Hay on Wye isn't an ordinary place. For a town so small in size, it is packed with life, history and character and like Lewes, where the first Campfire Conversation is held this year, its non-conformist nature sits well with our fledgling community and we’re happy to be continuing our spring season of Conversation events in 2017 in this vibrant Welsh borders town with an invitation to broad and lively topical debate and in one of the most vibrant creative spaces in town.
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 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.
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 A shift from materialism to empathy. Working for ‘the good of all’. A move away from trademarking, copyrights, intellectual property to 'creative commons’ and ‘open source'.
2 An overhaul of the political party system, true grass roots democracy, maximising engagement (including digitally).
3 Re-imagining a future with more compassion and equality, a place where all can flourish, create and experience beauty.
4 Collaborative online platforms for ideas development, mutual support mechanisms and initiatives which reward their own members through measured input.
5 Localised communities working within a global interconnected framework.
6 Universal Basic Income : : automation means an opportunity to eradicate poverty whilst creating the freedom to explore economic and creative choices without penalising people for it.
7 A shift in energy use to renewables.
8 Peace building through conflict resolution.
9 An end to the mainstream media stranglehold - self-sufficient networked communities that develop good practice with news formulation and dissemination.
10 Joining the dots whilst respecting the differences. A 'no nation' state aiming for global governance (imagine the UN like a smart social network).
(11 - Don't forget to have fun!)
Check out more info on Campfire Conversations in this Project