Silvertown Sessions on Community Wealth Building, 9th May 2019 – programme update

The Cultural Engine Research Group (UEL) and the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre present:

The Silvertown Sessions on Community Wealth Building

Date: Thurs 9th May, 7-10.30pm

Venue: Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2J

Admission: Free

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Why does money made in the local community not stay in the community?

Why does global corporate competitiveness always come before local co-operation?

How might the local economy improve if local authorities, universities and businesses procured their products and services from local traders rather than global corporations?

Could these changes increase jobs and bring prosperity closer to home?

Since the 2008 global economic crash many local communities have been devastated by austerity. Brutal cuts to local spending have left already deprived communities with emaciated services and struggling local economies.

This event invites you to consider Community Wealth Building as a possible alternative to the broken austerity agenda.

Programme

7pm: Welcome reception with local food and drink

Introduction to the Silvertown Sessions: Dr Tony Sampson (CERG) and Joy Caron-Canter (RDLAC)

7.30: Session one discussion chaired Dr Andrew Branch (CERG)

Framing the Concept: Giles Tofield (CERG)

Guest Talk on the Preston Model by Dr. Julian Manley (UCLAN)

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Responses from Dan Durcan (Senior Policy Officer, London Borough of Newham) and Chris Abell (Local Affairs Manager, Tate and Lyle)

Audience Q&A

9pm: Break with more local food and drink

9.30pm: Session two facilitated workshops with local community, traders, academics, local authority, academics

Open discussion

10.30pm close

Advanced Reading:

Could a grassroots development approach help address inequality?

Julian Manley explains the concept behind the Preston model, and how worker-owned co-operatives supported by major local players could help empower communities.

in the Guardian “In an era of brutal cuts, one ordinary place has the imagination to fight back.”

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