Last few days! Come visit Birmingham’s home of social change

Dear Transitioners,

For nearly a year, I’ve been volunteering with a team of super-motivated social changemakers (mostly from the TEDxBrum team) to launch Impact Hub Birmingham, a coworking community specifically for people trying to make Birmingham a better place.

I’m investing time in this because I truly believe it has the potential to supercharge the grassroots sustainability initiatives in our city. I’ve seen in London and elsewhere that the simple act of working, eating, debating and socialising together builds the networks of trust and communication that are essential for working together. That’s why today, I wrote a blog about why I think Birmingham’s green community needs a Hub. It explains how the Impact Hub will build on and support the amazing work Kings Heath Transition does in building strong relationships between the green pioneers in our city.

We’ve signed a lease on a space in The Walker Building, in the heart of Digbeth. It’s a beautiful space, but it’s just an empty shell – which is where you come in. We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy locally-made furniture, LED lighting, printers, wifi and the other essential. Now it’s the final few days of the campaign. The response so far has been phenomenal and 260 supporters have pushed us well past the half-way mark, but we still need to raise nearly £20,000.

If you’d like to come over to the Hub and have a chat, our doors are open all this week, just book a slot. The Hub team will be here to answer any questions you might have, and work out how you’d benefit from becoming a member or hosting events here. We’re happy to discuss bespoke packages, just let us know what you’d find valuable.

So if you’ve been thinking about grabbing a reduced-rate founder membership, or just pledging support and getting an exclusive photography class, t-shirt or tea-towel, don’t miss out! We’ve only got until this Saturday (10th Jan) to make Impact Hub a reality.

Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it 🙂

Cheers,

Jonathan Melhuish (07724 103945)

PS: The way Kickstarter works is that if we don’t reach £50,000, we won’t get a penny! So please spread the word – I think together we’ll do it.

Sent on behalf of Impact Hub Birmingham by Kings Heath Transition
– community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk

Twitter : @KHTransition
Facebook : Kings Heath Transition
Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)

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Free marketing workshop for green businesses

Hi friends,

I know many of you are lucky enough to work for green businesses and do Transition every day! Next week, I’m running a couple of marketing training workshops and would love to give you a free place. You’re welcome to pass this invitation on if you know a local green business who would benefit from this:

Free marketing training workshop for green businesses

Hello. We are mudski, a green marketing agency from Birmingham. We work exclusively with sustainable businesses to help them communicate better, grow faster and deliver more positive impact.

Thanks to European Union Climate-KIC funding, we’re able to offer a limited number of free places on our "Introduction to Marketing for Green Businesses" workshop for eligible SMEs in the West Midlands.

We’ll show you…

  • how communicating your company’s values can allow you to build a stronger relationship with your customers

  • that researching, deeply understanding and working with your customers can turn them into evangelists

  • how getting a fresh pair of eyes can ensure you’re communicating effectively and not losing sales

  • that by working with other non-competing ethical businesses, you can expand your reach without expanding your budget

The first workshop runs from 2:30pm to 5pm on Wednesday 1st October at Innovation Birmingham. The second is 1pm-4:30pm on Friday 3rd October at i-se. Further dates will be announced shortly, so please register your interest, even if you can’t make these dates.

Please register your interest now at: http://tiny.cc/greenmarketingcourse or give us a call on 0121 364 7788. We look forward to meeting you!

Cheers,

Jonathan

–Kings Heath Transition – community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk

Twitter : @KHTransition
Facebook : Kings Heath Transition
Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)

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Your spare bedroom can fight climate change

Dear friends,

In about a week’s time, 30 low-carbon professionals will start arriving from across Europe to do one-month projects here in the West Midlands, all tackling climate change. Of course, they’ll need somewhere to stay – and where better than with somebody on their wavelength, like you?

Even better: instead of their money going to a faceless hotel chain, we can use it to fund local Transition-type projects such as urban farming and aquaponics.

"It can only be a good thing to stay with a real person than in an anonymous hotel. Through this scheme I was able to meet a very friendly, easy-going and generous host. It’s also great to meet somebody who has similar passions about climate change. I like the concept of paying money to a good cause rather than to the host, it makes the stay feel less formal." – John Mitchell, who participated as a guest

Thanks to the host’s generosity in lending their spare room, over £300 was donated to local charity Balsall Heath is Our Planet to support their ongoing environmental campaign work in the community.

If you have a spare room in September/October, please fill in this short form as soon as possible.

If you’ve got any questions, email me or give me a call on 07724 103945.

Cheers,

Jonathan Melhuish

(Please note that I personally take full responsibility for this initiative)

–Kings Heath Transition – community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk

Twitter : @KHTransition
Facebook : Kings Heath Transition

Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)

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Could you host a low-carbon pioneer?

Dear friends,

I’ve been involved with an excellent EU professional development programme called "Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice" for several years now. It’s an opportunity for people who are working on tackling climate change to come together, share knowledge and get experience of working in another climate-related organisation in the West Midlands.

This year, the programme has expanded and we’ll soon have 7 participants arriving from Ireland and London. Of course, they’ll need somewhere to stay – and where better than with somebody on their wavelength, like you?

Even better: instead of the money going to a faceless hotel chain, we can use it to fund local ‘transition’ projects such as urban farming and aquaponics.

If you have a spare room and could potentially participate, please fill in this short form as soon as possible, and I’ll get in touch straight away.

(Please note that I personally take full responsibility for this initiative, not Climate-KIC or Transition Kings Heath)

Cheers,

Jonathan Melhuish
–Kings Heath Transition – community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk

Twitter : @KHTransition
Facebook : Kings Heath Transition

Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)

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Free micro-allotment at Moor Green

Fancy growing your own food? Need some soil, but not a whole allotment?

I’ll be honest: I’m one of those annoying people who got an allotment and then didn’t get around to cultivating it… although it’s doing quite well as a nettle sanctuary – nettle pesto anyone? 🙂

So rather than waste it, I thought I’d split the allotment up and offer you a chunk. It’ll need some clearing, but it’s completely free until September.

Interested? Just email me and we’ll take it from there: mail

Yours,

Jonathan Melhuish

–Kings Heath Transition – community resilience, facing up to peak oil and climate change: www.kingsheathtransition.org.uk

Twitter : @KHTransition
Facebook : Kings Heath Transition

Postal Address : 73 All Saints Rd, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7LN
Telephone : 07010 065548 (50p/min)

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