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.”

Call for Contributors to Workshop on Community Wealth Building

CERG/RDLAC Present the Silvertown Sessions: Community Wealth Building, 9th May 2019, RDLAC, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2J

This is a call for people interested in contributing to an economic, social and cultural development workshop happening in the Silvertown/North Woolwich area of the Docks on the evening of 9th May 2019.

The workshop is part of a series of funded events called The Silvertown Sessions organised in partnership by the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG) and the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLAC). The workshops will include people living and working in the community, local employers, traders and the local authority.

The main conceptual focus of this Silvertown Session is the notion of Community Wealth Building. Our guest speaker, Dr Julian Manley from UCLAN, will introduce what is commonly referred to as the Preston Model of Community Wealth Building.

The main aim is consult widely on the potential of the Community Wealth Building concept as applied to this particular area of the Docks.

The Silvertown Sessions are lively, engaging, relaxed and entirely free events with plenty of food and drink produced and supplied by the local community.

If you’re interested in attending please email Dr Tony Sampson (CERG project lead on Silvertown Sessions) at t.d.sampson@uel.ac.uk.

You can also keep an eye on our blog for latest event updates (https://cerg.blog/next-cct-event/).

Further reading:

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

Could a grassroots development approach help address inequality? https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/local-democracy-with-attitude-the-preston-model/

Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian “In an era of brutal cuts, one ordinary place has the imagination to fight back.” https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/06/brutal-cuts-fight-back-preston-dragons-den?

The Preston Model and the Eight Basic Principles of Community Wealth Building (P2P Foundation)

https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/the-preston-model-and-the-eight-basic-principles-of-community-wealth-building/2018/04/03

The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland (Julian Manley in the Guardian).

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/apr/11/preston-cleveland-model-lessons-recovery-rust-belt

Centre for Public Impact

https://www.centreforpublicimpact.org/case-study/the-preston-model-of-community-wealth-building-in-the-uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-pi28Nnv4AIVKLftCh2kgQZVEAAYASAAEgIx6vD_BwE

 

Next Silvertown Session 9th May 2019: Community Wealth Building – reading

Some advanced reading for our next Silvertown event…

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.”

Confirming first speaker for next CERG/RDLAC Silvertown Session on Community Wealth Building 9th May 2019 at RDLAC. Venue: Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2J

7pm start

Confirmed: Julian Manley

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Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places

Recent inspiration for the CERG project has arrived through the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission’s final report, Truly Civic: Strengthening the connection between universities and their places, and its desire to remove “perverse measurements” that inhibit local civic engagement projects.

“It is clear that some of the current measures of teaching and research – which are often designed by government, rather than universities – mitigate against civic activity. Removing those is vital and in particular:– Reducing the reliance of measures such as LEO (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes) in high stakes metrics such as TEF, that penalises universities for releasing graduates into regional labour markets with lower employment outcomes, or into self-employment which often involves a period of low/no wages. [And also] in things like the REF that ‘local research’ is by definition inferior to international research.”

Photo from Silvertown Sessions_Regeneration for ALL

The CERG had a wonderfully productive evening with our collaborators at the RDLAC in North Woolwich on Thurs evening. This photo of the second Silvertown Session captures some of the intensity of the discussion.

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Many thanks to our speakers Anna Minton, Sonia Boyce, Aaron Uthman, Chris Abell, Katherine Clarke, and Jessie Brennan.

We will be back in the New Year!

CERG