Fancy tapping into your left and right hemispheres to see science creatively? Hosted by Cambridge University Press Bookshop and led by Pivotal member and poet Jane Monson, this creative writing workshop will draw on science, language and art to explore climate change.
This September 8th, thousands of communities from all over the world are Rising For Climate in a Global Day of Action! Multiple organisations in Cambridge, including Pivotal, have teamed up to stage a powerful action that will send a message to the County Council, the University and the Government. We demand immediate political action!
Pivotal joins Transition Cambridge in supporting this Cambridge Literary Festival Event.
In his latest book, naturalist and environmental activist Mark Cocker explores six special places which embody the history of British conservation. We meet key characters who shaped the story of the British countryside – Victorian visionaries like Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, as well as brilliant naturalists such as Max Nicholson and Derek Ratcliffe.
The book asks searching questions about who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Above all it attempts to solve a puzzle: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet we have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth?
As part of the Films for Our Future Festival, Pivotal is screening this beautiful documentary about a young couple on a quest throughout Britain for a more satisfying and sustainable way of living. Disillusioned by their urban lifestyles of consumption and alienation, Lily and Pete set out to discover other ways of living in the modern world. Their journey didn't provide them with easy answers, but it did inspire them and introduce them to some of the new ways of thinking that may just change the way we all live and help to protect the planet.
Donations will be accepted to cover costs of this screening.
To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the Doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/38r8s62hawqav35s
Join three passionate environmentalists for an optimistic discussion about the new environmental heroes who are taking governments to court – and winning. ClientEarth is the only pan-European group of environmental lawyers working in the public interest. Its founder, environmental lawyer James Thornton, has now written a book about his experiences battling in the courts for the future of our planet. He will be joined in this event by co-writer, Martin Goodman, and ClientEarth trustee, composer and producer, Brian Eno.
The stunning new feature by documentarian Bruce Parry (Tribe, Amazon, Arctic).
Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very differently to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.
Bruce will be on hand for a Q and A following the screening.
Pivotal continues, with a small-scale, home-made, collaborative festival this November!
Pivotal, in collaboration with our friends Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge, and Friends of the Earth Cambridge, are taking over the Museum of Technology on Cambridge's riverside, for a night and a day on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November.
We aim to keep the conversations going, and have chosen this iconic venue to highlight the link between the environment and technology, with us, the human community, the piece in-between. We are partnering with these 3 great fellow NGO's to highlight the great work we all do, and share our common goals. We're working on bringing you a festival that takes over the museum with films, conversations and maybe provocations, spoken word and some story-making, music, art, food and drink, and lots more.....watch this space!
And in the meantime, please help us raise some funding to get the festival going: please pledge for our crowd-funding campaign on crowdfunded.co.uk and share the page!
Pivotal Festival this weekend at the Museum of Technology in Cambridge!
Conversation Cafe, organised in association with our friends at Transition Cambridge, is an opportunity to create some space in which to hear and be heard. The evening will be a mixture of facilitated group discussion around Transition and Pivotal values, such as the environment, social justice and democracy, food and water security, energy security and immigration. The aim is simply to help people find some personal clarity about their voting position. No party political speeches, grandstanding or attempts to sway opinion, just honest conversation with refreshments. This event is free, with a suggested on the door donation of £3 -£5 but please register at http://bit.ly/EUConversation lookig forward to seeing you there!
Frozen Ark Trustee Paul Pearce-Kelly, Senior Curator of Invertebrates, Lower Vertebrates and Research at the Zoological Society London, joins Tim Flach, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and award winning photographer, to discuss and illustrate the goals of the charity, which works to preserve the genetic material of endangered lifeforms.
Bookings will open at 10.30am on Monday 8 Februaryat: http://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/events/freezing-future
Why, when climate change is evidently a pressing issue with potentially disastrous consequences for our planet and all its inhabitants, have we been unable to enact the changes required at either local or national levels? Couldthe problem lie in our system of governance, e.g. insufficient political will to take unpopular decisions in the face of short-term periods in office, or a dysfunctional system which doesn't allow politicians to follow the will of the people they represent?
This"open space" style discussion will focus on the question: "How can we improve our democracy?" There will be at least one group discussing how to stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming city council elections.
All are welcome to this free event (suggested donation of£2-4 to cover costs will be collected on the night). Book on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experiments-in-democracy-part-two-open-space-discussion-tickets-20996698691
To get our second Pivotal Conversation event started, we've invited speakers Jacky Sutton-Adam from Transition Cambridge; John Turner and Jenny Langley, who are involved with the new Circular Cambridge initiative; and Giulia Nicolini, a recent sociology grad who has been involved with various food and environmental groups in Cambridge - in particular, she worked with Cambridge Sustainable Food from 2014 until last month.
Do you think democracy may be broken? Are you frustrated with the slow pace of change in Cambridge city? Do you wish our leadership, instead of dividing on partisan lines, could work together to solve the huge problems - climate change, economic uncertainty, growing population, transportation chaos - which face us now?
Free Event. Please reserve your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/experiments-in-democracy-tickets-20888891236
An open discussion event with a presentation by Dr Chris Forman, research associate in the Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University. Chris will introduce his research into applying biophysics to develop new materials and technology to improve sustainable engineering and manufacturing.
Free event but places limited. Please book free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-ipods-grow-on-trees-tickets-19726297888
A moving, funny and troubling monologue about acclaimed playwright Steve Waters' journey into a changing climate. Performed by the writer, In a Vulnerable Place takes us from the Broads of Norfolk to the Steppes of Mongolia to ask what is happening to the natural world and to the human heart.
Pivotal takes over the Rebel Arts slot on Cambridge105 radio for a full hour of change related poetry, sound art, music tracks from the likes of Jonny and the Baptists and Formidable Vegetable Sound System, interviews with change experts and more.
Come and share the beauty and community spirit of a very special public garden. This winter fireside party for the whole family includes acoustic music, storytelling, a talk on Peak Soil and Permaculture by sustainable gardening expert Charlotte Synge, and the unveiling of a new shed mural by artist Rebecca Lindum Greene.
Pivotal has teamed up with revolutionary art collective Rebel Arts and poetry publisher Allographic for the Mill Road Winter Fair. We'll be staging a family friendly street theatre project, as well as takeaway poetry. Pivotal organisers will be available to talk about the project and share what we've learned about the coming tide of global change.
Watch out for the Pivotal logo on our banners and stop by to say hello.
We've teamed up with Cambridge Storytellers and Allographic for this evening of true tales told live. Professional storytellers, including Glenys Newton, who gave up a career as a social worker to become an itinerant storyteller, will join remarkable people from many different backgrounds and life experiences to tell the stories of moments when their lives changed forever.
Includes open mic opportunity; a chance to share your own story of change.
Tickets: £6.50/£5.00. Click here to buy from Eventbrite.
This is your chance to connect with the Pivotal community in a relaxed conversation about the change agenda.
Artist, 'zine publisher and owner of Alan's Art Kiosk at Cambridge Market, Alan Rogerson will be in attendance with his Telling Tales pop up studio, inviting participants to publish their own illustrated 'zines based on the conversation or any topic you're interested in.
Free event, everyone welcome.
We've partnered with Collaborating Cambridge for this exhibition by local artists inspired by change. Artists include Manuela Hubner, Rebecca Lindum Greene, Jill Eastland, Yasmin Gyford, Alan Rogerson, Debbie Hayden, Sa'adi Aah, and Emmanuel Martin.