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  1. 1. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At TheT 1C 2M 3P 4J 5C 6J 7B 8B 9G 10C 11J 12T 13J 141. ACCESS RESILIENT AND ETHICAL FUNDING & INCOME STREAMS I = 11 O = 3 ( )1.1 explore the Social Enterprise status re funding, following on from email1.2 sort out our bank accounts and the legal side1.3 we need a fundraiser – we should be aware that conventional funding will dry up (5+1)1.4 establish an income generating potential eg oil vulnerability audits, renting stuff, etc1.5 open bank account1.6 cycle trailer hire is possible, fund raising and awareness raising1.7 try and not be over dependent on money1.8 use of ethical banking eg Cooperative Bank1.9 think about money and where it will come from – then get it …….Sell consultancy services of days like this – share revenues, make it a win-win for all of usBecome secure and resilient, manage the risk for us / Economically sustainable 1
  2. 2. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The2. WORKING WITH PARTNERS ON JOINT PROJECTS I = 11 O =7( )2.1 we need to get local businesses involved to make sure more needs can be provided locally2.2 will any local shops buy and sell locally grown food?2.3 set up organisation2.4 don’t try to reinvent the wheel, if someone is already doing it, join them or tell people about it2.5 Eco-Teams could become involved in Transition TownsBe seen to be good at collaborating -Ecoworks /3. PROMOTE POSITIVITY THROUGH EMPOWERMENT I = 1 O = 17 ( )3.1 building on fun – at EVERY event have time for socialising3.2 have positive quotes and ideas / “be the change you want to see” Gandhi / so we can develop our group culture3.3 make sure that everything we do is “on message”3.4 make non-car transport options a piece of information we always put on Transition events3.5 building on fun – provide cake for meetings, and real coffee3.6 overcome evil with good – nothing illegal3.7 come up with “green solutions” for anything we do, eg at TN events we always serve organic food, andFairtrade tea and coffee, we should be the best example we can be – pens, post-its should be greener3.8 start a heart and soul group3.9 build in fun and creativity and relationship building at all meetings and events3.10 integrate “happiness criteria” into all meetings/ Heart and Soul Group. Power of positive vision and action canmake us happy in difficult times3.11 invite to speak, develop group culture, eg “How …… World problems can make you happy”3.12 Values = support respect fun community inclusivity creativity celebration personal resilience ethical inetagritytherapeutic open honest etc3.13 define and agree our values and principles eg open honest 2
  3. 3. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The3.14 buy coloured post-its and coloured pens for our meetings, it ads fun, and helps in other ways3.15 define a glossary of terms phrases acronyms – all speak the same language , reduces assumptions3.16 get photographs of key people on the website – adds to visibility, and being approachable3.17 build fun into our meetings and get togethers3.18 we must live our principles3.19 do things that are more environmentally friendly in our own lives3.20 consume less of everything3.21 encourage all different kinds of people to become involved in TT eg different races religions ages etc3.22 make it fun by for example having get togethers / parties within come=unities to help raise awareness and help with thepsychological impact – so it is not so serious all the time3.23 support each other, accept limitations, remember we all have other responsibilities3.24 incluyde fun and celebration3.25 think about how Transition techniques could be used in our groups – how touchy feely is appropriate – whatabout me language, impressions ?3.26 recogise that we are all vulnerable3.27 one job – one team3.28 have discipline to have freedom3.29 alternative ways to measure indicators of well-being (not GDP Gross Domestic Product)3.30 define some shared values and beliefs / guiding principles3.31 we need to avoid burnout3.32 if we fragment, those who disagree (positively or not) will align with non-active areas close by. Although thismovement is bottom up, we need to maintain unity and consistency3.33 we are allowed to have fun ? compulsory3.34 not get burnt out – recognise our limitations (as the steering group)3.35 we must learn to love, respect and trust each other3.36 recognise that “good enough” principles are sometimes more realistic than “excellence”Embody our values through our behavioursHeart and Soul and Fun – in our meetings etcSunday Times Rich List to “Happy List” which paper? 3
