News: A stunning set of September stuff

emailHope you’ve had a good summer!

September is looking pretty packed with an array of local events that we couldn’t resist telling you about, and our next Transition Cafe event will be in October.
Don’t forget about the Carbon Conversations discussions group and Permaculture Course highlighted in previous emails. Meanwhile get your diary handy while you get your goggles round this lot:
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August Hub Meeting for Transition Sheffield

There are lots of people in the wider Sheffield network running amazing projects for sustainable communities, whether digging and harvesting, supporting vulnerable communities, raising funds for new activities, or campaigning on key issues.

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However Transition Sheffield is run by a small crew called the hub who aim to support as many other people and groups or spokes as possible in getting involved and making a difference. Here are notes from a recent hub group meeting: Transition Sheffield meeting notes, 16-08-13 (doc) / (Pdf)

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Carbon Conversations discussion group starts September

How can we cut carbon emissions in our day-to-day lives? Discussion group starts September.

Interested in coming to a discussion group in the autumn looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions?

Starting from September, Nick Nuttgens will be running some ‘Carbon Conversations’ groups. This is an informal and friendly series of 6 meetings (3 weeks apart) that looks at various topics e.g. energy in the home, travel and transport, consumption and waste.

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News: Consultation, Conversations, Camp and Course

emailNews sent out 29 July 2013.  For more news see the news list archives.

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Transition Thursday – workshop, delegation, and evening talk

With Jack and Rob on the steps of City Hall

Thursday 27 June was a packed day for Transition Sheffield with workshop, sustainability delegation, and evening talk.

We held an afternoon workshop on Sustainable Cities. We set the scene with a presentation to share some information about the motivation for the Transition network, and about local Transition initiatives. Participants chose to discuss five key topics – Food, Transport, Money, People, and Technology. When asked how they felt, there was general agreement from participants that they’re capable of supporting a change to create a more sustainable Sheffield, and most people wrote down a specific action that they intended to take, even if only to find some further information, or to connect with others. See below for more discussion notes.

Many thanks to Colette Cameron for the loan of her amazing decorations – see information about her classes and workshops.

Then we set off to the steps of the Town Hall to meet with Cllr Jack Scott (Cabinet member for Sustainability, Recycling and Streetscene). A bunch of people gathered with music from SolarActive‘s solar powered soundsystem and the Transition Banner. Jack sped into town to meet us in the council’s electric car, and we handed to Jack a copy of the latest Transition book – the Power of Just Doing Stuff. It’s well argued, very readable, and has great examples of inspiring projects.

After a stopping off to refuel in the very excellent Blue Moon Cafe, we gathered in the Quaker Meeting House to hear a talk by Rob Hopkins, one of the founders of the Transition movement. He’s won various awards and plaudits as a leading grassroots campaigner, ‘green community hero’, and ‘new radical’, and is a very engaging speaker. A recording of his talk is available (thanks to Chris from indymedia).

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Summer events in the City

By Madison Corney of CCA Baldi Middle School

Sheffield is buzzing. Here’s our roundup of events in the city in the next few weeks.

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Thursday 27 June: Sustainable Cities and Community Successes

Transition Sheffield are excited to be hosting an afternoon workshop and evening event with Rob Hopkins on Thurs 27 June. Rob is an engaging speaker, a co-founder of the Transition Movement, and a winner of various awards and plaudits as a leading grassroots campaigner, ‘green community hero’, and ‘new radical’.

Event Details:
Sustainable Cities Workshop,
1:30-4pm, Sheffield Cathedral, Domino Hall, S1 1HA, Free Entry (donations welcome)
Sustainability Delegation,
4:30pm, Town Hall Steps, Sheffield S1 2HH,
An evening with Rob Hopkins,
7-9 pm Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield S1 2EW, £5/£3

You can reserve a place via our online booking form and see directions and a timetable and also a map for the venues.

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Cafe in May: “If we don’t do it, who will?”

Screenshot from presentation

Screenshot from presentation

Nearly 40 people piled into the lovely Fusion Cafe for our May event, with transition initiatives and other local groups meeting to swap stories, discuss successes and challenges, and learn about what others were doing.

Each group had its own story, but some challenges had everyone in the room nodding in agreement… Continue reading

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