Convergence Galway Thursday & Friday’s Events


10.30-11.30pm Workshop with Ala Theatre Forum
ALa Theatre for Change will give a workshop where the participants will be exploring ideas and values around sustainable living.
By using techniques from Forum Theatre and Value Clarification the participants will discuss these issues in a creative way, using their bodies and image more than words
12-2pm workshop – What are the drivers in  Sustainable communities? 
Dr Vincent Carragher, Research Fellow in Characterising and Catalysing Sustainable Resource and Energy Transition in Communities, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.
Currently Vincent in researching the area of characterising and catalysing sustainable resource and energy transition in communities. Vincent is a community facilitator, education practitioner, applied researcher and lecturer fostering sustainability, resilience and behaviour change with and for communities. He has carried out Ecological Footprints for over 95 Irish communities spanning the rural-urban divide working with schools, community based organisations and residents across the country. He has also facilitated  21 deep interventions with communities and examples are Templederry, Ballina, Birdhill  and Trombone-Upperchurch. His key aim is to foster communities in sustainable transition
Vincent Carragher is a Community Facilitation & Sustainable Energy Transition Expert. He has significant training and experience in Resource Management, Energy Management and Carbon Management for and with communities, schools and SMEs. Vincent is a specialist in facilitating relevant actors to measure their resource consumption and then to reinterpret it and develop solutions to lower it.
2-3pm – Contemplative Dance Workshop with Bernadette Divilly.. 
In this workshop participants will be introduced to contemplative dance practice. Key elements in this work include Dharma Art, Somatic Intelligence, and Improvisation.
“We will explore sanctuary allowing the dance to find us. Solos will give expression to our dance and personal movement histories and influences. We will work on spontaneous compositions and maps of space. We will also work on group mind and the concept of village” There is a limited number of people so be sure to book your place early. Please share with people who might be interested, it is very beautiful work. Also, you might be interested in Barbara Dilley’s book, ‘This Very Moment – teaching thinking dancing’
Bernadette Divilly is a Dance Artist, Choreographer, Professional Member of Dance Ireland, Galway Dance Project. Affiliated artist and member of Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network, based at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, Member of the Third Space -Artist Research Reading Group.
Recipient of Arts Council Project Award for Arts Participation 2014 – 2015, supported by City Arts Office
3-4pm Steiner School
The first Steiner National School in Galway opened in Knocknacarra in September 2015, under patronage of Lifeways Ireland, the patron body of Irish Steiner schools.
Steiner education is a child-centered education that seeks to nurture ‘the hand, the head and the heart’ of every child. Our activities are tailored to child’s deepest needs and stage of development and focuses on educating the whole child—balancing academic, artistic and practical learning. There is a strong emphasis on activity based learning such as:
Free play, Cooking, baking & sharing meals, Nature Trips & Walks, Art & Handicraft,  Gardening, Storytime.
4.30-5.30pm Drumming circle with Colm and Eamon
6.30-7.30 Grassroots Ireland Meeting (all welcome)
Grassroots Ireland is a local voluntary people’s movement concerned with social progress, community development, increasing public participation in the democratic process and sharing/spreading factual information so that Irish citizens can make well-informed decisions within the democratic process.
Our aims are as follows:
“Community, Transparency, Democracy.”
– To reform and strengthen the bonds between us as people and communities through compassion for each other and ourselves, while emphasising local politics with high public participation to cater for the very specific needs of each area.
Thursday’s meeting will focus on what we as individuals and as a community can do in the short-term and long-term to help improve the day to day lives of the most vulnerable inhabitants of Galway.
Climathon 2016 and Post Carbon Galway Friday 28th 
Taking place in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building 9-7pm
The Climathon Galway 2016 and Convergence 2016 events aims to bring together students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators, technical experts, local businesses, community groups, government and others to ideate and collaborate on major climate change challenges facing Galway city. By working collaboratively in setting ambitious and achievable targets to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and to promote sustainable development within Galway City and County, this workshop offers real constructive and collaborative opportunities for the coming year. The recently established Post Carbon Galway initiative will take part and acknowledges that transitioning to a renewable energy-based culture and economy needs an all-inclusive partnership approach, aiming to work collaboratively with all parties to enable sustained, citizen-led engagement.
Recognising the need to unite all of local society in planning and creating a just, managed, transition to a secure, flourishing, and authentically sustainable post-carbon Galway, Post Carbon Galway will take part in Galway Convergence 2016 and the Climathon Galway 2016, to discuss next steps to devise and monitor local pathways to a low carbon Galway.
The Climathon Galway 2016 consists of teams (open to participation by those who join the event on the day) focussing on a range of climate-change challenges facing Galway city, including teams who will work to develop innovations and solutions regarding nine thematic groups: (1) Flooding; (2) Low-energy buildings; (3) Sustainable transport; (4) Low carbon footprint diets; (5) Food waste & recycling; (6) Water quality & air pollution; (7) Renewable energy; (8) Biodiversity; and (9) Galway’s carbon footprint.
Taking place in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building 9-7pm
ECOHub Events and Workshops – 
Children’s workshop on Web of Life 11-12pm 
Maria Johanna Hesche of Green Sod Landtrust
Sign Making Workshop – for Save the Wildfower Meadows Campaign and Upcoming Events
Event on Sat 29th Oct from 11-1pm Merlin Park Hospital Grounds
An Taisce Green Schools and Gardens and An Taisce Coastal Clean Ups 
Schools are recognized as not only places of formal education, but also as critical settings to foster health, development and overall well-being of pupils and their families.School gardens can be developed ned as cultivated areas around or near schools, maintained (at least partly) and used by pupils and teachers in different manners.Comprehensive models of action are currently being promoted, whereby schools can develop multiple-win situations and positive outcomes in learning performance, food security, nutrition, rural development, local economy and lifestyle practices and habits.
With the growing interest in food, food systems and nutrition, school gardens are now also being recognized as a platform for learning about these topics, and for enabling children (and their families and communities) to tackle the national obesity crisis and build healthy food-related practices, behaviors and attitudes.
Joe Queally offers to take us an experiential workkshop  as he explores the connection between the role of nature, nutrition and the world around us on Health and Wellbeing and mental restlessness…
Discussing the consequences of what happens as we disconnect from nature… And how our reconnection with nature is possible…
Sing for the Planet by Transition Tunes
Convergence 2016..  Sustainable Living Festival also supports 
6.00 Critical Mass Cycle from Spanish Arch 
For more info..
Critical Mass is a means of direct action. It celebrates cycling as a sustainable mode of transport and highlights the need for better bicycle infrastructure.

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