Why are poor countries poor?

Why indeed? Ricardo Navarro eloquently mentioned that we should be talking about impoverished countries, not poor countries. Poor countries are just a little down-and-out, they’re lagging a little behind economically but they’ll be alright in the long run. Maybe they’ve … Continue reading

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When did we become obsessed with the money supply?

I only caught the end of the 6 Billion Ways workshop “the history of money”. But I have to admit, it wound me up a little, for two reasons. The first is that it talked about fractional reserve banking. As … Continue reading

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Clicktivism – will we acknowledge its impact?

In response to Clicktivism: Can we save the world in one click? [10.00-11.15am] These views are my own and not affiliated with 6 Billion Ways. Speakers Krissie Nicholson, Local Organiser, London Citizens David Babbs, 38 Degrees Ellie O’Hagan, UK Uncut Kevin Gillan, … Continue reading

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Requiem For Detroit

First up on my 6 Billion Ways schedule is a film about Detroit made by acclaimed music documentary maker and former punk Julien Temple. It’s possibly a bit early in the day to be sat in a dark screening room, but I’m a big fan of Temple’s films. Oil City Confidential, about lesser known 70s band Dr Feelgood, in particular is fantastic.
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Take a minute to save the world

By Tim Hardy. This blog post originally appeared on Beyond Clicktivism. As recent events have shown time and time again, representative democracy as it stands in the UK is anything but representative. At the level of local government people have … Continue reading

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6 Billion Ways and our global struggle

The struggle against neo-liberalism is global or it is nothing. It is easy to imagine that the current cocktail of poisons forced on the people of Britain is something new. But it is nothing of the sort. All around the world, people have faced the same mixture of cuts, privatisation and de-regulation. And all around the world, people have fought back.

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A free radical history tour of the East End

East End Rebels, strikers and anti-fascists – a guided 2-hour walk through history. David Rosenberg, of East End Walks, will transport 6 Billion Ways attendees back in time to discover the rich and radical activism of the 1880s and 1930s … Continue reading

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Crash pad accommodation

We’ve now arranged crash pad accommodation for people coming to 6 Billion Ways from outside London. Its available on both Friday night (10pm-8.30am) and Saturday night (11pm-8.30am). Its just a bare hall, so you’ll need a sleeping bag and sleeping … Continue reading

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Citizen journalism and social media at 6 Billion Ways

During 6 Billion Ways our group of citizen journalists will be using social media tools – blogging, photography and video production – to report for the 6billionways.org.uk website. The idea is to produce interesting content that people who can’t attend the event can engage with, create a permanent record of everything that went on and build a space where people can engage with each other beyond the day.

We’re going to set up a media centre with laptops and internet connection where people can upload their videos and photographs, provide training in blogging and social reporting and stream the sessions in the Amnesty building live on the internet. We’ll also be interviewing speakers, delegates and panelists, writing blog posts and uploading photographs and videos to the website.

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Dosh, Moolah, Readies, Wonga – A gonzo guide to the history of money

Sargon Nissan writes a preview of his session on the history of money… Why does money matter so much? Excuse the obvious and perhaps stupid question, but it is one that economists agonise over and activists increasingly question, especially since … Continue reading

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