Together We Can: Summit 11-21st May

Join us to unleash the power of what we can do and be together. If the last two years have left you feeling exhausted, powerless and overwhelmed by the challenges of our time, we have exactly what you need.

We can’t do much in isolation, but together, we can. Together, we can rise to these challenges we face. Together we can find and activate our hope and power. Together we can, and will, build a better future.

Together We Can: Summit 11-21st May

What to expect…

‘Together We Can’ is a ten-day, online Summit packed with insightful talks, interactive workshops and captivating speakers. It’s brought to you by Transition Together, which connects and supports Transition groups in the UK, and it’s open to all. 

Replenish your hope with a Blizzard of Stories from communities leading change. Explore how together we can reshape local economies, resist imaginatively and rewild our world. Tackle the challenges of community organising head on with skillshares, workshops and agony aunts clinics.  Work with your hands in sessions on mending and vertical growing, or eat together, to connect and revive.

Nurture

There are three vital strands woven throughout:

Nurture is designed to nourish and sustain you. It’s been a tough time – we’ve all felt the strain of getting ourselves and others through.

Here is the chance to explore and grow your own resilience, to find space to process and for mutual support.

Build

Build will equip your group to realise their goals.

Explore how to involve new people, bring social justice into your work and sustain your impact.

Expect ‘how to’ workshops that will be insightful, participatory and tailor-made for Transition groups.

Inspire

Inspire offers a window on a better future already being crafted by communities today.

Real stories that remind us what change is possible through community action.

This strand will put the fire back in your belly, the spring back in your step and the hope back in your activism.

Join Us

All sessions will take place online. We’re offering the Summit for free to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible. If you are able and find value in the event, please do contribute a donation when you book. Money raised will go directly to making future Transition Together work more inclusive.

Choose the Summit Ticket to access all sessions and workshops, regular updates and our online space, Vive, where you can explore Summit content and connect with speakers and participants throughout.

Featuring…

Hannah Peel

Composer, Artist, Musician, Broadcaster
Together we can … harness the power of creativity

Claude Henrickson

Leeds Community Homes
Together we can … take space and make it our own

Sherri Mitchell

Indigenous rights Attorney, Author, Activist
Together we can … build more inclusive movements

Jon Alexander

New Citizenship Project, Author – Citizens
Together we can … be citizens not consumers

Immy Kaur

Director – Civic Square
Together we can … take space and make it our own

Syd Yang

Healer, Writer, Artist
Together we can … build more inclusive movements

Rob Hopkins

Founder Transition Movement
Summit Opening Night! Blizzard of Stories 2022

Yumna Hussen

Youth campaigner, Activist, Writer
Together we can … be citizens not consumers

Monica Cru-Hall

Creative Arts Therapist, Educator, Mum
Together we can … create a thriving social economy

More ways to connect

The Summit programme will be followed by a week-long online Open Space, a place to continue connecting, exploring and go deeper into the themes that emerge. You can offer an Open Space session here, and we’ll share details sessions with Summit participants. 

Vive is an exciting new online space for Transitioners to connect, share, learn and support each other – like our own virtual hive. It’s great to be trialling it for this year’s Summit. On Vive, you’ll be able to interact live with other participants, join groups around common themes and explore sessions and speakers in more detail. After you register, you’ll be invited to join.

What’s On

Explore the sessions and speakers already confirmed by date or theme. We’ll be adding more brilliant content regularly in the run up to the event – sign up today for a Summit Ticket and we’ll make sure you hear the latest.

Wednesday 11 May

Inspire

Summit Opening Night! Blizzard of Stories 2022

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A whirlwind of inspirational stories of community-led change. A highlight of last year’s Summit – we loved it so much we’re doing it again. Hold on to your hat and prepare for a windtunnel of hope! Find out about all the stories here.

Thursday 12 May

Build

Together we can … put Doughnut Economics into practice

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A powerful idea spreading fast worldwide, but how does it work at a local scale? Join Rob Shorter from Doughnut Economics Action Lab and activists from across the UK for stories of communities using it to unlock new thinking and make practical change. With Jane Brady, Kavita Purohit, Daniel Blyden and Barbara Goffin.

Friday 13 May

Build

Together we can … do kickass social media

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join Rhiannon and Chris from the Transition Together communications team for this practical skillshare to boost your group’s social media presence. Share useful tips and explore how to tell compelling and engaging stories that will draw people in. 

