Sunday, 3.00pm–4.30pm . The Old Market.
From empire to the present day, what impact has Britain’s international economic policy had on the rest of the world, from slavery and empire onwards, and what policies do we need to change this?
Three parts, starting Saturday 5.30-7.00pm. TWT Activities Tent
The UK’s rolling political crisis means a general election could happen at any time and the left may stand on the threshold of power. But what happens after we win? A three-part reading group based on People Get Ready (see page 14), with the book’s authors, to discuss the headwinds facing a radical Labour government and the role of the movement in ensuring it delivers transformative change.
Saturday, 5.30pm–7.00pm. Friends Meeting House
This session will explore the roots of the new global far-right ‘surge’ – the focus of RP’s summer issue – what we can learn from the past, and how we defeat it. This involves looking at how these far-right leaders achieve and secure their power, and how we can undermine their populist claims.
Sunday, 5.30pm–7.00pm. Green Door Store
From fake news to a crisis of representation, via myriad other issues resulting from the nature of our current media landscape, this session is for everyone interested in the problems facing journalism and how both the general public and those working in the media can start bringing change to a fundamentally neoliberal industry. Hosted by the Politics Theory Other podcast.
Tuesday, 11.00am–12.30pm. Activities Tent
The last few years have heard numerous calls for education initiatives that are ‘participatory’, ‘transformative’ and go ‘beyond panels’. This workshop will think through what this might mean, consider the purpose of political education more generally and support participants to be more experimental in the events they organise.
Tuesday, 1.00pm–2.30pm. Komedia Studio
A session very relevant to Red Pepper’s cover focus this issue. Land lies at the heart of the housing crisis, the climate emergency and the UK’s spiralling levels of inequality. Come and discuss how to make land reform a reality.
Tuesday, 1.00pm–2.30pm. Komedia Main Space
Over the course of the four days, hundreds of festival attendees, in collaboration with policy experts, will build a ‘Manifesto for the movement’ – a radical document that will be presented to MPs at the end of the festival. This session will be the culmination of that work. With Red Pepper’s Hilary Wainwright, John McDonnell MP and others.
For the full programme and to get tickets, go to theworldtransformed.org
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