Rural Community Carbon Network R C C N www.ruralaction.org.uk collaborate|2007 28 June 2007 Simon Berry  ruralnet|uk
What is the RCCN? <ul><ul><li>3-year programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise the awareness of the collective approaches...
Why rural? <ul><ul><li>New employment opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development of under-utilised assets (e...
Where does the RCCN come from? <ul><ul><li>The Community Broadband Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2003-5 </li></ul></u...
What did CBN achieve? <ul><ul><li>Growth in the number of DIY community initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishme...
The RCCN approach <ul><ul><li>Building on what is already happening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resourcing the network to s...
The Networks Online Active Brokerage System was demonstrated to show how the RCCN would recruit mentors from community pro...
Progress to date - internet resources <ul><li>www.ruralaction.org.uk </li></ul>
Progress to date - mapping initiatives <ul><li>www.ruralacti on.org.uk </li></ul>
Progress to date - fundraising Yes Maybe No
RCCN Budget Summary (3 yrs) <ul><li>On-going action research (Carnegie)   15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Project set-up, protoco...
RCCN - exit strategy <ul><ul><li>Becomes an inter-trading membership organisation - possibly with a co-operative structure...
RCCN - please get involved <ul><li>www.ruralaction.org.uk </li></ul>[email_address]
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Rural Community Carbon Network (RCCN)

  1. 1. Rural Community Carbon Network R C C N www.ruralaction.org.uk collaborate|2007 28 June 2007 Simon Berry ruralnet|uk
  2. 2. What is the RCCN? <ul><ul><li>3-year programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise the awareness of the collective approaches to climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It builds on existing, isolated community action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will support other rural groups who wish to take collective action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will provide access to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>an online panel of experts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>good practice ‘New Media’ toolkits </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a mentoring service linked to a small grants programme </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RCCN will link up existing groups with nascent ones for peer-to-peer support and knowledge transfer through events, twinning and online. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why rural? <ul><ul><li>New employment opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development of under-utilised assets (eg woodland) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local employment (eg in micro generation) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for local generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on local: local food, local energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural proofing - does car=bad? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Where does the RCCN come from? <ul><ul><li>The Community Broadband Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2003-5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone Co-op </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DTI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-operatives UK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CISCO </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What did CBN achieve? <ul><ul><li>Growth in the number of DIY community initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of an independent Co-op </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change in BT policy? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stronger communities -> spin-off initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The RCCN approach <ul><ul><li>Building on what is already happening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resourcing the network to support itself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Augmenting Experts Online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exchanges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New media materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making local action more effective not interfering with it </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Networks Online Active Brokerage System was demonstrated to show how the RCCN would recruit mentors from community projects and match them transperently to other communities requesting support.
  8. 8. Progress to date - internet resources <ul><li>www.ruralaction.org.uk </li></ul>
  9. 9. Progress to date - mapping initiatives <ul><li>www.ruralacti on.org.uk </li></ul>
  10. 10. Progress to date - fundraising Yes Maybe No
  11. 11. RCCN Budget Summary (3 yrs) <ul><li>On-going action research (Carnegie) 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Project set-up, protocols, </li></ul><ul><li>procedures, technology (ruralnet|uk) 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising 88,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building 472,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and facilitation 234,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and evaluation 26,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Project management 130,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Succession planning/fund raising 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>---------- </li></ul><ul><li>996,000 </li></ul><ul><li>50% reduction in carbon emissions in 70 communities with 350 households would be worth £635,000 </li></ul>
  12. 12. RCCN - exit strategy <ul><ul><li>Becomes an inter-trading membership organisation - possibly with a co-operative structure </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. RCCN - please get involved <ul><li>www.ruralaction.org.uk </li></ul>[email_address]

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