Imagining Alternatives with Feasts for the Future

Photograph courtesy of Regen

Feasts for the Future is part of an AHRC funded project exploring the imagination of alternative presents and better futures.

Achieving a better future society can often seem impossible, a hopeless dream. But what elements of that future are already around us and just waiting to be brought forward, seized and shared?

Feasts for the Future will use the act of holding communal meals as a way of bringing elements of that better future into our shared present. It will develop the Feasts as a model that might support people in envisioning ambitious alternative futures together, especially with regard to local and sustainable energy. It will also try and help communities take decisive steps towards making their visions a reality.

The first ‘Feast for the Future’ will be held in June 2018 and will be preceded by two half-day workshops in May.

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Workshops for the Foundation Feast

Participants in the very first ‘foundation Feast’ will take part in two afternoons of workshops in the months leading up to the meal. These will allow participants to enter into dialogue with researchers whose expertise is also concerned with more sustainable futures: in fields that might range from health and the future of food, to geography and climate change, to the arts and culture, to architecture and building. The workshops will aim to share knowledge, to enthuse, inform and inspire. They will explore how each of us fits into the larger picture that is ‘sustainability’, trying to throw up bridges between individual islands of background, experience and expertise.

Workshop details

First Workshop, 1 May 2018

1.00 - 4.30 pm (two 90 minute workshops with a half hour refreshment break in between), Room 417, Babbage Building, University of Plymouth

Meet on the ground floor foyer of the Roland Levinsky Building (which is also the University of Plymouth's main reception) at 12.50 to make out way over to the rooms. (Address: Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA)

Workshop description

1 May 2018

Dr David Sergeant: literature and culture: how novelists imagine a better future and alternative communities, and, more broadly, the need for new stories about the future

Dr Tim Daley: Personal research mission: Creating better understanding of the Earth System to help solve some of society's most pressing problems, focusing on three main questions: what causes climate change, how does the land surface regulate carbon, and how does society adapt and when?

Second Workshop, 22 May 2018

1.00 - 4.30 pm (two 90 minute workshops with a half hour refreshment break in between), Room 114, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth

Meet on the ground floor foyer of the Roland Levinsky Building (which is also the University of Plymouth's main reception) at 12.50 to make out way over to the rooms. (Address: Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA)

Workshop description

22 May 2018

Dr Clare Pettinger: a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and experienced lecturer with a track record in 'food choice' research. With a developing interest in food poverty, social justice and the 'future of food'.

Professor Bob Brown: professor of architecture, with research interests in Identity and Place, Urbanism (including community participation), and the teaching of Architecture.

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