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Transformation Prize 2021: Judges Announced!

Now in the second year of the Transformation Prize, we are delighted to announce the guest judges and speakers for this year's awards.

The Transformation Prize is designed to help students and alumni from the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, take their learning about transformational solutions for the issues faced by society and planet out into the wider world.

We do this by providing a platform for the sharing and development of ideas and inspiration. In addition, this year two projects - whether in the planning stages or already up and running - will receive £750 and £250 seed funding to support them.

We are delighted that this year we will host Betsy Dillner (Principal Director of the Social Change Agency), Chris Blythe (Director of Social Farms and Gardens) and Tishauna Mullings (of the Ubele Initiative), as guest judges for our awards ceremony, which will be hosted on Zoom on the 29th September 2021.

Betsy Dillner

Betsy Dillner has over 10 years experience of campaigning, fundraising and social change initiatives. She specialises in developing community leadership, and understanding, developing, and challenging systems of power for social change. Campaigns under her direction have resulted in bans for letting fees for tenants, the preservation of affordable housing, and remuneration for victims of the foreclosure crisis. She won 2017 Campaigner of the Year from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Chris Blythe

Chris Blythe directs Social Farms and Gardens; this charity supports a wide range of community gardens, city farms, and care farms. Passionate about communities, food, farming, and nature based health and well-being, Chris works through the organisation to promote the therapeutic use of horticulture and farming practices to alleviate social and health issues and improve lives.

Tishauna Mullings

Tishauna Mullings, Project Worker with the Ubele Initiative, is passionate about working with Black and minoritized groups towards community wealth building and rural regeneration. Her broad experience includes working in the financial services and agricultural sectors, as well as community development. Her social enterprise NexxStepp Lifelong Educational Services, located in St. Thomas, Jamaica serves hundreds of young people with transformative work experience and has received awards from bodies such as USAID. The Ubele initiative has a grassroots, community-based approach, and is an African Diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise founded in 2014 with the purpose of helping to build more sustainable communities across the UK.

The Transformation Prize award ceremony this year will be held online on Zoom, at 7:30pm on Weds 29th September 2021. The event will feature shortlisted CAT student and alumni projects - planned and active - as well as talks and project responses from the judges. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or enter your details at www.transformationprize.com/enter to keep updated.

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