One of the conclusions from my Churchill Fellowship was that every place will have its own unique energy solutions and we need to do the work of understanding ours.
How exactly? is a question I’ve been grappling with for the past year.
I made the case for a greater role for ordinary voices in, ‘why we need broader voices shaping our energy transition‘. and I argued in my Festival of Ideas talk that ultimately citizens would find themselves demanding long term change that politicians and new technologies can only drive part-way toward.
I looked at governance structures and processes – the DIAD process mentioned at the bottom of this post. (Diversity, Interdependence and Authentic Dialogue) and the self-organising nirvana described by the constellation process, the swarmwise technique and creative coalitions.
Ultimately a safe, liminal space, well resourced heart that is independent and can be ‘owned’ by the stakeholders appears to be key. Business Models inc are trying to get that very thing up in SA through their Energy Action Lab that will run as part of the Open State Festival. This model has been tried in Canada and seems to strike the right balance between stakeholder commitment and resourcing but also neutral territory for real problem solving conversations.
This proposal based on the constellation process, outlines some of the stakeholders that need to underpin the funding of such an exercise. I’m keen to give the Energy Action Lab a go and optimistic that the initial workshop will lead us to the longer term conversations and experiments that we need to support.
To that end, I’m keen to see ideas emerge for the low income sector (its not an energy transition if we leave folk behind), for the community energy sector and for alternative energy solutions. If you want to see changes too, please book out the date and come along.