GUY STANDING: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

GUY STANDING: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

Tickets -£5

In association with UBI Lab Sheffield

Guy Standing is co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and economic advisor to John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, who has been leading a working group exploring the feasibility of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the UK on behalf of the Labour Party. Standing presents his findings, along with details from his 2017 book, Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE FIR VALE?
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE FIR VALE?

FREE - Please book

What can people in Fir Vale do to improve the area and celebrate diversity? An open and constructive conversation with members of the community to discuss the area, how it has improved, the challenges it currently faces and the potential for shared, community-led solutions for change.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

Tickets - £2

Join Professor Sandy Halliday of the Gaia Group and author of Sustainable Construction for a discussion about how we could construct homes and other buildings that don’t cost us the Earth, or the health and wellbeing of their inhabitants, in a world of resource scarcity and climate change. Chaired by Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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OUR DEMOCRACY HUB DAY
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

OUR DEMOCRACY HUB DAY

Suggested donation £5

In partnership with Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS)

In the wake of the EU referendum it is clear that we have a democratic deficit in the UK - that a range of different voices with a host of genuine concerns are not being heard or enabled to speak to power effectively.

The Festival of Debate Our Democracy Hub Day explores some of these unheard voices - as well as the mechanisms by which those voices are able to engage in the democratic process - through a series of concurrent workshops and panel discussions. To see full details of all of the day sessions please visit the Festival of Debate website. Please note that tickets for the Brexitannia Screening need to be booked separately.

Suggested donation for daytime events: £5

1:30-2:15PM | WORKSHOP | WHAT DOES 21st CENTURY WORKPLACE DEMOCRACY LOOK LIKE?

Sheffield TUC explore workplace democracy, the role of unions and legislation in aiding workers. How much of a voice can workers exercise in contemporary employment, which is often characterised by low pay and insecure work?

1:30-2:15PM | WORKSHOP | DISABILITY AND DEMOCRACY IN HEALTHCARE

The government says it wants to create a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and potential. In this workshop from Healthwatch Sheffield and Disability Sheffield we’ll explore the reality – the issues, challenges and opportunities - with people who are taking action.

1:30-2:15PM | WORKSHOP | BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOR DUMMIES, WHITE TEACHERS & EVERYBODY ELSE

In a multicultural population, why are educators not teaching a more multicultural curriculum? Melissa Simmonds, parent and founder of MisTÂûght, believes that Black History benefits all children. Hear her story of helping her child’s school make Black History more personal to the communities around them.

2:30-3:15PM | WORKSHOP | A ‘FREE PRESS’ IS A CORNERSTONE OF DEMOCRACY, BUT HOW CAN IT BE FREE IF IT ISN’T AVAILABLE TO ALL?

‘Don’t hate the media, become the media,’ said Jello Biafra. A workshop from Burngreave Messenger, exploring how to use written media to promote your campaign, creating engaging content for hyperlocal, social and mainstream media.

2:30-3:15PM | WORKSHOP | DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS: HOW TO TAKE ON YOUR LANDLORD AND WIN

Join ACORN Sheffield for a short workshop and Q&A on the union’s highly effective, sometimes controversial, use of direct action against landlords and letting agents.

2:30-3:15PM | WORKSHOP | TRANSPORT POVERTY

Cycling currently accounts for just 2% of measured trips. Under 30% of households in Sheffield City Region don’t have a car, but with public transport changing routes and raising fares, many are in ‘transport poverty’. Join Cycle Sheffield to debate how to enable the majority to travel across Sheffield sustainably.

3:30-4:45PM | WORKSHOP | REBOOTING POLITICS

From health to housing, why is the government failing to tackle societal challenges? Unlock Democracy host this workshop exploring how to shake up stale politics, get big ideas heard and push for radical change - with a focus on action.

3:30-4:45PM | TALK | THE GENDER PAY GAP: ONE YEAR ON

The Women’s Equality Party discuss the gender pay gap: What can be done for women from all backgrounds to achieve parity with men? What challenges lie ahead after regulations in April 2018 requiring companies to reveal differentials in pay?

5-6:45PM | PANEL | RADICAL NEIGHBOURHOODS: HOW IS LOCAL DEMOCRACY CHANGING?

