It is inspired by the World Transformed festival, which takes place alongside the Labour Party conference, and is planned and run by a group of volunteers. We were impressed by the quality and diversity of the program, the parties and the audience, and we want to bring that spirit to Bristol!
Our theme is People Powered Politics, and we will be putting on a number of panels, workshops and social events exploring matters like: public ownership; co-ops; climate change; race; trade unionism; gentrification and alternative media. Bristol faces growing inequality, rising living costs, increasingly visible homelessness and the threat of closure of a number of much-loved venues which have contributed to the spirit of the city.
For too long we have lived under the shadow of Capitalist Realism, which tells us that "there is no alternative", regardless of what allows us to live in a happy or healthy society. This notion is starting to break down. We want to join people together from across a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives to open their minds to the radical possibilities that aren't present in our education system or media.
We want to inspire people with a positive socialist vision for the future and help illustrate how it can be achieved by working together, showing what people power is capable of.
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