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Convergence 2018

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Civic dialogues, salons and conferences for a citizen-engaged, community-led transition.

26th May - 9th June 2018
Full schedule to follow soon.

Convergence will help to foster healthy and sustainable communities in Ireland through the hosting of dynamic, participatory workshops across Ireland which facilitate civic dialogue and engagement.

This is a citizen and community led celebration of the transition we need to make - if your organisation, community or initiative would like to get involved, host an event or become a partner and support us, then please get in touch with Davie at convergence[at]cultivate[dot]ie

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 re-imagine 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


An interactive installation, illustrating the efforts being made across Ireland, is being developed to feature in Convergence. This will go on to be showcased in the Global Green at the Electric Picnic and then at future events and Convergence festivals.
If you are involved in, or know of a community-led or for-community-beneft initiative that addresses the Sustainable Development Goals, please fill out this form and help us illustrate the stories of how we're coming together for a healthier, happier and more sustainable future.

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.

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