Our First Birthday celebration!!!
With Stuart-Wilks Heeg, University of Liverpool; Steve Higginson, author of 'Edgy Cities', and contributions from Peter Rix, Liverpool Vision, and Christine Darbyshire, Liverpool City Council.
About 50 of us crowded into the upstairs room at Mello Mello for a fascinating and energising meeting. Stuart went through Liverpool's recent experiences, commenting that while the city had to some extent undergone a bit of a renaissance, there remained many fundamental problems. Most of the new jobs were in the public sector, and many of Liverpool's poorer residents had not been helped in getting the skills needed for the new economy. And that's before we even think about the sustainability of international events like the Capital of Culture. Steve gave a very different perspective, arguing that there is more to life than work and living by the clock to earn money to consume more. Why not live life to more natural rhythms, like the tides? This lead to a fascinating discussion about what work would look like in a transitioned economy - slower, perhaps, less resource intensive. But with strong community bonds, and more enjoyable than the sort of useless toil many people either have to do, or are excluded from.
It was a really great meeting, a feeling that one year on we were ready to get going on the transformation of our unsustainable city.
After the meeting Steve wrote:
"One of the best events I have attended in a long long time. I am now galvanised back into activism. For me personally,at last I have found somewhere whereby I can channel ideas and theories about rhythms etc, and not to be seen as a crack-pot!! please keep me informed of future meetings etc , cos I am hooked!!!"