East Anglian Transition gathering in Downham Market

On Saturday 7th March, 50 people from 12 East Anglian Transition cities, towns and villages met to talk, plan, network and celebrate.

The towns represented were:

  • Eccles
  • Bungay
  • Cambridge
  • Dereham
  • Diss
  • Downham Market and villages
  • Ely
  • Ipswich
  • King’s Lynn
  • Norwich
  • Mundesley
  • Woodbridge
  • Wymondham

View a map of East Anglian Transition Towns

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - Group shot of East Anglian Town people

For the morning session we used Open Space technology and quickly set up an agenda with x workshops:

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - Ideas and suggestions for the Open Space sessions

The choice of subjects was eclectic, mirroring the different needs and experiences of the cities, towns and villages present:

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - Open Space sessions

Once we’d decided which group to join we set off for the designated meeting rooms. Naturally, I scurried off to the ‘Food’ group.

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - Food meeting

After the Open Space sessions we all sat down for a well deserved lunch, cooked and served up by our excellent hosts from Downham Market. The food was delicious!

In the afternoon we all took part in a World Cafe session (additional info on World Cafe’s).

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - World Cafe

The idea behind the World Cafe is to explore questions. A group of four or five sit together and talk through a topic, taking notes on the paper table cloth.

East Anglian Transition gathering March 2009 - World Cafe and questions

After the World Cafe we came together as a group and began feeding back our thoughts and impressions of the day. Gary from Transition Diss announced the launch of a online networking community for East Anglian Transition Towns (‘Transition East), check back here for more on this.

All in all, it was an excellent event, great for networking, building links and sharing ideas. My thanks and admiration go out to our friends from Downham Market (and villages) for hosting the day.

Looking forward to the next one, in six months time.

(Thanks to Josiah from Transition Bungay for some of the photos!)

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7 Responses

  1. Brilliant !

  2. You’ve got some great pics of the world cafe – can I pinch some for Bungay?

    We’re just starting to use Gary’s platform: http://transitioneast.net/groups/sustianable-transition-bungay

  3. Hi Josiah

    Yes, very happy for you to use the photos. BTW, there is a typo in yr URL: ‘sustianable’

    Martin

  4. I was very excited to find out about this through the TN news letter. I’m from Bedford’s transition group http://www.zerocarboncastle.org/
    can i pinch the pics too, it’d be great to show our local group what’s going on as most won’t receive the news letter.
    thanks
    Shane

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