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Plan C would like to invite you to a weekend exploring and sharing strategies that build collective counter-power to austerity, thinking beyond defence of a life that was unsatisfactory before the crisis and towards a future that we demand. Come and help us realise where power lies in the social factory.
If this resonates with you, join us for a weekend of discussions, debates, workshops and socialising. Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September, at the comfortable Edale YHA in the glorious Derbyshire Peak District.
In the past, mass sites of production or tenancy, such as large factories based around one industry, or large areas with a sole landlord, provided many of us with a way of recognising our common conditions and desires with others, with whom we worked or lived amongst. Trade unions and tenants’ associations provided ways for people to broker deals with those who owned these sites of production. We could collectively refuse to work or collectively refuse to pay our rent until our demands were met. These moments are examples of when our collective power was strong enough to affect the conditions of the present, but also offered glimpses of a possible world organised for different outcomes.
In a society where many of us now experience work as temporary and isolated, and our communities as equally transient, precarious and alienating, how can we organise collective power? Starting from our lives, as renters, carers, freelancers, students, parents, activists, teachers, health workers, paid and unpaid workers, by what means can we start to make gains?
Since 2010 we have experienced austerity as a crisis: a crisis in our ability to live. The rising cost of rents, the closure and privatisation of the services we need, raised costs of living and the precarity of work contracts have conspired to immiserate many of us. Ever more harshly with every round of austerity, we are forced to live solely as workers, and according to divides of gender, sexuality, race and class. A sense of powerlessness has accompanied this misery, as these different conditions present new challenges to those trying to organise a way out.
How do we find the points of leverage within these precarious circumstances? And beyond this, what possibilities are there for organising social life autonomously – within, against and beyond capitalism, and in accordance with our own needs and desires?
How do we take back the fruits of our labour, organise them according to our own agenda and use them to strengthen our counter power? If the social factory is the arena in which we reproduce ourselves – what does it mean to put a spanner in the works? What does it mean to socialise a strike? These are themes that we’ll be exploring within the social terrains of housing, education, health, care, work and the environment.
Join us for a weekend of discussions to inform and integrate our struggles.
When? Fast Forward 2015 will take place between 12 pm (noon) on Friday 18th until 12noon on Sunday 20th September.
Where? Fast Forward 2015 will be taking over the whole of the YHA Edale in the heart of the Peak District: http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/edale
How much? Concessions: £35 / Standard Ticket: £60 / Solidarity Ticket: £80 and Kids £15 – This includes a bed in a dorm, hot showers and free food. If you are bringing kids then you will be given a family room (first come first served).
We have adopted a three-tier ticketing system so that we won’t exclude anyone from participating for financial reasons. Please get in contact with us if you have other requirements.
If you have any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!