River Dart Charter Making Workshop

Over 1,200 people so far have participated in creating the UK’s first River Charter for the Dart at Dartington. You are invited to join us to build a culture of care for water by giving a voice to our river and naming ourselves as co-stewards. Free and open to all....

“Water has an incredible memory”

It's easy to think of a river as a thing... water moving from source to sea, a corridor through a landscape, part of the hydrological cycle, what a boat floats on, or the thing that floods. Rarely do we give ourselves time to experience a river as part of a dynamic,...

Emergency – who calls it?

In his excellent article about Resilience, Michael Lerner emphasizes the importance of relevant, practical and local actions and points out that it is emergency planning that brings people together across political, cultural, sectarian, and ethnic lines. Thinking...

Common Sense

We have been having some lively interactions with some lovely academic researchers recently. The common ground is that we all want impact goals that are truly transformational. Our approach is to start in-place, have conversations and get all sectors talking to one...

BLC Annual Review

- BLC ANNUAL REVIEW 2018 Bioregional Learning Centre is delighted to have published their 2018 Annual Review - it tells the story of a hugely exciting 2nd year for the Centre and gives some tantalising clues about what's coming in the year ahead. Let's just say that...

Research Studies Are Like Truffles

- RESEARCH STUDIES ARE LIKE TRUFFLES BLC recently participated in an experience that was so much more than a workshop. FoAM is a network of transdisciplinary labs at the intersection of art, science, nature and everyday life. Their most recent UK AccessLab paired...

Oxford Real Farming Conference

- OXFORD REAL FARMING CONFERENCE BLC will be playing a key role at the 2019 Oxford Real Farming Conference. Isabel Carlisle will be chairing a panel discussion on 'Bioregions: a powerful way to reconnect people to land’ at this always lively event in early January...

“…and the fun is still going around…”

- "...AND THE FUN IS STILL GOING AROUND..." Four hundred tiny pieces of extruded black plastic poured out from the hula hoop I had just slit open. You could see they had been cut by hand because they were all different lengths. Someone, somewhere, chops them up, day...

3rd Archimedes Screw Fest

- 3RD ARCHIMEDES SCREW FEST The 3rd Annual Archimedes Screw Fest celebrates the River Dart and its most spectacular new landmarks - the twin turbines of the Totnes Weir hydropower scheme. Event date: 6th October, 2018 Time: 10am-4pm Admission: Free Join us as we...

Let’s Talk Dart

- LET'S TALK DART What does the River Dart dream about...? You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t yet got around to considering this question. Not many people have, and that was the point the Bioregional Learning Centre (BLC) was trying to make at its Pop-Up ‘Lets Talk Dart’...

Bricolage on the Dart

- BRICOLAGE ON THE DART The Flow Partnership's Water Summer School is being run at Dartington on the banks of the River Dart in South Devon in June 2018, drawing attention to the practical water work done by local communities and farmers to protect water in our...

Plastic Pollution

- SOUTH DEVON PLASTIC POLLUTION NETWORK South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Devon Community Recycling Network (DCRN) and The Bioregional Learning Centre (BLC) have been working with Anna Turns on the issue of single-use plastics. They are forming a...

The Commons

Isabel reports for Transition Network here from the first European Commons Assembly in Brussels, a milestone meeting that saw three policy proposals presented, Democracy as a Commons, Community Land Trusts (housing), and open technology for a Digital Commons.  26...

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