I have not been posting very regularly recently and part of the reason is that I have been very busy moving into the now (mainly) finished timber cabin. I am delighted to have moved into this cosy space. Warm, functional and full of light it promises to be a very comfortable and appropriately-sized living space.
Some of my first visitors were the crew from Cultivate who came down last week to interview me for the forthcoming TV show that will accompany the Skilling Up for Powerdown Course. Right: Davie, Eoghain, Rob in the Cabin.
This innovative 10-week course is the brain child of Cultivate’s Education Officer Davie Philip who has been putting it together over the last year or so as a community learning resource. Davie has just started running it in Dublin for the third time, and it has also been trialled in Kinsale. When finished, it will be a groundbreaking resource for community self-learning on issues of community responses to peak oil and Climate change and will include a book and DVD-rom with a short film specially made to explore each chapter of the course.
Here is the press release from cultivate for the project:
Powerdown TV Show
“The Powerdown Show has been commissioned by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland for Dublin Community TV. It is a series of 10 twenty-minute programmes,being which aim to inform individuals and groups on the context and responses to climate and energy uncertainty. The programmes will be educational, exploring solutions and encouraging responses at the individual and community level.
This TV show is based on the 10 themes of the Community Powerdown course and it is intended to use each of the shows as learning resources for the course. This show has been fully funded by BCI, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and is now in production.
Skilling Up For Powerdown -The Book
To accompany the course and the TV Show we are producing a new publication, Skilling Up For Powerdown. This book will highlight positive responses to climate change and oil depletion from a community perspective and directs people to education opportunities in sustainability through a comprehensive directory of Education of Sustainable Development in Ireland.
The book is forwarded by Minister Ryan and introduced by Irish Times journalist Jane Powers in a simple, straightforward manner. Dr David Fleming then delves deeper into the context and need for building community resilience. This is punctuated by the Powerdown themes, informative fact boxes and practical tips. Peppered throughout the book are inspirational quotes and suggestions from thought leaders who have spoken at the Cultivate Centre over the years. In the later part of the book, ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) is more fully explained and a directory lists about 400 sustainability learning providers in Ireland. There are also pages that introduce leading sustainability initiatives such as The Village project, and the latest information from NGOs and Government agencies and campaigns.”
The book should be released later in the spring. We are also planning a trainers course which will train people to deliver the course in their communities. The Skilling Up for Powerdown course will be closely aligned with the Irish Transition network which Cultivate are establishing in affiliation to the UK Transition Network. A first networking meeting from representatives from groups around Ireland interested in the Transition Network will be held at the forthcoming Convergeance Festival 3rd-7th April.
This is an unmissable event bringing together a number of key international and Irish speakers, thinkers and writers including Megan Quinn from Community Solution; and Daniel Lerch, author of Post Carbon Cities
While they were down in west Cork the Powerdown crew made several other visits including to the Growing Awareness Seed Swap day at Glebe gardens, where they interviewed Madleiene McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds; and Jacintha French of Woodkearne Nurseries.
They also visited Kinsale and filmed at the college and interviewed members of Transition Towns Kinsale; and Davie gave a presentation to Permaculture students who engaged in a “scenario visioning” exercise, writing likely newspaper headlines from a Powerdown future in 2030.