Two years in the planning and having spent the last two long and rewarding days in London we have lift off of the Fit the future sharing network. Tuesday in London and we were launching the fit for the future network with around 80 organisation and over 200 people in attendance. It’s still difficult to think that two years ago Paul, myself and Simon Brammer from the Ashden Award were sipping coffee in Llandudno and planning the plan which then lead to the big launch on Tuesday evening. The workshop in the afternoon focused on the how, what and when for the initial period. The evening was to network and energise the whole thing. Having your bosses, bosses, boss there does give you confidence that this has got the legs to keep going once the hoopla has died down. What Paul and I are most pleased about is that the National Trust in Wales are now having an impact across the whole UK.
It was interesting in the workshop hearing why people wanted to take part but the benefits were also striking. Yes we did discuss doing the right thing, climate impacts, resource management But the benefits highlighted on Tue really did strike home for me. For the RNLI renewables and energy efficiency were all of the above but the cost saving and income from generating renewable energy bought lifeboats, for the RSPB it delivers better conservation “Biomass and Bittens” were mentioned in the same sentence. For the National Trust PV helps us look after special places. The hydro on Snowdon will help improve access through for example funding some of the the footpath team work. It’s so much more than Kg’s of CO2, Kwh and sea level rise it is also about delivering our organisations core values
But what will it do I hear you ‘type’!? the aim of the network is very simple. (here comes the dating agency analogy) we aim to match members needs (ie “I’d like to know about, who has done, where can i find information, knowledge, examples of renewable energy approaches or efficiency or water or resource management and so on?) Matching need to people who have solutions but from an end-user perspective
. Why reinvent the wheel? No organisation knows everything but some of ‘everything’ is known by all of the organisations in the network. It is at the end of the day a solutions driven network ‘get things done’ by talking to people
But how? Yesterday was a full on interviews day to recruit our dating agent…. I mean network coordinator! We now start in earnest planning the detail, talking to people and getting organisations on some speed dating! As ever more to come on this!
ps if you want to take part then watch this space!