This is a report on the two day, May 2008
conference,held in Brisbane.The report does not attempt to be comprehensive because itwas not possible to participate in all of the Open Space andother workshops on offer. Those attended, which inform thisreport, were chosen on the basis of their relevance to theemerging Transition Town or Transition Initiative methodologyof social change that is starting to attract attention in Australia.
First, a little background
New and existing terms were used at the conference to describethe types of initiatives people are undertaking around thecountry and the roles involved in them. Understanding thesewill make clearer the main learnings coming from theconference. A
is an individual who makes use of thebusiness model for goals other than profit. Although profitmaking can be part of social entrepreneurship, other goals areparamount, such as the social or environmental. Judy Wicks, aUS restranteur who addressed the conference, is abusinesswoman and social entrepreneur who uses some of herprofits to support social enterprises that have been developedfrom her food business. A
is an initiative, based on the businessmodel of operation or that of the NGO (non-governmentorganization), not-for-profit or community group structure thathas social goals to its operation.
New ideas forsustainability
Transition Towns, localisation andthe role of the social entrepreneurare concepts now familiar to morepeople following the May 2008
conference in Brisbane.Probably the first large conferencein Australia called to discusslocalisation and Transition Towns,Go Local raises the profile of theTransition Initiative idea among Australia’s change agents.
About the author
Russ Grayson is an editor and journalist presently working incommunity garden policydevelopment for local governmentand in international developmentwith the TerraCircle group,www.terracircle.org.au.More on localization andsustainability at:www,pacific-edge.info
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A report on the 2008
PacificEdge Paper 2June 2008
Written by Russ Grayson