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6Feb2015: Rethinking Economics

Paul, the Rocket Fuel Speaker on the Bude For Food Assembly
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Dear Rocket Fuel speakers!

Many thanks for agreeing to speak on Friday 6th at the Rethinking Economics event!

We have a full house…in fact we’re now operating a waiting list, so never underestimate how much people want to talk economics! We’re expecting over 80 people from academia, the colleges, council officers, councilors, community groups, third sector, private sector, public sector, and areas including housing, inclusion, transport, energy, regeneration, food, housing, farming...the lot.

In a nutshell, the first couple of speakers from Transition (Fiona Ward) and Quakers UK Office (Suzanne Ismail) will set the tone in terms of old v new economics thinking, inequality, and our need and opportunities for change.
The main morning session is then handed over to local practitioners (you!), who are actually delivering the change we need on the ground in every flavour. Be as passionate and as outspoken as you want – this is a call to arms and a celebration of change. It’s about a determination to fix what is broken, and the more sleeves we see rolled up the better. The session is to outline the problem, help the audience see the change that is already happening, and then start thinking about how we can upscale that…. All before lunchtime. You three are our rocket fuel speakers: 5 minutes each just before lunch – with an invitation to hold further discussion groups on your topics over lunchtime.
The afternoon will kick off with James Meadway (Senior Economist from New Economics Foundation) giving an overview of national new economics and where the change is happening already, to give us our inspiration for change: he will then get stuck into the afternoon session with us, where we create a physical map of the change we need to create across Penwith (and therefore Cornwall).

Important facts for you:

1. Venue opens at 8.30am for registration. Please let me know by replying to this email if you have a banner or info you want to bring, so we can allocate you some space.

2. Kick off at 9.30 sharp – so be there well before to find the loo, grab a brew and get ready to rumble…

3. Access: it’s an easy walk from the train and bus station, and saves you the hassle of parking. If you do come by car, please car share if you possibly can; there is parking in the roads around Morrab Road, but the best thing is to park on the seafront or even the car park by the train and bus stations and walk. If you need to unload anything large, you can do so just outside the building, and then go and park. There will be people to help ferry stuff upstairs. There is a lift! J

4. Address: The Workbox, 4th Floor, PZ360, St Mary’s Terrace, Penzance, TR18 4DZ. There is a small lift and the room is flat and accessible. The accessible toilet is downstairs. The view is *awesome*.

5. Loos: there are only two loos on the 4th Floor, so do feel free to use the loo downstairs on arrival to ease congestion! (as it were).

6. Lunch: There will be a vegetarian tagine lunch at a cost of £5.00, or please feel free to bring a packed lunch. We’re running on the titchiest of titchy shoestring, so we’re really sorry we can’t pay for your lunch, but we will pay for your transport costs! Please send us a wee invoice in the next week and we’ll make sure to cover that. Lunch has to be booked, for obvious reasons, so please let me know by replying to this email that you would like to book one or more. J

7. Timing: Apart from the first couple of speakers, to set the tone, all the practitioner speakers (ie you! J) have either five or ten minutes to shower your inspirational ideas over the audience. I’m going to have to be utterly brutal in timing to make sure everyone gets a chance to talk about their work fairly, so please forgive me now! I won’t do anything as uncouth as ring a bell at the end of your slot, but we will ask you to steer yourself in on time! J Thank you for your understanding: we want as many local innovations as possible to be able to showcase themselves to everyone. Do bring props, or kit, or things to pass around if you have them. Makes it all more alive!

8. Schedule: You’ll be given the floor just before lunch. We will give you the running order on the day. Please come and find me when you arrive so I know you’re here.

9. Powerpoint: for 5 minutes I would suggest it’s better to talk from the heart than from a laptop! If you DO want to have some images, then please give me your memory stick on arrival, so we don’t lose time in between speakers loading them up. Please let me know by replying to this email if you want to bring a PP. Thank you! If you can send your presentation if you have one to me before Friday, I will give you a special hug.

10. Books! We’re encouraging delegates to bring a book they can recommend to show others. There is a huge and growing amount of great writing on new economic thinking right now and it’s Good to Share!

11. Filming: we will be filming parts of the day, and running a wee vox pop at lunchtime. Just so you know! J

12. It’s going to be full! Come prepared for a busy, informal, informative day. I will be keeping the mayhem under control as far as I am able on the day, so bear with me! J

And thank you. Thank you for participating in the day; we hope to raise your profile as a result of today, get people talking MUCH MORE about what you’re doing, or the ideas you have to contribute, and get your work on the Reconomy map we’re developing.

If you haven’t yet booked to see Rob Hopkins on Friday evening at the Acorn, there are a few seats left, but they’re going fast now: you can still book here:
http://www.transitionpenwith.org.uk/roadshow/friday-evening

Any questions: email me or call me on 07816 061 780. I won’t have access to my email that morning, so the best thing is to text me if you need me, like when you discover you’ve arrived in Paignton instead of Penzance – my phone messages can sometimes be delayed, but text messages ping straight through. J

See you then!
Cheers,
Manda
On behalf of the Transition Penwith Team
Manda Brookman
Director
CoaST: One Planet Tourism Network - Socially Enterprising and Positively Deviant since 2003