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Thursday 16 June 2016

09:30 - 10:00    Registration & Coffee

Conference facilitation: Ania Rok, Coordinator Social Innovation & Governance, ICLEI – European Secretariat, Germany

10:00 - 11:00    Opening session

Kristin Kaufmann, Mayor for Work, Social issues, Health and Housing of the City of Dresden, Germany

Andreas Otto, Deputy Director Head of Research Management, Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Germany

Niki Frantzeskaki, Associate Professor, DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Arif Khan, Fellow, Harvard University   

11:00 - 12:30    Session 1: PEOPLE

This session will illustrate the risk of limiting sustainability to environmental performance and encourage a broad view of sustainability transitions, setting the stage for looking into concrete examples of transition initiatives.

Key words: environmental justice, inclusion, technological vs social innovation, diversity, empowerment, right to the city

Mundano, Pimp My Carroça, Brazil

Joke Quintens, Deputy Mayor, City of Genk, Belgium

Liselotte Noren, Founder, Refo, Sweden

Gabriella Schneider, Transition Wekerle, Hungary

12:30 - 14:00      Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Session 2: PARTNERSHIPS

This session will introduce the experiences of five regions that were part of the ARTS project, using different strategies to accelerate their transition to sustainability.

Key words: unusual suspects, co-creation, participation, trust, acceleration mechanisms, urban governance, art, cross-sectoral cooperation

ARTS research team & transition initiatives from 5 ARTS regions

  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Brighton (UK)
  • Genk (Belgium)
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Dresden (Germany) 

15:00 - 18:00 REALITY CHECK: field workshops

Participants may choose one of 6 field workshops, organized in cooperation with the local transition initiatives:

1. Entrepreneurs for transition: economy for the common good

This workshop will explore a range of alternative models of economic activity, which will be discovered and discussed with representatives of local businesses and projects promoting approaches to the economy for the common good.

Joining the conversation: Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Lose Laden, Local currency Elbtaler

2. Changing (a city) together: working across sectors, themes and scales

This workshop will involve different people and institutions active in Dresden’s sustainability scene, such as a Local Agenda 21 office, the Urban Gardening Network or Dresden im Wandel (Transition Town Dresden), to discuss the benefits and difficulties related to working together.

Joining the conversation: Environmental Centre DresdenLocal Agenda 21 officeFuture City DresdenTransition Town Dresden

3. Co-creating stories of change: art, culture and sustainability transitions

This workshop will feature examples of artists, initiatives and cultural institutions engaging with sustainability transitions in Dresden and other ARTS regions, inviting participants to reflect upon the role art and culture can play in changing places and people. 

Joining the conversation: Stories of Change (Dresden), Fargfabriken/Experiment (Stockholm), ONCA/Future Roots (Brighton)

4. Any places left? The role of open spaces in fostering transitions

This workshop will take place in Geh8, artist-run space in a former rail workshop, and will involve other initiatives working around various dimensions of urban space, including green spaces, housing and culture.

Joining the conversation: Geh8Stadt.statt.Strand

5. Edible Dresden: urban gardens, consumer cooperatives and community-supported agriculture

This workshop will introduce you to Dresden’s vibrant sustainable food scene, visiting different initiatives along the way and discussing their links to wider transition themes.

Joining the conversation: Urban Gardening Network,  deinHof,  Brighton & Hove Food Partnership 

6. Towards acceleration strategies: can modelling help out?

In this workshop we will engage in a model facilitated discussion about acceleration strategies in Dresden and the other ARTS regions. It is intended for those interested in addressing sustainability transitions from a strategic point of view.

For more information on the field workshops click here.

19:00 - 22:00     DIY Dresden (Rosenwerk/Konglomerat)

After the field workshops, all participants will come back together to share a vegetarian dinner with live acoustic music at Rosenwerk, Dresden’s unique makerspace for transition initiatives, artists and anyone with an idea they want to bring to life. The warehouse space will be transformed by Tagträumer Productions with artistic and light installations, music, a photo booth, live DJ, projections and surprises to discover.


Friday 17 June 2016

09:00 - 09:30   Registration & Coffee

09:30 - 11:00    Session 3 POWER

This session will focus on the ways in which transition initiatives challenge existing practices, norms and institutions, in particular with regards to governance structures, funding models or narratives of (un-)sustainability.

Key words: societal change, decentralization, empowerment, shifting roles, niches, competition for limited resources, commons, funding mechanisms, systems thinking

Ricard GomaProfessor of Political Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Paola Cannavò, Member of the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Committee of the LABoratory for the GOVernance of Commons - LabGov

Ugo GuarnacciDG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Annemareike van EgeraatCity of Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30   Closing session

Derk Loorbach, Professor of Socio-Economic Transitions and Director of DRIFT - Dutch Research Institute for Transitions

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch