Transformation Prize Entries 2021: Please Vote!
This year, the Transformation Prize award is open for projects that are already active, or still being planned. The seed funding we provide will help two projects progress or get off the ground.
As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has moved the goalposts in most areas of life, not least grassroots action. However, CAT students and alumni have continued to come up with creative ways to bring people together, and activate intrinsic values towards the greater good. We are continuing with our goal to support and showcase these amazing initiatives and ideas, and are excited to share with you this year's entries.
Our awards ceremony will be held online on Wednesday 29th September at 19:30; please follow this eventbrite link to sign up for free to attend. The event will feature guest judges and speakers Betsy Dillner (Principal Director of the Social Change Agency), Chris Blythe (Director of Social Farms and Gardens) and Tishauna Mullings (of the Ubele Initiative).
Importantly, we need you to help us decide the shortlist for this year's prize... Please read about this year's entries, then follow the link at the bottom of the page to say which you feel should be put forward for the funding!
Representatives of the shortlisted three projects will be asked to speak at the awards ceremony, and our judges will have the final vote. The winner will receive £750 funding, and the runner up £250, kindly donated by the Liebreich Foundation.
Seven projects have applied, summarised in alphabetical order below. Their fuller project descriptions are available to download, answering the questions we set them:
How have / will you engage people and help them take part?
How have / will you harness peoples' intrinsic values, to promote lasting pro-environmental and other benevolent behaviour?
How could your project make a transformative difference?
How is your project geared towards social equality and inclusivity?
What is the future potential for expansion or replication of your ideas?
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. Read the full submission here:
The Camino Stories is a project by a group of current CAT students, who are planning to collect and record stories alongside a 'Camino to COP26' organised by Extinction Rebellion. This walking journey will be from London, reaching Glasgow for COP26 by the end of October. The Camino Stories group will be talking with walkers and local communities, and holding live storytelling events and workshops, about our relationships with nature, the effect of climate change and biodiversity loss, and the future we want to live in.
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.
Liam Rickard has submitted a project proposal called Life in the Future; this is a planned music album with accompanying artwork about humanity, our connection with nature, and solutions for a better world. The plan is to work with a network of musicians in the UK and abroad. Through light-hearted writing and emotive instrumentation, the idea is to connect with people, stimulate thinking, and promote positive behaviour.
The Port Barton Pawikan Project, submitted by Anita Gardner, is based in at Port Barton Marine Park in the Philippines, which is host to 5 of the world's 7 species of marine turtle. All are listed as endangered. The project aims to use education and creative participation, to raise the awareness of this keystone species, and further habitat restoration such as sea grass beds and coral reefs.
A project harnessing the power of nature connection, the Southside Tree Trail was submitted by Finn Upton. The project encourages Glasgow residents to engage with the natural environment around them, and with each other. Based on evidence around the health benefits of nature connection, the plan is to build on existing success and expand to other areas, forging new links between communities.
Last but not least, 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.
Please VOTE to select which 3 entries you feel most deserve shortlisting for the Transformation Prize. Voting is open from Friday 17th September, to midnight on Friday 24th September. And don't forget to sign up via eventbrite to attend the award ceremony online, where you will hear about the projects as well as hear from our inspiring guest judges.