Campfire Conversation : Sheffield, Meersbrook Hall, Brook Road, S8 9FL
3 June 2017 2pm - 7pm - talks & discussion 2-5pm, food at 5.30pm
Sheffield, capital of the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire, has a long and proud history of activism and radicalism. Its non-conformist nature sits well with a new initiative, Campfire, founded by Pete Lawrence (founder of Cooking Vinyl record label and the Big Chill).
Sheffield’s Campfire Conversation takes place between 2-7pm on June 3rd at Meersbrook Hall in Meersbrook Park. Former home to the Ruskin Museum, the Hall is being redeveloped as a community hub by the Friends of Meersbrook Hall and Heeley Development Trust.
Speakers confirmed so far include:
Pete Lawrence (Campfire founder and firestarter).
Andy Jackson from Heeley Development Trust, who has played an instrumental role in bringing to life both Heeley People’s Park and Sum studios.
Sarah Hill, organiser of the Peace in the Park Festival who has a wealth of experience working with social enterprises.
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 Pioneers ideas institute via our website, initiated and supported by Brian Eno, which we will discuss at our spring meetings, along with our Trailblazer politics campaigning.
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.
What’s concerning and exciting people locally?
Swingeing cuts to council budgets
Rise in food banks
Controversial outsourcing, esp Amey’s contract to manage Sheffield’s many street trees
Fracking on outskirts of Sheffield and other South Yorkshire towns
Sheffield trying to establish itself as an Outdoor City
High proportion of art studios
Thriving urban festival scene
Catering : Vegetarian Mexican food from local independent cafe. Alcohol not available, bring your own (or adjourn to the pub afterwards!)