Workshop 01

Baking a low carbon future: Are local renewables the secret ingredient?

Local and community renewables are a growing sector and many believe they hold the key to unlocking public support and finance for low carbon solutions. But, the UK is lagging well behind some of our European neighbours.

In this workshop we’ll hear from practitioners involved in some of the projects leading this field and explore whether community energy really could work at scale. What are the barriers and how can they be overcome? And if we really think they could be the answer, how do we take them from niche to norm?


Workshop 02

Creating #theBIGshift to transform the finance system

In this workshop Forum for the Future and The Finance Innovation Lab will present their approaches to creating system change. We will discuss how we might support business, banking and finance address systemic sustainability challenges and shift the system.


Workshop 03

How can localities and cities influence politicians and decision-makers in delivering green growth, jobs and skills?

Central government alone cannot create adequate green growth and jobs. They will only be delivered by ambition, commitment and innovation in the UK’s cities and localities, as they undertake energy efficiency retrofit of homes and offices, plan for low carbon infrastructure and support the local development of green jobs and skills. How does this happen? What support do localities need? This workshop will look at the experience of cities and localities examining how they can go for green growth at scale. The chairs will welcome participation from attendees and reflections on their experience of working on these issues at a local level.


Workshop 04

How communities and nature can help build resilient and prosperous economies

We depend on a set of complex interconnected systems that are increasingly in crisis.

Grass roots, community-based models are emerging that appear to address multiple issues, and open up opportunities for a new type of local economic system – one that delivers wellbeing in a fair and sustainable way rather than just economic outputs. Nature also plays a key role to deliver multiple societal goals but its potential is still ignored.  This session will highlight some of these examples and will discuss some of the barriers that prevent us from making progress on this front.


Workshop 05

Growing People and Plants: Re-engaging people with training and opening eyes to the opportunities available within the UK’s £9 billion horticultural industry

Otesha is building a community of people who see their lives as powerful tools for environmental and social change. It connects day-to-day choices with their global impacts and it inspires people to take positive and creative action for a fairer, cleaner and greener world. Through training and support, we empower young people from all backgrounds to take the lead in creating this change for themselves, their community and the wider world.

Organiclea’s work experience, training and work-ready programmes are open to all, yet giving specific support to those who are long-term unemployed, in mental-health recovery, or 16-25 years old and NEET; we offer a range of experiences that guide and support discovery rooted in employability skills that come with a structured working environment. This also means building courage and aspiration to support entrepreneurial skills and a ‘can do’ mentality.

This workshop will describe the programmes and our learning as employers in the green economy. We will share challenges, employment solutions and the wider opportunities this work offers. Essential ingredients in this work will be a key part of this session: Partnership working and ongoing learning are two crucial elements. We look forward to questions, discussion and participant inputs.

  • Shaun Higgins, Green Jobs Co-director at Otesha
  • Clare Joy, Training Director at Organiclea

Workshop 06

Time Credits – A Social Currency to Sustain Public Sector Services

Using the Spice time credit model to shift service delivery from the public sector to the third sector, this workshop will explore examples of service shifts in health and social care provision, education provision as well as community and neighbourhood services.