Convergence, Sustainable Living Festival - Starting Monday, Oct 19th!
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Join us for the 20th Convergence Festival, October 19th - 31st! (Full schedule)
Convergence is a sustainable living festival curated by Cultivate since 2000. This 20th Convergence features 20 workshops, facilitated conversations, field trips and conferences organised by co-operatives and organisations promoting co-ops. Events take place island-wide.
The events build on Ireland’s rich tradition of co-operatives and the current interest in, community ownership, co-housing, social enterprise, renewable energy co-operatives, co-working, community owned pubs and shops, buyers clubs, artist and food co-ops, and the emerging collaborative economy.
The co-operative model now, as much as ever, can play a significant role in the economic recovery of this country as well as fostering innovation, providing sustainable livelihoods, contributing to the regeneration of local areas and helping to strengthen the resilience of our communities.
Can community co-operatives provide sustainable livelihoods?
How can local co-operatives strengthen the resilience of our communities?
Could the co-operative model play a greater role in our economic recovery?
Does a more collaborative approach to social enterprise foster greater innovation?
For further information contact…
Davie Philip - Convergence Co-Curator
Office: 0505 56061
Full Schedule (Events are Free, unless otherwise noted)
Monday October 19th
Pre-booking on the Study Tour is essential.
Tuesday October 20th
Tuesday October 20th
Speakers include Dara Molloy, Chairman of the Aran Islands Energy Co-op, who will give examples of what they have learned in their journey towards sustainable energy, Brendan Halligan, the former chair of Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Bord na Móna, who will outline the policy developments in this area. Other examples and stories of community energy projects across the island will be shared by local projects.
The event is being held by the Society for Cooperative Studies in Ireland, Energy Co-operatives Ireland, Third Systems Approaches and Cultivate, with support from SEAI and Friends of the Earth. For more information and to book contact Davie on email@example.com
Do you have an interest in co-operative projects? Davie Philip will introduce how a cooperative approach can strengthen and build more resilient and sustainable food systems, while at the same time supporting our communities and local economies. He will tell the Cloughjordan Ecovillage story as well as introducing CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), Community Kitchens, Food Hubs, and other emerging collaborative food systems. The evening will include a facilitated conversation on the potential of feeding ourselves. Davie will be bringing some of the home-grown produce from Cloughjordan to provide a light bite for participants.
Please feel free to bring along something yourself to share with the group, if you like. This is a free event, but if you feel like contributing a donation of €5-10 (or whatever you feel) it would be much appreciated.
Thursday October 22nd
This is a field trip to find out more about Limerick's first co-operative community grocery, winners of the national Get Involved contest in 2014. The Urban Co-op is contributing to a more sustainable and fairer world, and serves as a model for the development of urban co-operatives in the mid-west and further afield. This is a great place for people to meet others who care about keeping food local and building local and sustainable initiatives.
Make your own way there for 1pm, for directions see http://www.theurbanco-op.ie
Visit the Community Kitchen, Garden and Cafe at East Clare Community Co-op for the annual showcase of locally produced food and 'Golden Spoon Awards' competition. East Clare Community Co-operative has been in existence for 28 years and has been the starting point for a number of educational, community, social and entrepreneurial activities in the area.
For directions and further info see http://www.eastclarecommunitycoop.com
A family friendly day of activity: networking, stalls, talks, workshops and facilitated conversations on the topic of a co-operative approach to meeting our needs. Speakers include Hannah Barrett, a Frontline Project Officer with the Plunkett Foundation and many others to be announced.
October 27th - 31st
A week of events, public speakers, information and displays about Kerry's Sustainable Energy Co-op and Transition Kerry's Sustainable Energy Community Roadmap.
For more information see www.transitionkerry.org or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Niamh at 086 7247066
Could the co-operative model, with appropriate support and greater recognition, play a role in the economic recovery of this country by fostering innovation, securing livelihoods, and contributing to the regeneration of our local places?
Through talks and facilitated conversations this event aims to bring together national and county enterprise offices, social enterprise networks, local development agencies and community finance organisations with community groups and people interested in doing business in a more collaborative and sustainable way.
Speakers include Peter Couchman, the Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation in the UK, who will introduce how rural communities can take control of the issues that matter to them, such as saving their shop, pub or supporting local food. Another speaker is Jo Bird of Cooperative Alternatives the only body in Northern Ireland entirely devoted to developing successful co-operatives and community benefit societies. Jo will be outlining different ways co-operatives and community organisations can raise capital. For full details and booking see:
Wednesday October 28th
Presentation and discussion led by Stephen Hill, on the potential of Cohousing in NI, the only region of the UK without an active Cohousing group. Stephen will put in context the development of Cohousing in the EU/GB and the opportunities for new cohousing developments in NI.
For more info contact Andrew McMurray on 0044 (0) 790 9900 883 or email@example.com
The idea of 'Co-Housing' was developed in Scandinavia in the 1980’s and is growing in popularity around the world. A cohousing project is composed of private homes with many shared facilities. A co-housing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents, who also share activities, which may include cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governance of the community. As well as being affordable these co-operatives can provide a greater sense of wellbeing and sustainability.
Speakers include Joe Atkinson a resident of LILAC, the UK's first affordable ecological cohousing project, a community of 20 households and a common house in Leeds; Stephen Hill, chair of the UK Cohousing Network, the promotional body for independent groups of residents wishing to provide their own group housing solutions based on cooperative and sustainable lifestyles; Rosie Lynch, a curator with Commonage, who will present the ideas for a co-housing project in her area; and Dermot Sellars the Policy and Communications Manager of NABCO, who will give an introduction and overview of co-operative housing.
The event aims to bring together people interested in setting up a co-housing project, local authorirty representatives, community development agencies, planners, architects and social finance organisations to look at the barriers of a co-housing and how we overcome them.
Conversations, films, art, food and drinks with a focus on collaboration, culture and civil society networks. How can Galway embrace participatory co-operative politics and approaches in developing and supporting strategies going forward.
Throughout the day we aim to create a space from which to explore the existing structures of participation and cooperation and actively produce new ones, presenting artist Seoidin O’Sullivan’s installation ‘Seating System’ on the Commons, as a central public platform and interactive site to experience and explore.
Friday October 30th
A harvest dinner showcasing Galway’s culinary produce from local farms and community gardens and cooked by some of Galway's finest artisan establishments. This event will be a convivial opportunity to network and celebrate Galway’s local food, co-operative and community culture. For further information contact Martina on firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details on all Galway events visit http://collaborativewaysforward.com/
Saturday October 31st
A field trip to Community Tea Rooms and Shop in Loughmore. Make your own way there for 1pm where Mary Fogerty will tell the story of this cooperative business that aims to counter the decline in services in the local community and also to combat the even bigger problem of rural isolation.
Saturday October 31st
The Convergence closing party for DFC members and Convergence Attendees, Live Music and DJs for full details contact Joe Zefran at email@example.com
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