Power Parties

Parties to save power to save the planet

Lack of power in this blog! March 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — bridgetmck @ 12:57 pm

Apologies for not posting here regularly. Lots of people loved the idea of Power Parties but I didn’t get enough support from people wanting to consolidate it into a campaign. I couldn’t do it alone. This site remains here to share the idea. In the meantime, I’m setting up a blog and network to explore ecology and cultural heritage, to promote more rigorous environmental policies and actions by the cultural heritage sector. You can see this post for more about this http://bridgetmckenzie.blogspot.com/2009/02/climate-crisis-and-mla-sector.html


Advice from London Sustainability Exchange June 9, 2008

Filed under: Power-saving ideas — bridgetmck @ 10:29 am

There’s a useful set of advice and links here on holding green events, from the London Sustainability Exchange http://www.lsx.org.uk/news/hottopics.aspx?id=3061


LIFT festival is green

Filed under: Uncategorized — bridgetmck @ 10:27 am

The London International Festival of Theatre is nearly here. The mobile studio will be based at the South Bank from 26 June to 6 July http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/lift/ The structure and the events are designed to be low carbon and sustainable. Lots of the events raise thoughts about climate change and environmental degradation. Look out for A Children’s Parliament for Sustainable Schools, Transition Towns, Cape Farewell and Tipping Point to name but a few.


Get to this exhibition January 23, 2008

Filed under: Party ideas — bridgetmck @ 1:35 pm

Here’s something you can do to get together and get out of the house:

Go and visit the exhibition coming soon (well, April 5th 2008) to the Science Museum in London, called Science of Survival. It looks into the future, to 2050, to explore how we will be challenged to live on our planet and it challenges us to make changes now to our lifestyle. More information on http://www.scienceof.com/?lid=283 

It will tour lots of cities around the world over 5 years, so it should make a big impact. Our company, Flow Associates, is designing and writing lots of e-learning materials to accompany the exhibition for schools and young people internationally.

“This exciting and empowering exhibition encourages you and your family to make choices about both future lifestyles and your individual impact on the environment. We take turning on the tap or going to the supermarket for granted but how could drinking and eating change in the future? How we travel to work and school or even how we spend out leisure time have unforeseen consequences. And what sort of neighbourhood do you want to live in?”


Power Parties in the Metro

Filed under: Uncategorized — bridgetmck @ 1:30 pm

Apparently, this website was in the Metro (free London newspaper), though I can’t find mention of it on their website. It’s good to be getting a bit more publicity. We’re still hoping to design an e-badge and widget so that any events you organise can be easily tagged as Power Parties, helping to remind people to power down at home when they get together. If you can help with this, please email bridget.mckenzie@flowassociates.com


Do the Green Thing November 29, 2007

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Do the Green Thing is a new community website that holds your hand and encourages you with creative tools to do some fun and easy green things. October’s challenge to take a walk (easy peasy) was helped along with some downloadable walking tunes and words, provided by musicians and writers. November’s challenge to turn the lights off is helped by some wierd and interesting things to listen to in the dark. Lovely. I think holding a power party could be one challenge to add to their list.


Buy Nothing Day November 20, 2007

Filed under: Campaign ideas,Party ideas — bridgetmck @ 1:35 pm

This weekend, from 24th November, is Buy Nothing Day http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/ Of course, it doesn’t help much if you just put off the splurging until Monday. And most important is to consider what you buy, where it comes from and how long it will last, not how much. But anyway, I do think BND gets good publicity and makes some people think twice about consumerism. The perfect way to celebrate BND is to have a Power Party. Invite people round to cook up a feast from whatever food they have in the house. Or pool some craft materials and make some Christmas presents.