Travelling Pantry workshops
The Travelling Pantry is an action research project designed by Fellows Tessy Britton and David Gauntlett to test whether giving ideas, methods and tools to small groups of people can encourage them to start new community projects. Between October 2010 and March 2011 the Travelling Pantry will be giving free project development workshops to anyone that would like one.
This is likely to include many existing groups active in their local communities such as Transition initiatives, youth groups and local societies, as well as new, smaller groups of people with a wish to create positive projects locally.
The specific purpose of the workshops is to stimulate and help new project development.
The Social Spaces project, of which Travelling Pantry is part, was developed by Tessy Britton FRSA and David Gauntlett FRSA following engagement with the RSA Networks project, along with wide-ranging research looking at emergent new-style community building projects from around the world, a great many of which are being initiated by ordinary citizens.
Fellows are invited to request a free Travelling Pantry workshop- this is an excellent opportunity to work together with other people in your community and identifying how you could affect change in your area. No groups are too small and there are already a number of ‘kitchen table’ workshops scheduled with a handful of participants from local communities. To register your interest in hosting a workshop, please visit this link.
A number of workshops are currently planned for Fellows to attend, providing a opportunity to develop projects together. The locations for these and who you need to contact to register your interest are as follows:
If you are interested in attending a workshop please contact the Networks Manager in your area as shown above.
Further dates and places are being arranged by the RSA and you can keep up to date on the Fellowship website. In the meantime if you have any queries about the workshops please visit the Social spaces website or contact Tessy Britton.
Typical workshop contents:
1. Inspiration Exploring new projects and case studies.
2. Idea Generation Co-design methods to help develop ideas from within the community.
3. Strategic mapping Methods to analyse your local social network to help develop your project idea with individuals and organisations.
4. Social Media An introduction into how to engage, connect and communicate using social media.
5. New meeting hosting methodologies Looking at new formats to encourage productive and enjoyable events or meetings.
6. Community building strategies Asset-based community development, including inventories to reveal existing capacities in the community, such as skills, spaces and materials.
More information on the Travelling Pantry workshops can be found on the Social Spaces website.