I will be participating as keynote speaker and panelist in a very important and I think rather unique symposium whereby various movements will think about converging their strategies.

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 – 18:00 to Saturday, 23 June, 2018 – 13:00

The 4th International Transition Design Symposium
6.00pm Thursday 21st June – 1:00pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon

The 2018 Transition Design Symposium will, for the first time, bring together representatives from major movements and initiatives to discuss the urgent need for sustainable societal transitions and systems-level change, and initiate the connections that will make rapid transition possible.

Speakers: Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network, Professor Terry Irwin, Head of the School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Michel Bauwens, P2P Network and Commons Transitions; John Thackara, author of How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today; noted futurist Stuart Candy and Cameron Tonkinwise, Professor of Design at University of New South Wales, Australia.

Panelists: Laura Winn, Head of the School for System Change, Forum for the Future, Sarah McAdam, Delivery Director, Transition NetworkAndrew Simms, Co-founder, The New Weather Institute (Transition Economics), Professor Terry Irwin, Head of the School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University (Transition Design), Peter NewellSTEPS Centre, Sussex University, Cheryl DahleFlip Labs and Future of Fish (Transition Design), Jules PeckThe Next Systems ProjectDamian WhiteJust Transitions and Rhode Island School of DesignMichel BauwensP2P Network and Commons Transitions, and Idil Gaziulusoy Socio Technical Research Network and Aalto University

About the symposium

Held on the Dartington Estate, home to pioneering experiments in education, the arts and crafts and rural development and now entering an exciting new phase where it is reviving its position as a laboratory for social change, the Symposium will bring together leading figures in global sustainability transition and system-change movements with designers, educators and activists to explore the potential for greater collaboration and the possibility of more widespread rapid transition.

Invited panelists, each representing a different area of transition related activity or system change, will present their perspective on societal transformation which will inform and guide the two panel discussions on day one. Participants will be invited to take part in these discussions and join a growing worldwide network of people engaged in transition-related projects, initiatives and research. On the second day of the Symposium a visioning session, led by the renowned futurist Stuart Candy, will introduce panelists and participants to the role future visions play in societal transitions and the value of the foresighting process in catalysing systems-level change.

The Symposium will begin on Thursday evening, with a welcome reception and dinner on the beautiful Dartington Estate that will provide panelists and attendees with the opportunity to meet one another and begin conversations. Friday will be comprised of panel discussions that explore the similarities, differences, and common goals among the different approaches to societal transition and systems change and discuss the potential for greater collaboration. On Friday evening participants will have further time for relaxed conversation over the collective evening meal. On Saturday, Stuart Candy will facilitate a foresighting workshop comprised of working groups and panelists. Cameron Tonkinwise offer closing remarks and reflections just before lunchtime.

Papers and proceedings from the Symposium will be published by Carnegie Mellon University and Schumacher College in the months following the event.


£250 residential. This covers single accommodation for Thursday and Friday night, opening reception, all meals (but not Saturday lunch) and participation in the Symposium. BOOK FULL RESIDENTIAL HERE
£200 non-residential. This covers the opening reception, all meals (but not lunch on Saturday) and participation in the Symposium. BOOK NON-RESDIENTIAL HERE

You can also book by Telephone: 01803 847070

The Symposium is hosted by Schumacher College and Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design and the Dartington Hall Trust.

Organisers are Professor Terry Irwin, Head of School and Dr. Gideon Kossoff, Coordinator for Doctoral Studies at the School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University and Ruth Potts, Schumacher College.

Photo by Hollywood North

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