For info – 10 June: The Creativity of Sustainability: York as a cultural capital

From Mark Alty on behalf of the One Planet York Leadership Team:

“THE CREATIVITY OF SUSTAINABILITY: York as a cultural capital” (part of the 2019 York Festival of Ideas)

A conference on thinking creatively about York’s future, and how urban communities can become more sustainable by engaging with new ideas, initiatives and activity.

  • Monday 10 June 2019, 4.30pm to 7pm
    Temple Hall, York St John University
    Open to the public

Micro, micro, and me: what can the big picture teach us about how we can create change on a community level and a personal level? There may not be one big solution, but a thousand smaller actions can create big change.


Helen Graham and Phil Bixby from My Future York will talk about cultural project engagement and how to bring people together to collaborate creatively.

Catherine Heinemeyer from York Extinction Rebellion will discuss how the growing acceptance of the current climate emergency situation can open up a space for conversations and connections.

Ivana Jakubkova from St Nicks Environment Centre in tandem with York Community Energy will share their ideas about “house warming parties”, where community comes together to help with DIY insulation.

Christine Marmion-Lennon will speak on the subject of how joining in with groups to overcome loneliness and isolation can lead to sustained engagement with ideas.

New One Planet York chair Mike Bonsall will discuss “social platform for urban ecology”.

Sheridan Piggott of York Bike Belles will talk about the success of York Walk Cycle Festival and what it can teach us about mixing culture, community, and the arts.

The conference will include networking and workshop time when individuals and groups can discuss the ideas being shared and contribute ideas on the subject of creative sustainability.

Hot drinks and sweet treats will be on hand to fuel our creativity! We encourage One Planet York pledgers to bring any printed material to share with attendees, letting them know who you are and what you do. We are expecting a good mix of students, businesses, and charities to be represented – this is a great event to help connect with the wider York community.

Monday 10 June 2019, 4.30pm to 7pm
Temple Hall, York St John University
Open to the public


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