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Transition Liverpool Newsletter, August 2018

Transition Liverpool
Transition Café
            Transition Tours
Progress Report
            Co-housing and Co-operative projects
Our Favourites           
The Brink
            Earth Moves
            A Million Stars CIC
            Next to Nowhere
            2030 Hub
Events and Festivals
Courses and Trainings
Arts and Crafts
Nature, Food and Gardening
Climate Change
New Thought, New Economics, Commentaries, etc
Science News
Artist of the Month
Transition Liverpool

Transition Café
Creativity Meeting - Wednesday August 8th
(this is an experiment based on our “Make Do and Mend” meeting, but because not everyone has mending to do, we have widened the activities) 
6.30 for food, Wednesday 8th August, Quaker Meeting House
After food, we would split into at least 3 tables:-
  • Making and mending - bring your own projects to work on - we will have some needles and thread !
  • Visual Arts - creating artworks about the impact of plastics - either individual or group pieces
  • Words - to create poems, jokes, stories, nursery rhymes, etc about plastics (and songs)
At the end we’d have a "show and tell" to see what people have done and made - perhaps someone will tell a story, tell a joke or sing a song !

We desided to have the theme of plastics for our creativity - though everyone now seems to be agreeing that there is a problem, no-one is doing much to change yet.
You don’t have to stick to the theme - follow your creativity, and move around the tables if you want  ……. We’ll only have simple materials - crayons, felt tips, pencils and paper - please bring your own watercolours or other advanced materials
If anyone would like to help with this, please let me know !!

Waste Not Want Not – zero waste shop in Birkenhead Market has opened recently - we think it's the first on Merseyside ! - Facebook page

Transition Tours
We have two Transition Tours in August, but no Meetups for 4 weeks
We've decided to have a change in August - we won’t have the Meetups at the Brink for 4 weeks,  but instead we’ll have some Transition Adventures ……

Transition Tour to the Iron Men in Crosby
 Meet at 2pm at Blundellsands and Crosby Station, Thursday 9th August
(call or text 078 8181 3242 if you are trying to catch up)
Visit Anthony Gormley’s “Another Place” (the Iron Men) on Crosby Beach – one of the great art installations !
Low tide is just before 5pm, so we shouldn’t get our feet wet
Returning from Waterloo Station after about 4.30
Friends, Children and Dogs welcome !!

Transition Tour to “Double Fantasy” – John and Yoko
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head
Meet at the main entrance, 2pm, Thursday 23rd August.
It's a wonderful exhibition
(call or text 078 8181 3242 if you are trying to catch up)
Our tour of LILAC co-housing in Leeds          Older Women's Housing Co-Op, Barnet


Progress Report
 A group of 6 of us went to visit the LILAC co-housing in Leeds a few weeks ago, and we produced an extensive report on this – there is much to admire, and also some things that they have done which we are very unlikely to do – this is all part of our design process, and we are very grateful to LILAC for giving us the chance to look critically at what they have done and make use of this oursleves.
The report and a couple of photos are on our Facebook page

We are having another core group meeting at the weekend, and will then begin a series of meetings to establish our aims, vision and values, and begin the design process of our administrative structures and defining the parameters for our buildings

Co-housing and Co-operative projects
Older Womens Cohousing Community, Barnet – case study

Would you like to be a smallholder with the Ecological Land Co-op? – Low Impact article
simple initial questionnaire for this

MUCH is Manchester Urban Co-Housing for over 50’s
It’s a very well worked out website, but the site is a bit austere in appearance.

YORspace is a co-housing in York - website
Norwich Co-Housing have bought some land - website

Community land trust – interview with Monica King of
Bridport Cohousing – Low Impact article


Eco-Village Design cards/game – we hope to get our hands on some soon and have a play !! - link

A Fairer Society has more services available and a new improved website

IntuPod – half-round pods with aluminium skin, designed and built in N Ireland - website

UK co-operators have been taking fact-finding tours of housing co-ops in other countries - Canada, Estonia and Poland. Co-Op News report.
Progress is being made, bringing key lessons for the UK sector . While these countries have different legal and regulatory environments, their co-ops share a commitment to building strong communities.

