Friday 26 October - Final Quilligan Seminar (partner event)
Saturday 27 October - Economics and Democracy
Sunday 28 October - The English Revolution and the Putney Debates
Sunday 28 October - Play: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Monday 29 October – Socially Useful Banking?
Wednesday 31 October – Taxes, War and Law (partner event)
Thursday 1 November – Land and Democracy
Saturday 3 November – Law and Democracy
Sunday 4 November – Capitalism is Crisis (Another World is Possible)
Monday 5 November – Housing Crisis
Thursday 8 November – The Courage to Pay: Tax, Honesty and Business
Friday 9 November – New Economy
Saturday 10 November – Environment and Democracy
Sunday 11 November – A New Agreement of the People for 2012
Saturday 24 November – Land and Freedom (at Runnymede)

No booking is necessary, except for the Socially Useful Banking? event on Monday 29 October. If you would like to reserve a place at the Law and Democracy event on 3 November, then please email

Occupy London events are free of charge but donations on the day towards the cost of venue hire will be greatly received. Please note, events organised by partner organisations may charge.

Friday 26 October
Venue: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House , Westminster
SW1A 2LW London
2-4 pm
Creating a Movement on Understanding the Common Good.
James Quilligan will set the Global Scene. Paul Moore will outline the proposal for the New Wilberforce Alliance and its early momentum. Charles Secrett will speak of his experience in challenging and effecting the need for deep changes in the structures of our society; and Frank Taylor will relate the Purton Declaration and the Runnymede Project to the task before us.  Participants will have opportunity to steer the process towards the next steps in building a movement capable of public clamour.
This will be the last event in the October 2012 series of Quilligan Seminars by the School of Commoning, running from 22 – 26 October.

Saturday 27 October
Venue: Oasis Centre, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS
1-5.15pm Economics and democracy
Rising inequality – what is the solution?
1.20 Inequality: the enemy between us? – The Spirit Level: Why Inequality Matters. With Professor Richard Wilkinson.
2.30 The Finance Curse: Tax Haven Britain, Predator and Victim. How Britain has become captive to its offshore empire and what we can do . With John Christensen
3.55 Income Equality – a co-operative approach. with Dr John Courtneidge
4.40 Occupy economic roadmap -a lightning introduction tour, and an introduction to the ‘Little Book of Ideas’, followed by a plenary discussion.

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Sunday 28 October
Venue: Putney Station pub, 94-98 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 2SP
Real Democracy
2 pm – The English Revolution, the Putney Debates and the making of the British Constitution
with the Occupy Real Democracy working group
4 pm – What would real democracy look like? with John McDonnell MP

live streamimng here(please copy URL to your browser)

Sunday 28 October
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney
8pm Light shining in Buckinghamshire
A rehearsed reading and discussion of Caryl Churchill’s 1976 play, which looked at the events of the English Revolution.  The second half of the play focuses on the conflict within the New Model Army between the senior officers (the Grandees) and the Agitators, who stood for the interests of the ordinary men and women. The Putney Debates reached their peak when a document called ‘An Agreement of the People’, prepared by those who wanted a democratic republic, was presented to the General Council of the Army.

Monday 29 October
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 – 177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ
6 pm Socially useful banking?
Public discussion led by Andy Haldane, Bank of England Executive Director, Financial Stability.  Responding: Duncan Weldon, TUC senior economist, and Dominic Lindley, Which? Head of Financial Services Policy.  Chaired by Lisa Pollack, Financial Times & Alphaville blog. Please register to attend.

Wednesday 31 October
Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Hall at the Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ.
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Voting with your Taxes
‘This house holds that the most effective non-violent democratic way for taxpayers to hold governments to account for their performance is lawful tax resistance’
The event will address and debate are (i) When is it a crime to pay tax? and (ii) When is war lawful. These and other questions will be part of a quiz to introduce the theme of Taxes, War and Law, followed by a discussion and proposals.

Thursday 1 November
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney
7 pm – Land and democracy
Nearly 400 years ago the Diggers described the Earth as a ‘common storehouse for all’ and objected to land being kept in the hands of a few. Are landowners still oppressing the people today, and how should we respond?
with George Monbiot; Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party; Max Lawson, Head of Advocacy at Oxfam; the Runnymede Diggers; and performance poet Pete the Temp.

Saturday 3 November
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney
1-2.30 pm – Who does the legal system benefit?
with Professor of Human Rights, Conor Gearty and Michael Mansfield QC, and Halina Ward from the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development
3-5 pm – Do we need a new civil rights movement today?
with Melanie Strickland – in the US communities are asserting their rights above corporate rights by putting in place local laws called Community Bills of Rights – can we do something similar; Dr Shahrar Ali, London Green Party; and Michael Mansfield QC on the National Civil Rights Movement.
If you would like to reserve a place, then please email

Sunday 4 November
Venue: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London. E1 6LS
11am-5pm Capitalism is Crisis (Another World is Possible…)
The sessions on capital, power and the State will tell a story of capitalism. They will explore the character of the capitalist process that is continuing to tear up the planet and to exterminate its inhabitants. The purpose of the sessions is to investigate why we are doomed, and also how we might escape the doom. Speakers. Discussion. Workshop.
Participants will include Annette Zera (facilitator), Joseph Choonara (Marxist economist), Hilary Koob-Sassen (artist and theorist), John Bywater (philosophical engineer) amongst other theorists, writers, artists, activists, and makers.

