Lunchtime Fringe

We’ve a packed workshop and plenary schedule already for Saturday, but still more great ideas are coming in. We’ve decided that the Brown Bag lunch could be a working lunch for those that want to, and so we’re making three rooms available for a Fringe with some extra sessions.

So far we have four concrete proposals for the lunchtime fringe. They are listed below. We are open to more proposals. If you would like to lead a session please email shane [at] with a title and description to help delegates decide if they’d like to attend or not. The final sessions will be chosen based on what the delegates vote for on the morning of the event. Proposals need to be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 6th January.

  • Internet Security For Beginners: A Guide For Non-Technical Activists
    This is a presentation for activists who know nothing about internet security, but wish they knew more. If you’re an activist, and the words Tor, cookie and HTTPS mean nothing to you, then you need to come to this talk. Using simple, non-techy language, I’ll show you how to encrypt your internet traffic so no-one can spy on you. I’ll show you how to be anonymous, and how to cover your tracks. I’ll teach you password security, show you useful activist Firefox plugins, and let you in on the computer tricks that all activists should know. By the end, you will definitely be able to bring down the Pentagon.
    Session proposer: Chris Coltrane is a protester, IT specialist, and stand-up comedian. Can he make internet security funny? Almost certainly not. But come along anyway. You’ll learn tons.
  • Crips vs Coalition: In Solidarity and Support
    In 2010 we saw how one young disabled protestor, Jody McIntire, can turn the tables against the police. Disabled people are the worst hit by the savage cuts by the Lib Dem coalition. Disabled People against Cuts have been leading protest marches in Birmingham but they have not turned out physically in numbers because they have many barriers. We have set up virtual forums where they can express their anger and protest. But we have barely started on our fight yet – make no mistake,. we are not fighting for tuition fees now, important though that is, we are fighting for people’s lives. We want to share strategies how in using solidarity and mutual support we can fight against the Coalition!
    Session proposer: Eleanor Lisney is a co-Founder of Disabled People Against Cuts
  • How the blogosphere changed the outcome of the swedish national election 2010.
    During this session we will brief you on the growth of the Swedish progressive blogosphere and how one blogpost managed to change the agenda during the final days of the election campaign 2010. Also you will be given an inside glimpse of the swedish Netroots movement and how the Swedish Social Democrats work with blogger outreach.
    Session proposers: Johan Ulvenlöv, Bloggers Outreach, Social Democrats, Sweden, together with other bloggers from Sweden.
  • The student fightback – a new type of networked movement?
    From Twitter flashmobs, to crowd-sourced anti-kettling Google maps, social media has played a key role in the recent outburst of student activism and militancy. Are we witnessing a revolutionary change in how political movements organise and campaign? Or has the role of social media been over-hyped? This will be an open discussion facilitated by two students actively involved in the recent wave of student protests and occupations.
    Session proposers: Guy Aitchison (openDemocracy, UCL occupation) & Aaron Peters (Holloway, UCL occupation)
  • Beyond Obama: Stories and Lessons from Across the Pond
    With charities, issue groups and electoral campaigns running integrated on- to offline campaigns across the U.S. every day, there’s a myriad of experiences, lessons and best practices that can assist you and group, no matter where you are or what in the world you do. Bring your ideas, questions and one best practice to share for a fascinating and lively discussion!
    Session proposer: Julielyn Gibbons (Principal of i3 Strategies)

On Saturday morning delegates will be asked to indicate (by the time honoured method of sticky dots on a board) which, if any, of the sessions they would like to attend, and the winning proposers will go ahead with their sessions during the lunch break.  We’ll update this page as and when more ideas are submitted.

One thought on “Lunchtime Fringe

  1. brian

    Great, so your getting together, with hope you will be considering all aspects of our diminishing freedoms & not just student fees and public sector pay, all governments are the same but you know that right?? real change requires removal of the current repetative status quo, remember the rules they live by, order out of chaos is one of them, now put this together, THEY create a problem (economy)then they wait for the reaction (discontent) next its in with the solution (which you WILL willingly agree to).
    PROBLEM REACTION SOLUTION things are the way they are right now because thats the way they planned it.
    Its all a GAME.


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