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Convergence 2017

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CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT * WELLBEING * COMMUNITY RESILIENCE * GREEN COMMUNITIES * LOCAL FOOD * SOCIAl ENTERPRISE * ZERO WASTE & CIRCULAR ECONOMY * SUSTAINABLE CITIES * LOW CARBON TRANSITIONS * THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY * CO-HOUSING & GREEN BUILDING * COMMUNITY ENERGY * ECOLOGICAL REGENERATION * SOCIAL INNOVATION * LOCAL CULTURE * SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS * CLIMATE ACTION

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 brings people and ideas together. Since its beginning in 2000, the festival has featured some of the most inspiring thinkers and doers both from Ireland and abroad, and championed the changes needed to create a sustainable economy, a healthy society and a flourishing environment.

This fortnight of workshops and conferences held across the country sets out to inspire a cooperative and commons approach to job creation, building and stewarding shared resources, strengthening resilience and transforming our local communities.

Through Convergence, Cultivate aims to develop the competencies of citizens to better engage in local projects. We believe this will lead to healthier and happier communities, as well as being a major driver of success in reaching climate targets and Sustainable Development Goals. Our hope is that communities might also be better positioned to benefit from the deep economic and social changes that will take place as we make the transition to a low carbon society.

 

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 17 is supported by the EPA, DCU and the Environmental Pillar. GROW Observatory, Carlow County Council, Galway City Council, Limerick Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are supporting this programme through the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

 

CONVERGENCE AT THE ELECTRIC PICNIC
1st - 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017, Stradbally, Convergence Tent in Global Green
Inspiring stories and compelling conversations will be held in the Convergence Tent at the Global Green Ecovillage, the sustainability area of Ireland’s largest music and culture festival, the Electric Picnic. Global Green is a cutting-edge nexus of green ideas and connections, showcasing new musical acts and introducing radical ideas for a community-led future.

HOUSING OURSELVES CONFERENCE
Saturday 16th - 10.00 - 17.00 - WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Tipperary - Tickets €30 [PayPal link below]

Exploring new models of housing, smaller homes and how the development of more liveable neighbourhoods could contribute to healthier and more sustainable local communities. Following on from ‘Housing Ourselves Co-operatively’ held in October 2015 and a Co-Housing Salon hosted in October 2016 Cultivate are hosting this conference to bring together people with an interest or involvement in cooperative housing, co-living projects, community land trusts, community development, planning, green building and social finance to look at how we can make a community-led approach to housing a reality. At this event being held in partnership with Cloughjordan Co-Housing and Cloughjordan Ecovillage we will introduce the ‘Design and Build Challenge’. How can we design housing and neighbourhoods where we can live and work, and that integrate the needs of all generations?

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), Cara Augustenborg, (Friends of the Earth) and Barry McMullin (DCU). Paul Allen, a Director at the Centre of Alternative Energy in Machynlleth in Wales and the editor of Zero Carbon Britain, will give a keynote presentation sharing the lessons from 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 in the reduction of our ecological footprint. A number of local projects telling their own story will be followed by a facilitated cafe 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 of Alternative Energy 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 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 number of Tipperary projects will tell their own story followed by a facilitated cafe 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 of Alternative Energy 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 in the Sustainable Development Goals will be followed by a number of local projects telling their own story. A facilitated cafe conversation will be hosted to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions that might enable more local initiative. The final element of the evening is a presentation from Paul Allen, a Director at the Centre of Alternative Energy in Machynlleth in Wales and the editor of Zero Carbon Britain report, who will share their lessons and explore how we might empower citizens and catalyse change.
This event is organised in partnership with An Áit Eile, Third Space, Collaborative Ways and Post Carbon Galway. Galway City Community Network and supported by the EPA, Galway City Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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, as well as 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 invite 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 EU policy goals in these areas. Convergence will coincide and encourage Irish participation with this European wide initiative. Register your community event here www.ecolise.eu

CLOUGHJORDAN ECOVILLAGE - SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY FAIR
This fair, hosted by Cloughjordan Ecovillage in partnership with Cultivate, will highlight the sustainability features of this award winning sustainable community project. With talks, discussions, stalls, a Community Farm walk, tours of the ecovillage and the Little Food Fair: an eclectic collective of local producers, and much more. The event takes place on the 20th anniversary of the first Sustainable Earth Fair, which was first held held in Ireland in 1997 and again in ‘98 and ‘99. This was also the inspiration for the Convergence Sustainable Living festival which was first held in 2000.
See the Facebook event page.

TRANSITION KERRY SUSTAINABLE SPACE
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 initiative 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
A convivial evening meal with spoken word, music and a compelling conversation 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. 

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 in the reduction of our ecological footprint. A number of local projects telling their own story will be followed by a facilitated cafe conversation exploring questions designed to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions that might 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 objective of the Collaborative Economy Salon is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in various aspects of the phenomenon in order to discuss and explore the current landscape and its potential from a social, legal, economic and policy perspective. This afternoon 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 (http://sharingandcaringcostaction.wordpress.com) 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 in partnership with Limerick County Council aims to inspire increased engagement in community-led initiatives, social enterprises, wellbeing projects, and in the reduction of our ecological footprint. A number of local projects telling their own story will be followed by a facilitated cafe conversation exploring questions designed to bring a deeper understanding of common ground and actions that might enable more local initiatives. This project is being supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which is funded by Limerick 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 growers, farmers and anyone with an interest in soil and agroecology. The GROW Observatory is a European-wide project supporting the emergence of a movement of citizens sharing knowledge and to help with the monitoring of our soils across Europe. These citizen scientists will help with forecasting and preparing 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. Presentations from Devyn Olson-Sawyer and Dr Oliver Moore of the GROW OBSERVATORY, representatives of the People 4 Soil campaign and David Beacher, a citizen scientist specialising in soil.

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