  4. 4. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The4.ENCOURAGE and ENABLE EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN ALL STEERING GROUPS I = 5 O =11 ( )4.1 skill ourselves to run good meetings4.2 learn more about communication eg NVC4.3 develop lines of communication and use them4.4 we need to share knowledge on Transition Process with local groups, so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel4.5 decide what is for the “village groups” to do / decide, and where the hub fits in (with support)4.6 develop resources for groups on fund raising etc, offer groups support via a parent bank account4.7 we must not be too paternalistic to areas, avoid top down, too much like the City Council4.8A invite the steering group to sub-group meetings and vice versa4.8B build on existing successes eg Shared Allotments, bike trailers from Centre Parcs (free) – good for high profilebicycle publicity in the H Street4.9 communication between the hub and other cities / towns and the network4.10 offer local groups the resource list – DVD’s, template posters, lists of venues, contacts etc4.11 steering group needs to clarify roles and tasks, so not overloaded, maybe get more onboardHub – local groups, communication, relationshipsSee also skills / traing – affinity number 195. URGENTLY BUILD OUR ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE I = 0 O = 18 ( )5.1 identify roles and apportion tasks eg emails, 1 person 2 days per week, another 2 days, another 3 days pw5.2 become legally incorporated, charity, company etc and all area groups separate legal entities5.3 form a local representatives group with one rep from each area to share across areas / plus one rep from eachworking group5.4 identify skills or resource shortages – who do we need? Are we a balanced group?5.6 establish the exact amount of time we can each devote, so we do not have unrealistic expectations of ourselvesand of each other 4
  5. 5. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The5.7form city wide support working groups, and focus areas. 1 energy 2 food 3 health 4 economy 5 water andsanitation 6 heart and soul5.8 think about how we do discussions, conversation café ideas can help – from TT w/e5.9 give people responsibility for particular areas eg food transport etc (Paul’s list)5.10 get the Nottingham Transition “system” clear eg Hub provides (research, info, films, speakers) and LocalGroups provide (eg people, cooperation groups to work on local projects etc)5.11 be responsible to each other, don’t just leave people in the lurch5.12 elicit feedback, analyse, then act5.13 define some specific roles to make sure things happen5.14 use a living system as an organisation model5.15 define our structure, put it on the website, and communicate it5.16 office? Phone? Address? Paid staff?5.17 how do we avoid becoming bogged down in bureaucracy5.18 we need to delegate roles5.19 our steering group should expand , we should recognise someone else could do it better than us5.20 one person, one job – more responsibility, more accountability5.21 what job would each of us do?5.22 get volunteers in post eg an official Chairman, ref5.23 the 12 steps can all take place in order or in parallel. Would an action plan for each step be useful?5.24 do we need a list of steering group roles, and who is in each role – for the hub – for the local groups5.25 Hub vs Local Groups – will there be people in both with too much on?5.26 get the use of an office, and computer. And phone, 1 day per week etc Would FOE be willing?5.27 I will download structure / governance details from the primer on the Transition website, and distribute it topeople interested in sorting this5.28 defined roles so that people have responsibilities thay they are happy with and committed to5.29 Charity – formal and legal. Leads to constitution and the stifling of ideas, not good for bottom up5.30 details are important – nuts and bolts of organising – vital. We must walk before we can run 5
  6. 6. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The6. CREATE OUR EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION STRATEGY I = 10 O = 4 ( )6.1 branding? Do we need recognisable logos, posters, etc (as that is what people are used to)6.2 logistics – bank account, office space, answering machine, and phone number (for people with no internet)6.3 use “new media” to get our message across, YOUTUBE, community radio, indymedia etc6.4 use video conferencing wherever possible to reduce travel miles from speakers – lead by example6.5 we need a website that keeps people fully updated with what we are doing6.6 the “FREECONOMY”6.7 encourage people to write succinct and clear emails6.8 ensure a free flow of information of practical ideas, so they can cascade throughout the community6.9 develop a common voice6.10 communication is the lifeblood of the organisation6.11 personal contact is important6.12 we need a LOGO6.13 sort out the website6.14 get our page on FACEBOOK6.15 we need to communicate across cultures ( 6 and 9)6.16 newsletter – either paper / or electronic / or YOUTUBE6.17 a role would be to have someone or a group of people that represent us in front of the media and build up links in the media6.18 create a blog and a facebook account6.19 think about how we communicate with people who are not on the web6.20 we must get onto the local media / television, radio et al6.21 we must transform the content in the local print and broadcast media to reflect our agendaPublicity PR Media / creative message / public face / identity – “brand”7. DEVELOP PROJECTS & A SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THEM I = 11 O = 6 ( )7.1 Community Association does equipment sharing, we could adopt their system, learn from them 6
