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November 2019

This is the North

November 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland SR5 1SN

This year’s #ThisIsTheNorth Convention is in SUNDERLAND!!  As ever, together we will continue to inspire and lead change in the North, and we would love for you to get involved. Our mission is to bring people together for meaningful dialogue, sharing and action - be they community groups, young people, practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, businesses, or MPs. We believe that by sharing platforms with each other, collaborating in formulating a programme for our day and continuing to work together beyond…

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Land ownership: the greatest monopoly

November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rich Mix 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

George Monbiot — Writer and Activist, Chair Sian Berry - Co-leader of the Green Party An author of the Land for the Many Report TBC Toby Lloyd - Former Senior Advisor to the May Government Hanna Wheatley — Researcher, New Economics Foundation More speakers TBC Choose any number of issues facing the UK today and you will find a route back to land. It underpins issues of housing, inequality, ownership, food, the climate emergency, and so much more. A burgeoning movement for national land…

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TCPA Annual Conference – ‘Facing the Future’ – the implications for planning our places

November 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH

With changing demographics, climate change, digital technologies and data now widely accepted as key drivers of future change, we need to think differently about how we plan to accommodate changes in how we live, work, move, shop and learn. The TCPA’s 2019 annual conference will focus on the implications of future change for planners and those involved in creating our environment, from digital masterplans and smart energy infrastructure to the future of public consultation. As we consider the places of…

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West Midlands Community Wealth Building Summit

November 21, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
West Brom Town Hall, High St, West Bromwich, B70 8DY

Description Join us for the first West Midlands Community Wealth Building Summit Speakers Include Matthew Brown, Leader, Preston City Council Neil McInroy, CEO, CLES Chris Worsey, Cabinet Advisor for Community Wealth Building, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Community Wealth Building Across the UK – and beyond – people are recognising the limits of the economic development model that prizes economic growth over social and environmental need. They want to build a different kind of economy, one that is fairer, greener and…

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Is a co-operative right for you? – Manchester

November 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

What will the day be about? An interactive exploration of the history and application of the co‑operative enterprise model; the many different types there are and their distinctive features and advantages relative to other models. It will: Outline the opportunities that a co‑operative business model offers community groups and businesses Help groups already looking to start a business or organisation to determine whether the co‑operative option is right for them Help groups identify what further work is needed to do…

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Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Services: the case for radical change

November 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
London School of Economics

Hosted by the Ralph Miliband Programme What are the arguments for Universal Basic Income and for Universal Basic Services? How do they relate to each other and what might the difficulties be? Anna Coote is Principle Fellow at the New Economics Foundation. Louise Haagh is Professor in Politics at the University of York. Robin Archer is the Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@rmilibandlse) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

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December 2019

Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started

December 7, 2019

We live in a world of increasing inequality, exploitation, and a fixation on growth at all costs. We need new forms of business and there are a growing number of co-operatives that are owned and controlled primarily for the benefit of their workers. This workshop will be a practical journey through the stages of setting up a worker co-op, exploring the different options and decisions you’ll make along the way.

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Community Wealth Building – Newcastle

December 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Neil McInroy CEO of CLES, is facilitating the “Community Wealth Building: An Economy For All” workshops in conjunction with Stir to Action.  The workshop will be run twice, the second event takes place in Plymouth on 20 June 2020. While the UK’s local authorities are still managing an austerity programme that has led to devastating social spending cuts, and others are trying to attract inward investment into their regions, this workshop will look at the alternatives. This session will explore the practice of…

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Community Ownership: How to Get Started

December 14, 2019

From pubs and farms to launderettes and lidos, communities are creating democratically controlled, viable, and sustainable businesses. According to Power To Change, there are 7,800 community enterprises in England alone, and the Community Shares Unit reports over 500 businesses established using community shares in the last 10 years. As public funding recedes and the charity sector shrinks, community enterprises provide a creative way to address local needs, with democratic control by the community at the heart of what they do.…

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January 2020

A new roadmap for eco-politics?

January 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

The European elections of 2019 produced a surge of support for Green politics across the Union, with Germany’s The Greens capturing the zeitgeist with a doubling of their vote share. Commentators and activists heralded a "green wave" of citizen support for progressive climate politics and a European Union that holds together against ideological blurring and populism. Franziska Brantner of Germany’s Die Grünen party argues that now is the best time to speak about possible solutions. But how can the EU help…

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