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CONVERGENCE CONVERSATIONS: CELEBRATING WHAT MAKES OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES FLOURISH

TUESDAY OCTOBER 25th 2016 | 19.00 - 21.00 | WOOD QUAY VENUE, DUBLIN 8 | €10

Local Energy, Well being, Resilience, Community Food, Co-Housing, Sustainable Livelihoods, Local Beer and a lot more. 

Conversations and inspiring stories from some of Ireland’s leading community change makers that are increasing the wellbeing and resilience of our local areas. Using an innovative format this event will be conversational, convivial and collaborative, as well as being a wonderful networking opportunity.

Hosted by Davie Philip (Cultivate) and Chris Chapman (Change Exploratory) this event will weave together inspiration, entertainment and connection. 

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Convergence 2016

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How do we engage citizens in developing local resilience and
adapting to climate change?

How can we best empower communities across Ireland to play a part
in the transition to a just and low carbon society?

What is the role of artists and cultural creatives in times of transition? 

How do we make our communities and cities more sustainable?

Full Programme PDF

From the 13th to the 28th of October 2016 the 21st Convergence Festival will be bringing people and ideas together across the island of Ireland. This year the focus of Convergence will be on social innovation and how we accelerate a citizen-engaged and community-led transformation to an equitable, resilient and low-carbon society.  Some examples of this form of innovation include community-owned energy, community-led housing, community supported agriculture, citizen observatories, and platforms to enable peer-to-peer sharing and exchange.

The Convergence events are the kick-off conversations which, over the year, will lead up to the first European Day of Sustainable Communities, which will take place on the 23 September 2017 organised by a new network of networks for community led transitions, ECOLISE.  This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the many groundbreaking initiatives from across Europe that are leading the way towards a low-carbon, ecological future.

Convergence is Ireland’s longest running sustainable living festival, featuring some of the most inspiring thinkers and doers both from Ireland and abroad over the last 16 years. Over the years it has illuminated and inspired many sustainable economy, society and environment initiatives and actions. The curators of the festival are the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative, who operate as Cultivate Living and Learning.

Citizen and community-led initiatives are at the forefront of developing and testing new and innovative approaches to sustainable living. Now is the time to kick-start a citizen-engaged, community-led transition.  Join the conversation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Davie Philip  

Convergence Co-Curator
CULTIVATE LIVING AND LEARNING
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Office: 0505 56061
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 6340697

 

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Convergence 2015

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Could the co-operative model play a greater role in our economic recovery? 

Does a more collaborative approach to social enterprise foster greater innovation?

Can community co-operatives provide sustainable livelihoods?

How can local co-operatives strengthen the resilience of our communities?

The events will build on Ireland’s rich tradition of co-operatives and the current interest in; community ownership; co-housing; social enterprise; renewable energy co-operatives; co-working; community owned pubs and shops; buyers clubs; artist and food co-ops; and the emerging collaborative economy.
 
Convergence is a sustainable living festival that the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative, who trade as Cultivate Living and Learning, have curated since 2000. For this, the 20th Convergence, a number of workshops, facilitated conversations, field trips and conferences organized by different co-operatives, or organisations promoting co-ops, are being offered across the island. 
 
For further information contact…
Davie Philip  - Convergence Co-Curator
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Office: 0505 56061
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 6340697

Posters and Schedules (PDF links):

Full schedule
Community Energy Coops Event Poster
A Co-operative Fair Poster
Better Business, Better Living. Community Enterprise and the Co-operative Approach
Co-Housing Event Schedule
Student Coops Event Schedule

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Sustainable Tourism and Local Food Enterprise

Friday 24th June 2011 | 14.00 - 19.00 | €Free | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map |  RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food Tourism is an important element in the total tourism mix. Sustainable tourism is about making sure that tourists chose local food for boosting local economies and strengthening local communities. Establishing more local food enterprises as part of the tourism mix, while exploiting the country’s ‘green and hospitable’ image, are key to Ireland's success as a “Food Island”.

Afternoon programme starting at 2pm: Businesses and international tourism experts discuss the benefits of local food as part of the tourism mix.

Evening programme starting at 6 pm:  Film screening of foodie-film and a “99-Kms” (locally sourced) community 'potluck' style meal (where everyone is invited to bring a dish to share).  Since the theme of the event is local food, everyone should try to bring a dish with all ingredients sourced from 99 km away or less.  Be creative!

