The CAG Skill Share 2016 on the 12th of November was a major success, with over 90 people attending over the course of the day from CAGs, Oxfordshire based community groups and groups from as far away as Devon!
The event was packed full of interactive workshops lead by facilitators from local groups and organisations, who enabled participants to share ideas and skills.
There were also plenty of opportunities to network and meet other groups and individuals working on similar issues over a delicious, surplus food lunch and evening wine reception. The World Cafe saw a hive of activity in the County Hall, with groups discussing collaborative projects and activities on topics such as growing, food waste and transport.
Mark Lynas also hosted an interesting and interactive session using the D.E.C.C Global Calculator, which helps forecast the impact of actions and policies on global emissions. Participants debated different actions and were able to see how these played out as future scenarios using the calculator.
After a week which saw the election of Donald Trump into the White House, the event was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to debate and plan to take collective action in their local community on climate change and social cohesion.
One CAG member said:
“I so much enjoyed the warmth and the great organisation, great food, not to mention the very useful and enlightening workshops. And the networking is so heartening!”
A community member who came from Devon said:
“Met some fantastic, inspiring people and left feeling full of hope for our little project down in Devon“.
Check out our best photos from the day on Facebook.
All workshop presentations and notes from the World Cafe can be downloaded below:
How to make friends and influence people – workshop notes: DIY solutions on how to draw in new volunteers and keep existing ones (with Simon Kenton)
How to achieve funding success – workshop presentation: Handy tips on sources of funding and writing a winning funding application (with Angela Cristofoli from OCVA)
Is age a concern? Bottom-up mentoring for intergenerational justice – workshop notes: Mentoring session designed to explore intergenerational justice (with Dan (The Plan) Sharf and Joe Jennings)
Getting our groups working (really) well! – workshop presentation: Tools groups can use to get energised when they are less active (with Chris Church, Director of Community Environment Associates and member of Oxfordshire FoE)
Building media visibility – workshop presentation: How to write a good press release, pitch to the media, build strong relationships and maximise content (with Bethan Thomas, Head of Engagement and Communications at Resource Futures)
Oxford Housing & Land Nightmare: What can communities do? – Transition By Design’s presentation, Homes For Oxford’s presentation and notes: Information from housing and land campaigners about the positive local solutions that are happening in Oxford in response (with Homes For Oxford, Oxford Co-housing, Transition By Design and Oxford Housing Crisis)
Facilitating Great Meetings – Online resources: Skills, tools and attitudes needed to facilitate effective and empowering meetings (with Navigate Cooperative – formerly Seeds for Change).
Growing your organisational structure – workshop presentation: Legal and logistical information about organisational structures for groups (with Kat Luddecke of The Plunkett Foundation)
CAG Gardeners’ Question Time – workshop notes: Advice from a panel of green fingered experts (with Robert Longstaff of The Oxford Garden Project; Joe Jennings and Rachel Hammond of Incredible Edible Oxford; Marta Lomza and Penny Lea of Oxgrow; and Phil Pritchard of the Oxford City Farm)
Event Planning – Dos, Don’ts and Dreaming Big – workshop presentation and handout: Information on how to make events simple for organisers and engaging for attendees, from health and safety to innovative new ideas (with Peter Lefort from Eden Project Communities)
Captivating Children: Inspiring an up-and-coming green generation – workshop presentation and notes: Ideas on planning fun and inspiring sessions with children and tip on engaging with schools (with Alison of Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust)
How did we get here? Maximising diversity in the environment movement – write-up of workshop: Exploration of productive ways to include a greater diversity of people in climate activism (with Monique Ewan of Threads Equality Agency)
World Café Collaborate – notes from all discussion groups: Facilitated discussions and networking around questions about collaborative working and resources by project themes including: growing, food, waste, waste food, energy, transport, conservation and education.