  7. 7. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The7.2 find a local source of charcoal so we can still have barbecues7.3 use less energy, develop ways for people to use less energy7.4 provide information and sources of help for peole to learn to grow their own food7.5 bikes able to go on public transport7.6 design Nottingham wide integrated transport7.7 availability of sufficient clean water7.8 projects for recycling urban and country wastes ??7.9 perhaps we should have free at the point of use public transport7.10 bicycle paths should be extended and away from main roads, a complete network of paths7.11 bicycles should be available free for all to use7.12 strengthen technology to prevent use of fuel7.13 we need to encourage travel by bus, bike, walking, tram, train etc7.14 increase energy efficiency in the home and conserve energy eg insulation7.15 buy products and services that are produced locally7.16 to grow more of our food ourselves organically and with consideration of permaculture7.17 look into bulk buying of solar panels and other types of technology that are renewable or use less energy7,18 encourage decentralized energy systems7.19 we need to foster biomass production and biochar7.20 we must turn the University Park into a permaculture park7..21 we must find new cultivation areas at no rent or very low rent7.22 we must organise the recycling of city urine into city cultivation7.23 get cycle trailers, like7.24 guerilla (?) grafting – is this possible?7.25 working groups to come up with city wide projects in …… area7,26 build a library of appropriate post-oill literature and get libraries to stock appropriate books (and compile alist of books)7.27 have some “community action days” eg getting together to plant some tres or whatever7.28 organise the rental of bikes and bike trailers etc7.29 as we collect bew ideas for projects we need a central list of ideas, pls which projects are already “in 7
  8. 8. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At Thedevelopment”, where and by whom?7.30 City treess should be edible, and we should set up a grafting project7.31 walled garden, garden – how to take advantage of opportunities7.32 community compost projects7.33 having a list of projects to share ideas and encourage them to start7.34 register projects in a benefits ledger of projects, how many started this month, how many delivered / closed7.35 develop a FLAGSHIP PROJECT with City Council7.36 equipment sharing eg homebrew equipment, long ladders etc7.37 form local neighbourhood health service groups7.38 work out how much food to feed Nottingham, how much available land there is, is there enough land? Whatelse can we do to generate food eg nut trees in road, intensive growing in gardens, containers in disused car parks7.39 skills trading, I do a day of PC re-build, my friend builds me a barbecue etc7.40 to devise a resources list / people / support to smaller “villages” and “villages” just starting, maybe separatefrom this steering group. This Steering Group cannot do the above, and do the city wide overall stuff eg aNottingham Energy Descent Plan – all at the same timein one meeting per fortnight etcResource bankResearch projects too in this section or just in affinity 10 (which is more strategic)?8. CLARIFY OUR VISION I - 4 O = 14 ( )8.1 we need a 3 year plan for strategy – 2012 is in 3 years – only 12 quarters8.2 run city wide schools competition for a vision and a description of a post oil world8.3 run city wide competition for artists and graphic designers to draw Nottingham 2020 – post oil8.4we are not in to Direct Action (combative), positive direct action OK, building solutions, not attracting enemies8.5 we must stop the world wide trade of unnecessary goods8.6 we need to curb population growth, at local national and at world levels8.7 we must stop making money from arms8.8 we must stop war, costly arms into ploughs (?) 8
  9. 9. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The8.9 do we share a vision ?8.10 focus on the positive8.11 learn from our mistakes and successes8.12 the processes should reflect processes in living systems8.13 be creative rather than destructive or oppositional8.14 stress the positive8.15 develop position statements – so we know what we think8.16 aim for Excellence8.17 present a positive vision of the future – offer a real alternative lifestyle8.18 when I go home this evening – my wife is going to say “so what are YOU going to do?8.19 our aim is not to have a need forGet the steering group to draw some rich pictures and articulate their feelings etc9. RAISING AWARENESS OF FOR ALL I = 7 O = 11 ( )9.1 need a way of describing what a transition town might look like, feel like, and be like, to live in so that people can imagine it9.2 invite other people that we know along to transition town meetings to raise awareness9.3 have people that are trained to asses how environmentally friendly businesses are, and how they can improve, and have a wayof rating it, so that the public are made aware9.4 links from other websites to the transition town Notts website to raise awareness9.5 create a website for and maybe for the towns within Notts9.6 workshops that will help people “out-there” to get them interested and involved9.7 how do we engage the least interested people? Or do we just get on, and let it grow naturally9.8 how can we make the most of existing practical projects, and support new ones? (practical activity really helpsawareness raising and gets over any suggestions of a “talking shop”)9.9 have some really imaginative ways of engaging people to get a high proportion of the community involved –get a list compiled of who we should aim for 9
