(HT: Ruth at artsednews)
If you're at a loose end on Saturday 17 June, you may be interested in changing the world...
THE COMPASS NATIONAL & ROBIN COOK MEMORIAL CONFERENCE 2006
Imagine an event where you get to actually shape and influence a manifesto to change our world over the next 20 years, where you get to help come up with a new vision for the future, to debate freely the things you believe passionately about and discuss solutions to the biggest challenges of our time: like improving our environment, tackling climate change, renewing our democracy, abolishing poverty, delivering equality and more…The event where all the big debates take place including...
Four keynote speeches on the challenges we face over the next two decades with Ed Balls, Derek Simpson, Helena Kennedy and Richard Sennett; a major debate on whether the government should commit to a new generation of nuclear power stations or favour renewables including a speech by Jonathon Porritt; a lunchtime plenary discussion on dreaming of a progressive future with Billy Bragg and John Harris; a question time including Hazel Blears, Jon Trickett, Polly Toynbee, Fiona Millar, Greg Dyke, Shami Chakrabarti and chaired by John Kampfner.
With all the major pressure groups, think tanks and publications addressing the big issues including... Comprehensive education in the 21st century; a new approach to foreign policy; pensions smensions; a left political strategy; a new future for energy; the future for housing; sharing power; tackling climate change; new solutions to social challenges; the media and political malaise; the world of work; the future of political parties; developing citizenship; the public services; making Europe relevant; feminism; science; the health service; making life chances more equal; making poverty history; voting reform; English identity; human rights and the importance of the trade union link and many more.Your chance to shape a manifesto that Compass is preparing to publish in the autumn '06. Every workshop will prioritise key ideas for inclusion in the most radical and wide ranging manifesto the democratic left has ever written.
Book online here