Between the 13th and 17th September, the Transition Network Conference ran on Tooting’s doorstep at Battersea Arts Centre. The network links together more than a thousand Transition Town initiatives worldwide. 

Designing a city with the enterprises we want
As you would expect it was extremely full – with the different days focusing on different themes from early until late in the evening, and over 250 people coming along from all over the world for the parts of the conference they chose.

For me, the surprises were valuable – for example in one 2-hour period 60 self-selected small groups met for an hour each, having identified common topics of interest on the spot through ‘open space’.
We’ll share some of the details later, and how they can be valuable for our community in Tooting. In-depth reports from the conference are being posted now at

Right now I want to share that four of us offered participants the chance to visit Tooting on the Saturday evening, and experience just a part of the Treasuring Tooting wellbeing walk that we hosted in full in May.

Vitality (at the Lido in the evening sun)
With a small group, we visited the Lido, the Community Garden, walked through Tooting to the Broadway accompanied by a live story, and then enjoyed a dosa before getting the group back to Battersea for the evening’s session. 
Change (3000 year old worked flint found in the Garden)

With an appreciative audience, it was a pleasure to have the time to explore each place and the aspects of wellbeing it represents: we focused on Vitality, Change and Talents.

Using Talents (storytelling en route)

More to share soon – and see you at the Foodival!  – Charles