SSM events      Other events of interest

SSM events

Local and Global an open conversation
Tuesday 7th November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St.

About Social mobility, migration, and how this has affected participants. Content and questions to be developed with a focus on implications for our work towards the Viable Economy in Greater Manchester.    More information and booking form soon.

Gender and women at the core of the viable economy?
Was held on Thursday July 6th: See report  (blog post on our main page)

Other events of interest

film A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet.

Friday 20th October, 6.30 pm. Federation House, Dantzic Street, Manchester.

Manchester Greenpeace Network and ThoughtWorks

This is a great film, and as usual it’s FREE, plus you get drinks and nibbles AND a talk by Matthew Patterson, Professor of Environmental Politics from Manchester University, so please come along if you possibly can.

NOTE This is a new venue for these films. ThoughtWorks is now on the 4th Floor of Federation House, which is the old Coop building on Dantzic Street, near the National Football Museum. As usual, look out for Sami the Polar Bear.

The film’s website

Manchester: 27 October.  Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Manchester’s Risk of Flooding and Heat Stress

Maybe you’d like to be part of a Steady State Manchester team at this event: let us know asap.

The Challenge
Manchester is experiencing the combined effects of climate change and ongoing growth and urban development: surface water flooding has increased ten-fold since the 1950s, and the number of heat stress incidents has doubled over the same period. Without intervention, this trend is set to continue and accelerate as Manchester increasingly experiences the predicted effects of climate change: wetter and warmer winters, hotter and drier summers, and with more periods of extreme and unpredictable weather.

The Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2017-50 sets out the commitment to use ‘green infrastructure’, both existing and new, to reduce these impacts and the risks of impact over the short, medium and long-term. The term ‘green infrastructure’ (GI) describes all the city’s parks, gardens, green roofs, trees, grass verges, river valleys, and all other components of the natural environment that can be integrated as part of urban areas.

The use of GI in order to deliver the potential climate adaptation and resilience benefits outlined in Manchester’s climate change strategy is limited by a number of barriers. The Manchester Climathon 2017 will focus on one of these barriers: funding and resources, from delivery, through to long-term management and maintenance.

What Does the Climathon Involve? 

Through a 1-day competition, teams will develop an area-specific but scalable Green Infrastructure project and investment strategy that enables the scheme to be delivered and managed over the long-term. Details of the proposed Manchester site for the project will be provided on the day of the competition.

Manchester Climathon 2017: Using Green Infrastructure to Reduce Manchester’s Risk of Flooding and Heat Stress

When     9am to 5pm on Friday 27th October 2017. Lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a celebratory drinks reception.

Who       Students, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and technical experts

Why       For a full day hackathon to create innovative solutions to Manchester’s challenges in the face of climate change

Where    HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN.

Organisers Manchester Climate Change Agency


Climathon brings together the climate challenges faced by the world’s cities and the people who have the ability and the passion to solve them. Manchester’s students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and technical experts are being invited to take part in a Global climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

To register click the ‘Join this Climathon’ link on this page: . We’re looking for teams of 3-6, but if you have more or fewer people get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. Only one person from each team needs to register the team with us.

Carbon Co-op:  Beginners Guide To Retrofit

Learn about energy efficiency and making home improvements.
Description: What do we mean when we talk about energy efficiency and retrofit? In this short, beginners guide we explore basic ideas and concepts, helping you get to grips with how you might reduce energy bills, improve your property and make your home a little bit greener.
For: householders interested in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit, new Carbon Co-op members, housing association staff, housing co-ops and landlords.
Benefit: gain a better understanding of retrofit, whether it is relevant to you and advice on your next steps.
Knowledge required: None
Trainers: Jonathan Atkinson and Aneaka Kellay, Carbon Co-op
Dates and times:
This bi-monthly introductory evening to retrofit takes place on the second Wednesday of every other month from 6:30-8:30pm.See below for 2017/8 dates and booking links:
Weds 8th Nov 2017;
Weds 10th Jan 2018;
Weds 14th Mar 2018;
Weds 9th May 2018;
Weds 12th Sep 2018;
Weds 14th Nov 2018Where: Carbon Co-op Office, 10 Little Lever Street, M1 1HR
Cost: Free for both members and non-members
Book: Find all Carbon co-op courses here:

A Beginner’s Guide To Retrofit is a part of Carbon Co-op’s Home Energy Training Programme, see more at

6th International Degrowth Conference:  Dialogues in turbulent times

21-25 August 2018 Malmö, Sweden

The 6th International Degrowth Conference for ecological sustainability and social equity will take place in Malmö, Sweden 21-25 August 2018, with two twin conferences taking place the same year – in Mexico City, Mexico (19-22 June 2018) and at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium (around 17-21 September 2018). Our ambition is that the inclusion of a range of social, cultural and activist events draws in members of the community and stimulates a fruitful public debate.

This conference is inspired by principles of care, mutual aid and democratic decision-making. We aim to live and share dreams and practices of different worlds both happening and possible over these few days and invite you to be part of it!

Conference website:
Calls for contributions:
Call for academic submissions
Deadline for special and participatory sessions: 31 December 2017.
Deadline for individual submissions and poster presentations: 28 February 2018.
Submission system will open 1 December 2017.
Call for artists
Submission period: 1 October – 31 December 2017 (submit as soon as you can).
Call for activists
Submission period: 1 October – 31 December 2017 (submit as soon as you can).

Travel by train to Malmö:
An SSM member’s experience.             Independent how to advice from seat 61.

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