These are the meetings in The Room with A View, one of the smaller spaces at this years Bookfair. These meetings have been organised by campaign groups and/or individuals, and are intended to generate discussion. Thanks to the meeting organisers for their efforts. You can download this info as a pdf The Room With A View full programme.
The Room with A View (aka the IT suite) is located on the 1st floor of the Trinity Centre, in a room just off the main Stalls room. It will hold approx 25 people seated. Meetings start at 12noon, and end at 6pm. Please enter & leave the room promptly so the next meeting gets its maximum time.
12-1: Workers power in under an hour!
Overworked? Underpaid? Bully Boss? Get Organised. Learn how to protect yourself at work and get one over your boss. Workers power in under an hour! Learn the basic techniques of how to Agitate, Educate, Inoculate, Organise & Unionise your workplace. Proper boss!
1-2: Technology, Networks, Collaboration & Cyberagitation
Taster to HacktionLab & Barn Camp, with Q&A and discussion. The Internet: a zeitgeist of collaboration & openness, developed on sharing & trust. Despite attempts to commercialise, control & monitor it, the original spirit of collaboration is alive and kicking!
2-3: Resisting Workfare
Workfare schemes (forced unpaid work) are being resisted by claimants; and by direct action targeting those who profit – companies & charities, and programme providers like A4e. The growing campaign has asked unions to boycott workfare. Explore & share stories & ideas for future action!
3-4: Fighting for ourselves – Introductory talk and discussion
SolFed introduce ‘Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle’, covering lost history of the workers’ movement & setting out a revolutionary strategy for present conditions; and discuss anarcho-syndicalism & its relevance for workers.
4-5: How do the militarists get away with it?
(Bristol Against Arms Trade)
MOD proposes a 10year £160billion spend on weapons systems. Clare Cochrane (Atomic Weapons Eradication) & Medea Benjamin (Code Pink) inspire a debate about military spending madness and which corporations benefit.
5-6: Let’s Talk About Sex: Consent, Coercion, Communication and Accountability
Discussion about what we mean by the terms consent and coercion in relation to intimacy: looking at options & techniques for practising good consent; attempting to tackle issues with communication when it comes to sex; covering accountability and responsibility both individually and as a community.