Masterclass event: a new conversation with the centre-right about energy and climate change‏

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Join our masterclass: Wed 11 May, London

Climate change cannot be the concern of a relatively small number of committed environmentalists – it demands a response from across society, and in particular, from across the political spectrum. Climate change is often perceived as a left-wing issue and many on the centre-right have felt alienated from the climate conversation. If we are to break through this political barrier, the values and concerns of centre-right audiences must be adequately addressed when communicating about climate and energy.

This masterclass is designed for policymakers, advocates and campaigners from across the political spectrum whose work involves engaging people on the centre-right with climate and energy issues. Focussed around small ‘c’ conservative values, this interactive and participatory event lead by George Marshall will provide participants with a toolkit for generating constructive conversations and compelling campaigns, based on our growing body of work in this field.

For more details and to register →

Learn more about our Climate Visuals resource and our Faith project

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Images are a crucial part of communication and storytelling. They have the power to reach people in ways that the written word can’t. And yet research into how people interpret and respond to climate change images has been limited to a handful of studies.

Our Climate Visuals project is the first of its kind, filling a critical gap – an evidence-based report into what makes for effective visual communication with an accompanying image library resource.  Last week we ran a webinar presenting our 7 principles for visual climate change communication, which generated lots of interest from participants from across the world.

If you have been using or plan to use the insights from Climate Visuals in your work, please tell us how! We are collecting examples of this project’s impact and would love to hear from you – please simply reply to this email. Thank you very much for your feedback.

Watch our Climate Visuals webinar →

On Monday, religious leaders delivered an interfaith climate change statement to the President of the UN General Assembly at an official event in New York. Faith shapes the values and behaviour of billions of people. We believe that for climate communicators both within and outside faith communities, there is a need to better understand the language that engages people of faith.  Join our webinar on 26 April to find out more about our international multifaith research – in particular, five narratives about climate change that work across faiths.

Register for our faith webinar →

 

Climate conversations: more than magic words

Recently there were some interesting reactions to a paper in Nature Climate Change on the value of framing climate messages. This opinion piece challenged the efficacy of using different frames to communicate climate change – suggesting that ‘magic words’ do not have any effect on people’s deep-rooted values and worldviews.

Framing messages about climate change in ways that resonate with people’s values is one of our key areas of expertise and, we argue, a crucial first step in building wider and deeper public engagement. As we highlighted in our own opinion piece, it’s true that there are no ‘magic words’ – but there are definitely better and worse ways of starting a conversation, and using the right language is about starting a productive dialogue, not ‘winning an argument.’ Change begins with conversations.

Read our blog on framing →

Speaking of conversations, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the figurehead for climate science at a global level, has recently been having discussions about how to communicate their findings more effectively. We attended and contributed to the first IPCC meeting dedicated to communication, where it was resolved to improve the communication of the IPCC’s findings through much closer engagement with communications expertise – a proposal we advocated for and are delighted to see.

Kind regards,
Jamie Clarke
Executive Director

The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community

Date:

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 1:00pm2:15pm
Registration:

To participate, register online and you will receive contact info via email.

Once you have registered you can explore these other call-in options.

Description: If you cannot work with conflict, then you probably cannot create a sustainable town. Conflict is one of the most essential sustainability skills, and will serve you in every walk of life. When you’re in conflict, do you want to fight, flee, or freeze? Do you ever wish there could be a better way? Something that uses conflict to strengthen relationships instead of damaging them?
Most of us were brought up to either ignore conflict, or go in swinging, determined to “win”. As we grew older we may have learned ways to suppress or avoid conflict, or even a few tricks for managing others when they’re upset, in order to reduce emotional intensity. But ignoring or “managing” conflict tends to cause it to go underground, boiling up in tense meetings or undermining team projects.
What if conflict were a secret ally? What if it’s a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us, and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together?
People are complex creatures. We think and act in different ways. We live under different levels of stress and oppression, and carry different wounding with different triggers. And we care more or less strongly about different things, have different degrees of self-awareness, and communicate in more ways than anyone can count.
Those of us working to build a more resilient world need to be able to work well with each other in our neighborhoods, nonprofits, Transition initiatives, families, and workplaces. We need to build bridges even when communication is breaking down or tension seems unbearable. We need to be able to use conflict — maybe even welcome it, for its power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake, and to unite people toward a common goal.
But how? What can we do to reduce the chances of conflict arising in the first place? And what does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way really look like?

Join three practitioners from the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Gaia Education, and the Rocky Mountain Institute as they relay tips, tools and resources on how to reduce painful conflict and instead use conflict creatively to build connection and community.

See the website for more information.

Event Invitation: Essex Business Women’s Experience‏

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Whether you have a long established business or you’re at the beginning of your journey, the Essex Business Women’s Experience is for you!

This is a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of Essex business women, learn from our free workshops, enjoy great food and be inspired, all with beautiful views of Southend Pier and lots of great sea air!

50 stands showcasing the best of Essex woman-led businesses.

Ready to start your business? Find just what you need to know, from making tax and accounting easy to finding office space.

Lots of relaxed, friendly networking with other women at all stages of business. We attract lots of women with tiny start up businesses.

Relax with a mini treatment. Looking after ourselves is a crucial part of enjoying running your own business.

Enjoy great food from our exciting Essex chefs and caterers.
Parking for 400 cars just five minutes walk away and easy access from public transport.

