Transition in Bristol is emerging in many different ways
Bristol Energy Network is an umbrella organisation for individuals and community groups with an interest in energy in Bristol and the surrounding area. BEN has over twenty members (groups and individuals) involved in many different energy projects. We believe that to build an energy system that works for everyone, everyone must be involved in building it. We are actively working to include all Bristol communities in our work and to support them to run their own energy projects.
The Bristol Pound
The Bristol Pound is the UK’s first city wide local currency, the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution, and the first that can be used to pay some local taxes. Bristol Pounds stick to Bristol, build community connections and work for people not banks to create fairer, stronger, happier local economy.
Bristol Food Network
Bristol Food Network supports, informs and connects individuals, community projects, organisations and businesses who share a vision to transform Bristol into a sustainable food city. The network has taken its wider objectives from A Good Food Plan for Bristol which includes amongst other things, promoting and encouraging people to cook from scratch, grow their own and eat more fresh, seasonal, local, organically grown food.
The Community Farm
The Community Farm is a community-owned social enterprise, growing and selling organic food through a box delivery service with an aim to help people develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, reconnect with the land on which their food is grown, and learn more about sustainable farming.
Bristol Food Policy Council
The Bristol Food Policy Council was launched in March, 2011, at the Bristol Food Conference. It was based on a key recommendation from the Who Feeds Bristol? report written by Joy Carey. Bristol is the first city in the UK to have a Food Policy Council.
Happy City’s mission is to improve lives through a focus on happiness. We get people talking about what matters most to them, what prosperity really means, and how we can create the conditions for happiness to flourish.
Bristol Green Doors
Bristol Green Doors runs educational events to inspire, encourage and enable domestic green refurbishment in our community and support others to do the same. We want to see everyone living in comfortable and healthy homes that they can afford to heat and don’t contribute to climate change. By changing behaviour, improving energy efficiency and generating energy locally we believe this is possible for the majority of the UK’s housing stock.
Sims Hill Harvest
Providing holistic, solutions based and hands-on education in preparation for a low-carbon, dynamic and community centred future. SHIFT Bristol has been pioneering the teaching of all aspects of practical & theoretical permaculture. They currently offer a 5 day Urban Shift Course and the 1 year Practical Sustainability Course.
MITx U.Lab Bristol Hub
The Transition team have been involved in co-hosting the MITx U.lab MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Leading From the Emerging Future. An introduction to leading profound social, environmental and personal transformation. The purpose of creating a Bristol hub is for people in the South West to meet together for the 3 sessions which are streamed live from MIT and also to have time before and after to explore and connect.
Green & Black
‘Green and Black’ initiative, led and co-ordinated by Ujima Radio’s Special Project Manager Julz Davis ensures that key questions about diversity, inclusion, and working-in-communities, are included alongside the main issues on the environmental agenda such as climate change. This ongoing initiative has produced The Green and Black Report to involve Black Minority Ethnic communities in the Green agenda during Bristol European Green Capital 2015 and beyond.
Helpfulpeeps is a website where people share their time, energy, skills and knowledge to help each other for free. We have a simple ethos: ask for help when you want and help others when you can. Our mission is to bring back community spirit in an increasingly disconnected world.
Last, but certainly not least, there is an active network of Neighbourhood Groups alive in Bristol. Follow the links for more info:
Our core group of volunteers comes together from time to time to organise events to resource, enhance and inspire Transition related themes. Our ethos is light touch & fun, holding the ethos that collectively we have the answers to many of the problems around us and in many cases the challenge is in working collectively & collaboratively together.