Posted by: Mike Grenville | 30 September 2009

Transition Conference in the North

On November 6th, we are holding a conference in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire jointly organised by the Cooperative Group, MASTT and the Green Valley Grocer. This will give all the Transition Groups in the North the opportunity to meet, share experiences, and hopefully begin to establish some sort of regional network for everyone’s mutual benefit.

The conference is FREE, thanks to the support of the Cooperative Group who initially suggested the event in order to give their members a day to learn about the Transition Movement.

The focus of the day will be the many and various ways both the Cooperative Group and the Transition movement are dealing with the threat of climate change, especially with regards to food issues, and how we can work together.

The three keynote speakers are :

  • Rob Hopkins – co-founder of Transition Network
  • Peter Couchman – CEO The Plunkett Foundation, talking about their Making Local Food Work” project.
  • Christine Tacon – Managing Director Co-operative Farms, explaining how they are working towards the highest environmental standards.

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Bob Burlton – Principal of ‘Addressing the Climate Threat’ (ACT), a pan-European co-operative initiative on climate change.
  • Ben Brangwyn – Transition Network

There will be 20 workshops: in two sessions of 10. We are leaving 6 workshops open for you. If you want to come and run a workshop let us know as soon as possible. If there are dozens of people who want to run workshops, we will have to decide which are the most relevant.

We are hoping that his conference will result in the gradual coming together of two of the most important social movements of the last two hundred years.

And in the evening MASTT (Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Town) are holding a social with local bands, local real-ale and home-made food including bread from the Hand-made bakery. Tickets are £5 for everything except the beer – book with the conference – pay on the night.

6th November 2009
10.30am – 5pm
Followed by optional Evening Entertainment including food and real ale, 7pm – 10pm

Details are on the pdf flyer.

Check the Website for more details



  1. A report on the conference by Rob Hopkins

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