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
- the role of difference, diversity and social justice in transitions, and how this creates different contexts and possibilities for social change across different
- 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:
10.30 Speakers on Everyday Transitions chaired by Jenny Pickerill (Leicester)
- Peter North (Liverpool)- Grassroots localisation?: the scalar potential of and limits of the ‘Transition’ approach to climate change and resource constraint. (Discussion on you tube)
- Gerald Aiken (Durham) – The Trojan Unicorn? Community in TTN (talk
on you tube) (The Trojan Unicorn slides) (discussion)
- Kerry Burton (Exeter)- Re-placing Environmental Geopolitics: the trans-local spaces of climate justice activism (talk on you tube) (discussion)
13.30 Panel Discussion chaired by Gavin Brown (Leicester) (opening to discussion)
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?