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
LIFT festival is green June 9, 2008
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.
Power Parties in the Metro January 23, 2008
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 email@example.com
Do the Green Thing November 29, 2007
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.
Walk the Line power party event August 10, 2007
A JOURNEY THROUGH A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
Fancy a nice summer Sunday stroll, a short journey with surprise elements and a picnic thrown in? Then on August 12th join artist/historian Maurice Maguire with haiku poet and artist Paul Conneally and others on a guided journey through the changing landscape of the Birmingham Kings Norton 3 Estates.Starting from the Masshouse Members Club, a short walk along the canal towpath will take you to the entrance of the Kings Norton canal tunnel – the Wast Hill Tunnel. We will then trace the above ground route of the tunnel as it runs underneath the 3 Estates, over the Wast Hill to the Hopwood end of the tunnel. As this is roughly two miles suitable shoes should be worn. Transport will be available to complete the return journey to a picnic/buffet and discussion including a poetry reading back at the Kings 3 Café on The Fold.
Over the past 200 years, the canal has been the one constant feature of this area. The contours of the landscape we see today were formed to a great extent by the excavations carried out during its construction. How the Kings Norton 3 Estates area has developed in the past and particularly how it may develop in the future is the theme for what promises to be an entertaining and informative journey.
The event is free. To book your place, and for further details please call Rita Fletcher on 07877503392 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
WALKTHELINE is a POWER PARTY. Remember to switch off any appliances, lights etc before leaving home.
Ungreen implications of the Clean Neighbourhoods Act August 3, 2007
I’ve just been contacted by my local council to warn me that I should be liable to a fine of £75 per poster (I put up loads over 3 months) for advertising a local no-profit power party event. I had no idea, and I’m sure nobody in my community had any idea, that it is now illegal to put a little poster on a tree. Our community thrives on using trees as noticeboards. I was feeling a bit miffed when I started to notice that as soon as I’d put up a poster, it would get taken down. I’d assumed somebody was being antisocial. But it was the council workers, who clearly had nothing better to do than to sabotage our event. When the council rang me, they suggested a less offensive mode of publicity would be to flier every house. Now, most people I know get annoyed at the endless shower of pizza leaflets through their doors. It’s much greener to put up a poster on one tree in every road. One positive outcome of the conversation with the man from the council is that he agreed to put up a community noticeboard.
Organise This July 1, 2007
Organise This is an event management company that specialises in sustainable events. http://www.organisethis.co.uk/sustainability.php There may be other companies that do so, but this one is really active and very up front about their green-ness, and without a hint of flakiness. It’s really impressive that they’ve worked with the British Standards Institute to develop sustainability standards for managing events. See the link for more about conferences on sustainable events.