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Convergence 13: Transition Strategies

Post Carbon Cities, Transition Towns and Eco-Villages 

3rd to the 7th of April 2008

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Attention climate activists, community workers, environmentalists, academics, change agents and cultural creatives, if you are at the leading edge of sustainability, or want to be, then this festival is not to be missed. There are only 100 tickets available for this timely event.  

Convergence brings together people and ideas to explore how communities can build resilience in a future of energy and climate uncertainty.

Featuring:

• The Community Powerdown Symposium, two days of workshops and discussion

• Lecture by Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities

• Film and talk with Megan Quinn Bachman, Community Solutions, Ohio, the co-writer and co-director of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

• Fantastic networking opportunities 

*Festival Pass is valid for all festival events. Tickets are non- transferable and discounts cannot be combined. 

 

Full Schedule 

The Rethinking Lecture : Rethinking the City for an Uncertain Future
Thursday 3rd April | 19.30 – 21.30 | €18
Daniel Lerch is the author of Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty, the first major municipal guidebook on peak oil and global warming. He is a program manager with Post Carbon Institute, and has worked on urban planning issues for over ten years in the public, private and non-profit sectors

Vital Viewing : The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)
Friday 4th April  | 18.00 – 19.30 | €5 (included in lecture price)
This documentary film explores the economic collapse and eventual recovery of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Following the dramatic steps taken by both the Cuban government and citizens, its major themes include urban agriculture, energy independence and sustainability. The film was directed by Faith Morgan, and co produced by our main speaker, Megan Quinn

The Transition Lecture : Plan C: Community Strategies for Oil Depletion and Climate Change
Friday 4th April | 20.00 – 22.00 | €18
Megan Quinn Bachman, Community Solution, Ohio, USA
Introduced by Ben Brangwyn, Transition Network, Totnes, UK  

The Convergence Symposium: Skilling Up For Powerdown

Saturday 5th April | 9.30 – 17.00 and Sunday 6th April | 11.00-17.00 | €120 (Includes a light lunch on both days) 

Talks, workshops and World Café discussions on how we communicate and accelerate community responses to oil depletion and climate change 

With: John Gormley (Minister for the Environment), Daniel Lerch (Post Carbon Institute, USA), Megan Quinn (Community Solution USA), Ben Brangwyn (Transition Network UK), Paul Allen (Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales), Jonathan Dawson (Global Eco Village Network), Anne B Ryan (Maynooth University), Graham Strouts (Zone 5), Professor Peadar Kirby (University of Limerick),  Davie Philip (Cultivate Centre), Tim Helwig Larson (Public Interest Research Centre, UK), Seamus Hoyne (Tipperary Institute), Adam de Eyto (IT Carlow), Magnus Wolfe-Murray, RESET, UK), Bruce Darrell (FEASTA), Dave Yaffey (UK), Pat Fleming (Ireland), Chris Chapman (Ireland), Oisín Coghlan (Friends of the Earth) and David Korowicz (FEASTA)

An Introduction to the Irish Transition Network
Saturday 5th April | 18.30 – 20.00 | €Free
Special networking meeting for communities involved or interested in Transition initiatives in Ireland

The Powerdown Lounge
Saturday 5th April | 19.30- 00.00 | €Free in
The basement bar in Crush at the bottom of S. Great Georges St. will be the venue for this year’s Lounge.  Enjoy local brews from the Porterhouse, chilled out music and visuals and relax with festival participants.

Convergence Events at the Village (Cloughjordan, North Tipperary) – Monday April 7th

Rural Transitions Open Space: “How will our towns and villages reduce carbon emissions and build resilience in an era of climate and energy uncertainty?”
14.00 – 17.00
Organised in association with Sustainable Projects Ireland and the Cloughjordan Business Network

Vital Viewing: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
18.00 – 19.30
See above

Public Presentation: Cloughjordan, a Village in Transition
20.00 – 22.00
Local, national and international speakers on how Cloughjordan can prosper in an era of climate and energy uncertainty.
Organised by the Cultivate Centre with Sustainable Projects Ireland, the Cloughjordan Business Network and SERVE

Biographies 

Megan Quinn is from the Community Solutions, a non-profit organization in the US focusing on achieving sustainability by reducing energy consumption in the household sectors of food, transportation, and housing. Megan co-wrote and co-produced her organisation's award-winning documentary, The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006).


Daniel Lerch is the author of 'Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty', the first major municipal guidebook on peak oil and global warming. Daniel is a program manager with Post Carbon Institute, and has worked on urban planning issues for over ten years in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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