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Transformation Prize 2021: Join Us At The Awards

The Transformation Prize is an innovation award, giving seed funding for planned and active social and environmental projects. Join us on Zoom on the 29th September at 19:30 to hear from each of the shortlisted projects, and our guest speakers and judges.

Our award is designed to help and inspire CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth) students and alumni, in the process of taking their learning out into the real world. By showcasing ideas and projects, we can build hope and connected action.

The three shortlisted entries for this year's award have been decided by public vote and representatives of each project will be speaking at the awards.

Bwd Bendigedig Port (Incredible Edible Porthmadog) is an urban green infrastructure project, submitted by Lizzie Wynn, which started in 2016. This initiative began with 7 raised beds by the Porthmadog leisure centre, and has expanded to create an 'edible corridor' linking the train station, high street and a primary school. Outreach has included a garden design competition in the school, links with a dementia support group, and sessions run with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Council Connectors is a project by Thomas Danning designed to help build a sense of communal responsibility between residents and councils towards addressing the climate emergency. The idea is to build a positive relationship between councils and citizens, working with volunteers to welcome new members into the community, and build social and environmental responsibility.

And Sustainable Lancashire was submitted by Amaryllis Goodspeed. This is a non-profit which is being set up to organise community workshops to co-create local solutions for sustainability in Lancashire. The aim is to use tools such as nature connection, gamification and storytelling to engage the public with grassroots action.

Our guest judges will decide who will receive the main funding award, and have also been invited to speak from their own experiences of transformative action.

Tishauna Mullings of the Ubele Initiative will be speaking about transforming society through bottom-up approaches to community activism. Chris Blythe, Director of Social Farms and Gardens, will speak about how nature-based activities can have a huge positive impact. And Betsy Dillner, Principal Director of the Social Change Agency, will talk about how awareness and enthusiasm can be generated and mobilised in the grass-roots sphere.

The audience will have a chance to discuss the entries in small break-out rooms, and will have the chance to vote for a second, peoples' choice award.

Please join us for free, to hear from these inspiring people and see some of the current work and ideas coming out of CAT! Sign up via this eventbrite link to receive the joining link.

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