This year has seen the launch of a new venture 'Big Green Canoe'. This is the evolution of Transition Tours which we have been informally delivering for several years to groups visiting Totnes to study Transition. We have hosted school and university groups, foreign language students, business groups and government delegations from all round the world.Read More →
One of the main streams of activity for the REconomy Business Network this year has been focused on trying to educate ourselves and creating opportunities to spread knowledge throughout the town. This past July, we turned Totnes into an open university, hosting a series of lectures designed to improve our level of economic literacy. It began with the film the Four Horsemen, screened at the Barn and with an appearance by the film makers. The next week we hosted Jonathan Dawson, co-chair of Schumacher's Economics for Transition programme, for his lecture Beyond Growth. Then we hosted an inspirational evening with Charles Eisenstein who developed the philosophical underpinnings of his Sacred Economics. Closing the series, Jonathan Dawson returned for a talk on Enterprises of the Future exploring new business models for a new economy.
Every other Friday throughout the summer we have run 'Transition Walks on Friday' in which we welcome anyone interested in learning more about Transition Town Totnes whilst also getting out there and discovering the town and its people.
Have you ever tried to cover everything that is TTT in four hours whilst also walking around town? Every time we seem to have done it differently and it never feels like we have covered it all. What an amazing story we have to tell!
Mike Jones of Earthwrights and Steph Bradley of Tales of Our Times, both members of TTT's Education Group, have pulled together an amazing teenager day of indoor game playing and visioning. It takes the form of the Transition Tales game, The Quest, and outdoor woodland fun, building Playscapes with Mike. The whole day is then pulled together with Steph’s storytelling and presented back to the kids as their tale and posted onto the Storyweaving website for them to read and share as they like.
This summer we decided to test our workshop facilitation skills and help people discover what it means to be an earth inheritor. We went to four festivals altogether and each one was incredibly different and at each one we learnt more and more.
Sunrise was the first festival we attended we were there for two weeks with a group called the tin village. We built a small number of wooden and tin structures and a couple clay ovens from scratch onsite to show an example of off grid community living. It was great not only for our workshop skills development but for our learning of practical skills.