. Nicholas Watts; UNICEF UK's Joni Pegram; the Government of Ireland Department of Communications Climate Action & Environment's John O'Neill; and the HSE's Dr. Ina Kelly. Conference partners include the Irish Forum for Global Health, the Development Studies Association of Ireland, Trócaire, the Ryan Institute, the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development, Galway City Community Network, the HSE, and Irish Aid. For more information on the conference please visit https://climatehealthirl2017.eventbrite.ie

ENGAGING CITIZENS IN COMMUNITY LED TRANSITIONS
Friday 22nd - 10.00 - 16.30 - WeCreate WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary
How do we best encourage more public participation in climate action, sustainability and environmental protection, while improving citizen engagement in local community initiatives? This conference, which is part of a research project by members of the Environmental Pillar on Citizen Engagement, will bring together researchers, NGOs, and community activists to explore this question. This is an invitation-only event: to request an invite email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EUROPEAN DAY FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Saturday 23rd - Cloughjordan, Kerry, Galway
ECOLISE, a network of networks across Europe that acts as a shared platform for learning, action and advocacy of community-based initiatives are hosting the first ever European Day of Sustainable Communities to  showcase the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support related EU policy goals. Convergence will coincide and encourage Irish participation with this EU-wide initiative. Register your community event here www.ecolise.eu

Friday 22nd - PermaCULTURE NIGHT Galway
On the evening before the European Day at Galway’s newest public PermaCulture Food Trail will be launched. Starting at 6pm, please join us along the canal for an evening in co-creation, community, art, food, culture and conversation. This event will be an evening showcase of engaging community and regenerative design processes, highlighting the interconnectedness of all within a balanced ecosystem, our sustainable edible and cultural landscapes and its connection to health and wellbeing. Come join us at the launch of this exciting project with Eimhin David Callahan Co-founder Birr Food Commons at The Growery, Cllr. Neil Mc Neilus, Galway Tidy Towns, Permaculture Designer Hannah Mole, Chrissi SlackRope Dancer, Niall Warde, Teangadesigns, Third Space members, the local Community and other guests for a magical night of community food, art, culture and conversation.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY FAIR  -  Féile na nÚll @ Cloughjordan Ecovillage
This community fair and apple festival will highlight the sustainability features of this award-winning sustainable community project. Apple pressing, stalls & workshops, talks & discussions, the Apple Bake Contest, the Little Food Fair, a Community Farm walk, performances of the Children of Lir at the Community Amphitheater, and a presentation and guided tour of the Ecovillage. Stay around for the convivial evening SpeakEATsy. See the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1464660213611098

To book a place for the SpeakEATsy, please choose a ticket below.

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TRANSITION KERRY SUSTAINABLE SPACE - Tralee Food Festival
Transition Kerry will be hosting a Sustainable Space at Tralee Food Festival to celebrate the good work that is being done in the region to make communities more sustainable and resilient. There will be space for local community groups and small local sustainable businesses to display their work.  This will include the brilliant Community Apple Juicer from Tralee Allotments Project; the local community garden projects will show off their work and produce; and Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-op will also be there, promoting community-owned and -led projects and initiatives such as the bulk buying of locally sourced wood for fuel.  For more info and updates, see the Facebook page and website:  www.transitionkerry.org

 

SpeakEATsy - Surfing the Waves of Change
Saturday 23rd - 19.30 till late
The now legendary SpeakEATsy is quite the experience. A convivial evening meal with spoken word, music and compelling conversations, this happening is far more than the sum of its parts: it's a confluence of influences and inspirations delivering a full sensory and intellectual workout! A deep discussion will be held with Easkey Britton, a big-wave surfer who is using her passion for the ocean to create social change and connection across cultures, and Fergal Smith, a professional surfer who has returned to the land to start a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm near Lahinch. Live acoustic music, slam poetry and global beats from DJs complete the aesthetic. Book early as this one books out!  See this one minute snippet for more For booking go to www.cultivate.ie

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE CORK
Monday 25th - 19.30 - 21.30 - St. Peter’s Cork, North Main Street, Cork City
This evening event held in partnership with Cork Environmental Forum and Cork City Public Participation Network aims to inspire increased engagement in community-led initiatives, social enterprises, wellbeing projects, and the reduction of our ecological footprint.  A number of local projects telling their own story will be followed by a facilitated café conversation exploring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions to enable more local initiatives.

THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY SALON
Thursday 28th - 14.00 - 16.30 - University of Limerick, Tierney Building
We are witnessing the rapid spread and growth of what is now commonly called the “sharing” or “collaborative economy”. The Collaborative Economy Salon will bring together researchers and practitioners interested in various aspects of this phenomenon for an afternoon discussion and exploration of the untapped potential of this approach from social, legal, economic and policy perspectives. This event is being organised in collaboration with SIG-SCEI - the Special Interest Group for the Study of the Collaborative Economy in Ireland. The Salon is connected to the Sharing and Caring COST action coordinated by UL. Admission is free and everybody is welcome, but you will need to register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., mentioning ‘Collaborative Economy Salon’ as subject.

STORIES AND CONVERSATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE LIMERICK
Thursday 28th - 19.30 - 21.30 - The Fire Station, Limerick
This evening event held aims to inspire increased engagement in community-led initiatives, social enterprises, well-being projects, and the reduction of our ecological footprint.  A number of local projects telling their own story will be followed by a facilitated café conversation exploring questions designed to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions to enable more local initiatives. This event is being held in partnership with Limerick County Council, with support from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund co-financed by Limerick City & County Council and the Department  of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

THE SOIL SALON - CITIZEN SCIENCE AND THE GROW OBSERVATORY
Saturday 30th - 14.00 - 16.30 - WeCreate WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary
This afternoon event is aimed at food growers, farmers and other people interested in soil and agroecology.  The GROW Observatory is an EU-wide project supporting the emergence of a citizens’ movement to share knowledge and help monitor our European soils. These citizen scientists help forecast and prepare for climate events such as heat waves and floods, by validating the detection of soil moisture from satellites as well as taking practical steps to preserve the soil for future generations. This salon will develop the capacity of Irish citizens to understand soil and to better steward land. Includes presentations by Devyn Olson-Sawyer and Dr Oliver Moore of the GROW Observatory, representatives of the People4Soil campaign, Kevin Dudley from Cloughjordan Community Farm, and David Beacher, a citizen scientist specialising in soil.

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