Until 2020 a significant amount of creative and strategic thinking about the role Feasta is playing and should play took place each summer in County Kerry, where John Jopling, one of the co-founders, had a seaside cottage. He invited around 18 people, some active in Feasta, others not, to come to stay for five days. At least half were from outside Ireland. The open space technique was used to decide what is to be discussed. These stays played a crucial role in developing our thinking in key areas, particularly on systems thinking, democratic techniques and climate change.
Most detailed ideas are developed by the project groups, which frequently work in partnership with other organisations. Their analyses are conveyed to other members, policymakers and the public through their own dedicated websites, as well as through events, publications, our printed and electronic newsletters and the general Feasta e-list.