Rethinking the Country (2009): The Transition from Dependency to Resilience

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Monday 27th April, 2009 | 10.30 - 17.00 | Tipperary Institute, Thurles, North Tipperary | €Free but booking essential by Friday 17th of April

Organised by Cultivate, Tipperary Institute, The Village, Irish Rural Link and Carnegie Trust

Supported by COMHAR, the National Sustainable Development Council, Dublin City Council, Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government, Sustainable Energy Ireland and the Carnegie Trust

Over the last couple of decades policy makers have tended to regard irish rural communities as dependent on urban centers rather than as drivers for change.  This conference brings together stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors to explore solutions for today’s energy, climate and economic crises.

What are the actions and positive changes we will need to make to enhance the quality of life of our communities?  How will we provide livelihoods and strong rural economies? How will communities of the future provide for their food needs? What are the opportunities for sustainable transport and how will we heat and power our communities?

What do we do to engage people to address the ever more complex problems facing us today?  All of this will require for us to work purposefully together to build resilience in these challenging times. 


10.00 Registration

10.30 Opening

Representative from North Tipperary County Council

Conversation Starters

10.35 Towards Sustainable Rural Communities
Ciaran Lynch - Tipperary Institute

10.45 From Vulnerability to Resilience
Prof. Peader Kirby

10.55 Regional Food
Helen Lawrenson - Falkland Centre for
Stewardship, Scotland

11.05 Rural Transport
Seamus Boland - Irish Rural Link

11.15 Break

11.30 World Café
(view YouTube clip about World Café)

“Given where we are at, what are you already doing to build resilience in your communities?”

12.00 World Café plenary

13.00 Lunch (not provided)

Conversation Starters

14.00 Entreprise, Livelihoods ands Jobs
Ben Whelan - Cultivate and the Village

14.10 The Power of One Community
Seamus Hoyne - Tipperary Energy Agency, Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology and Zero Carbon Britain

14.30 Planning For Rural Sustainability
Bridget Kirwan and Catherine Corcoran,
Tipperary Institute

14.50 Education and Training for Local Resilience
Davie Philip, Cultivate and the Village, Michael Kenny NUIM

15.10 Break

15.20 World Café
(view YouTube clip about World Café)

“How do we work together now to build resilience in our communities“

Beyond The Talking Shop

16.20 Making the Transition

Chris Chapman, Change Exploratory and Nick Wilding, Carnegie Trust