Calder Bootstrap 2017

deep-headerFriday May 5th, 1 pm till late, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

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A two-part afternoon and evening event – a celebration, networking and learning experience around the current and future Solidarity Economy of Calderdale and Beyond. You can attend the afternoon, evening or the whole event – separate tickets available.

12.30 – 1.00 pm: Arrival and Registration

1.00 pm till 2.40 pm: Afternoon Session 1

An introduction to the Solidarity Economy

An introduction to the growing solidarity economy movement as a response to the failure of our dominant economic model. How communities are responding, both here and around the world to create their own socially just, resilient and human-scale economies that will be essential to meet the coming challenges we face.

Contributors: Andy Goldring (Permaculture Association), Laura Outhart (REconomy project) and Kat Darling (Institute for Solidarity Economics)

2.40 pm: Refreshments and networking

3.10 – 4.40 pm: Afternoon Session 2

Our local Solidarity Economy

A showcase of some of our own local solidarity economy and the enterprises that make it up. Learn how and why they do what they do and their exciting plans for the future. Followed by a discussion around how we can build on our existing economy and take it to the next level.

Contributors: Fairmondo UK, The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Pennine Community Power, Calderdale Local Money Group and a lot participation by you hopefully.

5.00 pm: Dinner break and networking. Buffet provided by Peas and Love Catering

6.00 pm till 7.15 pm: Evening Session 1

Introduction to Bootstrap and the evening session

Keynote speech – Rob Hopkins

The founder of the global Transition movement describes the challenges we face and his experience of meeting the inspiring and inventive communities meeting that challenge. A hopeful and uplifting call to action in these dark times.

7.15 pm Refreshments (including bar) and networking

7.30 pm till 9.30 pm: Evening Session 2

The “Community of Dragons”

The main attraction. You the audience as the “Community of Dragons” get to hear the pitches of 5 local young social enterprises. Learn about what they’re planning, what support they need; ask your questions and then you can pledge your support in whatever way you see fit. You never know, you might even join some of these enterprises and get involved.

Pitching enterprises: Noisy Toys, Careshare, Calder Valley Community Land Trust, TurnAcre, Real Junk Food Project Calderdale

9.30 pm till late: Post-event networking

Stick around, continue the conversations and avail yourself of the Town Hall bar.

Draft Bootstrap Programme

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The upper Calder Valley has one of the greatest concentrations of co-ops in the UK, along with countless sole traders, microbusinesses, partnerships and self-employed people. These enterprises can help other enterprises grow.

Calderdale’s recovery following recent flooding is testimony to its resilience. Bootstrap aims to enable existing creative, caring and practical networks grow even stronger.

We are a group of entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community to co-create our next economy.

The Calderdale Bootstrap steering group:

Ben Oubridge – Valley Organics
Sue Mellis – Hebden Bridge Annual and the Egg Factory
Mark Simmonds – Co-op Culture and Pennine Community Power
Tom Henfrey – Schumacher Institute and Calder Shamanics
Dave Brooks – Hebden Hostel and LED Fantastic
Marie-Claire Kidd – journalist on environment, food, health and community

What’s Bootstrap all about?

The idea of the ‘solidarity economy’ is building momentum internationally.  Bootstrap aims to highlight the alternatives to conventional economics in the face of climate change, economic failure and energy and other resource crises.

Building on the success of similar events organised by movements like the REconomy Project and Project Soup, we’re holding an open event to celebrate local social enterprise.

At Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 5 May 2017 there will be inspirational speakers followed by a chance for new and established social enterprises to promote themselves and appeal for support and investment from the community – that’s you!

The community gets to ask the pitchers questions and pledge support. We’ll provide food, a bar and entertainment. If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

Right now, we’re looking for enterprises who might like to pitch to the community on 5 May and individuals and organisations who have help to offer. Express your interest here.

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Get involved

cropped-bstrap-logo-a.jpgWould you like a chance to pitch your enterprise idea to your community?

What’s your idea? A renewable energy initiative? A local food group? Low impact building skills training? There are so many possibilities.

We’re offering a chance to pitch to the audience at our main event on 5th May, for whatever it is that you need to get to the next stage: Funding, land, people, advice, business support. Whatever stage you’re at, from the back of the beermat to growing an existing enterprise; if you identify with what we’re trying to do,  we’re happy to discuss your idea and have experienced business advisers as part of our team. Please fill in our short on-line form to register you interest in pitching. We’ll be in touch.

Can you offer your support?

What do you have to give new and developing enterprises? Peer mentoring? Massage? Leafy greens? Book keeping? If you have something to offer, why not put it on the table?

Get in touch with Calderdale Bootstrap: