As promised, we are continuing to find ways to stay connected, share resources and collaborate at this moment in time.
In the middle of an incredibly challenging time for us all and as we readjust to life in lockdown we wanted to share some of the things that are inspiring us, ways to stay connected, creative and well and links to community support.
A huge thank you to everyone who tuned in for a candlelit Earth Hour with The Shadow Travellers on Saturday. It was special to join a global wave of darkness with you all and celebrate our beautiful planet together. Thank you to Zoie and Ellie for taking us on an exquisite journey, transporting us with story and holding space.
Please join our Weekly Wednesdays for our usual space for connection and conversation.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is something you would like to see more of, or ways you would like to connect.
Stay connected and well,
Up and down the country, local people are putting together Covid-19 support networks, volunteering to bring food, medicine, or just a friendly voice on the phone to their elderly or otherwise vulnerable neighbours.
6 Heads Weekly Wednesday
6heads community online meetups with guest hosts– weekly on Wednesday at 7pm from 25th March
In place of our monthly meet ups we would like to offer a space to connect with each other and keep up the 6heads tradition of sharing inspiration and collaborating for positive impact.
Thank you so much to everyone who has joined us so far. Going forwards we are going to alternate between an open online circles and guest hosts. We are still figuring out the best way to keep these sessions accessibly, interactive and make sure everyone has space to connect and have their voice heard. Please head to the events on our facebook page for details of how to reserve your spot which will be up by the end of the week.
15th April – 6.30 – 8 pm – In conversation with Mac Macartney, founder of Embercombe
22nd April 6.30 – 8pm – In conversation with Jae Mather and Alistair Gould – Co-founders of the Carbon Free Group
29 April – 7 – 8pm – Weekly Wednesday zoom open space for connection and collaboration
Resources YOU have shared with us in the past week
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out and shared resources with us this week. You are doing amazing things. Here are some of our favourites which we hope will make you smile, offer moments of pause and resilience, connection, practical action and some fun. Keep them coming, we are loving the collective wisdom of our community
1. Connecting to ourselves, community and nature
A 15 minute connect and breathe every weekday morning at 8.45 . A good way to get set up for the day. Please do pour your favourite brew and join
Harmony Choir – Wednesdays at 8pm
If you felt the power of connection through song, Zoie Kennedy O’Connor of the Shadow Travellers is running HARMONY! a beautiful online choir which is every Wednesday night at 8-9pm. It’s free, so please do join & spread the word. Go to zoom and use meeting ID: 475-222-1488
If Dance is your medicine then join us to bloom like the wild and free spring flower that you are! Shine brighter than ever and keep on inspiring all the beautiful souls around you! Tickets on a pay what you can basis.
The National Trust has started #blossomwatch with the invitation to take a moment and notice buds unfurl, spring bloom and imagine nature’s confetti dancing around you.
Rewilding and gardening blogs, full of ideas for how to get your green fingers going in lockdown and with limited space.
2. Practical tools, finance and resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many groups and individuals (from established university research laboratories, to concerned designers and hackers) have been developing a broad range of technologies to address the many crises surrounding the pandemic, such as the unavailability of PPEs in many countries. The SEADS collective has put together this directory to help you identify tech projects that might make a difference in your community.
A fantastic page collating information, resources and tools designed to support charities and social enterprises navigating Covid-19
The Arts Council are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.
Pioneers post has list of funding that can help social enterprises and other social sector organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – either those directly tackling its effects, or those working in unrelated fields but needing extra support to continue delivering their services.
In response to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, BITC have built a HUB for businesses, communities, schools, parents and individuals to help provide useful information and links.
An open source collaboration created by our friends at The Visionaries to support teachers and school staff with looking after your wellbeing and your students’ health over the coming months. There is so much here, please read, share and contribute.
3. Online Learning
The workshop will introduce a number of ideas and practices drawn from different wisdom traditions, related to awareness, relaxation and the nature of change. These ideas are central to work from Way of Nature and the Bio-Leadership Project – and, like nature, relate to all of the forces of life: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
April Webinars from the International Centre for Conscious Leadership
Conscious Gardening with Valerie Farcelais (April 5th)
Connect back to love with Maximilane Anna Doll (April 17th)
Join Business Declares, ActionAble and On Purpose on Thursday 23 April from 6-8pm for a workshop about the climate emergency and practical steps to taking action. We’re excited to partner with Business Declares, who are leading a coalition of business leaders to take action on the climate emergency. They have supported On Purpose in declaring a climate emergency as well as organisations such as Ecotricity, COOK, and Tribe Impact Capital, and are led by a board of directors which includes John Elkington, of Volans, and Kate Sandle, of B Lab.
4. Great reads on COVID-19 and sustainable transformation
Could this deepening crisis bring something deeper within us. Could this ‘social distancing’ help bring us together in some way?
The world’s most popular historian reflects on the coronacrisis by saying that we face two important choices: (1) choosing between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment and (2) choosing between nationalist isolation and global solidarity.
Economist Mariana Mazzucato argues that governments must seize the moment to make their economies more resilient to crisis, implement decarbonization policies, and bring a stakeholderholder approach to capitalism.
For years, normality has been stretched nearly to its breaking point, a rope pulled tighter and tighter, waiting for a nip of the black swan’s beak to snap it in two. Now that the rope has snapped, do we tie its ends back together, or shall we undo its dangling braids still further, to see what we might weave from them?