Build

Together we can … set up a Climate Emergency Centre

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Community-led climate hubs are springing up across the UK, providing a focal point for action and initiatives to address climate change and grow resilience locally. Ben McCallan and friends from Zero Carbon Guildford shares the story of opening up their busy space in a former high street clothes store. 

Nurture

Together we can … create a new relationship to trauma

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What would our activism look like if it were rooted in understanding and addressing the deep unaddressed trauma for individuals, communities and nations? What if that was at its heart? Susan Raffo and Staci K Haines will share their unmatched understanding of trauma and how to work with it.

Inspire

Together we can … build more inclusive movements

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hear from some remarkable thinkers and practitioners on how our movements can reflective the real diversity of our communities. We’re thrilled to be joined by Sherri Mitchell (indigenous rights attorney, author and activist) and Syd Yang (Blue Jaguar Healing Arts), digital inclusion advocate Amina Aweis and therapist Gurpreet Singh. This session will equip you with tools and ways of thinking that could profoundly shift how you work.

Saturday 14 May

Build

Transition Agony Aunt Drop In Session

10:00 am – 11:00 am

We know that community-led activism isn’t easy. The challenges are many, and it’s hard to know where to turn for advice. Maybe our Transition Agony Aunt can help? Bring your questions on this morning’s topic and our aunties will do their best to help.

Build

Together we can… grow our groups

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Veteran community organiser Beth Foster Ogg and Transition Together’s Rhiannon Colvin lead a full-day workshop on attracting new people to your Transition group, ensuring it grows and sustains itself long term. Two or more of your group need to attend for the full day.  This session has now been widened to all Summit participants, but you do need to sign up at the button below.

Nurture

Together we can … create a healthy human culture

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sophy Banks  first developed the concept of ‘Inner Transition’, a way of exploring changes we need to make within ourselves as we work to change the world. In this enlightening workshop, she’ll share her model of ‘Healthy Human Culture’, rich in insights on the issues that lie at the heart of the challenges of our time, and skilful and compassionate ways to address them.

Inspire

Together we can … be citizens not consumers

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Jon Alexander is taking the world by storm with his new book ‘Citizens’, arguing for a cultural shift from seeing us as consumers to one that sees us as citizens. In this session, Jon will be in conversation with Yumna Hussen, part of the Together We Can organising team.

Nurture

Together we can … visibly mend our clothes.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An opportunity to learn from a master visible mender Flora Collingwood-Norris. Bring a loved but holey jumper, some thread and Flora will take you through the whole process. A reflective, chilled session that will give you a skill you always promised yourself you’d learn!

Build

Together We Can … be led by young people

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

What if young people ran the world?  What if we felt safe, confident and empowered to create change? This is an important conversation no matter what age you are. Youth are our present and future. We need allies, so come and find out how you can listen, include and be led by young people in your community and projects.

Inspire

Together we can … Rewild our world

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The pandemic made many reassess the value of wild and open spaces. How can we rewild at community scale? And how can rewilding help reset our relationship with nature and transform our places? With writer and activist George Monbiot, author Jay Griffiths, Beth Colliers, founder of Wild in the City, and Frag Last of the Stronger Roots Project.

Monday 16 May

Inspire

Together we can … harness the power of creativity

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The emergence of ‘Culture Declares’ and ‘Music Declares’ represents the creative world stepping up to the climate emergency. What are they doing, and why is it vital to navigating the next decade? Expect a thrilling conversation with musician Hannah Peel, Nigel Adams (Music Declares), theatre director Chloe Naldrett and Yemeni-Scouse poet Amina Atiq.

Tuesday 17 May

Inspire

Together we can … resist imaginatively

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Around the world, communities are standing up to resist extractive practices, state violence and systemic racism. They don’t seek permission, rather they are taking bold steps of resistance. Hear from some of them tonight.

Wednesday 18 May

Inspire

Together we can … create a thriving social economy

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A new economy is being created, one rooted in place, in social justice, in fairness – meet the pioneers with their sleeves rolled up. Hear some leading practitioners, working with marginalised communities to create new opportunities and new models of participation. With Mike Riddell (Operation Black Vote), Alex Phillips (UnLtd) and more.

Thursday 19 May

Inspire

Together we can … create a regenerative, fairer food system

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The cost of living crisis shows more clearly than ever our food system needs profoundly reimagining. Community organisations are leading the way and our guests will share their experiences. Hear from Daniel Christian Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures, among others.

