The Big Debate - Imagining A Brighter Future For Our Community

20th Sep 2021

The Big Debate - Imagining A Brighter Future For Our Community Event Image


Event Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Location: The New Inn Pub, High Street, Hurstpierpoint

Hurst Rethink invites the community to get together and plan positively for the future. Guided by a panel of thinkers from varied backgrounds, we will ask a series of ‘What If..?’ questions to imagine what a bright rather than bleak future could look like.

With positive storytelling and imagination, we can start to create a path to a better future happening. Join us in painting a picture of how our ideal community will look like in 10 years time.

This event is free to attend and there is no need to register - just turn up on the night.

Here are the details of the Panellists who will inspire you and get us all imagining:

Brian Kilkelly - Brian is the CEO and co-founder of Climate Business. This new venture provides support to businesses on their journey to net zero emissions. Brian also founded Burgess Hill Community Action Network (CAN) to seek ways to improve local involvement in the development of Burgess Hill. Brian is passionate about bringing business, civic, and public leaders together to discover ways to improve the lives of citizens and the planet through knowledge sharing and innovation.

Martha Rayner - Martha Rayner is a former pupil of Downlands Community School and has just started studying A-levels at Varndean College. She was a member of the climate change group at Downlands and takes a keen interest in environmental issues.

Joanna Gilar - Joanna is a poet and community storyteller, building projects for young and old that strengthen community via stories. She has lectured in literature and storytelling at Charles University, Prague, the University of Liberec, and the University of Chichester. ​ Joanna has been teaching courses and workshops on eco-storytelling, folklore and fairy tales to children and adults for the past seven years, and believes that these stories are a fundamental medium for exploring our relationship to our transforming world.

Freya Robinson - Freya stumbled upon organic vegetable growing by chance and has never looked back. She feels driven to help others find connection to their food and subsequently the planet through farming. Since finding passion in food she has studied horticulture, soil health, composting and naturopathic nutrition. Freya believes that the health of us, soil, plants and the planet are intrinsically connected and is evolving her first business Old Tree Market Garden so we can continue to explore the links between these often isolated subjects, as well as to grow delicious, health giving food!

Duncon Codd - Duncan is a chartered professional civil engineer who has spent nearly all his life living in Sussex. He has a long-term passion for well designed and sustainable transport infrastructure and a built environment that should work so well we don't even notice it. He gets out on his bike regularly, as well as on foot and driving around our local area.


Here are a few “What Ifs’ to get you started…

What if the majority of our village’s energy was produced locally by a community owned renewable energy company?
What if our High Street was car free most of the day and walking, cycling and e-vehicles were the most common form of transport ?
What if the High Street was full of local shops selling local produce and you could buy all you needed at a price you could afford without having to visit a supermarket?
What if we had a community food co-operative that produced most of the food we need from the farms around the village?

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