What we are doing (calendar)

Steady State Manchester projects include undertaking inter-disciplinary research, writing and producing publications, communicating through informative blog posts, representing Steady State Manchester through membership of groups, networks and forums across Greater Manchester, holding events and workshops, making presentations, lobbying and advocating around steady state, the viable economy and other relevant themes/issues.

SSM events      Other events of interest 

SSM events

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2018

and workshop on Greater Manchester’s spatial planning

When? Thursday, April 26th, 7.00pm*

Where? Partisan Centre*. 19 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester, M4 4FY MAP

Download the Agenda


1) Formal Business:

  • To report to members on SSM’s work over 2017-8, receiving reports from the Secretary and Treasurer with an opportunity for members to ask questions.
  • To elect positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and other executive committee (the SSM collective) members.
  • Confirmation of minutes of previous AGM
  • Agreement of subscription rates for the coming year.
  • Any other business to be notified.


The SSM constitution is available at this link:

2) Workshop: “What if we stand here? A different approach to spatial planning for Greater Manchester.”

Only paid up members of SSM can participate in the AGM, but observers are welcome.  The workshop event that will follow is open to all. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework was met by resistance from across the Greater Manchester community.  Objections were various, from plans to encroach on the Green Belt, while building yet more flats in the city centre, to the neglect of peripheral urban centres, to the flawed economics underlying the report.  See our own objection HERE.  As a result, Mayor Burnham has initiated a re-write of the plan, to redress  some of these flaws, but will it still end up being a “Developers Charter – lite”?  Moreover, we know what we are against, but what do we actually want for our city region, what alternative vision do we have (THIS, for example)?  And who is “we” anyway?  How do you arrive at a more bottom-up approach, while ensuring that there is a plan to set direction and prevent speculators and others continuing their destructive course?
Our short workshop will explore some of these issues as a contribution to a piece of work SSM is doing to develop our alternative vision for the region’s use of space.


A reminder that you have to be a paid up member to participate in the formal business. You can join (here’s a link, or in person on the day) or renew at any time before the formal business starts. Emails are sent out reminding people to renew (if you’ve set up a standing order or recurring payment, this doesn’t apply to you). Everyone is welcome to attend to AGM as an observer and to participate in the workshop.


Other events of interest

Anti-Fracking Solidarity
From Latin America to the UK: Manchester, 19 May.

Come to connect the resistance to extreme fossil fuels between UK, Argentina and Colombia. We will share stories of resistance and discuss how to offer practical solidarity.  Book here.

Fernando Cabrera, Observatorio Petrolero Sur, Argentina
Fabian Laverde, COSPACC, Colombia
Speaker from Frack Free Greater Manchester (TBC)

Co-hosts: Platform, War on Want, Argentina Solidarity Campaign, Manchester Friends of the Earth, Fossil Free Greater Manchester and Frack Free Greater Manchester

Advance notice:  The People’s Green Summit!  Being organised by a coalition of environmentalist organisations, including Steady State Manchester.

Update:  We previously announced a provisional date of 21 April.  This has been postponed and the organising group are now looking at a rolling programme of work under this heading. Watch this space for updates.



6th International Degrowth Conference:  Dialogues in turbulent times

Some of the SSM collective will be presenting at this conference (and getting there by train).

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: https://malmo.degrowth.org/
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.



The course is spread over 4 weeks during the month of March.
Location: The Broughton Trust, Salford, M7 1NY. Dates and Times are as follows:
5th/6th March 2018 (Monday & Tuesday) – 10:30 to 15:30
12th/13th March 2018 (Monday & Tuesday) – 10:30 to 15:30
19th/20th/21st March 2018 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) – 10:30 to 15:30
28th March 2018 (Wednesday) – 10:30 to 15:30
The course tutor is Donnachadh McCarthy an award winning environmentalist, journalist and author of several books including Easy Eco-auditing.
The training will address the full range of a home’s environmental performance, including areas where vulnerable households could save money by adopting eco-tips. The first five days will involve training on how to carry out the eco-audits, whilst the next two days will involve carrying out sample home visits. Trainees will then be given a week to write up the audits, so that the last day can be spent going over them together.

The Course Content Includes:

Introduction to eco-auditing
Home visits process
Water efficiency
Potential for renewables
Electricity efficiency
Heating efficiency
Food / Garden
How to access grants
The course valued at £950 is available free of charge to all attendees who are in a position to carry out 17 eco-audits prior to 31st January 2019. A deposit of £25 will be required and is returnable on completion of the 17 audits, preferably carried out within the Salford area.
To book onto the course or request further information, please contact the Broughton Trust by telephone on 0161 831 9807 or by email, office@thebroughtontrust.org.uk Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available and so it is advisable to book early.


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 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: carboncoop.eventbrite.co.uk

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

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