Friday 20 May

Build

Transition Agony Aunt Drop In Session

10:00 am – 11:00 am

We know that community-led activism isn’t easy. The challenges are many, and it’s hard to know where to turn for advice. Maybe our Transition Agony Aunt can help? Bring your questions on this morning’s topic and our aunties will do their best to help.

Build

Together we can … Learn the Art of Invitation

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

How can we ask questions creatively to activate meaningful exchange and dialogue? The Art of Invitation explores creative ways of engaging communities in the ecological, cultural, and social challenges of our time. Join the amazing Artist, Activist and Facilitator, Ruth Ben-Tovim, for this practical hands on workshop offering new creative tools for change for you and your groups. Spaces limited – reserve a place at the button below.

Build

Together we can … build a new media system

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

In the shadow of a mainstream media that polarises and disempowers us, many are trying to tell a new story of social potential and global change. How can we work together effectively to offer a genuine alternative? Join Indra Adnan, founder of The Alternative Global to explore.

Nurture

Together we can … eat a shared lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A shared lunch and reflection on our connection to food. Bring your lunch, your conversation and, if you like, a story to share about what you’ve prepared.

Nurture

Together we can … grow food anywhere

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

If you long to grow your own tomatoes, courgettes or strawberries, but thought you didn’t have the space, you need to spend this time with Mark Ridsdill-Smith, author of The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening.

Build

Together We Can … Educate, Enable, Empower

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

When is it right to educate, when should we enable and how best do we empower people? In this workshop of three parts, there will be ample space to explore each with John and Peter Bird, founders of the Big Issue, Rakesh Aji, Monica Cru-Hall and more. Discover how to balance these approaches to create a sweet spot of positive change.

Inspire

Together we can … take space and make it our own

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re experiencing a housing crisis up and down the land as ‘the market’ endlessly fails communities. Prices rise, homelessness increases. But what if communities became their own developers? It’s already happening. Hear from leading practitioners like Immy Kaur (Civic Square), Claude Henrickson (Leeds Community Homes) and Frances Northrop (Atmos Totnes) and explore how to get started in your community.

Saturday 21 May

Build

Transition Agony Aunt Drop In Session

10:00 am – 11:00 am

We know that community-led activism isn’t easy. The challenges are many, and it’s hard to know where to turn for advice. Maybe our Transition Agony Aunt can help? Bring your questions and this morning’s line up of ‘Aunties’ will share their experience and try to help.

Build

Together we can … Start a Transition Group

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thinking of starting your own Transition group? Or perhaps you are at the beginning of your Transition journey? Join Transition Together’s Rhiannon Colvin and veteran Transition group members to learn useful skills, advice and techniques to get you started.

Nurture

Together we can … be comfortable in the uncomfortable

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Trying new things can mean taking risks that can bring you outside of your comfort zone. Join Monica Cru-Hall from our Summit team and guests in a space where you can hold divergent-thinking discussions and practice courageous conversations.

Nurture

Together we can … eat a shared lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A shared lunch and reflection on our connection to food. Bring your lunch, your conversation and, if you like, a story to share about what you’ve prepared.

Build

Together We Can … build networks for change

2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In this interactive and participatory workshop, you’ll hear inspirational stories from current community led climate action networks, gain and give peer to peer support and skill up in key areas to build better networks.

Build

Together We Can … Practise Good Allyship

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

How can we be good allies to amplify voices that are often unheard or overlooked? Diversity and differing perspectives are beneficial to us all in broadening and deepening our change-making in our communities. Learn how to practise allyship and challenge intolerance to make a real difference.

Build

Together We Can … build sustainable livelihoods

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

How can we enable people to meet their basic needs through sustainable and thriving local businesses and economies? Join Rhiannon Colvin and speakers from co-operatives, community businesses and community wealth building projects for a practical exploration of how to start transforming your local economy.

Inspire

Together we can … tell better stories of transformation

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To do all that needs to be done over the next decade, we need to get an awful lot better at storytelling, bringing to life the realities of what lies ahead if we do nothing, but also the world we could still create. How to become amazing storytellers? This session will hear from some of the best storytellers we know, including comedian Belina Raffy, poet, writer and graphic artist Inua Ellams and novellist Manda Scott. 

Together We Can is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund and Lottery players for the funding that makes this Summit possible.