"Doing it ourselves" - Forum for a New Local Economy
We all know we're in a unique historical moment - Brexit, shifting international politics, a weakening Pound and massive economic uncertainty across the world. Against this background, we're already facing rising challenges across Devon and Torbay - lack of decent jobs and affordable housing, continued council budget cutbacks, NHS under threat, the wrong development priorities, etc.
BUT there are opportunities in all this chaos and we can start making good things happen, right here, ourselves. There are exciting community-led economic solutions already making a difference across the region supporting local entrepreneurs, launching new enterprises, finding new sources of community finance, investing in local renewable energy production for local benefit, timebanking and supporting one another. All this means more jobs, and a more resilient and inclusive local economy.
Join us and other changemakers from Brixham, Paignton, Torquay and across Devon to connect, get inspired, learn something new, and start new collaborative relationships. This is the 3rd Devon Convergence event and will prove to be just as useful and productive as the previous two have been. The format of the day will include presentations, workshops and 'open space', with lots of chances to connect with people you should meet, learn things you'd like to learn. The location will be perfect - the South West Energy Centre and PassivHaus.
Keynote speaker: Fernanda Balata, new economics foundation
Fernanda is co-author and lead researcher of the Blue New Deal, and important piece of work for understanding the unique challenges faced by coastal communities and identifying the opportunities for community-led development. She'll present some key insight of special relevance for Torbay and other Devon coastal communities, and will contribute through out the day. Her participation offers a valuable opportunity for local organisers, entrepreneuers, and policymakers - don't miss it!
More details about the day's agenda coming soon. Book your place and help spread the
Cost: sliding scale, no one turned away
for lack of funds
Lunch: Please bring own lunch, there is a cafe on site but with limited capactity
** Please bring your own mug for hot drinks and reduce waste!