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21st Century Democracy - Participation Now

THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED


Wortley Hall

Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF) residential based on OU/openDemocracy Participation Now project (see websites for details) at stunning Wortley Hall, near Sheffield
Fri-Sunday 28 – 30th November 2014.
From 4.00pm onwards on Friday to 2.00pm Sunday.
Participants can arrive at Wortley Hall, S35 7DB, any time from 2.30pm onwards

This special programme will follow the pattern of successful discussion-based events at
Wortley Hall (www.wortleyhall.org.uk) and other venues over recent years.

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FOR PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME click (updated 19 Nov) For large print click

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES HAVE RELEVENCE TO THE EVENT(updated 21 Nov 2014)
More may be added prior to the event

Britain's Crony Capitalist Establishment Article click For large print click
Sticking Plaster or Energiser - Article on the role of charities click For large print click
Education and Compass - Article on Education dogma click For large print click
Dr Nick Mahony - founder of the OU/Open Democracy Participation Now! project - has suggested the below for advance reading (quite a task but if only a few of us manage this it will help better inform our discussions on the weekend): Sorry no large print version available for these.
The One Party Planet click
The Tragedy of the Private - The Potential of the Public click
The implications of the Participation Now project for current debates about democratic reform click


THE FOLLOWING NOTES WILL BE USED IN THE DISCUSSION GROUPS (up dated 25 Nov 2014)
More notes will be added between now and the event. It will be helpful if you bring copies of these with you to the event.

The Constraints on Democracy notes click For large print click
Freire, Raymond Williams and Chomsky notes click For large print click
Volunteers and Volunteering notes click For large print click
Women and Democracy notes click For large print click
Poetry of Liberty and Liberation notes click For large print click
How to Upgrade Democracy with the Internet notes click For large print click
Public Libraries notes click For large print click
PiPs and other pub discussion methodologies notes click For large print click
Education Policy in 2015 notes click For large print click
Is the Abolition of War Possible? notes click For large print click
The Tragedy of the Private - The Potential of the Public notes click For large print click

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Key-note Lecturers: Dr Nick Mahoney - OU/oD project co-ordinator , Department of Politics and International Studies - will signpost Work in Progress & OU online learning potential...

Sharon Clancy - former Head of Community Partnerships, Nottingham University and currently researching radical adult education in residential colleges, on Public Engagement and the Big Society

Dr Lisa Mckenzie - Fellow, Department of Sociology, LSE on Social and Democratic Exclusion on City Estates and 'Precariat' issues in general

Themes for discussion in small groups may include topics from the OU/openDemocracy postings (essays and articles) on:
38 degrees;
Public libraries -
two or more sessions on this, with links to other relevant discussions;
EU voting and participation issues;
From Occupy to digital democracy;
Freire, Raymond Williams and Chomsky –
'The emerging landscape of thought and practice'; Compass;
Liberty and liberation in Poetry;
The Independent Working Class Network;
Scotland and new community engagement;
A review of Paul Rogers oD weekly postings on War - and Peace issues;
RW's Keywords:
Radical, Liberal and Liberation;
Women and Democracy;
Volunteering;
Training sessions on PiPs, DiPs and other methodologies.
Broad themes embracing most of the above willbe offered for larger group discussion on the Sunday morning.

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All-in(subsidised) fee £103pp, includes en suite bedroom, all meals, refreshments and sessions.

Deposit:    £30, with balance of £73 payable three weeks before start of course.

Non-residents welcome - pro rata fee,  depends when you come and go... ring for details 01538 370067

 

This event organised with or links to:   Philosophy in Pubs (PiPs);  WEA;  Discussions in Pubs (DiPs);    Sci-bars;  U3A;  OU and openDemocracy….