Doing Democracy Differently - Public Lectures

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You are warmly invited to:


Goldsmiths, University of London

Public lecture series on

Doing Democracy Differently

First lecture in the series coming up soon…

Democratising local economies : 29 November, 5-7pm, PSH 326

Few believe that the old neo-liberal economic models are fit for the future. So how do we do economics differently and what does this mean for democratic practices? What is a citizens or solidarity economy? How might co-ownership and co-production work in the places that we live? The future is ours – come and find out what it might look like.

Andrew Cumbers, Glasgow University (author of Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy , 2012).

Fran Jones (Associate Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies)

Media co-operatives and platform politics : 14 March, 5-7pm, PSH 326

Corporate dominance by digital giants rules the internet as we know it. But what if our online platforms were member owned and democratically governed? What does a collaborative, sustainable economy look like online, how would it change the media and how can we make it happen?

Nathan Schneider, University of Boulder Colorado (author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that is Shaping the Next Economy, 2018 )

Vanessa Baird, Co-Editor, New Internationalist (a leading independent media organisation that is a multi-stakeholder co-operative co-owned by its workers and 3,600 investors)

The University as Co-operative : 23 May, 5-7pm, PSH 314

The privatisation and marketization of Higher Education has turned the University into a factory. Soaring student debt, increasing numbers of staff on precarious contracts and out-sourced support services on dismal conditions of contract are destroying universities. How do we reclaim higher education for the public good?

Cilla Ross, Co-operative College, Manchester (working towards establishing a Co-operative University)

Davydd J. Greenwood, Cornell University, New York (co-author with Morten Levin of Creating a New Public University and Reviving Democracy: Action Research in Higher Education , 2016)

All lectures are FREE and open to everyone. Please come!


Natalie Fenton

Professor of Media and Communications

Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Co-Director Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre

Co-Director Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross

London SE14 6NW

T: +44(0)20 7919 7620