I've been looking into holding a London Town Hall meeting along with a fellow DA advocate in Bristol. We were thinking of holding them simultaniously to further extend the conversation and see how designers from these different communities view things.
We also thought it would be good to try and break away from the preaching-to-the-converted that often happens in *sustainable design workshops* and get some people along to push back or challenge the ideas that are disussed. Similarly, we thought it would be good to open the discussion up online first and see what the reaction is, which is what I'm doing here in part - so please join in!
Here are some thoughts to open the floor:
1 - Maybe we could have more regular, smaller scale meetings of DA members. These could be informal chats in a pub with members who are local to each other. Hopefully these would lead to ideas and suggestions that can be fed back into the DA from each one - could even do it live with Twitter. Topics for discussion could also be posted/twittered before each meeting so that there is some commonality in the ideas that come out of it.
2 - It would be good to get clients/suppliers/polluters/manufacturers/polititians involved since the brick walls are often put up at that level, making all the good thoughts from the designer redundant as bottom lines are used as an excuse not to push the boat out.
Please join in with your thoughts here, particularly if you are in London or Bristol!