  10. 10. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The9.10 we need a timetable of events / activites (including local groups) – and what’s the best place to publicise it9.11 the principal hindrance to progressing our vision will be the indifference and the apathy of those in denial ofthe situation. We have to find ways of bringing those people out of denial9.12 I want us to promote vigorously an awareness of the problem – oil shortage, CO2 levels, re-cycling. Apartfrom friends few seem to be aware. My work colleagues are more interested in their Facebook activities9.13 we must engender public awareness, ie decorated shirts etc9.14 it is important to emphasise care of the environment both at school and at university etc9.15 mini-carnival conscious raising event on the market square9.16 recognise that no one is indispensable9.17 we should be sensitive to where others are coming from – listen first9.18 communicate in a way appropriate to a mass audience – “Sun readers”, Daily Mail readers, ESOL, businesses,?? primer downloads??10. INITIATE and ACCESS RESEARCH I = 6 O = 10 ( )10.1 identify essential resources unavailable within may need to work with other TT’s (or outside areas) to tradeand to exchange10.2 identify city infrastructure as opposed to area or local infrastructure10.3 be clear on - max renewables, max food, - at what fuel, electricity, food, oil, PRICE, would you grow your own10.4 keep the research going, and share the information openly10.5 visit Bristol and Leicester (other cities?) – what is happening to cities event?10.6 approach experts to generate practical and affordable solutions for the micro-generation of energy so makingthe switch is easy for people to make10.7 some research at Universities, some at other organisations, some by individuals10.8 think about land use and land availability10.9 think about relationships with big corporations10.10 a way of measuring an improvement in an area / town within Notts. This will involve research to assess the current situationand we will need consider what we will measure and how 10
  11. 11. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The10.11 researcher needed for current isues and to disemminate the information10.12 University projects need to be useful eg renewables and not racing carsGet funding to kick start the research,make it practical and action focussedQualitative and quantitative11. URGENTLY EVALUATE OUR PROGRESS NOW I = 3 O = 9 ( )11.1 set achievable deadlines for particular actions – and stick to them11.2 energy audits for groups, schools, churches, etc (community check)11.3 do an audit of what resources we have at the moment11.4 have we made sustainable (happy)? Measures11.5 what is the reality of as a transition town? What % of goods sold has come from within 20 miles? When wesay we have what % will there be? What is the level to become a reality?11.6 decide on our measures of success11.7 milestones and targets, outcomes, in our 3 year plan – what is success?11.8 general Happiness Index11.9 Audit ourselves (not just money, actions, communications etc)11.10 can we decide on some measurable points to get to? Eg x000 people growing some food or x% of produced from renewablesAudit phase / measurement of the pastDesign measures for the future12. COLLECT IDEAS on OUR ENERGY DESCENT PLAN I = 13 O = 1 ( )12.1 how do we agree on a Vision? EDAP?12.2 an Energy Descent Action Plan format should be VISUAL – not a wordy document, and adpatable to feedback12.3 energy descent programme for 12 months and also for 12 years 11
  12. 12. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The12.4 we must accept other energies than fossil fuels12.5 what is not local now? Not only food we need. Clothes shelter warmth shelter water sewage disposal,education, health, even holidays,Write the energy descent planStart to deliver against the energy descent plan13. COLLECT IDEAS on SOCIAL COHESION during the I = 9 O = 6 ( )13.1 we must prevent city trees & biomass being cut down as fuel prices rise13.2 we must have a way of policing / protecting cultivated areas from crop theft13.3 we must engage with the skills and the cultures of minority groups13.4 we must have strategies to avoid scapegoating and to promote social cohesion13.4 think about ways to promote community eg ways for people to meet each other, ways for people to worktogether, small scale community events13.5 promote inter-generational links so that we become friendly with people of different ages13.6 think about how to get everybody on board, including the less committed, the scoffers, and the dangerous13.7 we should think how to allocate fossil fuels to those with the real need eg elderly etc and plan alternatives,not everyone can use bicycles13.8 supporting poorer areas eg13.9 involve all ages and all ethnic groups (segment the market)13.10 staggered groups – need for social cohesion, do you want your aa to be the first to switch off street lights atnight?13.11 include all groups eg old people, vulnerable people, diabetics etcStart to address the social cohesion issues – see projects / see values and principles etcTurn it into action ASAP14. DEVELOP INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS IN THE HUB (for central steering group) I = 2 O =16 ( )14.1 how will we communicate if we can’t pay the electricity bill and plug in the computer 12
