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Awards 2020: Ceremony and Winner

The inaugural Transformation Prize award ceremony was held via Zoom on the 23rd July 2020. The event featured talks by this year's finalists, and three leading lights in the world of transformative action.

The Transformation Prize aims to encourage and support CAT students and alumni to take their learning out into the world in order to achieve transformative change.

Transformation Prize Awards 2020: highlights

We were honoured to host leading proponents of social and environmental change as our guest speakers. Tom Crompton, Director of the Common Cause Foundation, spoke about the value of engaging people's intrinsic values, in order to motivate them to take action and better look after the world around us.

Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Network, spoke about how making space for imagination in our lives, and using practices that expand what we believe is possible, are important principles in achieving positive change.

Judy Ling Wong CBE

Judy Ling Wong CBE, honorary President of the Black Environment Network, spoke movingly of the importance of inclusivity in the environmental movement. This was a stirring call to build a world that works equally for everyone.

We received a wide variety of entries this year, ranging from an arts project in the Philippines designed to engage locals with marine conservation, to an agroecology project complete with 'Cowfunder' in the Scottish Highlands. The guest judges chose a top three, who presented their projects during the awards.

Kirsti Davies' Tyfu Dyfi project was born as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, social isolation and panic buying. Kirsti helped local children package and distribute vegetable seeds for other local children to grow, and in doing so enhanced community togetherness and nature connection in a challenging time.

Another finalist was Bethan Robinson, of Green GRASS Sheffield. Green GRASS is a therapeutic horticulture project for refugees and asylum seekers, using a shared allotment space to grow food and flowers, and cultivate community through the sharing of experiences and food.

Luke Rose - Abbeydale Street Trees

Chosen by public vote, the winning entry was from Abbeydale Street Trees, a project to create a green corridor in one of the most polluted parts of Sheffield. With the recent history of the Sheffield tree protests, the project has brought together local people, businesses and the council to install trees and 'parklets' - all with the prospect of improving the local environment, peoples' health, and social cohesion.

It was rewarding to learn from the judges and projects, and bring people together to explore transformational change. It was an added delight to support Abbeydale Street Trees in their work. We plan to repeat and expand the prize next year; follow our twitter, instagram and facebook pages for updates.

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