We run a range of events and promote other events that we think you would enjoy, quite a few are free and some are online!
Skills for Sustainability – Truly terrible meetings and how to avoid them
Tuesday 21st July (6.30pm – 8.30pm), River Cottage Canteen (Whiteladies Rd)
Skills for Sustainability is a new series of workshops, co-ordinated by Net Impact Bristol. They are designed to provide you with professional development for sustainable change and build your personal effectiveness enabling you to collaborate, innovate, inspire and communicate more effectively.
All of us will have spent many hours in unproductive, tedious, and at times tetchy and overlong meetings and far less time in meetings with a clear purpose, great communications and useful outcomes. Some of us will have run meetings, where despite our best intentions, the meeting veered towards the unproductive and overlong rather than the clear and constructive.
This workshop will consider why we hold meetings, whether and when to call a meeting and how to plan, structure and run meetings so they are a valuable use of time for all those taking part. It will also consider whether the sustainability agenda requires or benefits from a particular approach to planning and running meetings.
Joined by Mark Letcher, an expert in facilitation with over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector, the workshop will comprise a mix of group and small group discussions and exercises and encourage participants to share their experience, insight and ideas on the subject.
Complimentary snacks are included in your ticket!
From local connections to global impact – Net Impact Bristol’s first birthday!
Tuesday 2nd June (6.30pm – 9pm), Yurt Lush (Redcliffe)
In June 2014, Net Impact Bristol launched, becoming the second UK professional chapter of the global network. The key aim of the chapter is to create networking opportunities for Bristol-based professionals interested in sustainability, provide learning experiences and enable access to continuing professional development.
Now the chapter is one year old! Throughout this last year we have engaged with over 200 people via eight events. We have enjoyed seeing new partnerships emerge, friendships made and valuable information shared!
Join us to help celebrate our first birthday and hear from those involved in the network. They will inspire you by demonstrating how making new connections can boost your career – and drive sustainable change in our city!
Jessica Ferrow, Chair of Net Impact Bristol: Jessica will detail what she has learned from running the network for the past year, and share insights into how this voluntary role has been fundamental in helping her secure her next career adventure – an MBA in Sustainable Business in California!
Wren Aigaki-Lander: Wren, a specialist in sustainable business, will speak about her experiences with Net Impact in the UK, Spain and America. She will also detail her work with B Corporation, a global sustainability standard for businesses, and the community it has created.
We will also be outlining opportunities to get invovled with the network in the coming year, which could help you gain new connections and develop your skills.
We will finish with networking (or just chatting), drinks and delicious locally-sourced food to celebrate our first birthday in style.
We hope to see you there to begin our second year on a great note!
What is Systems Thinking and how could it help my green career?
Wednesday 25th March 18.00 – 20.30 BORDEAUX QUAY
News of economic, environmental and social challenges can get a bit overwhelming. Knowing how to act – professionally and personally – can feel difficult.
At the Net Impact Zero Waste Christmas party, Melinda Watson from RAW Foundation spoke about finding solutions through Systems Thinking. There was so much interest we decided to team up with The Schumacher Institute – who provide courses about this useful technique – to introduce and inspire you with a new approach that can help your sustainability career.
Join us to learn how Systems Thinking can help you explore new leadership approaches and ways of working that help tackle the increasing complexity and uncertainty of our fast-moving world.
Delicious complimentary canapés will be served on arrival, and drinks will be available to purchase from Bordeaux Quay.
Pigpen Social – Sustainability and Networking Presentations
Saturday 28th of February (1pm-4pm), The Greenbank Pub (Easton)
Pigpen Social is back! This free entry event will feature sustainability and networking presentations, creative commons cinema, a free shop with books and vinyl, live music and more!
1pm – 4pm Net Impact Bristol are delighted to be hosting the sustainability and networking presentations section. Topics include: sustainable living; progressing towards a plastic free world; charity music festivals; community organising; cooperative media; social enterprises and creative commons. Speakers will be representing: Greenlivvy.com, Bristol Festival Community Group, Acorn Bristol, The Bristol Cable, Pigpen Radio and Net Impact.
