2019 Transition Engineering Convergence

It must be clear by now that action on climate change is needed, that society expects that somebody will take action, and that the only people who can effectively and rationally change the unsustainable systems we are all using are the people who know how they work. 

The Convergence was a simultaneous workshop experience. There were three venues in New Zealand, Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington, where attendees worked together for the day. About 60 participants from different organisations and engineering fields participated. The convergence was directed by Professor Susan Krumdieck and her presentations and instructions were video-linked to the other two venues. The participants formed working groups around four key wicked problems in cities:

  • Food - focusing on the Breakfast meal
  • The 3 Waters - drinking water, storm water and sanitation
  • Shelter - affordable, decent housing
  • Access to Activities and Goods - personal transportation

The 7 steps of the InTIME approach formed the stages of the workshop for the day. The working groups strived to generate concepts for shift projects. The working groups are now discussing their experiences and shift projects on the GATE Linkedin discussion group.  

The project from 2012, From the Ground Up, was found to be a good model for an integrated approach to the problems of the transition of the city. 

e-CO2Nference

The shift project of no-travel activities is a hallmark of TE. This convergence was an investigation of no-travel workshops, but we are continuing also with our investigation of the no-fly e-CO2Nference. The no-fly e-CO2Nference was actually first developed by Susan Krumdieck, Shannon Page and the organising team of the Signs of Change in 2010. Watch a documentary about it HERE.