Transition Network UK Conference

This September, four of us from Sustainable Bungay went to the Battersea Arts Centre in London for the annual Transition Network Conference.

Most of the participants were from the UK, but several other countries were represented too. After a warm welcome on Friday night, everyone took part in two workshop sessions, held on the Saturday. It was difficult to choose! I went to ones on ‘Communicating Transition: Beyond the usual suspects’ and ‘Turning local food initiatives into social enterprises,’ with our very own Josiah Meldrum.

The idea behind this event is to share ideas, meet fellow people in Transition, to combat the feeling of isolation that comes with doing something radically different from the norm. And importantly, to have fun. On Saturday evening we had a cabaret and Sunday afternoon we built our own future High Street out of cardboard and string!

One of the best quotes from the conference was: “Transition connects people with their ethics and this allows us to change things.” It’s the essence of what we’re doing.  This was my first Transition conference, I doubt it will be my last.

Jonathan Hill