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The Transformation Prize 2021: Workshops

The Transformation Prize is an innovation award open to Centre for Alternative Technology students and alumni, designed to help take theory learnt at CAT into real-world action. Year 2 of the prize has now launched and is open for applications and expressions of interest.


Exchanging ideas, and building networks with other people, is a key part of grass-roots work. With this in mind, we have launched workshops to help potential applicants come together and grow their ideas for social and environmental action.


Our workshops are free and open to all – attendance does not depend on having a project idea, while we also would like to welcome people with existing projects!


The first zoom workshop, on the 21st January from 19:00 – 20:30, is about project ideation. This aims to support you in forming your passions, concerns and energy into an actionable idea! We will be joined by Joel Gilbert of 2020 winning entry, Abbeydale Street Trees, and learn about how he took theory into action. We will also undertake a series of exercises to spark imagination, think about solutions and network with fellow students and alumni.


The second workshop will be on the 24th February from 19:00 – 20:30, and will focus on project fine-tuning. We will explore themes including how to ‘switch on’ intrinsic values (as described by Tom Crompton of the Common Cause Foundation), as well as how to ensure your actions and projects embed inclusivity. There will be practical tips for community engagement and marketing, and prior to the workshop we will also provide project planning templates.

Transformation Prize 2021: Timeline


The deadline for submissions for the prize is the 30th April 2021. Submissions will be in the form of answering a set of questions about your project, looking at the following:


· How you engage people and help them to take part

· How your actions connect with and ‘switch on’ peoples’ intrinsic values

· How you aim to make a difference that is transformative and inclusive

· The potential for future replication of your ideas


This year there will be at least £500 and £250 for the top voted projects, although further funding is being sought. Shortlisting will be determined by public vote, and winners will be decided by our guest judges.


Sign up!


There is no need to have a project idea yet, but we also welcome people who have already started a project to take part and apply. This is an opportunity to explore the principles of transformation, expand existing ideas and become inspired as we continue to work with the passionate agents for change who are the CAT family.


Please fill the online form to sign up to the workshops and be kept informed about all stages of the prize. And do follow our Instagram, facebook and twitter pages for updates!

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