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The group toil away

Learning to use the web

On Thursday 25th February thirteen Knowle West green mappers learnt about the up and coming euro trips. The group looked very keen indeed. They also learnt about how to add posts to the 4BsHive blog- techies ahoy! The rest of the group tried to set up yahoo accounts so that they could access the Open Green Mapping software- unfortunately Yahoo let us down!

January 2010: First workshop:

Recruiting participants

The Knowle West Green Mapping group met recently for their first workshop to find out more about the 4BsHive – especially the three overseas study visits this year. The first will be to Budapest in May. They looked at ways of mapping Knowle West using different media resources, such as photos and movies from cameras or mobile phones. Although some of the tech kit went wrong, cake kept everyone in good humour. The session ended on a high, with members being excited about the forthcoming learning and the prospect of sharing trips to Europe.

October 2009:

After 4 days of action packed mapping fun, we said good bye to our 20 European visitors. Local people shared ideas and exchanged information with the visitors from Germany, Romania and Hungary about our area.

Most of the action was hosted by KWMC: film screenings with talks and workshops from local environmental campaigners. The highlight was on Friday, National Get Online day, where the visitors went out with local people to explore the area, and using different media tools documented Knowle West. All the content gathered on the day was uploaded to the Knowle West Green Map – a community resource that was originally put together by local people.

The project is called the 4BsHive as each cities name starts with B and the idea is we all work as a colony. So the visit wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to see some bee hives! Lawrence Western Community Farm very kindly hosted a visit for us, giving us a taster bee keeping session with honey treats to boot! See the slideshow: Welcoming our European friends to the Bristol Visit.


Budapest Inventions

Posted: February 25, 2010 by 4bshive in Workshops
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Here’s the movie shown in the workshop today: Budapest Inventions

Steve Parry

Feedback from the Bristol Visit

Below are extracts from the Evaluation forms received so far – still awaiting Budapest’s.


Pit van de Loo: Bee keeping: The Bees and the smoke interaction. They think the hive is on fire, eat as much as they can because they think they have to leave soon. They get lazy lying on the couch and the bee master gets the honey easily.

Party: Bristol people like to sing.

Clemens: Walks: The walk down to the city was so sparkling! Nice to be in contact with the real people of Knowle West! These deeply committed people made every effort!

Films: Vivid and direct link to KWMC neighbourhood people’s life. Team FAB is my personal favourite – many greetings & godspeed to them!

Saturday: Most exciting was the visit to Weston-super-Mare (beach). Many thanks to Ivor that he accompanied us to this lovely place. Indian dinner was good – the many funny Bristol people in their costumes too 😉

Why did nobody tell us that ‘Tricky’ is a Knowle West boy!

Bjela Prossowsky: Presentations: I liked the photos that people brought from their country, because it is a good way to get to know people and what they think about their surrounding. A little bit too much sitting and presentations, more action with walking and exploring would be great!

Editing/uploading: I had the feeling that the data I produced (film) was not much of use. I don’t know what happened with it and this seems to me a waste.

Saturday: I wish to have more ‘Free Time’ to get to know the people and the countries maybe in small groups for the next visit!

Party: I enjoyed talking to the people in a more private surrounding; the best way to get to know each other!

Bistrita, Romanians:

Corina Ernst: Icebreaker session: opening the communication among participants is easily done with games and funny exercises.

Media editing/uploading: importance of work for a team – each is skilful at something and it may be possible to learn one from another.

Party: Romanian products such as cheese or zacusca were welcome and enjoyed.

Doris Ernst: Walks: I was in the group that visited The Park local opportunity centre and I was impressed by the work of young people led by Mil.

Gabriel Popescu: Local projects: I liked the fact that children get involved in projects such as biodegradable bags!

Ciprian Samoila: The ice-breaker helped me considerably integrating my team in the group of people that came from so different countries. The ice-breaker should not miss from any such meetings. It‚was so helpful.