Join us for an inspiring and exciting day!
Email info@rosemarycunningham.co.uk if you are interested in exhibiting.
Rosemary Cunningham and the Essex Business Women’s Experience team.

FAQs
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 parking spaces within five minutes walk of the venue. We can supply you tickets for a special daily rate of £5 for the Seaway car park.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Rosemary Cunningham on info@rosemarycunningham.co.uk

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. If for any reason you can’t come, you are welcome to share your ticket.

Exhibiting
We still have stand space available so contact us if you are interested in exhibiting.

WHEN
Friday, June 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (BST) – Add to Calendar
WHERE
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea Hotel – Church Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, United Kingdom – View Map

See the facebook page for more information.

Socratic Dialogue 7th May 2016‏

 

 

SOCRATIC DIALOGUE on Saturday 7th May 2016

 

Question: What are the limits of tolerance?

 

Facilitator: To Be Confirmed

 

Venue: Nazareth House St Joseph’s

111 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1PP

Times:  9.30 – 16.30

Coffee is at 9.30 to ensure a prompt start at 10.00

*Lunch 12.30 to 13.30 (approx)

 

SfCP would like to invite you a one-day Socratic Dialogue to be held in Southend-on-Sea. Nazareth House St Joseph’s is approximately a twenty walk from Southend Central Railway Station (Fenchurch Street line) and fifteen minutes from Southend Victoria Station (Liverpool Street line).  And the venue has a large car park.

 

There is a small enrolment fee of £10 to cover the cost of renting the venue, and ideally this fee should be paid in advance preferably by cheque made out to SfCP and sent with the completed Enrolment Form to: 

 

Pat Wood 64 Woodleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4JB

 

By the 5th May 2016 at the latest

 

Please Note:

*You can either bring a packed lunch or purchase food from shops near the venue

 

Best wishes

Pat Wood & Jayne Crow

 

If you have any queries please contact Pat by email: woodly@fastmail.co.uk

or leave a message or text on 07867 556247

ENROLMENT FORM

for Socratic Dialogue

Saturday 7th May 2016

in Southend-on-Sea

 

 

Name:

 

Address:

 

 

 

 

Telephone:

 

E-mail:

 

 

Please tick

 

Please enrol me for the Socratic Dialogue on

Saturday 7th May 2016                                          ……….

 

My cheque is enclosed with this form                                 ………

 

I agree to pay on the day                                                 ………

 

Please send me:

Notes on SD Procedures & Rules                                    ..……..

 

 

 

My enrolment is confirmation that:

 

I will attend for the whole time on Saturday 7th May 2016

 

 

Signature: __________________________________________

 

Please return ASP and no later than 5th May 2016 to:

Pat Wood by email:

woodly@fastmail.co.uk

 

or by post with your cheque to:

Pat Wood 64 Woodleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4JB

The Dungeon Cafe – Indoor Market

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Early bird convergence tickets on sale now

Permaculture Association

Early Bird until 8 May

Are you designing solutions but want to feel more connected with the permaculture community? Looking for inspiration you can use day to day?

We each make changes in our corners of the world. Coming together with a wider group of people adds to our effectiveness and is a chance to recharge batteries, meet like minded people, and take away new insights.

British Permaculture Convergence 2016

2 – 4 September 2016
Nell Bank, Ilkley, North Yorkshire

We’ve very excited to announce the British Permaculture Convergence will once again be taking place this autumn.

We are sure this year’s convergence will be a suitable follow-on from the International Permaculture Convergence. It will bring members old and new together to share, celebrate, and learn.

There are great workshop facilities, we will be catered for with excellent food, and enjoy a beautiful woodland setting. There is a selection dormitory accommodation plus plenty of camping space.

Expect a range of practical sessions, project case studies, networking opportunities, and lots more.

We hope to see you there Kamil. Book your place now for the best prices. We expect this event to sell out.

Early Bird tickets on sale now

Permaculture Magazine – Update

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So about 4 weeks ago I was approached by Focal Point, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the South Essex region, and asked if I could build ‘an indoor permaculture garden’ as part of the installation of ‘The Peculiar People’, an upcoming exhibition on ‘Radical Essex’…. “Sure no problem”, says I, with fingers crossed behind my back and already working over-capacity with all the other projects and courses I’ve got on the go… So with plenty of blagging, scrounging, solutions thinking, googling, creative collaboration with Project 49 (a local hub for adults with learning disabilities where I work part time) and lots of co-operation and communication with the Focal Point tech team, we created a series of self-watering containers full of tomatos, squashes, chard, basil, peppers and other herbs in time for the grand opening night, which for the next 4 months will be on display to the public in the gallery window… Considering the time frame involved, minimal costs (for the plastic containers, soil and plants mostly) and the general air of ‘winging it’, I think it looks pretty cool, and it’s a bit of an honour to be displaying work alongside the likes of Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher of Crass, Colin Ward, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Sorrell, Orthona Community to name but a few! And if it inspires passers by and visitors to maybe start to grow a few of their own healthy veggies in their own gardens and balconies, that’s got to be a good thing too! I’m also thinking in terms of this being a bit of a prototype for something more planned and ambitious next year… Who’s for a pop-up allotment in the Forum square and a containerised orchard in Victoria Circus??? Maybe even Hundertwasser style vertical gardening up the sides of the Civic Centre???

.More information on the facebook page

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