1- Free and engaging events
Workshops, aperitifs, conferences, webinars, film-debate evenings… So many possibilities to meet committed citizens online or near you, to exchange ideas, desires and projects, to take action through construction sites eco-volunteers or frescoes of the climate.
To find them, head to the Makensense site and its 200 events classified by dates, cities and themes: climate, sustainable food, reduction of inequalities, circular economy…
2- Unmissable annual meetings
This is an opportunity to dive into the heart of major societal and environmental issues, to discover innovative initiatives, to network with private or public decision-makers/employers.
ChangeNOW (London): the event of innovative solutions for the planet, with hundreds of exhibitors, experts, investors and inspiring personalities from all over the world. This (paid) three-day summit also includes a recruitment fair, which now takes place in the fall.
The month of social and solidarity economy (everywhere in London, in November): ideal for understanding the SSE and meeting its actors through open days, company visits, conferences, forums, workshops, training… This meeting also includes thematic weeks on solidarity finance, responsible purchasing, waste reduction. Without forgetting the Festival des Solidarités with its games, exhibitions, concerts, shared meals…
European Sustainable Development Week (in London and Europe, around mid-September): conferences, film screenings, educational projects, challenges… In short, hundreds of events to raise awareness of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals: fight against change climate, biodiversity, circular economy, mobility, eco-gestures, inclusion…
And also : The summer universities of the economy of tomorrow (in London), the European meeting on the sustainable economy Produrable (London), the European show for start-ups and tech Viva Technologies (London), Le World Impact Summit (Bordeaux), Earth Day (every April 22).
3- Job/training/profession forums
They are useful if you are wondering about your professional choice or are looking for a job, an internship or a work-study program.
Talents for the Planet (London) : workshops (advice, best practices, exchanges), conferences held by experts, DIY events, training organizations, associations, start-ups, and recruiting companies.
Forum of ecology and solidarity professions (London) : organized by RESES, Student Network for an Ecological and Solidarity Society, you will find workshops around professional integration, meetings with committed organizations, and afterworks, among others.
Ambitions Transition (London) : the inter-school forum for committed professions, on the initiative of 10 alumni associations from business and engineering schools. Three days of workshops, conferences, round tables, meetings with training and support organizations, and recruiters.
4- Inspirational communities
Present almost everywhere in London, very active on social networks, thousands of young volunteers unite around themes related to the search for meaning and professional commitment in the transition. Perfect for contacting people with the same aspirations as yours!
· Losers: it is the young community in search of meaning of the association of social and solidarity entrepreneurs Makesense. Its followers meet during thematic aperitifs and on social networks where they share articles, videos, studies, films, events and stories of “paumitude” in good humor and benevolence. Les Paumé.es is also a guide and a podcast.
The Green Nuggets: it is the network of young professionals of the ecological transition. It is based on a media of testimonials / videos and an Insta account launched in 2021 by Claire Pétreault, former com director of ChangeNOW (see above). Once a month, the Club des Pépites brings together young employees of NGOs, start-ups, large groups, consulting firms, public bodies. Membership is chargeable.
The RESES, Student Network for an Ecological and Solidarity Society : made up of 150 student associations, it carries out projects related to ecological and solidarity issues, organizes national and local events (Forum of ecology and solidarity professions, Ecology and solidarity week, waste reduction), publishes guides and practical sheets to help student engagement.
And also : Pour Un Réveil Ecologique (collective of students and young graduates mobilized in the face of ecological crises), Les Shifters (volunteers in support of the think tank The Shift Project dedicated to the decarbonization of the economy), Together for Earth (60 student associations to act facing the climate and social emergency), Alumni For The Planet (3,700 pros of the inter-school ecological transition).
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