Bigger Than

In this section we look at networks for connecting place-based learning centres.

The webinar recording on Networks brings together representatives from UK organisations that run funded, formal networks to share their experiences of what might be possible. There is a map of the organisations currently working on Community Climate Action that have expressed an interest in being part of a formal network and some guidelines on what resources such a network would require going forward.

A range of place-based centres, ecovillages, organisations, educational farms, permaculture projects and more!

If you are interested in being included in this map and a network into the future – please get in touch below

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    Ní neart go cur le chéile
    There is no strength without unity

    Hosted by Suzie Cahn from Carraig Dúlra Permaculture Farm, it draws on the experience of Kath Baker from the Permaculture Association of Britain, who manages and supports their Learning And Network Demonstration projects across the UK, and Tara O’Leary from the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network who is the Programme Lead for their new funding to support place-based learning.

    The four centres hosting this webinar series are embracing the African ‘Lou’ proverb, which has many adaptations in the West: “Alone, a youth runs fast; with an elder, slow, but together they go far.” Additionally, they are considering the core concept that despite complexity and polycrisis, we need to remember ‘festina lente’ (of Greek later Roman origin) – to be hurrying slowly – as this can be more effective in bringing about the necessary and enduring changes we seek.

    This webinar does not shy away from addressing the challenges and potential drawbacks of directing energy towards network establishment. Do we need another network? If we establish a solidarity network specifically tailored for local, place-based sustainability learning centres in Ireland, how would it build all our capabilities to meet the polycrisis?

    The panel guides a discussion on the unique benefits and considerations of creating a collaborative framework for local centres.

    This webinar was recorded on Friday 1st March 2024

    Next Steps


    This roadmap provides a structured plan for the establishment and growth of the solidarity network, focusing on key areas such as resource-sharing, financial sustainability, capacity building, community engagement, and ongoing evaluation for continuous improvement.

    Key areas:
    • Community-Centric Learning: How a solidarity network could enhance place-based education, fostering a deeper connection between sustainability initiatives and local communities.
    • Resource Sharing on a Local Scale: Exploring the practical advantages of collaborative efforts among nearby learning centres for shared resources, consortium bidding, and sharing knowledge, and expertise.
    • Empowering Grassroots Initiatives: Discussing the potential of a solidarity network in amplifying the impact of community-driven sustainability projects.
    • Overcoming Local Challenges: Addressing region-specific obstacles and proposing strategies to navigate and mitigate them effectively.
      Measuring Success Locally: Evaluating the tangible benefits of collaboration within the context of local, place-based sustainability education.