Join us at the Greenbelt Festival Aug 24-27
Following a successful premier at last year’s Greenbelt Festival, we will be making a comeback this August Bank holiday, working in partnership with Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, Co-operatives UK and New Internationalist helping us to host our own venue again, ‘The Exchange’ following a theme of ‘Acts of the imagination’. The headline acts are Pussy Riot and We are Scientists. Get your tickets by going to www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets/
If you’ve never been, Greenbelt (Boughton House, Northants, August 24th-27th) is an arts, faith and justice festival that attracts about 10,000 people of all ages, including large numbers of families, young people, community activists and a wide range of people across the public sector.
It’s a great place for co-operators to go, because many festival-goers are thoroughly dissatisfied with the status quo, and are looking for something different. Most of them know little about what co-operation has to offer, which means that they are a very interested, receptive, questioning and an enthusiastic audience.
Following on from last year we will once again host talks inside our venue with high profile speakers such as David Bird, CEO, Coop Energy and Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK plus many more discussing topics surrounding the festival theme.
And of course there’s loads more fun activities taking place, including masses of music (Pussy Riot are headlining), comedy, poetry, dance, drama … There is a wide range of very enticing street food available, a decent wine bar, and excellent beer.
It’s a great event, in glorious surroundings, which will leave you uplifted, challenged, exhilarated and exhausted. It would be great to see you there.
This year in the Exchange
- David Bird, CEO of Coop Energy, will star on our opening night with Rob Norman from New Internationalist
- Ed Mayo will interview Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics)
- we have two sessions with Eve Poole (author of Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions and Leadersmithing – Revealing the Trade Secrets
- following this year’s festival theme Acts of the Imagination, we have three events: re-imagining housing, re-imagining care and re-imagining work, featuring pioneering co-operative organisations breaking new ground (you’ll have to wait and see)
- we have a series of panel discussions on re-imagining money, the impact we can have with our money, and the future of money
- there will be a series of panel discussions run by HeartEdge, a Church of England project promoting commerce, culture, compassion and congregation, and
- a daily dose of co-operative education from Co-operatives UK (What is a co-op?)
Published 15 Aug 2018