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Fire Starter Festival 2

You are invited to a Fire Starter Festival conversation on Achieving the Just Transition to a Low Carbon Scotland, 1.30 – 4.45pm Wednesday 7 February 2018 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ.

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Join a diverse group of invitees from all our public bodies to consider how citizens can contribute to the ambitions set out in the Scottish Energy Strategy, forthcoming Climate Change Action Plan due February, Transforming Planning legislation, draft Fuel Poverty Strategy, and the Programme for Government 2017-2018 commitment to “establish a Just Transition Commission to advise Scottish Ministers on adjusting to a more resource-efficient and sustainable economic model in a fair way which will help to tackle inequality and poverty, and promote a fair and inclusive jobs market”.

How can the headlong dash for more development, more inhabitants and more visitors take into account the need for significantly reducing our carbon – and our ecological – footprint? The only way to do this is by Pulling Together … by establishing a common understanding of the challenges and the opportunities. Join us in exploring this challenge!

Draft Timetable
Lunch available from ECCI Cafe beforehand
1.30pm Register and meet up the other participants
2.00pm Welcome and Introductions
2.15pm Low Carbon Opportunities for Scotland
2.40pm What are the priorities we all hold dear? – Table talk
3.25pm Refreshment break
3.40pm How can we achieve more alignment / collaboration?
4.25pm Summarising the actions needed from discussions
4.45pm Close

A separate Fire Starter Festival event is being organised by Transition Edinburgh on How can our capital city achieve carbon neutrality? 1.30 – 4.45pm Wednesday 31 January 2018 at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LZ.

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These are Fire Starter Festival events 29 Jan – 9 Feb. Dozens of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system.

The First Minister seeks to empowering individuals and communities to become involved in designing public services. People across Scotland are lighting small fires exploring genuine, participatory methods of engagement, creating innovative and transformative changes.

The Fire Starter Festival shares these fires of change, and deepens our knowledge and skills in transformation. It allows people from all aspects of public service to share innovative and creative ways that are making a difference to Scotland.

Past Events

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What happened at Bonn? Join Edinburgh delegates from the UN Conference of the Parties (COP23), 5.30-9pm, Thursday 23 November at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary Street EH1 1LZ. Register via and Facebook

Climathon Edinburgh 2017 with the Climate Challenge: Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy 9am to 9pm –  Friday 27 October 2017

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Interested in Climate Change progress? Join Edinburgh celebrations for UN Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, 5.30-9pm, Tuesday 7 November at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, 12 Infirmary St EH1 1LZ.
Register via and via Facebook

12-hour hackathon to come up with innovative solutions to Edinburgh’s climate change challenges – took place simultaneously with Climathons in major cities around the world

Organisers Aurora Sustainability Circular Economy & Climate-KIC Mentors at ECCI / CELCIC members / Transition Town Edinburgh

Food Sovereignty in the Circular Economy Challenge

Water, food and energy; the three, interconnected resources vital to sustaining life on earth. Yet every year, 1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water, 1.3 people billion live without electricity and over 1 billion people are hungry. As the world’s population expands to nine billion by 2050, these statistics will only get worse if action is not taken to address the effects of an increasingly unpredictable climate and tense socio-economic and political landscapes on the world’s key resources.

With this Edinburgh Climathon Challenge we aim to help and support city community projects, individuals and staff working for companies to rethink at their food chain in a circular way.

So what can be done?

The UK imports around half of its food, and Scotland has even a higher percentange of food imports. Edinburgh, the hot bed of innovation, could be the hub of next-gen circular urban farms: with food growing startups hosting, developing innovatives and sustainable ways of growing food in the city for the benefit of all its inhabitants.


• Increasing efficiency in food production
• Linking the effects of food production with human health
• Addressing food wastage throughout the supply chain
• Recognising the water-food-energy nexus
• Balancing food distribution


  • “WHO WANTS TO EAT?” Panel with Experts on Food Sovereignty and Circular Economy – organised by Transition Town Edinburgh
  • PITCH SESSION for food sovereignty innovations and urban food/food waste solutions start-ups – including free mentoring on pitching skills and framing your business model within the circular economy)
  • Urban food EXHIBIT
  • CIRCOPOLY: Circular economy and sustainable business design game, developed by the Glasgow School of Art and Aurora Sustainability
  • Resilient food networking DINNER

Participants benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Help solve Edinburgh’s local climate challenges and become more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and the public sector
  • Develop their skills in public speaking and innovative thinking and learn about new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Register on the Climathon website to participate in the event.
  • together to take climate action!

