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Our event last weekend was really successful, with a turnout of about 35 people throughout the day. As well as friends, family, and interested individuals, participants included people from A World to Win, Alliance for Green Socialism, Rainbow Family and a new reading group starting in Cardiff. It was a diverse range of people (always best for discussions!) in age, background, and level of prior knowledge about Social Ecology. We all felt the discussions were productive and stimulating intellectually, and also provided valuable insight into the approaches taken by different groups (such as those above) and philosophies and their relation to Social Ecology.
The first set of workshops was divided between a talk on Communalism and Confederation by Sveinung Legard from Oslo’s Demokratisk Alternativ and a very interactive discussion on hierarchy and domination led by Social Ecology London members.
The second workshop session contained a more in-depth look at Social Ecology – particularly it’s ethical and philosophical foundations – by Eirik Eiglad (also of Demokratisk Alternative) [click here to read more about this workshop] and a discussion on building a movement for change or, “how to get from here to there”, led by Social Ecology London members. The latter also included a short account of Democratic Alternative’s experiences by Sveinung.
Finally, though we were running a little late, there was time set aside for participant-suggested workshops. We divided into 4 small groups which discussed, widely, economics and Social Ecology. One focused particularly on the compatibility of Michael Albert’s Participatory Economics and Social Ecology while another examined anarcho-syndicalism and workplace organizing in relation to the programs of Social Ecology.
We want to thank everyone who came down from Democratic Alternative, especially Eirik and Sveinung for their help in leading workshops, and everyone who participated. We look forward to putting on more events and workshops and spreading the ideas of Social Ecology. As always, interested people are welcome to come to our meetings every Thursday in London or to ask for our help setting up a study group in your own area! Another forum for those not in London is the Communalism Forum, a new online site for discussion fo the politics of Social Ecology set up by those busy Scandinavians.
Some photos from the event (click on each one for the full image):
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