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Home Energy Savings

Reducing your home energy bills

Friday 24th June 2011 | 10.00 - 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

A hands-on workshop for the homeowner.  As fossil fuels continue to rise in price our home energy bills are becoming increasingly more difficult to manage.  This one-day workshop explains energy use in the home with a focus on minimising consumption and in turn the costs of running your home.  Topics include:

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Bus Trip to Totally Tipperary Festival

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 9am | €22 per person (Includes your travel, guided tour of the Eco Village and entry to the Totally Tipperary festival)

Join us for a Day Trip to Cloughjordan Ecovillage and the Totally Tipperary festival.  The bus departs from The Greenhouse, St Andrew St at 9am and leaves Cloughjordan at 6pm the same day (approx 2 hours journey time)

Don't miss this great opportunity to visit the Ecovillage and celebrate!

Arrangements subject to change.

Sustainable Local Mobility

...in Urban and Rural Areas

Friday 24th June 2011 | 10.00 - 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This one day workshop with Graham Lightfoot looks at different concepts and practical means of implementing smarter travel modes for rural and urban situations. It also looks at EU and national policy on developing greener modes of transport. The training is delivered through a mix of presentations, discussion and practical worked examples. The workshop would be relevant to architects, planners, traffic engineers,community development workers,public servants and any consultants working in the wider built environment.  

Home Composting Workshop

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 10.00 - 13.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €10 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop explores different ways to compost at home from a standard garden compost bin to composting with a wormery or the 'little pig'.  Learn also about options for commercial composting.  With a mix of presentation and practical demonstration you gain all the knowledge you need to set up an effective home composting system.

Rethinking The City

Planning for Community Resilience in the Built Environment

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 14.00 - 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map

An afternoon session hosted by the Irish Green Building Council with the aim to explore a range of approaches to city planning including:

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Small Scale Photovoltaics

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 10.00 - 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop with Xavier Dubuission is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and practical know-how required to plan a micro-generation system using Solar Photovotaics  for a house, a business or a farm.

The Ride to Resilience Bike Social

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 18.00 - 22.00 | €Free | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map

Short bike films, a talk on cycling safety with Q&A, Goldsprints! indoor bike racing with dj! and more....

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Dublin City Mass Cycle

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 13.00 - 13.30 | 13.00 Start at Grand Canal Square | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A lunchtime leisurely cycle organised by Dublin City Council and the Dublin Cycle Campaign.  More info about Bike Week at www.bikeweek.ie / www.dublincycling.ie

Twitter for Green Business

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 14.00 - 17.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €10 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop introduces Twitter for business purposes.  Through practical examples we look at:  How to create and manage a Twitter account;  Basic strategies for marketing a small business with Twitter.  Requirements:  Participants should bring their own laptops so that they too can create and work on Twitter accounts during the workshop.

Facebook for Green Business

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 10.00 - 13:00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €10 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop introduces using Facebook for business.  Learn about: 

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Efficient & Reliable Solar Heating Systems

Tuesday 21st June 2011 | 10.00 - 16:00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

Gain the knowledge and practical know-how required to plan and design a solar heating system for residential and commercial/public buildings.

By the end of the day, you should have the knowledge base to:

Read more: Efficient & Reliable Solar Heating Systems

Build a Simple Website Workshop

Monday 20th June 2011 | 10.00 - 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

In this workshop we will create a simple website, from scratch, using WordPressWordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for content management. It has many features including a workflow, a plugin architecture and a templating system. It allows simple websites to be produced with a minimum of programming and scripting knowledge.

Read more: Build a Simple Website Workshop

Cycling in Cities – Are We Really Serious!?

Monday 20th June 2011 | 19.00 | TCD Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Block (accessed from Nassau Street entrance) 

Philip Darnton OBE, former head of Cycling England will give the 7th annual cycling lecture organised by Dublin Cycling Campaign. Winners of the "Golden Pedal Competition", rewarding businesses and other bodies for making their organisations more bicycle friendly, to be announced on the same night.   Details available on www.dublincycling.ie

Small Scale Wind Power Workshop

Monday 20th June 2011 | 10.00 – 16.00 | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map | €20 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop with Xavier Dubuission is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and practical know-how required to plan a micro-generation system using wind turbines  for a house, a business or a farm. Xavier Dubuisson is an engineer with 15 years experience in the field of sustainable energy in Ireland and Belgium.

Working the Green Economy

Jobs, Inspiration and Opportunity

2-Day Business Forum | See insights from event captured here

Friday & Saturday 17th - 18th June 2011 | 10.00 - 17.00 | €Free | The Greenhouse, Dublin | map

Working the Green Economy is for those interested in working and trading in the Green Economy.  Featuring insights from green leaders at the top of their game, to stories from plucky start-ups taking the world by storm, you’ll get the inside track on what’s hot and what’s not in the constantly evolving green space. 

