Overview and resources from Seminar 4: The everyday politics of sustainability transitions

The everyday politics of sustainability transitions

held on June 22nd 2012 (9.30am-5.30pm) at Nottingham Conference Centre (NTU), NG1 4BU.

Aim of seminar– to explore the ways in which various forms of politics, power and resistance inspire, shape and constrain everyday sustainability transitions.

The workshop posed questions about:

  • the role of different political actors in creating new spaces for discourse on social
    change;
  • the role of difference, diversity and social justice in transitions, and how this creates different contexts and possibilities for social change across different
    locations; and;
  • the role of scale and the goal of localization in social movements and how this relates to the sustainability transitions framework

preparation – participants bought along a photo of
an object that represents the everyday politics of transition

10.00  Introduction (Amanda Smith, Nottingham Trent University)

A summary of the key themes emerging from the photos bought along by participants of the everyday politics of transition can be seen in these images:

Themes from Photos bought along by participants 3

10.30  Speakers on Everyday Transitions chaired by Jenny Pickerill (Leicester)

13.30  Panel Discussion chaired by Gavin Brown (Leicester) (opening to discussion)

Panelists: Alan Simpson (former MP for Nottingham South), Kelvin Mason (Climate Camp), Brian Davey (Feasta) Brian Davey Panel ContribDanGlass (Plane Stupid)

Audienceparticipation in the panel discussion

15.30  Open Space Event facilitated by Amanda Smith- those at the seminar suggested questions to be explored in more depth .

A range of questions were suggested- see: Open Space- suggested questions 1

Questions explored included:

a)     Why do community groups fail/succeed, what forms of activism excite us?  Open Space- Theme of Activism

b)     What are the commons and do they matter to the issues of sustainability? Open Space- Theme of Commons 2

c)      How do we address privilege within environmental groups?

 

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