Old Forms, New Strategies: Trade Unions, Co-operatives and the Commons
with Tara Mulqueen, Sion Whellans and Dave Boyle
Wednesday, 4th December 2013. 7pm-9pm (Doors: 6.30pm)
Oxford House (The Theatre), Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London. E2 6HG
Entry: Free/Pay What You Can – Book here.
Five years after the beginning of the current crisis, there are good reasons for trade unions and the co-operative movement to collaborate. But are they too entrenched in tradition and ideology to come up with effective strategies for these times?
We will be debating trade unions and co-operatives in relation to the struggle for the commons. We will ask what potential they have for marginalised and precarious workers, and look at the historical reasons why trade unions and co-operatives have often been opposing currents of practice and thought. We will ask what they can teach us – and each other – about radical social change.
We will be joined by Tara Mulqueen who recently published Trade Unions, Co-operatives and The Politics of Purity in the Autumn issue of STIR magazine, which you can buy here; Siôn Whellens, an active worker co-operator; and Dave Boyle who has worked with fans to transform their clubs into co-operatives and more recently on the co-operative alternative for local news.
The event will be followed by drinks (9pm-11.30pm) at The Common House, a collectively managed space just 2 minutes walk from the venue.
The Future of Money
with David Boyle and Brett Scott
Wednesday 9th October, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd London N1 9DX
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
To launch the new issue of STIR our guests will discuss the alternatives and possible innovations to our financial system.
STIR’s 3rd issue ‘The Future of Money’ looks at the alternatives and possible innovations to our financial system.
In the issue philosopher activist Nina Power gives an account of money, campaigner Fran Boait describes Positive Money’s campaign to stop debt-led money creation, anthropologist Marianne Maeckelbergh looks at the influence of money on the Occupy movement, and Edd Baldry gives an illustrated how-to on creating your community currency. LETS founder Michael Linton and Les Moore introduce their new Open Money mobile currency, the New Economic Foundation’s David Boyle looks at the perils of Bitcoin, and we did a Q&A with author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance.
Joining us at Housmans for the launch will be David Boyle of the New Economics Foundation, and author of ‘Broke: Who Killed the Middle Classes?’ (Fourth Estate, 2013) alongside Brett Scott, a financial activist and author of ‘The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money’ (Pluto Press, 2013)
You can pre-order a copy of the new issue of STIR now with a 25% discount here: http://stirtoaction.com/pre-order-autumn-issue
Come and join us for our our Summer issue launch at Unpackaged, Hackney on Wednesday July 3rd 2013. We will be showing the Best Before documentary with a Q&A with director Ben Mann. Unpackaged will also be putting on a local food menu!
Come and celebrate the launch of STIR’s launch into print at the Crate Brewery – a micro-brewery and pizzeria – in East London!
STIR: Volume One Book Launch
At a moment when alternatives are not obvious to all and most responses to austerity are all too predictable, this crowdfunded collection of articles and interviews from the first years of Stir Magazine looks at how inspiring and innovative groups are taking cooperative and community-led ideas from the margins to the mainstream. More than 160 people were involved in getting this book authored, edited, illustrated, designed, crowdfunded and published!
For more info, press release, review copies or RSVP: email@example.com
A People’s History of London Walk with authors John Rees and Lindsey German
John Rees & Lindsey German trace radical history across London, through the peasants’ revolting in Smithfield, Lenin in Clerkenwell and Garibaldi and Mazzini in Little Italy. The tour departs from Farringdon tube station at 7pm and ends around 8.30pm. There will be a £5 for the maintenance of the Stop the War Coalition & Stir Magazine
When: Monday, June 25th 2012
Where: Farringdon Tube Station
Cost: £5 (all money goes towards Stop the War Coalition and Stir Magazine)
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
with Mat Callahan
Music is a collective activity which activates collectivities. The sounds produced are only one result,the others being the communities formed to make and enjoy music and the skills acquired in the process. Sharing is necessary to all three. Owning music is impossible. Yet owning music is the legal basis for the criminalization of file sharing. Musician and author Mat Callahan is calling for the abolition of copyright. Callahan will discuss its replacement by new means designed to unite music makers and music lovers in a common struggle against the Music Industry in particular and Intellectual Property regimes in general.
11 April 2012
5 Caledonian Road,
Author Event with George McKay
18 April 2012
5 Caledonian Road,
Free Public Event and Discussion
16 November 2011
Penrhyn Road Campus
(John Galsworthy Building Room 0003)
Just Do It.
Free Public Film Screening & Panel Discussion
18 October 2011
7pm – 10pm
JUST DO IT lifts the lid on climate change activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern day outlaws. Emily James’ film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.
‘A SMART, FUNNY, ADRENALISED PORTRAIT OF 21st CENTURY ACTIVISM’ – Danny Leigh, The Guardian
‘ROUSING STUFF ★★★★’ – Empire magazine
Supported by Kingston University Students’ Union, The Sustainability Hub, The Cinema Appreciation Society and STIR Magazine.