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.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 07968 777261