New forms of local neighbourhood democracy are emerging. From active citizens coming together on campaigns, to newly devolved forms of local authority. Featuring Jim Steinke (Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods), Nigel Slack (Active Citizen), Ruth Hubbard (It’s Our City) & Kate Faulkes (Head of Stronger Communities in Barnsley Council). Chaired by Maddy Desforges (Chief Exec of VAS).

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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MANDATORY REDISTRIBUTION PARTY
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

MANDATORY REDISTRIBUTION PARTY

Tickets - £7/£6/£4

Everyone’s favourite - and possibly the only - radical leftist live comedy show returns to Festival of Debate for a third year. Join Sean Morley and Jack Evans as they brave the classic comedy subject matter of late capitalism, the re-emergence of fascism and the inexorable descent into barbarism.

Photo: Laura Hallett

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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**CANCELLED** THE LIFE, WORK & LEGACY OF HARRY LESLIE SMITH: IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LESLIE SMITH
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

**CANCELLED** THE LIFE, WORK & LEGACY OF HARRY LESLIE SMITH: IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LESLIE SMITH

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Refunds will be processed by Tickets For Good.

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Barnsley-born Harry Leslie Smith had a tremendous impact through his writing and media appearances. His last book before his death Harry’s Last Stand achieved critical acclaim. His son John Leslie Smith joins Festival of Debate in conversation with LEP Board Member and Doctoral Researcher Laura IH Bennett to discuss the life, works and legacy of his father.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD

FREE - Please book

Join us for a conversation about how to make the voices of people from Darnall heard when decisions are being made in the city and in our neighbourhood. Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member For Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, will be joining us to get things started.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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THE PERSONAL IS STILL POLITICAL: A FACILITATED DIALOGUE
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

THE PERSONAL IS STILL POLITICAL: A FACILITATED DIALOGUE

FREE - Please Book

In association with Cohesion Sheffield

Facilitated by Leah and Milan Bijelić. Current social and political issues affect us at every level including in our everyday lives. They  are mirrored in our workplaces, in our relationships and even in ourselves. More than ever we need spaces for deeper dialogue, opportunities to hear and try to understand one another.

Politicians often present issues in a simple, polarised way, ignoring complexity.  Swamped by this kind of news on many important issues, we may find ourselves for or against something, leaving a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ tag, without deeper reflection - thus reducing ourselves to binary reactions. If this happens constantly, it generates apathy and hopelessness about the future. If you are interested in what creates cohesion or division in Sheffield, join us. You will have the opportunity to engage with others in facilitated dialogue as we explore the topic.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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DEMOCRACY, DATA & ELECTION SCANDALS: HOW DO WE RESPOND?
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

DEMOCRACY, DATA & ELECTION SCANDALS: HOW DO WE RESPOND?

FREE - Please book

In association with The Crick Centre & The University of Sheffield

Digital campaigning is now normal, but recent elections have resulted in scandal. This event brings together Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni, the author of the recent Electoral Reform Society report Reining in the Political ‘Wild West’: Campaign Rules for the 21st Century and Dr Kate Dommett (University of Sheffield) to explore the implications of online campaigning trends for democracy.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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HOUSING HORROR VS PEOPLE POWER
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

HOUSING HORROR VS PEOPLE POWER

FREE - Please book

In association with ACORN Sheffield

ACORN Sheffield host a public conversation about the local impact of a national housing crisis and the ambitious ideas that could revolutionise housing in Sheffield. ACORN are campaigning to hold rogue landlords who profit from unsafe housing to account. Panel featuring Councillor Jim Steinke, decision makers, campaigners and tenants.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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WORDLIFE: FESTIVAL OF DEBATE OPEN MIC ft. JACKIE HAGAN & AMY KING
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

WORDLIFE: FESTIVAL OF DEBATE OPEN MIC ft. JACKIE HAGAN & AMY KING

Tickets - £6/£4

Sheffield's longest running poetry party returns with an event celebrating some of the north's most radical voices. Jackie Hagan is a multi award-winning poet, playwright and performer. In 2018 she became a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow and was nominated for a Women of the World award for affecting social change using spoken word.

To sign up to the open mic email joe@weareopus.org.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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