The word ‘social’ has taken a whole new life over the last few years: social media, social networks, the social web. These new terms represent a massive change in the importance of the Internet in our social lives and, in my opinion, an important development in how we go about getting stuff done.
Coming from an eco, ethical and/or green point-of-view, the social web has done some amazing things for various causes. Online petitions, crowd-sourced funding, collaborative opportunities, almost unlimited access to experts and resources… the benefits of these connections are far reaching and often unpredictable.
I work for an online green community called Project Dirt – we’re proud to have over 400 London-based projects, all making real environmental changes in their area. Our role first and foremost is as a melting-pot, providing all those groups and networks a shared space to communicate their expertise and experiences; a place to ‘bump heads’ in the online world. In fact, it’s those virtual ‘chance encounters’ that often lead to the most rewarding outcomes – experience shared, partnerships formed or solutions discovered.
To my mind, the more information, expertise, experience and ideas that are shared in a constructive way online, the more real achievements this social web will be able to boast of. Of course, structuring those shared spaces and creating valuable opportunities for connections to form is a challenge – there’s always a danger of ‘information overload’.
That’s where organisations like Project Dirt and Limina come into play; opening doors, creating opportunities and supporting positive action. Lucy Langdon
23-24th October 2010
The Quadrangle Trust
Permaculture is an approach to design that mimics relationships found in natural ecosystems.
This taster weekend will include:
-Ethics and principles
-Design skills applied to food growing
-Examples of permaculture the UK and beyond
-An observation exercise
-Video case studies
-An overview of the permaculture network and your local projects.
-Next steps for you to design where you live.
Costs: Non-residential: £100/80 (concessions for unemployed and senior citizens)
For more information and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do you want to live? Part II
15 – 17 October
Join us to work on the land at the Quadrangle and look at ways of weaving city life with rural living.
Get together | work in the woods | eat good food | be with good people | talk about how you want to live | take it all one step further | and have fun.
£20/30 + food. Real beds for the first 16 to book, then camping. Family rooms available. Friday and Saturday night £30. Saturday night only £20
This is an event for all friends of Limina, The Quadrangle Trust and people who are exploring different ways of life.
For more info see or to book please email email@example.com
The Oxford Muse & Theodore Zeldin invite you to join him in celebrating his birthday by having a conversation with someone you do not know.
The Feast of Strangers
Hosted in collaboration with Limina and Green Sundays will be held this year in Hyde Park 2.30 – 4.30 pm
Please come to Speakers Corner at 2.30 to hear him explain the Menu of Conversation, which gives you 25 topics to choose from.
The Feast of Strangers gives people from all walks of life – from different countries, religions, sectors, industries and from across the political spectrum a unique opportunity to connect and find out about each other.
Please bring refreshments and a rug. All welcome.
No birthday presents please! But generous donations to the Oxford Muse would be greatly appreciated. It is a Registered Charity and relies entirely on gifts from well-wishers.
ART OF CONVERSATION aboard a Routemaster touring London.
Interactive tours launched to break the silence amongst commuters.
Ever sat on the bus or train staring down a packed carriage, trying to avoid eye contact with your fellow travellers, and thinking how strange it is that no-one utters a word to each other?!
Limina and Global Cool have!
We will be hosting a series of talks designed to get tongues wagging.
Launching on Thursday 29th July with a seminar on the Art of Conversation, to give you a few helpful hints on how to get the conversation flowing with your fellow commuters.
So next time you see that girl/boy you fancy, you want to share someone’s morning paper, or you’re standing uncomfortably close to a complete stranger, you’ll know exactly what to say!
The events are FREE and will be held weekly on a Routemaster bus, picking up from Hyde Park.
The Art of Conversation lectures launch Thursday 29th July, then weekly until Thursday 19th August. The Routemaster bus leaves at 7:00pm. Starting at speakers cornerNorth Carriage Drive, Hyde Park (Marble Arch closest tube) and taking a scenic journey around central London.
Limited seats – allocated on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your sea. For more info, log in to www.globalcool.org
What would your Rural Hub look like and how would it work for you? Hear the success stories of other rural enterprises, who are leading the way. Join us to see where we can go from here!
At this event we will be joined by celebrated author/blogger John Thakara, Pat Bowcock from Ourganics permaculture haven in Dorset, Toni Spencer of Schumacher College, Andrew Ferguson speaking on Findhorn, and Blanche Cameron from the Centre of Alternative Technology – CAT.
WHEN: Tuesday 22nd June, 7-9pm
WHERE: Hub Kings Cross
HOW: This event is free for Hub members and £5 for non members. For more information and to book a place contact email@example.com or click below http://www.wegottickets.com/event/84188
12-13th June 2010, The Quadrangle Farm, Kent
This is a gathering for people who are exploring different ways of life, weaving city life with the countryside, and developing new social, family, home and work structures that can act as bridges between urban and rural.
You will meet people with great ideas and find out about projects that are making different ways of living possible.
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Limina’s launch event
When: Saturday, 22nd August 2009 10:00am – 8:00pm
Location: Regents Park, London, The Treehouse Gallery
NATURE – Inner meets Outer
Wild Wisdom Workshop 10am- 2pm
Facilitated by Lucy Hinton and Colin Campbell this workshop used storytelling techniques to allow the participants to engage with the park around them.
A Feast of Strangers 2.30pm- 6.30pm
Celebrating Theodore Zeldin’s birthday- instead of food, the menu consisted of topics of conversation. Theodore opened the event and the Limina crew introduced the participants to the menu and to people they hadn’t met before. People brought rugs to sit on and food and drink to share.
The Rambling Restaurant; supported the feast by providing a picnic lunch or a small donation.
Performance and live music including poets from Hammer and Tongue.