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 de cit 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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OUR PLANET HUB DAY
May
11
11:30 AM11:30

OUR PLANET HUB DAY

Suggested donation £5

In partnership with Sheffield Climate Alliance & Regather

In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of man-made climate change, how do we take action to significantly reduce our impact on the world? The challenge can seem too big, too daunting, and while knowledge and understanding are important, just as important is a belief that we can change things for the better. The Festival of Debate Our Planet Hub Day explores many related topics through a range of short concurrent sessions, before coming together for a concluding performance by pianist and climate activist Lola Perrin, featuring guest speaker Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want).

Suggested donation for daytime events: £5.

Please note that tickets for the ClimateKeys event need to be booked separately.

ALL DAY | STALLS | from Sheffield Climate Alliance, Sheffield Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth and more.

11:30AM-1PM | TURNING EARTH: VEGAN BREAKFAST CLUB

Delicious hot and cold breakfast/lunch to fuel a day of discussion and activism. Suggested donation £10, but no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

1:30-2:15PM | WORKSHOP | ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

Simple steps towards eco living and shopping. Hosted by The Bare Alternative.

1:30-2:15PM | TALK | WHAT THE ACTUAL FRACK?

How do you beat a government hell-bent on fracking? Talk and discussion with Frack Free South Yorkshire founder and science teacher, David Burley.

1:30-2:15PM | TALK | OUR ARCTIC: AMPLIFICATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Adrian Dye presents his research of rapidly retreating Arctic glaciers and the overall state of the Arctic, from declining reindeer herds to melting ice and breakdowns of the polar vortex.

2:30-3:15PM | TALK | ARE ATTENBOROUGH-STYLE DOCUMENTARIES STOPPING SHORT OF THE TRUTH?

Is it acceptable to paint a false picture of natural ecosystems for the sake of viewership, entertainment and ‘impartiality’? Join us at this interactive seminar where we discuss these issues. Hosted by The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

2:30-3:15PM | WORKSHOP | SO YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

By supporting you to reflect on what matters most to you, this workshop will help you discover how to play your unique part in the growing movement to combat climate change.

2:30-3:15PM | FILM | A PLASTIC OCEAN

A screening of award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by discussion on immediate solutions with Sheffield Friends of the Earth.

3:30-4:45PM | PANEL | HOW TO BE HOPEFUL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Drawing on different expert perspectives to show that progress can and is being made on reducing carbon emissions and that there is hope that we can rise to this challenge if we all take part.

3:30-4:45PM | TALK | A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY FOR YORKSHIRE

Exploring a pioneering local hydropower scheme and presenting a Green Manifesto for Yorkshire for future low-carbon energy schemes.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

5PM | PANEL: CAMPAIGNING VS DIRECT ACTION: HOW FAR SHOULD WE GO IN THE FACE OF EXTINCTION?

Panel discussion featuring Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want), Roscoe Blevins (briefly imprisoned for peaceful anti-fracking direct action in 2018), and representatives from Sheffield Against Fracking and Extinction Rebellion. Hosted by The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

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CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN

Tickets - £6/£5

Music, talk and audience dialogue in response to the climate crisis, featuring specially-composed piano pieces performed by Lola Perrin in collaboration with guest speaker Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want).

The first date on Lola Perrin’s End Climate Chaos Northern tour.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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LIVING TOGETHER HUB DAY
Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

LIVING TOGETHER HUB DAY

Suggested donation £5

In partnership with Cohesion Sheffield

There are many forces in the world that seek to divide us. To close the Festival of Debate 2019, our Living Together Hub Day seeks to explore new ways that we can live and work together.

The full day explores a range of issues facilitated by a series of short sessions by groups such as Disability Sheffield, Roundabout, South Yorkshire Housing Association and Amnesty International. For full details on all of the individual sessions please look at our website. Reserving a free ticket guarantees you a place throughout the day. Donations will be asked for on the door. Tickets for 'Festival of Debate Does Question Time' need to be booked separately.

Suggested donation for daytime events: £5

ALL DAY | STALLS | from Fairness on the 83, Perspectives on UBI, Disability Sheffield, ASSIST

1-2PM | DISABILITY SHEFFIELD’S INDEPENDENCE CAFÉ

Participants will choose and discuss three items from the café menu: Independent Living, Social Inclusion, Choice & Control, then write to elected representatives with key findings from the discussions in relation to social care and how it fits with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

1-2PM | HOW CAN WE BUILD THE KIND OF DEMOCRACY THAT EMPOWERS US TO MAKE CONNECTIONS?

openDemocracy editor and journalist Adam Ramsay will run a session based on his pamphlet, Trying to milk a vulture: If we want economic justice, we need a democratic revolution, about how to build the kind of democracy that empowers us to make connections and nurture egalitarian and flourishing communities.

2:15-3PM | COOPERATION AND COLLECTIVE DECISION MAKING

The Principle 5 Co-operative Resource Centre believes that cooperation is what the world needs. Representatives from the growing range of cooperatives in this region invite you to discuss how and why they do it - and what exactly it’s like to be running a co-op.

2:15-3PM | SENTENCED TO DEATH: CAMPAIGNING AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY

Amnesty International firmly believe that no one - including any government - has the right to take away someone else’s life. It is launching a specific network to focus on abolishing the death penalty. Amnesty International will give a talk on the death penalty around the world, with opportunities to take action and support the campaign.

3:15-4:30PM | RESPONDING TO HATE CRIME IN PUBLIC SPACES

Hate crime in public spaces happens. How do we react? What do we say? Did we get it right? Join Who is Your Neighbour for an interactive workshop and leave with some shared experiences of different responses to hate crime.

3:15-4:30PM | SOMALILAND: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Join Green Party Cllr. Kaltum Rivers and a representative of the Somaliland Mission in the UK to hear how self-declared independent state Somaliland is functioning effectively as a state and how its future might look. Chaired by Natalie Bennett from Sheffield Green Party.

3:15-4:30PM | STARTING A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

South Yorkshire Housing Association host an interactive event, including a film screening, to encourage conversations about ending homelessness in the Sheffield area.

4:45-6PM | WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH IN SHEFFIELD?

Official figures report that 26 people sleep out in Sheffield on any given night. Are these figures accurate? Who are these 26 people? What is being done to help them? Can we ever get to the point where nobody has to sleep out in our city? Can you be part of the solution? Session in association with Roundabout.

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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FESTIVAL OF DEBATE DOES QUESTION TIME
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

FESTIVAL OF DEBATE DOES QUESTION TIME

Tickets - £8/£6

To close the Festival of Debate we’ll be holding a Question Time- style event, featuring a variety of leading political figures and commentators, answering direct questions from the audience. Speakers include the outgoing Lord Mayor Majid Majid, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar and openDemocracy editor and journalist Adam Ramsay.

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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