Vital Viewing – Dublin - Films and Media for a Better World

16th - 24th June 2011 | Schedule below | Dublin Green Works Hub, The Greenhouse, Dublin | map

Free documentary films and shorts are screened throughout the week at The Greenhouse in Dublin.  GASLAND features (with a charge of €5) at 7pm on Thursday 23rd.  "GASLAND just might be the best film of the year." - The Huffington Post

Read more: Vital Viewing – Dublin - Films and Media for a Better World

Cultivating Hope

Sunday 26th June 2011 | 16.00 - 17.30 | The Cultivate Tent, Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | €Free

We are experiencing economic, social, and environmental turbulence throughout the world. How do we cultivate hope in the face of these events?  Members of all faith communities are welcome to bring their ideas of hope and resilience to this open forum hosted by Professor Peadar Kirby (University of Limerick).

Networking for Resilience

Sunday 26th June 2011 | 14.00 - 15.45 | The Cultivate Tent, Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | €Free

Cultivate Living and Learning welcomes you to a series of conversations between people involved in FEASTA and Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland. These conversations will involve the sharing of ideas and will explore how best to pool resources and work collaboratively in order to maintain and develop strong, flexible communities that can withstand environmental and economic change.

The Asado Party

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 20.00 - Late | Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | Food and Dance Ticket €20 | Poster (pdf)

Argentinian-style BBQ brought to you with 100% Irish and 100% Tipperary produce. Music and Entertainment will be brought to you on the evening by The Boudoir Sessions (Electric Picnic, Body and Soul Festival) who will swing and sway, charm and disarm the crowd with sounds from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s - boogie woogie, swing, calypso, mento, rockabilly and bluegrass. They will be accompanied for the evening time soirée by Kaledescape, an arts co-operative that will provide a full sensory and interactive experience including Europe's largest Kaleidoscopes, a giant flower garden and The Invisible Band.

Totally Tipperary

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 10.00 - 18.00 | Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | €8 | www.cloughjordanfestival.com

A celebration of local food and culture being held within the historic grounds of Cloughjordan House. This innovative and exciting food event is open to everyone. Food producers, food writers, food bloggers and food lovers will be converging to taste the best of what Tipperary has to offer.  RTE’s Ella McSweeney (Ear to the Ground; Homegrown) and Bobby Kerr (Dragon's Den) will be on hand to facilitate debate and discussions, while the Seomra Bia Blog will feature cookery demonstrations from both worldwide food bloggers and chefs (including 10 French Michellin-star chefs) as they engage the visitor on how to use the best of local, seasonal, sustainable and fresh foods.

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Green Digital Fabrication and Open Source Hardware

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 13.30 - 16.30 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage | €Free

Cultivate’s Ben Whelan and international open hardware advocate, Vinay Gupta, introduce the idea of open-source, appropriate technology tools that can be integrated into the village economy.  This presentation will include a visit to the site for a new enterprise centre in the ecovillage that will house a collaborative workspace and an open hardware digital fabrication lab.

One Hundred Mornings

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 19.30 - 22.00 | Town Hall Theatre, Nenagh | Admission: €6

A public interview with the director, Conor Horgan, Professor Peadar Kirby from the University of Limerick and Vinay Gupta, a resilience consultant, takes place after this screening of the new award winning Irish feature film that demonstrates just what happens if our community resilience is undeveloped.  Holed up in a picturesque cabin near Dublin, the breakdown of society soon leads to struggles over supplies and protection.  The tense, claustrophobic, yet beautifully filmed setting proves to be the perfect backdrop for this subtle and assured human drama of increasing desperation, dwindling trust and relationships strained beyond breaking point.  Writer and director Conor Horgan demonstrates an assured and imaginative vision, brilliantly complemented by Suzie Lavelle’s cinematography which won the IFTA in 2010.  www.onehundredmornings.com

Catching the Green Wave

A Green Business Networking Session

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 13.30 - 16.30 | Town Hall Theatre, Nenagh | €Free | Poster (pdf) with Schedule

With the growing interest in the green economy and clean technologies we could be on the cusp of the biggest transformation in society since the industrial revolution. Establishing green jobs and exploiting the country’s ‘green and clean’ image may well prove to be the key to Ireland's economic recovery. Duncan Stewart will host this event which brings together a number of Tipperary agencies, local businesses and national speakers to discuss the benefits of networking and how best to progress the emerging Tipperary Green Business Network.

Green Jobs in Rural Ireland

Wednesday 22nd June 2011 | 11.00 – 12.30 | Town Hall Theatre, Nenagh | €Free

In this presentation and discussion, well known broadcaster Duncan Stewart will demystify the green economy and explore the opportunities for local employment, enterprise and resilient communities.

Reviving Rural Rail

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2011 | See times in programme below | Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary | €50 for Saturday includes a good lunch and an afternoon bus/rail excursion | 3-day registration (incl. conference dinner, Saturday lunch & afternoon tour): €170 | Information and booking: 086 8377 906 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ireland's rural railway lines should be actively promoted as a means of bringing more visitors to the areas they serve, including overseas tourists. They could give the communities they serve a valuable advantage in competing for business. This conference will show how.

