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    A KIN mini-series joining the dots between the beautiful trouble we make to accelerate change. Co-curated by Anthropocene Actions and The Rules

    Our living planet and culture appear to be in melt down. We all get the scale and urgency of the situation, and something has started to shift.  Hope is rising.

    How can we build on this and create beautiful and powerful collaborations?

    The future could be beautiful. But how do we each manage the negative stuff and move beyond flailing governments and our increasingly weird media?  To counter the apparent chaos of knee jerk politics, people all over the world are self-organising to address a multitude of issues. Underpinning this great diversity of actions and ideas is something that connects us – our deeply held values.

    What can accelerate change and shift cultures?

    These three experiential sessions, brought to you by the experienced changemakers from Bristol-based Anthropocene Actions, are for people interested in making beautiful trouble. They’ll bring us together, revealing the stories and shared values that lie beneath the diversity of actions, campaigns and positive ideas already driving change. The aim is for us to work together to create a blueprint of connection and explore how these connections could accelerate change.

    Your moderators are:

    Peter Lipman has been supporting change through the Transition Network, Common Cause Foundation, the Real Economy Lab, DECC’s Community Energy Contact Group and the Centre for Sustainable Energy. In 2016 he set up Anthropocene Actions to work on projects that respond to the complexity of issues we face.

    Melissa Henry motivates teams, helping them with strategies that bring about positive change, most recently with Sustrans and Common Cause Foundation.  She now works with Anthropocene Actions and the Creative Youth Network, a Bristol based charity that helps young people reach their potential and live fulfilling lives.

    Ciaran Mundy has been involved in community projects in Bristol including the Bristol Pound and Transition Bristol. He used to work as an ecologist but became frustrated with most attempts at saving species and habitats, or changing our cultures attitude towards nature. 

    Ed Mitchell is half producer, half facilitator. Online, he has been in website production and online community facilitation since the utopian wild west days of the first dot com boom, working in dot coms, agencies and client-side. Offline, he discovered ‘facilitation’ and how much fun it is while working for the EU about 15 years ago. He has since facilitated events of all types from small workshops for tiny local organisations to multiple day conferences for big international organisations.