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme. ECCI is currently delivering two Climate-KIC programmes – the Accelerator programme to support start-ups to develop a rock-solid business plan, and ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest green ideas competition.

Transition Edinburgh launch of “Pathways to Zero Carbon Edinburgh”.

square36-8pm Tuesday 19 September at Room G.0X, 50 George Sq EH8 9LH.

A public launch of a new resource to illustrate how Edinburgh could improve the quality of life and achieve Zero Carbon by 2040 – with technologies and techniques available NOW.

It is our contribution to the Scottish Climate Change Week 18-22 September 2017.

This public launch followed a planning session 6-8pm on Monday 11 September where organisations met together to see what they can do to collaborate on this challenging agenda.

Climate Change Bill – Community view

Transition Edinburgh and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network organised a facilitated workshop: Climate Change Bill – Community view at 12.30 – 4pm Thursday 7th September at the Serenity Cafe, 8 Jacksons Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ.

The event provided a chance to:

  • Hear about the Scottish Government’s proposed new Climate Change Bill,
  • Discuss how the new legislation might affect your life and work locally, and
  • Give your views on what’s needed for the Bill to work for your community.

With a complimentary lunch.

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Gathering.

Saturday 23rd September at ECCI

Morning session from 10am explored how dynamic governance / Sociocracy can help support resilience in organisations tackling Climate Change. Workshop in the afternoon.
Scotland’s contribution to European Day for Sustainable Communities.

Transition Edinburgh Gathering

Informal shared meal with extracts shown from the seminal French documentary “Demain / Tomorrow” [fully dubbed!] and reflections on the six Edinburgh Conversations held this past winter on pathways to a low carbon capital city.    

“Community Response to Fracking”

Workshop on Community Responses to Extreme Energy – with three Australian activists sharing the experiences and their approaches to disrupting fracking companies in New South Wales.
Thursday 18 May.

“Edinburgh Conversations 2016-17”

“To raise awareness and lay the foundations for a Low Carbon Edinburgh”


  • Meet to build capacity and resilience in Edinburgh communities.
  • Share experiences of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, so increasing knowledge and strengthening the Transition Edinburgh network.
  • Raise awareness of the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership, the scope of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and the Edible Edinburgh Food Charter.
  • Promote engagement by all stakeholders in the city, whether established businesses, new starts or small community groups.
  • Issues raised will potentially inform and take forward the  work of a community Energy Hub and Edible Edinburgh.

Conversation 1 – Building Emissions

Wednesday 21 September 2016- time  1.30 – 4.30

Venue:  Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yds, Infirmary St EH1 1LZ.

Conversation 2 – Food Matters, our choices affect climate
Wednesday 26 October, 2016 – time 18.00 -20.00
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Square EH9 1PL

Conversation 3 – Local Energy
Wednesday 16 October 2016
Fairmilehead Church, 1a Frogston Rd West, Edinburgh EH10 7AA

Conversation 4 – Clean Transport, Less Pollution
Wednesday 25 January, 2017 – Edinburgh Centre for Carbon  Innovation High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ.  Councillor Lesley Hinds, Convener of TfE with Keith Stark, Enterprise Car Club , Enrique Troncoso from the Orkney Clean Transport project and Emilia Hanna, Local Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth.

Conversation 5 – Circular Economy, Managing Resources Responsibly
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Venue: Out of the Blue, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG

Conversation 6 –  Solar Power
Wednesday March 22, 2017
7 Bristo Square, University of Edinburgh EH8 9AL.

Reports From Past Events

Conversation 1
Conversation 1 summary
Contributions from event

Conversation 2
Conversation 2 summary
Contributions from event
Heather Anderson presentation
Edinburgh Food Social presentation

Conversation 3
Conversation 3 summary
Contributions from event

Conversation 4
Conversation 4 summary
Comments on the event

Conversation 5
Conversation 5 summary
Workshop notes

Conversation 6
Conversation 6 summary
Conversations 3 and 6 actions and notes