workshops

We’d like to share what we’ve learned – especially what we, along with many excellent and talented colleagues, have learned over the past five years. In turn, we are sharing a percentage of all workshop income with the Totnes REconomy Project.


Local Entrepreneur Workshop – The Local Entrepreneur Workshop is designed to stimulate, inspire, and support you as you develop your business idea.  Who is a local entreprenuer? It’s anyone who wants to start up a venture that creates livelihoods, benefits the community in some way, and will be financially self sustaining. 

This workshop can run as one or two full-day session, focusing on four themes: Leadership & Values, Innovation & Networks, Business Models, and Pitching Your Plan.  Includes interactive discussion, handouts and resources. The two day workshop offers more time for prototyping and developing your project.


How to Transform Your Local Economy in One Day – This one-day training delivers the essential know how to undertake and run your own Local Entrepreneur Forum and a fuller ‘community-supported entrepreneurism’ strategy. It’s delivered in three sections:

  1. Preparing the Soil – assessing current state of readiness and developing plans to build fertile conditions for a successful LEF – relationships, networks, funding, etc.
  2. Planting the Seed – planning and implementing your first event, including timeline, communications, programme, recruiting and coaching,
  3. Growing the Garden – leveraging the LEF into a broader community-led economic strategy.

Recommended for social enterprise networks, development and regeneration NGOs, community groups, and local authorities. This one or two day training delivers practical step by step instruction and advice based on 6 years experience with this approach.  It includes online resources.


Skilling Up For Local Economic Resilience – this two or three day course is designed for members of community groups, organisers, activists, local leaders – anyone, really, who is interested in making real economic change where they live. Based on our experience in Totnes and elsewhere, this course will include useful ideas and theories, and lots of practical tools. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of local economics, how to organise change making project, and a real feeling of confidence. Topics include:

  • economics – assumptions and aspirations
  • community engagement
  • key ideas in local economics
  • mapping and assessments
  • networks beyond the usual suspects
  • messages and frames
  • design charrette