Campfire Conversations

A Project inviting members to host their own Campfire Conversation events this summer, or to attend others' events.

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Created on 22 Feb 2017

With spring under way, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities and the campfire experience. We're heading out around the UK between late April and mid July in the build up to this year's Campfire Convention 00.UK event.

If you are up for hosting / organising a Campfire Conversation for this summer, have a read of the articles in this Project.

The gathering works best as a small, intimate afternoon or evening, preferably with an outdoor element (as we can then have a fire too), which can be a pub or arts centre, a back garden or a field. Ideal size I can range from 10-100 people and would involve discussion, debate, thinkshop, exhibition, ideas exchange and a knees-up element (live acoustic music or DJs) and a food / drink element, often communal cooking.

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Campfire Conversation : Brighton

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We're very happy to be staging the third Campfire Conversation of the year in Brighton at the Southover pub at 7pm on Friday May 5th.

Discussions are open-agenda and can involve global issues or local concerns, across a side spectrum of interests from politics to the arts, ecology and well-being to how we can work together co-operatively. We are about to launch a Campfire ideas institute via our website (still under beta test until the summer), supported and sponsored by Brian Eno, which we will discuss at our spring meetings. 

There is a strong sense that people want to talk and discuss today's rapid global changes more than ever and Campfire can evolve into a platform that fulfils that need whilst looking at ways to structure long-term thinking and collective action in the face of the impending swing to the right that has taken so many people by surprise. 

The Alternative UK will be represented at the meeting and talking about their vision for reimagining politics. Their 3 Realms of inquiry is outlined here.

The Campfire Conversation is an adaptable concept which encourages new Campfire members to conceptualise their own event. We take it to the road from late April for three months of Campfire Conversations.

More on Conversations around the UK : 

We are collectively working towards a framework for real and radical evolutionary change.  We can use this potential agenda as a starting point as well as our 'Think Global, Act Local' section, where people from the community are able to table and share their tales and describe how they're making the world a better place at a local level.

10 point plan (for discussion)

1 Progressive. A society run by all, for all, grounded in common sense and integrity.

2 Independent. Working outside the existing outmoded party political structure and tribal dogma.

3 Local. Respect for democracy at grass roots level, localised communities working within a global interconnected framework.

4 Empowering. Working for the good of all, creating and nurturing a participatory environment where people feel they have a voice and can make a difference through liquid democracy.

5 Humanistic. A greener, more empathic society moving away from materialism and profit as primary drivers, celebrating its spiritual elements and natural beauty, supporting renewables and working for peace through conflict resolution. 

6 Collaborative. Encouraging complementary skills and knowledge, bringing people together via mutual support mechanisms and initiatives which reward their own members through measured input. 

7 Diverse. Joining the dots but respecting the differences, bringing to the table a range of viewpoints and experience.

8 Connected. A self-sufficient networked community that maximises technology and networking, enabling co-ordination and exchange, supporting creative commons and open source approaches.

9 Resourceful. Building collective wisdom through learning and ideas development. Building life tools through accurate news formulation and dissemination. 

10 Fun. What’s living for if not to enjoy life and all it has to offer? People should value being engaged and feel good about themselves, focus on hope and reject fear.

Check out more info on Campfire Conversations in this Project

Eno supported Pioneers initiative

Trailblazer politics

The Alternative UK

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Eugenie Arrowsmith-Pepper

Really looking forward to this event and seeing you all. I don't have all the answers or any perhaps, but I do know that we might collectively have some.

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Philip Teare

I feel I have something to say on item 4 in particular. But also lots to ask. The rest is all interesting stuff too. Can/should I be inviting others?

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Pete Lawrence

I've been consulting and revising on the 10 point wish list, @Philip Teare (see below, which dovetails into the Trailblazer politics ethos too) Comments and reaction always welcome, indeed essential to reach some sort of consensus. yes, please invite others if you think they will enjoy. Tickets are limited and selling already.

1 Progressive. A society run by all, for all, grounded in common sense and integrity.

2 Independent. Working outside the existing outmoded party political structure and tribal dogma.

3 Local. Respect for democracy at grass roots level, localised communities working within a global interconnected framework.

4 Empowering. Working for the good of all, creating and nurturing a participatory environment where people feel they have a voice and can make a difference through liquid democracy.

5 Humanistic. A greener, more empathic society moving away from materialism and profit as primary drivers, celebrating its spiritual elements and natural beauty, supporting renewables and working for peace through conflict resolution.

6 Collaborative. Encouraging complimentary skills and knowledge, bringing people together via mutual support mechanisms and initiatives which reward their own members through measured input.

7 Diverse. Joining the dots but respecting the differences, bringing to the table a range of viewpoints and experience.

8 Connected. A self-sufficient networked community that maximises technology and networking, enabling co-ordination and exchange, supporting creative commons and open source approaches.

9 Resourceful. Building collective wisdom through learning and ideas development. Building life tools through accurate news formulation and dissemination.

10 Fun. What’s living for if not to enjoy life and all it has to offer?

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Pete Lawrence

We could work on separate guidelines for Campfire but I had a feeling that they overlap to the point where they are mutually in line anyway...