Change the future

The probable consequences to our society and our species of ‘business as usual’ are not the future we want. But the processes of how we get from our present condition to a future we do want, happen one step at a time, by many feet in many places. Last week I met Luke, a co-founder of Change the Future in Brighton, which explores greater democratic, joint decision-making processes for change.

Luke went to Sands, one of only two democratic schools in the country. The individual children and teachers each have a vote on all aspects of the running of the school. It was this unusual school which was the foundation for his desire to start Change the Future. At it’s heart Change the Future is a way for people to organise collectively, adding their skills to work for positive change; this can be through online projects or a physical space such as the Wall of Ideas. The Wall of Ideas invited people to collaboratively explore how they would change Brighton.

Luke seems unfailingly constructive and positive, to him problems are there to be overcome. As we approach and pass the election, there are so many ways beyond a vote, through which we can bring democracy to life and change our future.

Two week crowdfund for the Buzz Tour documentary

Would you like to see more of the Buzz Tour journey? We have now launched an indiegogo crowdfund appeal to help us edit the Buzz Tour documentary and make it freely available to community groups!

JOIN THE CROWDFUND

Last year we walked around England for four months and together, the bees met people using a huge range of different tactics to change the culture not the climate.  We want to turn the inspiring video footage we took of the journey into a short documentary and use this money for editing.

  • As a thank you for supporting this film we will send you a copy of the finished documentary
  • Those making larger donations will also receive a copy of the book

We are independent and volunteer our time to do this work to help people reduce climate change. We are excited to be providing a unique look at what people in England are contributing. Thank you for being part of it!

Pre-order your ADVANCE SUPPORTER’S COPY of the Buzz Tour book!

TBTfrontcoversmallPOLLINATING CHANGE: The Buzz Tour, change the culture not the climate, will be out to buy in May! The book will be priced: £4 subsidised, £9.99 standard and £16 for benefactors. If you would like to be among the first to get a copy, you can buy an advance supporter’s copy which will fund our book tour in July to revisit communities and give out free copies of the documentary. You will receive one of the numbered, signed copies with a personal message from the authors, that will be sent out in advance of the book being released for general sale. 

TBTbackcoverPRE-ORDER an ADVANCE SUPPORTER’S COPY FOR £18 +p&p.  Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

Thank you!

 

Why care about politics?

IMG_20150326_134506943_HDR (2)We don’t inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children. Last week I met Max. Along with other BHASVIC students, she had arranged a lunchtime speaker event, where Green MP Caroline Lucas came to speak. The large hall was packed with well over a hundred students sitting and standing wherever they could.

With the general election just over a month away many people are still considering their vote, but Max will be unable to vote. The decisions of this government which faithlessly promised to be ‘the greenest government ever,’ and not to increase tuition fees, have radically effected Max’s future. Max volunteers for the Green Party and organises political events, hoping to make a difference.

When we cast our votes next month as adults and citizens, we will also be making a decision on behalf of all those too young to do so.

 

The finish but not the end

berwick thumbnailThank you, for everything! 

After four months of walking, it was a massive relief and joy to complete the walk! :) You can see a video here and article that the local paper made.

THANK YOU so much to all the people who walked on the Buzz Tour, to all those who shared their stories with us, to all those who donated and all those who fed and sheltered us. Without all those pieces of kindness and support it would have literally been impossible. There is no way we could have done a journey like this without the daily grace, charity and kindness of others. You have all created something which exceeded my expectations in every way. I am so grateful and lucky to have met you all.

This weekend’s climate march in London drew people from lots of different parts of the Buzz Tour, it was so wonderful to be reunited. We’d love to see everyone again! So we’re going to throw a Pollination Party in Oxford on the 25th of October! We’ll be emailing everyone invites over the next couple of days so if you don’t hear from us please drop us an email – we haven’t forgotten you, it’s just hard to gather all the emails together.

We’ve started work on a book about all the amazing things from the Buzz Tour. If you walked along and would like to write about your experience please drop us an email – we didn’t get everyone’s email at the time. As we finish a draft chapter it’ll be posted online so that everyone can comment and help us make it fantastic. We hope to have the book finished by spring!

During the walk we took ten hours of great interviews and footage that we’d love to make in to a documentary. If you’d like to be involved get in touch!