Really useful-looking website to help
design the right legal structures for any group - website

Ecology Building Society supports eco and co-operative projects – Facebook page

Custom Build Strategy by Jon Lee of the Ecology Building Society - article

How a family used YouTube to learn how to build their own home - YouTube video

Locality offer help and support with Community-Led Housing Projects - website
The Housing Market may be broken, bu
t the Land market is even more broken article, and report which can be downloaded

Co-Housing UK main website
Interested in building with straw? Don’t miss
The Big Straw Bale Gathering!
August 10th to 12th in Swansea - Low Impact article
Join the
Land Justice Network national gathering on 18 August in Sheffield - Low Impact article
Another Utopia - a 45 min film about a 1970’s commune in a squat – film by Albert Potrony about an alternative model of  housing and living (I don’t think ours will be quite like that !!)
Our Favourites
The Brink

Young Musicians Showcase Sat August 18th 6-8pm – great new bands age 14 to 18 – a few slots still available !! free entry - Facebook

Morning meditation, every Friday 9 to 10am, 15-21 Parr St - Facebook

Astraea at the Brink, free acoustic set, Saturday August 11th - Facebook

Guitar at the Brink, £5 per lesson, Monday – intermediate, Tuesday – advanced, Thursday - beginners - Facebook

Free Welfare advice – every Monday from 12am to 3pm - Facebook

Earth Moves
Initiation of the Belisama Statue, in Wallasey, Sunday 5th August, 4 to 7pm - Facebook

Women’s Healing Circle, in Wallasey, Sunday August 19th, 6 to 9pm - Facebook

A Million Stars CIC
Family Summer Camp in Southport, 9 – 11 August - Facebook
Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory video about a Million Stars - YouTube

Wildair run summer holiday clubs for kids - website


Next to Nowhere
Every Saturday from 12noon – vegan kitchen, good food by donation - website


2030 hub
IAMTHECODE Liverpool Hackathon – over 70 girls have signed up already ! September 8th and 9th - website

Global Goals Week will be held 22 to 29 September, and is timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly. Events are taking place in New York and around the world.- website
Watch this space for local events !!

New site launched for tourism and the SDG’s (tourism currently has very bad carbon footprints) - website

Why it pays to be socially responsible in business - Companies that wanted to contribute to society used to receive short shrift from investors. But not anymore ! - website

Events and Festivals
Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible - 9-12th August in Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. - Low Impact article

Secret Garden Festival – mostly yoga …… 11th August, Scarisbrick Village Hall - Facebook

Liverpool Biennial upcoming events webpage
For all sorts of events, artist talks, special tours, etc.

Bootle’s first music festival – 25th -26th August, Irlam Road, L20 4AH from 1pm each day – great bands and performers £6 per day, £10 for the weekend – article and tickets

Serving Library talks at John Lennon Art & Design Building, 2 Duckinfield Street L3 5RD - website

Self-Repairing Cities -Thursday 13 September
A talk by Mark Miodownik (Professor of Materials and Society, University College London)

The Fabric of the Planetary Surface - Thursday 27 September
A talk by Jussi Parikka (Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics, University of Southampton, UK, and Docent of Digital Culture Theory, University of Turku, Finland)

Rise for Climate Change - communities around the world will mobilise to end the age of fossil fuels.on September 8th
We’ll be on the streets on every continent, right before local and regional leaders gather in California for the Global Climate Action Summit - the largest climate gathering of local and regional governments ever. Together we can raise the pressure on local leaders to step up and show real climate leadership where our national governments have failed*. - Website

Bach Remedies Conference at Liverpool Quaker Meeting House, 15th September, 9am to 4.30pm - Facebook

Wirral Earth Festival will return to West Kirby on September 15th for an exciting day of family friendly activities with an emphasis on participation, learning and community cohesion. Returning for it’s sixth edition, the festival takes place on St Bridget's Field, next to St Bridget's Church in West Kirby and is organised by Transition Town West Kirby. Stalls and possibilities for suitable events etc. may still be available, contact

