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"...a fascinating and valuable festival..."
Sunday November 19, 2017. 10am – 5.30pm
Lewisham Southwark College (LeSoCo), Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT
In November 2016, we convened the first ‘Festival of Ideas’ to share ideas about how to achieve a more peaceful and equitable future. The aim was to stimulate discussion on ideas for positive change in our community.
In November 2017, we held our second Festival, again celebrating our great community strength, and bringing together diverse speakers on some of the big issues of our time.
A truly inspiring range of speakers offered challenging new perspectives to stimulate debate and inspire action.
Ideas were presented during themed sessions, followed by brief Q&As with the audience and a lengthier break-out group in an adjacent room.
Explore audio recordings of the sessions by following the following links to the session pages.
"...fantastically well organised and a very stimulating and thought provoking day..."
Festival welcome by Clare Cowen (Chair of Brockley Society) and Laurelle Henry (Lewisham Young Mayor)
Chaired by Lorna Jackson
Dr William ‘Lez’ Henry – Associate Professor, Criminology & Sociology, University of West London: “Victimisation and Persecution”
Dr John Price – Senior Lecturer and Head of History at Goldsmiths: “Marking 40 Years of the Battle of Lewisham”
Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson – Performance Poet: “Brockley Born and Bred; Tale Into Verse”
Nacheal Catnott – Filmmaker and Goldsmiths Alumnus: “Our Unheard History”
Esther Stanford-Xosei – Reparations Scholar-Activist: “The Aftermath”
Chaired by Bartle Sawbridge
Michael O’Keefe – Positive Money: “Through the Roof: House Prices and Profiteers”
Beth Boorman – National Community Land Trust Network: “Community-Led Housing”
Tony Rich – RUSS (Rural Urban Synthesis Society): “Self-Build Project in Ladywell”
Cllr Damian Egan – Lewisham Cabinet Member for Housing: “Housing in Lewisham”
Andrew Mitchell – 999 Club: “Homelessness – a Growing Problem”
Martin Williams – Achilles Street Campaign: “Homelessness – a Growing Problem”
Chaired by Roger Lewis
Ravi Ravindran – Lewisham Plus Credit Union: “Combating Debt”
Ivo Mosley – Author: “Bank Robbery”
Helen Mercer – Associate Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Greenwich: “From Exploitation to Expropriation”
Sian Williams – Toynbee Hall: “How Profit Maximisation Increases Inequality”
Chaired by Greg Williams
Rosie Boycott – Chair, London Food Board: “The Future of Food”
Sophi Tranchell – Divine Chocolates: “Fair Trade vs. Corporate Food Production”
Olaf Garvey – Animal Rights Advocate: “How Animal Agriculture is Destroying Our Planet”
Trina Lynskey – Deptford Folk: “Evelyn200 Today”
James Skinner – New Economics Foundation: “Agri Villages”
Chaired by Ivo Mosley
Jon McKenna – Double Jab SE8: “Keeping Youth Out of Crime Through Boxing”
Fouzia Razvi – Citizens UK: “Housing and Integrating Syrian Refugees”
Alys Penfold – Library of Things: “Sharing Resources Within the Community”
Kajal Odedra – UK Director, Change.org: “Online Campaigning”
Andrew Brown – CEO, Elevating Success: “Empowering Young People”
"...great range of speakers and very stimulating discussions..."
View the full programme for the day here.
Over 150 people attended the event throughout the day. Both the main panel talks and the follow-up break-out sessions were both very popular, as was the homemade lunch.
Video and audio related to the Festival’s themes were screened throughout the day in a separate room:
- The Listening Post: Sybil Phoenix (audio only; followed by Q&A with Sybil’s son Woodrow)
- Aug 13th: What Happened?
- Battle of Lewisham (introduced by director Nacheal Catnott and followed by a Q&A)
- 13 Dead, Nothing Said
- A Matter of Life
- Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (trailer)
- Mass Photo on Hilly Fields 2015
- Walter’s Way: The Anarchist Housing Estate
- Short films from 999 Club & Library of Things
Find out more about and stream these media on the Media (film and audio) page.
"...extremely interesting and stimulating event..."
For a variety of reasons we decided not to hold a Festival in November 2018, but are now actively considering whether to reinstate a Festival for this autumn, 2019. We would love to hear any ideas and suggestions for potential themes and speakers, and also welcome anybody who would like to get involved with the event organisation.
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