This month at GreenUps we talking about Community Empowerment, exploring the ideas around how to develop connection, resilience and strength at a community level.
So make sure you come along to the wonderful Commons Bar and Restaurant in Burton St Darlinghurst with your community building stories to share with other like minded people, and listen to three community leaders as they share their community empowerment experiences.
Lance Leiber - Transition Bondi
Lance is a founding member of Bondi's active and vibrant branch of the global Transition Towns movement. as a tireless leader in his community spreading the sustainability and resilience message, Lance's got plenty to share about how to build and maintain strong community at a grass-roots level.
Tom Nockolds - Community Power Agency & Pingala
Tom is the director of the Community Power Agency a NFP supporting groups wanting to set up community renewable energy (CRE) projects. Tom will talk about the community energy movement and also about Pingala a new Sydney-based community renewable project.
Thea Soutar - Youth Food Movement & CSL
Thea leads the Sydney chapter of the The Youth Food Movement, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to growing a generation of young Australians with the capacity and motivation to support a healthy, secure and just food future. Thea is also a current fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, and will speak about CSL and her experience in the 2014 Fellowship program.
So, what is Empowerment?
Empowerment is understood as a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It fosters power in people for use in their own lives, their communities and in their society, by acting on issues they define as important.