Stumped – green festival of learning and sharing in Lancashire, September 14-16th - Facebook
National Permaculture Convergence
organised by the Permaculture Association, will be taking place in Hulme, Manchester from 20 - 23 September.
The convergence is bursting with opportunities for learning, networking and demonstrating why permaculture is at the forefront in shaping a thriving future for everyone.
The converging crises of our world and the great uncertainties of our time are calling us to step up. Permaculture represents a worldview that is holistic, positive and has wellbeing of all at its centre: Earth Care, People Care, Fair Shares. - Website

Building a New Future – Owen Jones in Liverpool, October 26th - Facebook
Courses and trainings
IAMTHECODE Liverpool Hackathon
– over 70 girls have signed up already ! September 8th and 9th - Website

Eco Social Enterprise Start Up Programme for 16-24 yrs old across Merseyside and the North West. The deadline for applications has been extended until 4pm 10th August 2018
A six month fully funded programme of practical workshops, talks and events led by leading social entrepreneurs in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs North West and Blackburne House as part of the BEE You Project, funded by Our Bright Future
For an application pack email

How to Communicate like a Buddhist – online course

Design Thinking for Social Action - Sat 8 September 2018
Free afternoon workshop in Leeds from Eden Project Local Communities
- booking needed

Eden project Community Camps in Cornwall
There are two more camps this year – many of the places on them are fully funded - Website
28th September - 1st October 2018
9th - 12th November 2018

Living the New Story – Cultivating Regenerative Societies. Live-streaming series  from Findhorn New Story, for 8 months with 2-hour session each month, beginning  20th September. There is a fantastic line up of topics and speakers, sure to uplift and inspire. Now all we need is you! Join us as a conscious co-creator to catalyse the shift to a thriving, regenerative future. They ask for a donation, but free may be possible too. Details on Facebook
Arts and Crafts
Hack the Root is still on at RIBA North, and is part of the Biennial too
They grew a special type of mushroom that is almost entirely inert and can be used as a structural material and for insulation - Webaite

St George’s Hall tiled floor reveal, 3rd to 12th August, admission £3 – guided tours also available see website

Marbling and other decorative effects - Great 5 min video

Poems of Rumi - the Open Culture website has many treasures
this page has readings of Rumi by Tilda Swinton, Madonna, Robert Bly, etc.

Bootle’s first music festival – 25th -26th August, Irlam Road, L20 4AH from 1pm each day – great bands and performers £6 per day, £10 for the weekend – article and tickets

Plastic recycling (on a tiny decorative scale) - Nice video

Nature, Food and Gardening
Managing an orchard floor as a wildflower / hay meadow – Low Impact article

Taking the food sector from corporate supermarkets: interview with Maresa Bossano, co-ordinator of the UK Community-Supported Agriculture Network – Low Impact article

Climate Change
Ireland has became the first nation on earth committing to divest investments fully from fossil fuel companies. Once the bill is rubber-stamped by the Senate, Ireland's €8bn sovereign fund will start to ditch all its oil, coal and gas assets.
Irish activists have done amazing work to make this happen -- activists from environmental groups and the Catholic social justice movement have transformed the debate in the country. But everyone can take a little credit: the groundswell that’s been building around the planet for divestment derives its power from everyone working together toward the same end. It’s all one big fight.
- Facebook video

Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from Moody’s credit rating agency: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit.
In a report to its clients Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service explained how it incorporates climate change into its credit ratings for state and local bonds. If cities and states don’t deal with risks from surging seas or intense storms, they are at greater risk of default. - Article

Temperature records worldwide – BBC report



Waste Not Want Not – zero waste shop in Birkenhead Market opened recently - Facebook page

Plastic recycling (on a tiny decorative scale), 
Nice video - Facebook video

Why some
African countires don’t want charity clothes – BBC report

Building a Low-cost Wind Turbine – workshop in Leeds, 1st and 2nd September - Facebook

British company “
distilling” all types of mixed plastics to re-create oil – BBC video report

Slime moulds – networked intelligent action by creatures that have no brain and no nerves, but still learn and co-operate - short video

A phone manufactured by a cooperative in Indonesia will soon be on the market - – Low Impact article

