A four day festival of music, art & politics building power to Transform the World. Debates, discussion & other sounds from Liverpool & Brighton.
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Book launch! Lost in Work by Amelia Horgan
For people today, hard work in school no longer guarantees a secure, well-paying job in the future. Far from a gateway to riches and fulfilment, 'work' means precarity, anxiety and alienation. In response, we've seen increased demand from the left for workers to join a union.
But what can workers achieve when they unionise their workplace and rally around a set of demands?
How does the emergence of the gig economy, 0 hours contracts and bogus self employment change the nature of workplace organising?
And can union organising move beyond winning small victories in workplaces to the wholesale transformation of work itself?
Amelia Horgan is a writer and researcher. She has written for various publications, including Tribune, the Guardian and VICE.
Lois McCallum is a hospitality worker and trade union rep, speaking on behalf of Sheffield Needs a Payrise, a campaign organising workers to fight back against low pay – and offering an alternative to the dismal working conditions that plague post-industrial Britain.
Tam Wilson works for the STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress) as an organiser with the BetterThanZero campaign, a Scottish based trade union campaign that focusses on supporting those in precarious and casualised work to collectivise in their workplace and challenge exploitative employment practices.
Sarah Jaffe (chair) is a US based labour journalist, and author of 'Work Won't Love You Back'.
Understanding TWT: The New Left with Hilary Wainwright
In this week's episode of Understanding TWT, we spoke to Red Pepper co-editor and co-founder Hilary Wainwright.
Hilary spoke to us about the history of the ‘new left’ from the Hungarian revolution of 1956, how the Soviet Union’s domination of its bordering countries led many socialists to re-evaluate their understanding of Marx and relationship to the party and state, how TWT fits into and is informed by that history, and how the ideas of the new left continue to develop and change today.
Understanding TWT: Collective Joy with Jeremy Gilbert
Introducing "Understanding TWT" - a series on the ideas and concepts that have inspired our work.
First up, a presentation on the role of 'affect' (bodily emotion) in political practice, what we mean by 'collective joy', why these are essential for building a mass political movement, and how TWT has and can continue to embed this thinking in its work.
Political theorist, DJ and long time contributor to (and supporter of) TWT Jeremy Gilbert leads the event with a talk on these themes.
Like a phoenix we will rise: Activism after Grenfell with Lowkey
Grenfell must be a 'never again' moment in the history of this country. The fire has exposed incestuous relationships between local, as well as national government, and the construction industry. In or out of government, how can Labour effectively engage with this issue, beyond superficial lip service? How can Labour act now to put the party at the disposal of a horrified and haunted community forced to campaign through their trauma for the safety of all across the country?
Come and hear from those who have spent the last two years fighting tooth and nail for a justice which may never come.
Lowkey; A poet, playwright, political activist and award winning hip-hop artist.
Karim: The Vice-Chair of Grenfell United, the official organisation of survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire, working together to campaign for safe homes, justice and change.
Reis Morris: A local activist and former resident of the Grenfell Tower.
Zeyad: An organizer of the Grenfell Tower Silent Walk - an annual walk organised by Grenfell United to remember the Grenfell Tower fire.
Daniel Renwick: A videographer and writer who made Failed By The State - the struggle in the shadow of Grenfell. He is a youth worker and advocate in the local community
Why Are Some Children Worth More? Report launch with Sol Gamsu and Common Wealth
A discussion of a new report from Common Wealth looking at the economic gap between private and state schools across England.
The report by Dr Sol Gamsu shows how English private schools receive four times as much money per pupil as local state secondary. In some schools this figure is much higher with the wealthiest schools in the South of England having 8,9,10 times the income of local state secondary schools.
Is a system where some schools have tens of thousands of pounds to spend per pupil justifiable?
With: Dr Sol Gamsu (Durham University) // Professor Rebecca Boden (Tampere University) // Steven Longden (Abolish Eton).
You can read the full report here: https://www.common-wealth.co.uk/reports/why-are-some-children-worth-more-than-others
Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs with Owen Hatherley, Aditya Chakrabortty & Rosa Nussbaum
In 2020, writer Owen Hatherley published two books about London. One, Red Metropolis was a polemical history of municipal socialism in Britain's capital. The other, was an alternative guide to London's boroughs featuring 33 activists, historians, architects and politicians exploring stories and neighbourhoods from across each of the city's 33 boroughs.
The alternative guide, which was commissioned by Open City, a charity best known for its London-wide festival of remarkable architecture Open House, attempts to unpick the social and political dimensions of London's built fabric while taking the reader on an adventurous journey encompassing everything from Brutalist Polish community centres to suburban garden cities, from pioneering modernist estates to ornate Victorian greenhouses.
In this special event, Owen is joined by Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty, who wrote the alternative guide's chapter on the London borough of Haringey, and graphic designer Rosa Nussbaum to discuss contemporary London following the mayoral election, property development in Haringey and beyond, and wider themes of both books.
The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs is available from the Open City online shop. Anyone who would like to get hold of a copy before this event can use the one-off discount code THEWORLDTRANSFORMED to get 40% off the cover price.
The event will be introduced by Phineas Harper, architecture writer and director of Open City who commissioned the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs and compered by Sam Swann from The World Transformed.
Thanks for uploading these as audio!! Really great, especially the ‘understanding the crisis’ course