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Rethinking Education

 Thursday 16th June 2011 | 10.00 – 17.00 | Tipperary Institute, Thurles | Full programme (PDF) | Inquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0505 56060

This conference brings together educators passionate about sustainability to challenge the dominant educational paradigm and asks: “What role does third level and adult education have in progressing green jobs, sustainable development and resilient communities?”

Solar Solstice

Exploring Ireland’s Solar Potential

Tuesday 21st June 2011 | 19.00 - 21.30 | Glas Learning, Kings River, Ennisnag, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny | map | 056 7730005

On the evening of the summer solstice, Colm Byrne, Glas Learning will host an evening exploring the potential of solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies for reducing our dependency on fossil fuel in Ireland.  Presented by Green Works Hub Kilkenny in association with Future Proof Kilkenny.

Vital Viewing - Cork - Films and Media for a Better World

Tues 21st - Friday 24th June 2011 | Schedule below | Cork Green Works Hub, Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork (map) | €Free - All members of the public welcome

Free documentary films and shorts screened.  Schedule: 

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Facebook for Green Business

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 09:30 - 12:30 | Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork | map | €10 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop introduces using Facebook for business.  Learn about: 

  • Creating a Facebook page for a business
  • Building a fan base
  • Posting content
  • Creating Facebook ads
  • Monitoring metrics through Insights

Twitter for Green Business

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 13.30 - 16.30 | Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork | map | €10 (€Free to the unemployed for those registered with Green Works)

This workshop introduces Twitter for business purposes.  Through practical examples we look at:  How to create and manage a Twitter account;  Basic strategies for marketing a small business with Twitter.  Requirements:  Participants should bring their own laptops so that they too can create and work on Twitter accounts during the workshop.

An Introduction to Alternative Trading Systems

New Money for Old - How will we trade with each other in the future?

Monday 27th June 2011 | 9.30 - 17.00 | €Free | Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork (Green Works Hub) | map

Green Works Hub Cork, Cork Community Forum, FEASTA the Foundation For The Economics of Sustainability, and Future Orchards a Cork community supported agriculture project come together to explore the potential for community currencies to strengthen the local economy and the resilience of our communities.  Registration and welcome from 9:30. A Liquidity Network game will run during the morning and over lunch. Come early to get the opportunity to earn more money!

Read more: An Introduction to Alternative Trading Systems

Cork Convergence Showcase

Friday 24th June 2011 | 10.00 – 13.00 | Farranferris College, Redemption Road, Cork (Green Works Hub) | map

For the first time Convergence comes to Cork with a showcase of events by Green Works in Farranferris College. The theme of this year’s festival is Green Jobs and Resilient Communities, key areas in which Green Works has been training students since last year. Events on the day include workshops, discussions, case studies and a fashion show, while highlights of this year’s Green Works programme are showcased by students, facilitators and staff.

Green Limerick Convergence Festival

Thursday 23rd June 2011 | 16.00 - 21.30ish | Downstairs in Burkes Pub, Catherine Street, Limerick | €Free | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A networking event with films and discussions on greening Limerick, building a resilient community and making sustainability relevant. 

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The Green Works Tours

Saturday 25th June 2011 | Bus departs Green Works Sligo Hub (4 The Mall, Sligo | map) at 8am arriving Tipperary 11am and departs Tipperary 7pm | Shared bus costs no more than €30 per head

Join us on this (return) bus trip from the Sligo Green Works Hub to Cloughjordan Ecovillage and the Totally Tipperary festival.

Green Jobs & Sustainability

Monday 20th June 2011 | 09.45 – 16.00 | Sligo Glasshouse Hotel | €Free

TV Presenter Duncan Stewart will kick start a morning of talks and ‘life stories’ on how the green economy can create more jobs and help North West communities becoming more self-reliant.  The event will talk to those who have made, or are in the process of making, new careers and businesses within the green economy.

John Perry TD, Minister for Small Businesses, will deliver the end note address after the morning of talks and presentations on sustainable communities.

Free Advice Sessions in the afternoon are an opportunity to gain personal business advice from those working within the green economy in the North West.   Stalls offer advice from insulation, renewable energy and green building to sustainable fashion and gardening.  Also enjoy 15 minute slots, pre-bookable, offering mentoring to further discuss your business ideas.

Community Resilience at the Body & Soul

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th June 2011 | Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath

Two one-hour Convergence events will take place at the wonderful Body and Soul Festival which is more about the atmosphere and community than main attractions and hype. Body and Soul festival goers enjoy an 'experience', rather than just a gig and it is sustainability conscious, although not too in-your-face. See full details at www.bodyandsoul.ie

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