New Thought, New Economics,  etc
The Risks of Cultural Appropriation by Charles Eisenstein at New Frontiers – are the sacred treasures of native and indigenous people being stolen ? 7 minute video

”Creatures of Place” is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on an urban 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals. They grow most of their own food, don’t own cars and ride their bikes instead, use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest. We found their story super inspiring and we think you will too!” (12-minute short film)

Charles Eisenstein Full-length Interview from Living the Change
Full 70 minute video interview

Growth or Life 3 min video

The ads that the Brexit campaign used on Facebook - Interesting BBC article

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations is a 2006 book by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom. It is an exploration of the implications of the recent rise of decentralized organizations such as Grokster and YouTube. The book contrasts them to centralized organizations, such as Encyclopædia Britannica, using compendia of knowledge as examples. The spider and starfish analogy refers to the contrasting biological nature of the respective organisms, starfish having a decentralized neural structure permitting regeneration. It also gives historical examples of decentralized organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Apaches and analyses their nature in contrast to centralized organizations, Is there a "sweet spot", the optimal mix of decentralized and centralized attributes. - Wikipedia article

Complexity Labs has a Youtube channel that looks interesting

6 theses about the rise of Populism by Peter Hall at  a Harvard conference talk – YouTube video

A zero interest / zero growth economy - Margrit Kennedy in a 7 minute video – YouTube video

Decentralised Organisationsa free PDF booklet giving design illustrations of the structure and processes of decentralised organsitions

Co-creating Regenerative Enterprises by Daniel Christian Wahl - article

Has Private Equity killed the High Street ? by Billl Grimsey – YouTube video

Science News
The cerebellum is a cauliflower-like orb at the back of our heads, tucked away underneath the brain, and it forms about 10% of the volume, most of the rest being the cortex, which is usually thought of as the main part of the brain, and the cerebellum as a “sidekick”.
However, recent research reported in New Scientist (7th July 2018, p.36)  challenges this as we learn more about what the cerebellum actually does:-
  • First, it contains more neurons than all the other parts of the brain put together
  • In the First World War, men with injuries to the cerebellum had problems with controlling fine movements, such as difficulties with walking, balance, and speech (rather than with controlling their sex drives, which is what was previously thought)
  • However, not all the cerebellum is wired up to the motor areas of the brain – the majority of connections are to cognition, perception, language and emotional processing areas, recent MRI work show
  • All major areas of the cortex have loops that run to the cerebellum
  • We now know that the cerebellum began to grow in evolutionary terms in the earliest primates, and it now thought of as a major centre for prediction – for example, as an ape swings through the trees, it need to predict very accurately and quickly how branches will respond to it’s weight, so that it can “see” several moves ahead by forward modelling
  • Current models of the cerebellum are that it has several types of connections – parallel connections in several directions, regular rows of bushy cells (purkinje cells) which are linked by parallel fibres coming from the senses, and by vertical “climbing fibres” which are thought to carry error messages so that the internal model is updated as quickly as possible
  • Blocks of these cells fill the cerebellum. It seems the cerebellum is “learning to automate rules” for the senses and feeling areas of the brain as well as the motor areas.
  • In evolutionary terms, the cerebellum has de-coupled from the “activity areas” of the brain, and became generalised for all our activities and “forethought”, and for thinking about all sorts of sequences
Artist of the Month
Artist of the month is Randal Roberts - mystical and mandala paintings - website


About Transition Liverpool
The main Transition Liverpool event is the monthly “Transition Café” which is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. We also have a Meetup every week at the Brink on Thursdays from 4pm till 6, which gives more space for discussion and connecting in a more personal way. There is an Energy Group, and every October we put on a full-day Symposium. Our main concerns are to help create a “soft-landing” rather than a crash as fuel supplies fall and demand rises, and also as the effects of climate change increase. Transition is a development model for “advanced” societies to help us create better and more fulfilled lives for all, while using less resources.
We are part of the
Transition Network, and Transition Town West Kirby are also very active. Our local Liverpool website is here, and our Facebook page is here. 
Some of the main Transition publications are available online for free download - the original Transition Handbook, and the recent Essential Guide to doing Transition .

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