How do we engage citizens in developing local resilience and
adapting to climate change?
How can we best empower communities across Ireland to play a part
in the transition to a just and low carbon society?
What is the role of artists and cultural creatives in times of transition?
How do we make our communities and cities more sustainable?
From the 13th to the 28th of October 2016 the 21st Convergence Festival will be bringing people and ideas together across the island of Ireland. This year the focus of Convergence will be on social innovation and how we accelerate a citizen-engaged and community-led transformation to an equitable, resilient and low-carbon society. Some examples of this form of innovation include community-owned energy, community-led housing, community supported agriculture, citizen observatories, and platforms to enable peer-to-peer sharing and exchange.
The Convergence events are the kick-off conversations which, over the year, will lead up to the first European Day of Sustainable Communities, which will take place on the 23 September 2017 organised by a new network of networks for community led transitions, ECOLISE. This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the many groundbreaking initiatives from across Europe that are leading the way towards a low-carbon, ecological future.
Convergence is Ireland’s longest running sustainable living festival, featuring some of the most inspiring thinkers and doers both from Ireland and abroad over the last 16 years. Over the years it has illuminated and inspired many sustainable economy, society and environment initiatives and actions. The curators of the festival are the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative, who operate as Cultivate Living and Learning.
CULTIVATE LIVING AND LEARNING
Office: 0505 56061
Mobile: +353 (0) 87 6340697
Saturday 22nd October - 10.00 – 17.00, €20 (includes lunch)
WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, County Tipperary
What is the role of the artist and cultural creatives in times of transition?
A one day symposium in Cloughjordan, the birthplace of the poet and patriot Thomas MacDonagh on the role of the artist and culture creatives in times of transition. Reflecting on the role of the artist in the rising of 1916, this event will explore the power of the arts and creativity to challenge injustice, individualism, and consumerism now.
What is the response of the artistic and creative community to the vexing problems of climate change, social justice and an un-sustainable culture?
How can the arts change our sense of what is possible and engage society on climate change action?
Can the arts help convey the strength, optimism, and urgency we need to move to a fair and resilient future?
RISE UP is hosted by Cultivate in partnership with Cloughjordan Arts, with support from Tipperary County Council through the 1916 Commemoration Scheme. www.cultivate.ie
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES: ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 11
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25th 2016 I 13.30 - 17.00 I WOOD QUAY VENUE, DUBLIN 8
Full Programme PDF
In September of 2015, at the United Nations in New York, 193 countries, including Ireland adopted “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” and signed up to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They mark a significant departure from the Millennium Development Goals that preceded them, in terms of their universal application, recognition of their interconnected and integrated nature, as well as the commitment embedded in these Goals to leave no one behind. The Goals will ensure that by 2030 the world will have taken huge strides to end poverty, eliminate inequality, tackle climate change and stop environmental degradation.
Achieving this Sustainable Development Goal as well as reaching the ambitious climate targets will require a fundamental shift in our values, behaviour patterns and societal structures. This process is already underway. Thousands of researchers, policy makers and communities across Ireland and Europe are developing, implementing and engaging with innovative approaches to achieving this societal transformation.
A CONVERSATION CAFE FOR COMMUNITY CATALYSTS
This is a free capacity building, story sharing and networking evening event for community champions, activists and local organisations getting involved in making their places more sustainable.
This project is being hosted by Cultivate and is supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which is funded by Limerick City & County Council, Kerry County Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
- Category: Permaculture
Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities
This QQI L5 Permaculture Design Course* provides participants with a balanced combination of theory and outdoor practical place-based learning. The course emphasises both ecological and social permaculture covering topics such as perennial plants, agro-forestry, soil health and new ways of thinking about land management. A lively, participatory and thought-provoking experience is guaranteed.
- Category: Permaculture
11-20 August 2017 | Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co Tipperary, Ireland |Contact Us | Fees €550 / €495 Members | some concessions are available, €100 deposit secures your place (how to apply - PDF). Course Poster PDF
Join the ecovillage's resident experts of permaculture, gardening, farming, perma-facture and green building for this unique, yearly opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 9th year holding the UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
Each year we have special guest teachers; 2017's teachers to be confirmed. In 2016, we were joined by Maddy Harland of Permaculture Magazine, and Aranya (via Skype) author of Permaculture Design a Step by Step Guide.
This PDC is organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Village Education Research and Training (VERT) at The Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The venue for indoor sessions is the enterprise centre a.k.a. FabLab, WeCreate. See photos of previous courses here.
This course is full-time (and "full-on") from Friday evening (starting with dinner around 6pm) until the following Sunday afternoon (around 4pm) | Find presentations, links and other resources on Our Permaculture Resource Site.
- Category: Community Resilience
Visit Ireland's Only Ecovillage - Learn about Living and Working Sustainably
Cultivate designs and delivers one to five day programmes for groups around a particular topic or topics of interest related to the transition to a low carbon and resilient society. These can include Green Building and Sustainable Energy, Local Food, Food Security, Community Energy Transition, Local Enterprise, Digital Manufacturing, Community Resilience and Sustainable Living.
We tailor the tours for each group and work with them to devise a personalised itinerary on their specific area of interest. These study tours can range from one to several days, depending on the itinerary developed, though we recommend at least two days to allow for a more immersive experience.
Cloughjordan is a traditional Irish village which is now also home to the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. This is where we share our experience and knowledge with groups of all ages, sizes and interests.
Activities are based in the Ecovillage and can include tours, talks, practical workshops and social events in Cloughjordan and the surrounding area. We can also work with groups on transport, accommodation and meals. Groups interested in continuing professional development can participate in industry specific workshops and talks.
For more info, options or booking: email devyn [at] cultivate [dot] ie.