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Since the year 2000 Cultivate have held Convergence, Ireland’s longest running sustainable living festival. This regular series of events have explored issues around community resilience, sustainability and how we transition to a society that works for all.


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Convergence 2017


‘Citizen-Engaged, Community-Led Transitions’

1st - 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 - Convergence Tent at the Electric Picnic
16th - 31st SEPTEMBER 2017 - Events across Ireland

Cultivate believe that citizens are both the engine and catalyst for sustainable urban and rural transformation. People will be at the very heart of success in reaching climate targets and Sustainable Development Goals as well as making our local areas more sustainable and resilient to change. Engaging citizens to address common sustainability issues is essential to the social wellbeing of our communities, the resilience of our local areas and the protection of the environment.

The aim of Convergence is to reimagine community and develop the capacity of change makers to drive existing and emerging local sustainability projects. Convergence also aims to build bridges between sectors as well as increasing cohesion between local initiatives. An emphasis will be put on relationships and partnerships between community groups, as well as with local businesses, local authorities, semi-state organisations and government departments towards a low carbon and resilient society.

An exciting nationwide programme of events is being developed around the following topics.
• Citizen Engagement
• Social Wellbeing
• Community Resilience
• Green Communities
• Social Innovation
• Community Energy, Food & Enterprise
• Zero Waste / Local / Circular Economy
• Sustainable Development Goals
• Climate Action
• Sustainable Cities and Communities
• The Transition to a Low Carbon Future
• The Collaborative Economy
• Co-Housing & Green Building

Cultivate has hosted the Convergence Festival every year since 2000. As the name suggests our objective is to bring people and ideas together. Since its beginnings, Convergence 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, society and environment.

Originally Convergence was hosted in Temple Bar, Dublin, however in recent years we have expanded the festival to include events held across the country. This series of workshops and conferences sets out to inspire a community-led approach to sustainability, societal transitions and the transformation of our localities.

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

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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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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.

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. 

Aims/ Objectives:

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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.

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).

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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.

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

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

Totally Tipperary

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 10.00 - 18.00 | Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | €8 |

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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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!

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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.

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.

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