The Power of Conflict for Building Connection and Community

Date:

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 1:00pm2:15pm
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Description: If you cannot work with conflict, then you probably cannot create a sustainable town. Conflict is one of the most essential sustainability skills, and will serve you in every walk of life. When you’re in conflict, do you want to fight, flee, or freeze? Do you ever wish there could be a better way? Something that uses conflict to strengthen relationships instead of damaging them?
Most of us were brought up to either ignore conflict, or go in swinging, determined to “win”. As we grew older we may have learned ways to suppress or avoid conflict, or even a few tricks for managing others when they’re upset, in order to reduce emotional intensity. But ignoring or “managing” conflict tends to cause it to go underground, boiling up in tense meetings or undermining team projects.
What if conflict were a secret ally? What if it’s a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us, and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together?
People are complex creatures. We think and act in different ways. We live under different levels of stress and oppression, and carry different wounding with different triggers. And we care more or less strongly about different things, have different degrees of self-awareness, and communicate in more ways than anyone can count.
Those of us working to build a more resilient world need to be able to work well with each other in our neighborhoods, nonprofits, Transition initiatives, families, and workplaces. We need to build bridges even when communication is breaking down or tension seems unbearable. We need to be able to use conflict — maybe even welcome it, for its power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake, and to unite people toward a common goal.
But how? What can we do to reduce the chances of conflict arising in the first place? And what does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way really look like?

Join three practitioners from the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Gaia Education, and the Rocky Mountain Institute as they relay tips, tools and resources on how to reduce painful conflict and instead use conflict creatively to build connection and community.

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Early bird convergence tickets on sale now

Permaculture Association

Early Bird until 8 May

Are you designing solutions but want to feel more connected with the permaculture community? Looking for inspiration you can use day to day?

We each make changes in our corners of the world. Coming together with a wider group of people adds to our effectiveness and is a chance to recharge batteries, meet like minded people, and take away new insights.

British Permaculture Convergence 2016

2 – 4 September 2016
Nell Bank, Ilkley, North Yorkshire

We’ve very excited to announce the British Permaculture Convergence will once again be taking place this autumn.

We are sure this year’s convergence will be a suitable follow-on from the International Permaculture Convergence. It will bring members old and new together to share, celebrate, and learn.

There are great workshop facilities, we will be catered for with excellent food, and enjoy a beautiful woodland setting. There is a selection dormitory accommodation plus plenty of camping space.

Expect a range of practical sessions, project case studies, networking opportunities, and lots more.

We hope to see you there Kamil. Book your place now for the best prices. We expect this event to sell out.

Early Bird tickets on sale now

Permaculture Magazine – Update

permaculture magazine

So about 4 weeks ago I was approached by Focal Point, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the South Essex region, and asked if I could build ‘an indoor permaculture garden’ as part of the installation of ‘The Peculiar People’, an upcoming exhibition on ‘Radical Essex’…. “Sure no problem”, says I, with fingers crossed behind my back and already working over-capacity with all the other projects and courses I’ve got on the go… So with plenty of blagging, scrounging, solutions thinking, googling, creative collaboration with Project 49 (a local hub for adults with learning disabilities where I work part time) and lots of co-operation and communication with the Focal Point tech team, we created a series of self-watering containers full of tomatos, squashes, chard, basil, peppers and other herbs in time for the grand opening night, which for the next 4 months will be on display to the public in the gallery window… Considering the time frame involved, minimal costs (for the plastic containers, soil and plants mostly) and the general air of ‘winging it’, I think it looks pretty cool, and it’s a bit of an honour to be displaying work alongside the likes of Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher of Crass, Colin Ward, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Sorrell, Orthona Community to name but a few! And if it inspires passers by and visitors to maybe start to grow a few of their own healthy veggies in their own gardens and balconies, that’s got to be a good thing too! I’m also thinking in terms of this being a bit of a prototype for something more planned and ambitious next year… Who’s for a pop-up allotment in the Forum square and a containerised orchard in Victoria Circus??? Maybe even Hundertwasser style vertical gardening up the sides of the Civic Centre???

.More information on the facebook page

Southend-on-Sea in Transition – Status Update

international women's day

Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s day and to mark it The Bookshop Experience wants to put in an impromptu women’s poetry and spoken word night. A chance for anyone to get up and say what it means to them to be a woman in 2016. This years theme is “A Pledge for Parity” what does this mean to you… How will your work accelerate the Gender equality which we know we are as yet far from. Tickets are £5 are open to all genders! and include a light refreshment, seats are limited so first come first served. Profits from the night will be donated to the Dove Centre Women’s refuge, helping survivors of Domestic Abuse. Please purchase your ticket in advance. If you would like to speak, recite or read please contact Sarah here at the bookshop. Happy evening everyone x

Visit the facebook page for more information.

Transition Town Totnes Reconomy Centre on Radio‏

wavelength

OUR WAVELENGTH 2.1 : with Jay Tompt at REconomy – a business incubator for Totnes

 

Sarah and John were invited by Jay Tompt to Totnes’ REconomy Centre in February 2016 to see the place. We met people running really interested projects in Totnes and the surrounding areas. We discovered a place where we can set up a laptop for some quality time to work on our own projects as well as opportunities to network with others.

http://reconomycentre.org

Lucinda Guy speaks to Sarah about community radio and describes how Soundart Radio can deliver a healthy and exciting mix of sounds into your home and work place.
#vegboxradio #wonkyveg
#communitysupportedmedia

http://www.soundartradio.org.uk

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sarah@soundartradio.org.uk

May Transition Culture Podcast

It’s the May podcast – A Transition School, a Sustainable Seaweed Skills and bashing giant bees in Tooting! » Transition Culture

I like to download the podcasts and listen to while I work in the garden. Have a go yourself. Listen to the podcast here

CSV Make A Difference Day

Southend in Transition Vision 2030

The disrupting effects of peak oil and climate change created a lot of tension within the community between 2010-2015. Prices of food, petrol, materials went up, businesses failed and unemployment soared. Every locality was affected differently but what made a huge difference was how strong the community was.

People in Southend were working and investing in their community for a long time through community projects and volunteering so when the twin crisis hit in, the social capital helped them cope and thrive.

People know their neighbours now and know they can ask for help and offer help. This reduced crime incidents too and people feel safer in Southend then they did in 2009. There are regular festivals and street parties making the general mood quite positive and pleasant. People use their skills to create more projects and social enterprises which strengthen the community keeping the money circulating locally and skilling people up. Southend changed the culture of work too. Unemployment is something of a historical term as people have many ways now to support themselves in a strong local economy either by growing food, making things or working in their local workshops and cooperatives on cutting-edge design and production facilities and exchanging their time, skills, knowledge and resources through timebanks and barter systems. The old Job Centre was transformed into a buzzing ICSE Centre (standing for Innovation, Creativity and Social Enterprise) as the people wanted more meaningful jobs and moved beyond merely searching for them – they needed a place where they could design them themselves with like minded collaborators.

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