Monday 5 November
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
6.30 pm New Putney Debates – Housing Crisis
Contributors will include Toby Lloyd, Charles Seaford (NEF) and Steve Barwick (Housing Voice: UNISON) who have variously been involved with Housing documents in the past year. David Smith (East London Community Land Trust), Chris Cook, the Cambridge Study and Co-op will be hoped also to inform a debate centred upon the Occupy Petition on Housing to No 10 in July, with emphasis upon affordable land for TRULY Affordable Homes, and consideration of issues such as Land Value Tax.

Thursday 8 November
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
6:30 pm -The courage to pay: tax, honesty and business with Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy is director of Tax Reaearch LLP and advises the Tax Justice Network (of which he was a founder), the UK Trade Union Congress and many other organisations on tax policy issues. His work for the TUC is considered by many to have created the current debate on the tax gap, tax avoidance and tax evasion in the UK.
Tax revenue is now the commodity in shortest supply throughout the whole of Europe. That shortage is driving austerity and ruining lives and yet the tax revenue we need to turn economies round, to offer employment and revitalise hope is available if only politicians had the courage to demand that people pay their tax. In this talk Richard Murphy will explore how that courage can be created and practical ways in which it could deliver.

Friday 9 November
Venue: St Mary’s Church/ Hall, Putney High Street, Putney
6-8pm A New Economy
with Clive Menzies and Janos Abel.
This two hour workshop examines flaws in the economic system, why it cannot be sustained and what an alternative system could look like. The foundations of the New Economy are: the means to life (water, food and housing) for all as a right; land and resources held in common and the benefits shared; alternative currencies to foster greater equality and societal cohesion.

Saturday 10 November
Venue: Oasis Centre, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS
11-12.30pm – Food and democracy
how do we ensure people have access to nutritious, sustainable and good food?
with Helena Paul, Econexus; Dominika Jarosz, Head of Campaigns for Pig Business, and Biofuelwatch
1.30-3pm – Energy and democracy
with Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury; Fuel Poverty Action Group, and Danny Chivers.
3.15–4.45pm – Law, environment and democracy
with Polly Higgins, Eradicating Ecocide, and Melanie Strickland, speaking on the Community Bill of Rights, from the Occupy Law working group, and Halina Ward; Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development.

Sunday 11 November
10am – 1pm Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action.
Venue: Room 3E, third floor, University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
10 am – 1 pm Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action.

2 pm – A new Agreement of the People for 2012
Venue: Rooms 7, 8 & 9 Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Summary / action workshops/ building a civil rights movement for real democracy.

Saturday 24 November
Venue: Runnymede Diggers, Runnymede, Egham.
Daytime. Land and Freedom
The day will look at who owns the land and the history of common people living communally in the Forests and Chases of Britain  There will be a discussion on the Charter of the Forest, which was developed as part of the Magna Carta at Runnymede. This was first issued on 6 November 1217 as a separate charter, giving commoning rights to common people. The day will consider the the viability of living in the forest today; is the tragedy of the commons inevitable or can we govern the commons collectively and live in harmony with nature?

12 thoughts on “Programme

  1. My money’s on the Digger Community at Runnymede as the most authentic ‘re-enactment’ of the Seventeenth Century original; and sorry for the spelling mistake in my original posting! Hope nobody notices!

  2. Really interesting programme – would love to attend most! But how can we use the thinking and ideas for this to inform new concepts of citizenship for our young people. If you would like to contribute your ideas to a policy forum we would be delighted to here from any of you on Oct 26th at the Baden Powell House –

    We are planning a 2 -3 year campaign to develop and encourage a sustainability curriculum, national curriculum objectives on sustainability and new models of citizenship that reflect coming environmental, democratic and social justice concerns

    Ann Finlayson, SEEd ( Sustainability and Environmental Education)

  3. Rather than ‘most authentic re-enactment’ – isn’t this excellent series of lectures etc about finishing what mankind has been struggling and failing to achieve since written records began
    - the generation (at last !) of a fair global village ?
    All that it’ll take is food + shelter as a birthright to all planetary citizens, generated through co-operative working.

  4. I was yesterday in Putney and the Land and Democracy debates was incredibly interesting. I hope to find the time to attend on Saturday as well. Information is the most important tool to fuel partecipation and change.

  5. I was yesterday in Putney and the Land and Democracy debate was incredibly interesting. I hope to find the time to attend on Saturday as well. Information is the most important tool to fuel partecipation and change.

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