Welcome to Convergence 7
Family, home, school, work, neighbourhood, town, city and country - our lives are filled with communities of one sort or another. These are the building blocks of our society. Doesn't it make sense that healthy communities lead to healthy societies?
For the inaugural festival of 2005, Sustainable Ireland is proud to present
Convergence Seven - Building Healthy Communities
A challenging programme of events designed to educate and expand our understanding of community, and what it means to build healthy, sustainable environments. Through an agenda designed as much for participation as presentation, international and local participants will tackle questions facing all communities that wish to build a society that meets the needs of the present, without denying future generations the same opportunity.
Under the auspices of Sustainable Ireland, the Convergence Festival has grown to be one of the largest and most successful international sustainability festivals. Now in its fifth year, the programme has evolved to focus on specific social, political, environmental and cultural issues.
With rapid economic growth and increased globalisation, the challenges
facing community stakeholders - including housing, transport and energy
- are manifold. This same growth, however, has created opportunities through
improved communication and accelerated awareness of the problems facing
communities globally. In the first of four events for 2005, Convergence
Seven will concentrate on best practice approaches to community building
and their implications for society as a whole.
Opening with a keynote lecture by Swedish social planner and economist Torbjorn Lahti, and continuing over a four-day festival, attendees can choose from over 30 lectures, conferences, workshops, films, exhibitions, discussions and initiatives. With a wide selection of new speakers and events, the festival will also feature the return of some of the most popular and successful items from previous years, including a Slow Food Brunch and Re-Thinking the City, our annual urban planning conference.