Liberal Conspiracy Annual Conference: 26th June


8:59 am - May 20th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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On 26th June I’m hosting the second Liberal Conspiracy ‘Blog Nation’ conference.

We hosted the first one in July 2008; I’m hoping to make it an annual event thereafter.

The theme of the conference will be: “How Can The Left Organise in Opposition?”

Rather than have a traditional come-and-hear-these-people-speak sort of event, I’d like to do something more interactive that involves more people.

It will also be different because I’d like to make it strategy focused than just a one-way discussion event.

There are no big-name speakers because I’m not looking for any. In the coming weeks I’ll be announcing some speakers (well someone has to!) and the format.

But I’m open to your ideas and suggestions.

Details
Date: 26th June, Saturday
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: Free! But, Invite Only.
Venue: Central London (sorry out-of-towners, but it’s easier for me to organise here).

If you’d like to attend, please do get in touch via the contact form. It’s a big theatre hall with about 150 spaces.
(preference will be given to people who have already written for Libcon)

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Sunny Hundal is editor of LC. Also: on Twitter, at Pickled Politics and Guardian CIF.
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Like all self-respecting leftie wastrels I will be at Glastonbury chucking bottles of wee at Bono. Otherwise I’d have probably come along, sounds interesting.

I too will bee wee throwing at glastonbury that weekend, so I’ll have to miss this. But I would really like to be going.

Anton, fancy a brother’s pear cider somewhere?

Count me in.

good to hear it isn’t a come-and-hear-these-people-speak – I always think that discourages rather than promotes debate. There are people who have differing positions on how to make am effective Left, and they’re easy to spot, an open session with 2 or more people to discuss these differing opinions on how to motivate the Left hopefully will make for broad discussion

As long as my twin boys arrive safe and sound earlier in June, I would be game.

Its never a good idea to organise something in festival season ๐Ÿ˜‰

Although my tastes are a lot heavier and more obscure than glastonbury.

The left have been in opposition since the 1950s! What will we learn at this event? Or do you mean What Can Labour Learn In Opposition?

Count me in. You do know, don’t you, that the conference in the midst of a World Cup though ๐Ÿ™‚

Would like to come! (Might be working.)

@6 planetshift

“Although my tastes are a lot heavier and more obscure than glastonbury.”

Glyndebourne? ๐Ÿ˜‰ … I could just see an LC picnic for Billy Budd

Rather than have a traditional come-and-hear-these-people-speak sort of event, Iโ€™d like to do something more interactive that involves more people.

I’d be interested to see how that thinking progresses, Sunny, but a commitment to it is welcome – I’d hope the process of making it interactive might be documented as a model for other conference settings which too easily fall into the ‘people being talked at a lot about stuff they know better about than the speaker’ category.

Perhaps you could even develop the interactive process for the day interactively by planning it here at LibCon. I’m all for ideas like reversing the information flow, so that people in groups come together and set out a list of questions/demands that they’d like the ‘expert’ to answer/commit to delivering on & reporting back on.

Don’t forget to invite Red Pepper. I’d like to see a link across to the more traditional magazine style.

Sounds v interesting. If I can scrape together the cash I’ll attempt to make it.

I’m in.

I’m not going if Dave Semple’s going. He threatened me with a four-by-two the other day.

Paul – yeah I did want to develop the process here too, which is why I’m asking for ideas and suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m having a meeting next week on how to possibly do break-out sessions that will involve more people. Not sure if that’s the best model though. Happy to hear ideas.

It’s the only date I could get in the near future – it’s also conference season otherwise. And don’t worry, we’ll be done early enough so people won’t miss the football ๐Ÿ˜›

Interesting to what extent? Something like having the group break down into working groups to develop a short manifestos based on different areas (such as immigration, defense, economy) etc?

I’m all up for more audience participation (I’ve been to way too many conferences/events where the people up on the stage don’t seem to know much, or are very bad at putting their point across), but it’s also worth remembering that some speaker roles are useful as some people are better speakers and leaders than others, and having an anarchist free-for-all is usually even worse than having crap speakers up on a stage.

“Iโ€™m open to your ideas and suggestions.”

Maybe the aim of the day should be to produce something similar to this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8693832.stm as a sort of alternative program for government.

Hi all
I think it’s possible to be open and encourage conversation but still have speakers. On that, please please please can we have some women speaking (and not all of them white). I task you with that Sunny as Chief Organizer In Charge of The Conference.

On formats, could do it <a href="http://www.theworldcafe.com/principles.htm"world cafe style or other open conference ways…

I would like to attend but teach at the Actors Centre on Saturdays, any chance of a late attendance?

Would love to attend but I don’t think the wife would thoil two flights in two months.

Will there be streaming or video after, Sunny?

(Being presumptuous thinking he may get an invite)

22. Emma Burnell

I’d like to come if you’ll have me.

I ask about how to organise the event and everyone just wants to be a speaker… ๐Ÿ˜›

Emma can you drop me an email please?

Will, you’re not in London right?

Leon – I’m open to ideas. Would breaking it down by themes or issues work better?

Sunny, Canada at the moment. If I was up’north I would have gladly driven down and attended.

25. Dave Spart

It will also be different because Iโ€™d like to make it strategy focused than just a one-way discussion event.

I’m up for that (whatever it means).


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