We have launched a pilot programme centred in Stroud, involving stakeholders and citizens in developing a framework which can then be rolled out in other towns around the world to bring about change locally and globally. The pilot will take a systems thinking approach to assess the areas of Climate, Energy, Waste, Water, Wellbeing, Food, Biodiversity.
It is a transformative project which aims at tapping the potential for co-operation, and co-ordination of the many existing initiatives, creating an innovative and creative space and examining existing patterns of thinking and ways of doing things.
We aim to address issues arising from the present ecological and climate crisis, not only in the areas of energy, biodiversity and wildlife corridors, plastics and waste, but also the social dimension of systems change involving behavioural change leading to sustainable living and regenerative practices, social inclusion, awareness, and dealing with issues like feelings of disempowerment, fear and desperation arising from the present situation.
Specifically we are creating in Stroud an innovative, co-operative forum and space to bring all stakeholders together, who in isolation are only part of the solution. To achieve a change in the system of addressing ecological and climate change issues (including root causes like consumerism) by tapping the potential of acting in unison.
To draw in the people of the town to spread awareness of the present climate and ecological crisis, provide opportunities for them to participate in change and regeneration and create a feeling of inclusion and ownership, whilst also collecting data so that together we can understand and change the current system in order to make deep lasting transformation.