The State of Us 2021

The State of Us; Powerful Communities and Economic Democracy

Real Ideas logoA ground-breaking group of social enterprises, co-ops, think tanks, networks and funders, including Real Ideas, ask you to join them for four focused online sessions exploring The State of Us, which will look at how people are building power and economic democracy in different contexts: our work, in our public spaces and in environmental action.

The State of Us is for anyone working on social, environmental, racial and economic justice, democracy and power at a local level across the UK, whether through local enterprise, community organising, activism, third sector, or local government. The conference will consider big questions, such as:

  • What role do community-focused, economic actors have in building powerful communities?
  • What is best practice?
  • Who are our allies and who shares our values?
  • How can we organise better?
  • What does democracy look like in everyday areas of our economy such as work, public spaces and the production of the goods we consume?
  • How do communities actively create power, within and beyond authority?

The conference is split across four sessions, starting on 20th April. At each of the three lead up sessions, participants will hear from four different activist practitioners, presenting their case studies linked to the session theme and exploring different approaches for discussion. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A and break-out sessions. There will be final discussion to share what has been learnt and decide on next steps.

Click here to find out more and to book your place.

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