Inhabit - A Permaculture Perspective is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what's possible - what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces. Director Costa Boutsikaris will be joining us for the discussion afterwards.
or How to Run the Local Entrepreneur Forum
After 5 years, the Local Entrepreneur Forum has been incredibly effective. It is the focal point of the REconomy work in Totnes, facilitating practical support for enterprising change makers, engaging and including the wider community in a powerful new economic narrative, and catalysing the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture. The event brings entrepreneurs and investors together for learning, connecting and support, where everyone is part of the ‘Community of Dragons’ and can invest in the kind of enterprises – and local economy – they want to see in their community. In this session you’ll learn:
• how it works as an event and an ongoing strategic platform for ‘REconomy work’
• about our results: financial and non-financial investments, new firms, livelihoods, etc.
• why this can model can work anywhere – it already has in Gothenburg and Brixton
• what tools and resources are available to support you implementing the LEF in your community
Led by Jay Tompt, a coordinator of the Totnes REconomy Project, social enterprise consultant and activist. Since 2011, the Totnes REconomy Project has launched innovative economic regeneration and resilience building projects, such as the Local Entrepreneur Forum and the REconomy Centre. He has been leading workshops and giving talks about this work and on community-led economics, across Europe and Japan.
Prior to moving to the UK from San Francisco, Jay spent 10 years as entrepreneur and consultant in the ‘green business movement’, after a 12-year career in Silicon Valley. Jay holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San Jose State University.
The workshop will take place between 10am-4pm on Saturday November 19th, at the REconomy Centre on Leechwell St. The cost is by gift - if you would like to book please send an email to jay at
To celebrate the Open Eco-Homes Weekend just gone, and in preparation for the Eco-Homes Fair on the 29th, we will be showing 6 short films on eco-building, saving energy and community projects on Tuesday October 18th.
How behavioural science can lower your energy bill, 8.11 mins.
Alex Laskey's TED Talk, shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it.
1950’s house renovation – Petersfield Eco Retrofit, 10.40 mins.
This eco refurbishment project in the South East reduced carbon dependence by 70%.
Passive House by CLAM – affordable housing, 29.20mins.
Building the first new affordable passive house in California – the Community Land Trust of West Marin.
How to Build an Eco Friendly Mud House to last 10,000 years, 9.10 mins.
A swift look at the basics of how to build a cob house.
Community Energy in Ireland, 24.42 mins.
RTE’s Eco Eye visits communities around Ireland who are creating their own energy and regaining their independence from imported fossil fuels.
A November Day at the Ecovillage, Cloughjordan’s Eco-neighbourhood, 3.36 mins.
‘The Village’ in Tipperary, Ireland, is still a work in progress.
It is also time to propose new film titles for our upcoming season. Please send your ideas for film titles that you think others would find interesting, inspiring etc, that fit with the theme of our transition to a low energy future, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st October 2016
Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm. Please support the event by buying a drink at the bar as the venue is provided free of charge.
Tickets: T£4, £3 concessions, £2 under 25s
We all know how difficult relationships can be.
The UK has just been through a very divisive and emotional referendum. Come along and meet people with different views from yours, in a light hearted way, where each person is listened to, heard and respected. Facilitated by Inner Transition.
Market Square, Friday July 29th 11am - 2pm.
You might not fall in love but it will be interesting!