  13. 13. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The14.2 have a forum for ideas, so email can be used to communicate the nuts and bolts14.3 don’t assume people know the person that you are talking about14.4 tell everyone else if you’re going to do it14.5 organised structured events, shared resources, online shared workspace, do we need a remote server or touse a password access to the workspace?14.6 online list of projects and key contacts and progress from all areas – a city wide site14.7 style ID – skype in number, skype out number, voicemail14.8 communication is the lifeblood of the organisation14.9 we shouldn’t assume someone else is doing it14.10 what do we want from the website14.11 identify and deal with critical bottlenecks / influencers eg14.12 regular meetings with minutes and with follow up14.13 resilience / backup plans or information shared (in the event of electricity / web problems)1 need to capture requirements re website, Survey local groups, see what they would like2 collate these into features, then 3 plan what will be built first, phases, dates,4 ongoing reviews, user testing, fit for purpose, future proof?? look otherresearch suitable softwareArrange a specific web meeting with key people15. DEVELOP A PROACTIVE PLAN of ENGAGEMENT I = 9 O = 8 ( )15.1 say hello to your next door neighbour15.2 engage with established groups like the WI Women’s Institute / Scouts etc15.3 coordinate with existing urban market gardeners15.4 encourage local shops to be local15.5 establish a dating agency for gardeners without gardens15.6 visit Bristol 13
  14. 14. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The15.7 develop a common voice, not individuals with an axe to grind, more clout with decision makers, designatedspokespeople – so they are on message15.8 ways of preventing the waste of public money on post-oil “white elephants”15.9 how do we respond to wasteful projects eg shopping centre developments? Do we just ignore it and carry onwith our positive vision?15.10 engage students and staff from both universities and from colleges15.11 make a systematic survey of the key local political / governmental people that we need to get on board, andplan who is going to “cultivate” them, the most interested ones first15.12 list contacts in all local organic and other food outlets eg Natural Food companies, organic farms etc15.13 contact the local and national government so that they know what we are doing in15.14 talk at schools, and clubs etc, about what is about15.15 improve links to the City15.16 an important task of the hub is to remove blocks eg talking to Councils, or whoever is able to do this15.17 liaison with the Government (national/local), established organisations (Scouts, WI), new groupings eg localshopsNetwork with organisations / Local Government etc16. COLLECT IDEAS on PUBLIC HEALTH during the TRANSITION I = 9 O = 5 ( )16.1 we must have plans for community care of people currently treated in hospitals16.2 we must include vulnerable people in the transformation, otherwise we will have a public health crisis16.3 waste and sewage16.4 living without pillsNot just collect ideas, but then start to address them17. COLLECT IDEAS re ALLOCATION PROCESS of RESOURCES I = 12 O = 2 ( )17.1 we need projects which allow pooling of resources like libraries17.2 we must turn schools and colleges into resource centres of relevant skills and knowledge 14
  15. 15. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The17.3 we need a coherent policy for ? neighbourhood ?/ organic and green wastes17.4 we must have a way of guiding / advising unemployed people how to cope17.5 build “Transition Indicators”17.6 we need a way of concenyrating city financial resources on big projects17.7 engage with, and build relationships with local businesses17.8 we will need a city wide exchange and / or currency strategy17.9 organise to have the equivalent of the for towns in17.10 work with organisations / businesses / peoplke / to model their finances if oil / electricity etc costs 2x 3x 4xthe present costs17.11 land at no rent / low rentalLocal and national economics / mobilisation of resources / planStart to run the process18. CELEBRATE THE I = 12 O = 018.1 bang the drum, and have a big partyDeliver the unleashing event, then hold itInvolve the mediaInvolve other Transition Towns / Vilages etc / and “mullers” – people thinking it over19. FACILITATE THE GREAT RE-SKILLING I = 15 O = 0 ( )19.1 pick the brains of19.2 plan a skilling up for the power down, maybe a central one initially at central location19.3 skill ourselves up, get some training from on offer is 2d for core group, 1 day for learning to be a speaker,Leadership in Transition 2 days – ask them to come to Nottingham? Or I have the dates19.4 list our skills so we know what we have in our pool, plug any gaps, first within steering group, then in TN 15
  16. 16. Affinity Diagrams from the silent brainstorm -Held on Version 1.0At The19.5 train people in making meetings work19.6 develop inter-personal skills within – conflict resolution, non violent communicastion, and later on ofer themto the community19.7 Transition Academy (virtual or bricks and mortar?)19.8 kick start an Energy Audit Company19.9 facilitate and organise training – practical and personal / encourage oil vulnerability audits19.10 deepen knowledge and skills of energy accounting19.11 offer energy vulnerability audit training to large organisations19.12 we must train people in how to use work animals19.13 educate the steering group to make sure that we all know exactly what we are talking about – so we canthen teach others19.14 reskilling workshops across the City19.15 basic cookery lessons19.16 train ourselves in permaculture19.17 create lots of skills sharing opportunities19.18 practical skills – science for transition / resource packs for groups19.19 we need to make lots of training courses available 16