Book your free tickets for the Net Impact Bristol session (1pm-4pm). Tickets are FREE but strictly limited.
After 4pm the event will be open to all, and tickets will not be required.
4pm to 8pm: Films licensed under creative commons, exploring themes of intellectual property rights and copyright law.
8pm to 1am: A fantastic line-up of live music and DJs. Further details will be announced closer to the event.
NET Impact Bristol’s first Sustainable Cinema screening and discussion will be Cowspiracy: investigating the carbon footprint and environmental impact of farming
Cowspiracy is an American documentary asking challenging questions to environmental charities about world farming farming practices and carbon; discussions that they don’t feel comfortable campaigning on.
To bring it back to a UK and local context, following the film we will run an informal panel discussion to explore practical ways to address your own food carbon footprint.
Panelists will include:
Dr Steve Allen, Environmental Sustainability Expert Circular Ecology – who specialises in carbon and water footprinting for various diets and farming models.
Rob Percival, Food & Health Policy Officer, Soil Association – discussing the ‘eat less and better meat’ message.
Bea Oliver, Bristol Pound Real Economy Project – a pioneering project from Bristol’s local currency which is promoting and supporting local growers and food projects.
Lyndsey Knight, Communications & Community, FoodTrade, Lyndsey helps build FoodTrade’s global food map and guides food businesses to create positive change
Net Impact Bristol – Zero Waste Christmas Party
Wednesday 17th December 2014 – Hamilton House, Bristol – from 7pm
Join us for an evening of festive cheer and sharing brilliant ideas!
For those who want to drive sustainable change through their careers, whether you are working in the sector already, or striving to, come and celebrate a zero waste Christmas with us.
We will have a very special guest speaker who has made a fantastic contribution to the world of sustainability. Come and be inspired!
Ticket price includes local mulled cider or apple juice, and a delicious Christmas buffet provided by Fareshare. In the spirit of zero waste, we’re asking you to bring your favourite drinking vessel, which will help us celebrate an evening without all the throwaway items that are synonymous with this time of year.
Most importantly – please bring with you the best piece of advice you have ever received. This will be your gift to everyone!
We really hope you can join us, come alone or in a group! If you have never been to a Net Impact Bristol event before, this is a great chance to come along – we are quite a friendly bunch!
At-Bristol Sustainability Tour – A Net Impact Bristol Event
Thursday 23rd october 2014 – 17.45 – 20.00
Discover the future of green buildings by exploring behind the scenes at one of the UK’s most advanced low-energy installations, At-Bristol Science Centre.
Key to At-Bristol’s award winning sustainability is the innovative system that regulates the environment of this iconic building. Join At-Bristol’s Sustainability Manager Chris Dunford for a special tour of this revolutionary technology and a look at why it has won dozens of sustainability awards over the years.
The building features the UK’s only phase-change tank which, along with air source heat pumps, thermal wheels, green roofs and a photovoltaic array, is part of At-Bristol’s cutting-edge environmentally friendly design.
Learn about the science, sustainability and history of this technology as we weave through the hidden corridors, and allow Chris’s knowledge and wit to bring them to life! We guarantee this is something you won’t see anywhere else!
5th August 2014, 6-8pm
Each representing part of Bristol’s environmental history, these landmarks signify the diversity of the sustainability action that has occurred across the last forty years in our city.
Join Net Impact Bristol for a guided walk through the city centre via Bedminster to Southville to find out more about some of the fantastic and inspiring green activities designed to create healthier and happier communities.
Spaces limited to 20 so booking essential.
Tuesday 17th June 8am – 9am – £5 including Speciality teas and Coffee and a light breakfast
Agenda: Explore how the work of local organisations, initiatives and individuals have combined to shape the city’s environmental action. How can we learn from the lessons of the past to create further sustainable change today?
With Jessica Ferrow, Chair of Net Impact Bristol and Emmelie Brownlee, author of Bristol’s Green Roots.
Thank you to all who made our launch event on 3rd June 2014 at the Birdcage Bristol! We were amazed to have over 50 people at the launch and had a great time meeting all of you. We will be posting feedback from the event here soon.
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