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January 2019

Welfare after Beveridge: bare life

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Basic income can provide the bare essentials of life permanently, or alternatively, could provide bursts of help at strategic moments of need.   An automated world disorients these concepts of basic income, because automation is radically altering the ways people can support themselves by work; new conditions of bare life are appearing in society. This is 1 in a series of 4 public lectures that Richard Sennett will deliver on Welfare After Beveridge.

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Welfare After Beveridge: sacrifices

January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The classic welfare state did not address itself to problems of consumption; there was not much to consume.  Today, climate change entails profound changes in consumption; everyone will have to make sacrifices, consuming less.  How should such necessary sacrifices change our thinking about the provision of welfare -- whose classic moral logic was to give people more, to expand aspiration, rather than to shrink desire. This is 1 in a series of 4 public lectures that Richard Sennett will deliver…

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February 2019

Losing Control

February 5 - February 6

Losing Control 2019 will bring together change makers from all kinds of backgrounds, sectors and positions to discuss and create bottom-up and collaborative approaches to social change. Individuals, organisations, businesses and foundations are searching for new strategies to improve their effectiveness. We need to let go of traditional ‘command and control’ organisational models and standard campaign techniques in favour of methods that focus on flatter hierarchies, dispersed leadership, collective decision-making and grassroots participation.We need to lose some control. 

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Welfare after Beveridge: state or civil society

February 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Beveridge argued for the primacy of the state in providing welfare.  His critics then and since have argued for more support from civil society, from communal associations, churches, voluntary organisations.  This final lecture shows why obligations to others should be involuntary - and so why state support is fundamental.  The challenge is to cut free of the bureaucratic tangles and institutional corruption which afflict the welfare state today. This is 1 in a series of 4 public lectures that Richard…

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Campaigning for Change

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Central London

Strategic communications that can build public and political will to solve poverty in the UK The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Frameworks Institute, alongside other social change makers, are hosting a unique conference for campaigners on poverty related issues as they share their research and experience of how effective framing can shift the public narrative on poverty. As a compassionate country that believes in justice and society, it can often seen wrong that campaigners have to work so hard to fight against a…

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Social Licensing: Take Back Control of the Everyday Economy

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grimond Room, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2JR

Speakers include: Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee Debbie Green, CEO of Coastal Housing and Welsh Ministerial Advisor Karel Williams, Professor, University of Manchester Steve Francis, CEO of Patisserie Valerie and turnaround specialist Norman Pickavance, CEO of Tomorrow’s Company Chair: Miatta Fahnbulleh, CEO of New Economics Foundation How do we take back control of the local economy, and exert influence over the goods and services we rely on everyday? A year has passed since…

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Northern Powerhouse Conference 2019

February 27
Park Plaza, Leeds

Following on from our conference in February of this year, we’ll be exploring the key themes of: devolution; investment in northern business and infrastructure; transport; education; and the rebalancing of the economy, with leading political and business figures and advocates of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.

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Realising the Potential for Community Business and Anchor Institutions

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, Liverpool L8 7PE

CLES and Power to Change are pleased to invite you to the launch of our publication: Evolving and Realising the Potential of Anchor Institutions and Community Business. This event is aimed at policy makers and practitioners from anchor institutions, people involved in community businesses, cooperatives and social enterprises, and anybody with a keen interest in democratising the economy and building local wealth! The event will include presentations from Power to Change and CLES setting the wider agenda for the role…

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March 2019

Hexham Debates: Prosperity and Justice – A Plan for the New Economy.

March 9

Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy. Sharing the findings from the Institute for Public Policy Research’s Commission on Economic Justice, challenging widening inequalities and systemic failings. Brexit; rapid technological change; globalisation; ageing population; and climate change. What can we do in the North East to implement some of the Commission’s recommendations? Sara Bryson Community Organiser for Tyne and Wear Citizens. A 2016 (North East Specialist) Clore Social Leadership Fellow, she served as one of 22 commissioners on…

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TCPA Conference: A New Future for New Towns

March 12 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields , Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 4JJ

The debate about the role of the 21st Century New Towns in tackling the nation's housing crisis is once again high on the political agenda. Government has announced that it will deliver five 'New Garden Towns' using New Town Development Corporations (NTDCs); that New Towns will be used to drive growth in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Corridor, and has published a consultation on the use of Development Corporations and Land Value Capture to fund infrastructure and housing delivery. The New Towns Act 1946…

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