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The Transformation Prize

Award for social and environmental projects



Open to students and alumni of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, the Transformation Prize is an award for projects that encourage social cohesion and care for the environment. These aims are of key importance in the climate and biodiversity crises of today. 

This student initiative aims to promote transformative action, and foster the vision required for a future of social and environmental justice.


Past Entries

Last year's shortlisted projects were presented on the 23rd July 2020 in an award ceremony on Zoom. The ceremony featured talks by special guest judges Judy Ling Wong CBERob Hopkins (Transition Network) and Tom Crompton (Common Cause Foundation). Sheffield project Abbeydale Street Trees was the winning entry. Watch highlights from the 2020 awards here


How To Get Involved

Projects can be of any scale, group or individual, large or small. Ideas may include a communications campaign using social media, an arts project, or a community project in your local area

Think about the ingredients of transformative change; how even something small that you do could make a lasting difference; and how to work with peoples' intrinsic values to motivate pro-environmental and pro-social behaviour

To register your interest in the award, sign up for email updates and access free online project development workshops, please fill this online form


Applicants for this award will be asked to consider:

  • How they engage people and help them to take part

  • How their communication and actions connect with and 'switch on' peoples’ intrinsic values

  • How they aim to make a difference that is transformative and inclusive

  • The potential for future replication of their ideas

Please note, any significant personal financial outlay is not encouraged.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to students and alumni of the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

  • Your project must have moved beyond the planning stage, and have begun to be active by the submission deadline

  • There is no geographical restriction to the project

  • The project must be designed and initiated by the applicant(s)

  • Entry is by self-nomination

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  • Shortlisted entries will be asked to produce a 5-10 minute presentation, to be given in the award ceremony

  • The award will be judged and prize assigned by guest judges and online voting. The decision of the awards panel is final and the panel reserves the right not to issue an award if there are no entries deemed suitable


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Disclaimer: this Award is conceived by a student at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), and is not the responsibility of the organisation. Any opinions expressed are those of Gerard Baker, not of CAT.

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