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Convergence 14: Making the Transition to Resilience

Dublin * Thurles * Cloughjordan

22nd to the 28th of April 2009

Talks, conferences, workshops, World Cafés, tour, gatherings and film screenings on how we accelerate community responses to the economic downturn, resource depletion and climate change.

Events from €Free to €100 | €135 Full Festival Pass | Book online or call 01 674 5773 | Press release


Events in Dublin, Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar

The Powerdown Show Launch with Minister Eamon Ryan

Wednesday 22nd April | 18.00 – 19.00 | €Free

The Powering Up of Creativity, Community and Culture

This is the official launch of Cultivate’s new series of short films for television. Over ten episodes the Show explores the context and the responses to the challenges we face. They feature interviews with leading thinkers, animation and comedy. One of the episodes will be screened and Minister Eamon Ryan will officially launch the Powerdown Show.


The Low Carbon Challenge:  Showcase of the British Council’s Challenge Europe programme

Wednesday 22nd April | 19.30 – 21.00 | €Free

Challenge Europe is a three-year project managed on the island of Ireland by the British Council in collaboration with Arena Network, Business in the Community NI, Comhar, Cultivate and the Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Commission.  The project aspires to make a definite and lasting impact on the climate change debate. It brings together young influencers from 15 countries across Europe to work together as Climate Advocates to develop concrete ideas to reduce carbon use in their countries. This is your chance to get a taste of what happened in year one. If you are aged between 18 and 35 you can apply to be one of the advocates in year two.

The Be The Change Symposium

Thursday 23rd April | 13.00 – 16.00 | €25 / €20 concessions 

To see a video trailer, please visit

This Symposium takes a fresh look at our most critical current concerns - environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment - and explores and exposes what connects them. A unique workshop experience, it offers insight into the nature of our world, with leading-edge information, dynamic group interaction and inspiring video clips from some of the world's most respected thinkers and doers.

Making Cities Bicycle Friendly: Lessons from London for Dublin

Thursday 23rd April | 20.00 - 22.00 | €Free

Technical fixes, political leadership or vision: what really counts? This is Dublin Cycling Campaign’s annual lecture with Koy Thomson, CEO, London Cycling Campaign. Free entry but arrive early to be guaranteed a seat.  For poster and details of pre-talk film see

Rethinking the City Conference

Friday 24th April | 09.00 - 17.00 | €100 / €80 concessions 

Now in its sixth year, this conference has helped move Ireland’s
urban environments towards sustainability. This year’s event
offers solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time, including new visions for enterprise, transport, food, energy and building.



A Green New Deal: Ireland in Transition

Friday 24th April | 19.30 – 21.30 | €15 / €10 concessions (€Free for Rethinking and Transition Gathering participants) 

The economic model of a Green New Deal, advanced by many including Barack Obama, would see millions of jobs created by investing in renewable energy sources, making homes and transport more energy efficient and introducing a range of measures to reduce our carbon emissions.


The Transition Ireland Gathering

Saturday 25th April and Sunday 26th April | Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm & Sun 10.30am-5pm | €100 / €80 concessions 

Presentations and workshops will be given by Pat Murphy from Community Solution (USA) and author of Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change, Rob Hopkins, the author of The Transition Handbook (by video), Colin Hines, the author of Localization: A Global Manifesto, the convener of the Green New Deal Group and director of Finance for the Future, Richard Douthwaite, author of the Ecology of Money and the Growth Illusion, Paul Allen, the outreach director of the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and the co-author of Zero Carbon Britain, and Faith Morgan, the director of the classic peak oil documentary, The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.

There is also plenty space for interaction, World Cafés and workshops as we move through the head, heart and hands of transition. Also there will be screenings of The Age of Stupid, The Powerdown Show and the Cuba film as well as a social gathering on the Saturday evening.



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The Age of Stupid Screening

Saturday 25th April | 8pm film and social gathering til late | €5 donation requested to help pay the screening fee

The new four-year epic from McLibel director Franny Armstrong. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Events in North Tipperary


Rethinking The Country Conference

Monday 27th April | 10.00 – 17.00 | Tipperary Institute, Thurles, North Tipperary | €Small fee for lunch | Organised by Cultivate, Tipperary Institute, The Village, Irish Rural Link and Carnegie Trust  

Over the last couple of decades policy makers have tended to regard irish rural communities as dependent on urban centers rather than as drivers for change.  This conference brings together stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors to explore solutions for today’s energy, climate and economic crises.

What are the actions and positive changes we will need to make to enhance the quality of life of our communities?  How will we provide livelihoods and strong rural economies? How will communities of the future provide for their food needs? What are the opportunities for sustainable transport and how will we heat and power our communities?


Tour the Eco -Village

Tuesday 28th April | 11.00 –12.30 | €Free | Ecovillage Entrance, Main Street, Cloughjordan

The ecovillage is a unique and innovative project that is striving to create a fresh blueprint for modern sustainable living. Created on beautiful land in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, the ecovillage includes 130 homes, renewable energy for heating, land for growing food and trees, an enterprise centre and community buildings.

Transition Cloughjordan: A Powerdown Briefing

Tuesday 28th April | 14.00 –17.00 | €10 | St. Kieran’s Hall, Main Street, Cloughjordan

Led by Davie Philip this afternoon briefing will utilise film and interactive activities to explore pathways to make our communities more resilient.


The Importance of Community in Uncertain Times


Tuesday 28th April | 19.30 – 21.00 | €Free | St. Kieran’s Hall, Main Street, Cloughjordan

A special ecumenical gathering bringing together different faith communities to explore why valuing community is so important in these uncertain times.

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