Campfire Convention: Reimagining Our World

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Our good friends Campfire Convention hold their first London event at the Union Chapel - historically known as a venue of non-conformist values - to celebrate the official launch of their online network. And there is much to talk about. The theme of the day is Reimagining Our World and subjects range from politics to food, co-operative ways of working to new designs for education.

As many of you will know, Campfire is the brainchild of Pete Lawrence, founder of the groundbreaking Big Chill Festivals which arose initially from new club culture in the 90s. Being able to spot new ways of relating and socialising  and then scaling that up to bigger events with more impact, are key skills for movement building. With the 21st C tools we have for organising today, ideas have exponential potential from the get-go - though experience of working with people closely, as Pete has, makes the difference between something that is grounded and something that flutters and disappears.

Pete's idea, that a new politics could arise from the conversations that people have with each other when they are being social, free to express themselves - but also in the mood to listen to others - is an alternative to the current political culture, built on division and debate. 

Says Pete: "Social networking too needs new approaches – it need not be about boosting pages, algorithmic targeted ads, posting what you had for breakfast or swinging a general election. It can have a heart and a soul, a purpose and a real life element. The Campfire circle is symbolic as a great leveller and, I believe, a good starting point for what is possible to reimagine our world."

 This week Campfire launched a new podcast that gives a sense of  its core culture and a good flavour of what is to come. Check it out here.

Indra Adnan, co-initiator of The Alternative UK, will be on the first panel of the day: THINKSHOP 1 Reimagining politics - a slow burn or revolution?
Is the existing political party duopoly past itself by date and is it time to sweep it aside and usher in a new way of doing politics, which also involves a new story, new ways of political thinking and new democratic processes? Is it a slow burn process to persuade people that it can be done differently or do we need a revolution?

We hope to see you there! More on the program here and tickets here.

pat kane