Guided walk: Some local women nicely asked with smile on their faces to be part of a photo group of me and a colleague; that was so nice of them.

Media training/walks: One KWMC field coordinator kindly explained me and my group the way we operate the sound recording equipment,  led us in the field and supervised each team. The coordinator insured that each team member had the opportunity to use the equipment and become an interviewer in the community. That was such fun!

Party: Got me closer to the participants, both local and foreign. We had an idea to bring some local food to the party as a teaser for the upcoming meeting in Bistrita.

Alexandra Belegan: Tour of KWMC:  It was also interesting to see that they grow vegetables in the garden, they have a furnace outside, and they use biomass for heating and rainwater for toilets.

Media training: I learned how to operate the audio recording system, handle the microphone, interview different people; from one community centre and one from a library.

Walks: I could see large cathedrals, museums and an old university building with a huge tower. The urban park surprised me when I saw a fox passing by, and I was not expecting it there.


John Stinchcombe: Saturday input to map: I learned how to talk to people/communication skills.

Susan Dalton: Saturday input to map: It was my first time seeing it – helped you know where everything is.

Becky Thompson: Walks: I enjoyed taking people around and was able to tell them what goes on in the area.

Editing/uploading: I learned how to edit sound and cut to paste onto the green map.

Talk ‘Walking to Jerusalem’: Enjoyed listening to David’s journey and his trumpet playing is really good.

Jan Catterall: Overall it was great fun, great to meet everyone and share knowledge. The best times were shared over the food.

In late October 2009 seventeen participants from Germany, Hungary and Romania came to Knowle West for four days of activities around green mapping with local people. An intense, enjoyable and productive time was had by all. Both this and the Partner’s meeting in Berlin in September were filmed by Bjela Proßowsky from the Berlin team. As soon as they are available we’ll post the videos up here.

Outside Knowle West Media Centre - taken by Jan Catterall - a Bristol participant.

Monica, Alin and Doris from Bistrita, Romania (Jan Catterall)

At the workshop on Friday afternoon.

Interviewing each other (Carsten from Berlin)

Nardia (Bristol) interviewing Orsy and Judit (Budapest) with Pit (Berlin) monitoring sound for a professional (!) level recording. Orsy and Judit were giving their impressions of the area compared with Budapest.

Sylvia, Nardia and Becca (Bristol)

Taken by Jan Catterall during Saturday’s visit to the Climate Countdown event at the Harbourside.

Feeding the goats at the farm (Jan Catterall)

At Lawrence Weston Community Farm on the way to see the bee hives and honey collecting operation. (Jan Catterall)

Becca, Jan, Judit, Suszan, Judit, Sylvia, Gergo and Gabriella (Steve Parry)

Visiting the 100 DAYS exhibition at Arnolfini art gallery. In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Arnolfini staged an exhibition of work around issues of climate change, social justice and the relationship between art and activism.

Bristol press coverage

Posted: November 26, 2009 by 4bshive in Press
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  • Bristol takes sustainable living message onto international stage
  • People from Romania, Germany and Hungary will be visiting Knowle West Media Centre next week as part of an international project exploring ‘green mapping’ and exchanging ideas on sustainable living. The centre in Leinster Avenue has been working with GreenBristol, local residents and people in Bistrita – in Romania – and capitals Berlin and Budapest on the 4BsHive project. Each of the four cities is developing an online green map, which highlights environmental resources as well as places of interest. The project aims to encourage people to live in a more ‘green’ way, learn new skills and expand their understanding of sustainability and other cultures. Between October 22 and 25, 17 visitors from Romania, Hungary and Germany will enjoy a varied programme of activities that will take them across the city and showcase the environmental measures already in place. They will see how environmental action has affected the Knowle West community, and how they have contributed to it. From 10am until 4.30pm on Friday, October 23, KWMC will be hosting free drop-in sessions, where people can receive computer training.
  • Published in the Bristol Evening Post on 19/10/09