Our workshop programme forms the core of the event, with 18 sessions ranging from small practical tutorials through to large campaign strategy discussions. We’ve been working through the suggestions we’ve been getting in from groups and individuals wanting to contribute to Netroots UK 2012 and have put together a first bunch of workshops to tell you about.
- How can the Netroots keep up the pressure over the NHS?
The NHS has been a divisive and damaging issue for the coalition. What can be done to maintain the pressure that has been created, and hold the government accountable for their decisions over the rest of this parliament and at the next election?
- How is the Bill is affecting the NHS? Using the data
We know the NHS Bill will massively disrupt the NHS, but where? How can we use digital tools to collect, interpret and publicise ongoing evidence of the negative impacts of the Health and Social Care Bill, and hold the government, local trusts and corporate healthcare providers to account?
- More roadblocks: Defending the NHS from the inside
What can activists do to resist and stop damaging changes to NHS services locally? Learn about new structures and organisations that are being created, and how you can get involved. Want to stop your local services being privatised? The UK’s Netroots can help.
- Are we seeing the end of Internet freedom, and what does this mean for protest and politics?
Our digital rights are under threat from government snooping and corporate greed, putting at risk the very channels we use for our activism. How is this happening and what can we do about it?
- How can we fight against increasing attacks on right to choose?
We’ve seen a rise in levels and intensity of anti-choice activism, mobilised online and through a hostile media, including hacking attacks and protest outside clinics and harassment of women using them. How can the pro-choice majority use online to find new allies, get our voices heard and respond to government proposals to limit abortion rights?
- Hyperlocal media and campaigning online
How can we make better use of digital tools to network our local communities, raising awareness and building organisation and action on the issues that affect us?
- The 84%: Starting the digital fight back
Cuts have resulted in massive unemployment for women, 193,000 out 231,000 made redundant since they came into effect, are women. This has been given little to no airplay by traditional media. How do we use digital channels to bring make the 84% a mainstream issue?
- Getting your group online with WordPress
Need a website for your branch, campaign or community? Learn the basics in building, managing and promoting a site yourself with the versatile free platform WordPress.com.
- Fighting the cuts through the courts
So far, the main victories against the government’s cuts have come through the courts. Find out how to put together a legal challenge to frontline cuts, what to expect from lawyers, judges, and legal costs. Essential for everyone fighting or facing local cuts or privatisation.
We’ll update this soon with more info on sessions and speakers/facilitators as we tie down the last details.
We’re getting a bunch more into shape now, and are still on the look out for suggestions for sessions you’d like to see happen or contributions that you could make to them. Let us know with the submissions form here (or with a quick comment when you register online here).