Sustainable Futures for Deep Rural Churches

Clued-up from the Bottom-up: co-creating a decision making tool for managing our church buildings Being the RCfE Rural Sustainability consultant for the last three years has been unexpectedly rewarding - I've been to some of our mos special communities and helped them develop their plans to make their communities' church buildings more open and sustainable. … Continue reading Sustainable Futures for Deep Rural Churches

Carbon Literate Conchie.Co

Tackling Climate Change is the biggest threat to our future, and a solid understanding is essential to building resilient communities. I've recently completed CPD in: Zero Carbon Britain via the Centre for Alternative Technology; Church of England Environmnent Programme: and Regenerative land management through Forest Gardening with the creator of the UKs longest established Forest … Continue reading Carbon Literate Conchie.Co

Tynedale Transformed: “What can we do in our communities about climate change?”

I was invited to present a talk in the Tynedale Transformed Second Sunday - Love Your Planet day programme today. I'll post links to the recording later, but here's a transcript of my 10 minute talk: So the question today is: "What can we do in our communities about climate change?" We know two things … Continue reading Tynedale Transformed: “What can we do in our communities about climate change?”

Research and resources to help manage historic church buildings for Net Zero carbon and social action.

As part of my work on the Rural Churches for Everyone project, I've been hearing from many church wardens and PCC members about how they want to do the best for their communities and their church buildings. They're all telling me how complicated they're finding it, navigating through all the information out there. So I've … Continue reading Research and resources to help manage historic church buildings for Net Zero carbon and social action.

Current Projects

Happy New Year! Here's a summary of projects I'm working on in 2021. Click on the pics to find out more. Blanchland Heritage CIO Blanchland residents want their Grade 1 listed Abbey and its monastic craft and produce heritage to be the heart of a sustainable future for their village. Rural Churches for Everyone A … Continue reading Current Projects

The value of the freelance voice in 2020

Back in July 2020, Culture Northumberland’s newsletter shared a link to a survey inviting creative freelancers in Northumberland, Coventry and Waltham Forest to contribute to research into the “crucial contribution of freelancers to the creative industries”. The study was intended to “generate new insights into the business models of creative freelancers and their relationship to … Continue reading The value of the freelance voice in 2020

Social Innovation in Rural Areas

The EU Horizon2020 research and Innovation Programme has recently completed thir Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas programme http://www.simra-h2020.eu/ It's a mine of  robust research that backs up my own approach to supporting communities to be more resilient. Interestingly the programme is diseminating their findings and skills through a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) … Continue reading Social Innovation in Rural Areas