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2016 New Year, new events

Happy New Year! Here at Dangerous Ideas Southampton we are gearing up again for another year of events and activities to support discussion about our city, with the key themes of fairness, sustainability and creativity.

22 Jan 16: Climate Conversations continue

The next event linked to last November and December’s Climate Change Conversations is being held on 22 Jan. The University of Southampton’s Researchers’ Cafe is running Part II of its climate change themed research evening, Mettricks Old Town cafe 6.30-8.30pm. Here are the links to the Researchers’ Cafe website and  Facebook event page.

Topics confirmed so far:
– What planet are we living on? with Dr James Dyke. On the impacts people have on the planet and why it matters to us in the UK
– Sustainable transport with Megan Streb (details tbc)
– Outcome of the Paris Conference and so what? (details tbc)
Run by Dr Tony Curran (University of Southampton) and supported by Dangerous Ideas Southampton, Transition Southampton and Sustrans. Researchers’ Café events are informal – you can grab a drink and a seat and just listen or get involved in the discussions.Mettricks is a well-loved cafe selling tasty food and drinks (including alcohol).Summary of Preceding events:

26 Jan 16: An evening with Paul and Kate Maple: Film, web and community action

How can community activists can use websites and filmmaking to share their messages and reach out to wider audiences?

On Tues 26 Jan at 7.30pm we will be visiting the Roundabout Cafe in Mansbridge for the first time. We are delighted that Paul and Kate Maple will be leading an informal discussion with us about the role of filmmaking and websites in community action. The event starts at 7.30pm and is free to attend, just turn up. Coffee and tea will be available, or you can bring along a bottle of something stonger if you wish.

This event has been organised following November’s Southampton Climate Change Conversations evening with James Dyke at the University of Southampton. It is apparent that whilst there is lots of interesting, pioneering and valuable community activity happening in the city and beyond, more could be done to spread the news of the various community projects that are happening. Paul and Kate Maple are behind Global Documentary, which makes film and runs events focussed on positive change. This informal evening will be a chance to chat and share ideas about the role of film and websites in community action, and learn some tips about how it can be done effectively.

23 Feb 16: Own and control the future

Are coops still relevant? The cooperative movement, its roots in radical politics and role in 21st Century Southampton.

A talk and discussion with Nathan Brown from Cooperantics

Part of the Solent Social Enterprise Week

Tues 23 Feb // 7.30pm // The Art House Cafe, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW

Free to attend. Spaces allocated on a first come first served basis.

You can tell us you are planning to attend by emailing or joining our Facebook event page.

Nathan Brown is based in Southampton and is part of Cooperantics, a cooperative support business which offers a range of services to promote cooperative principles and help make co-ops a success. He has been working in the co-operative development sector for over 15 years. His hands on experience as a co-op member includes management roles in a Housing Co-operative, Credit Union, Worker Co-operative, Consortium Co-operative and Multi-Stakeholder Co-operative in addition to participating in various informal music, housing and food collectives since he was a teenager.

Nathan says: “I believe that co-operation is a natural choice for anyone with a bone of social justice or humanity in their body.  As children, on our estate we even formed a sweet buying group with its own street stall (less Rochdale Pioneers and more Bash Street Kids) but that’s another story!  The simple, effective, technology of co-operatives can be easily de-railed by competitive behaviours that are nurtured by society – focusing on what makes us different rather than what we hold in common. Cooperantics aims to help people get back on the rails and make their co-op a success.”

16 March 2016: Possible event about Food Poverty in Southampton

We are exploring the possibility of holding an event on the topic of food poverty. Get in touch if you have any thoughts or would like to get involved. Rebecca Kinge 07968 777261



Deep breath, it’s December

November was a busy month as we put our (renewable) energies into talking about climate change and trying to crank up the discussion about Southampton’s response to global warming.

We held a successful event on 27 November in partnership with James Dyke from the University of Southampton, which started the conversation going and will lead to much more. We were grateful to Jenny Barnes for giving Dangerous Ideas Southampton (or Rebecca at least) a chance to speak at the climate demonstration in Guildhall Square on Sunday on behalf of our Dangerous Ideas network. There was also a Researchers’ Cafe on Friday 4 December at Mettricks Old Town which focused on energy and climate issues. Part 2 is being planned for Jan 2016.

Keep track of what has happened and the plans in the pipeline via the new collaborative website You can also email, join the Climate Change mailing list or keep track via our joint Facebook group.

We don’t have events planned for December, but we are keeping an eye on progress with the Council’s consultation around Public Space Protection Orders, which in the first instance are being proposed as a way of tackling street drinking and begging. These PSPOs are very controversial and we advise people to find out more about them, we are doing our own research and will share this with you at a later date. Bitterne Park Info has once again shown itself to be backing public interest and discussion in important issues and has written this article, which gives information about the pros and cons of the proposals.

We are looking forward to January, when we hope to have an evening with Global Documentary filmmaker Paul Maple. Watch this space, send us your email or subscribe to our Facebook events.


Climate change: November events

In the lead up to the United Nations summit on climate change (COP21) starting at the end of November, we have a series of events happening in Southampton. If climate change is to be addressed, this means actions happening at the local level. The ‘business as usual’ approach is not sustainable.

Friday 27th November at 6pm, will see an event hosted by the University of Southampton at Highfield campus. James Dyke will be leading discussion and speakers include Alan Whitehead MP and local filmmaker Paul Maple will be screening his new film the Environmental Litmus Test. Local community organisations involved in actions to combat climate change will be involved. If you wish to be part of this event, please email More details here.

Sunday 29th November at 1pm, Southampton will have its largest ever Climate Change demonstration organised by the people for the people. You can join the Facebook event or sign up via

Earlier on in the month, we also hosted a The Wisdom to Survive film night, watching this powerful film about how we respond to climate change. If you are interested in climate change films, you may also wish to visit the Ethical Film Club on 28th November at 2pm in Brockenhurst for their screening of The Future of Energy.

Please join in the local movement for global change. Contact us if you have other ideas or know of other events that we ought to be promoting here too. Feel free to tweet to us @ideas_soton or with hashtag #sotonclimate