Seminar 5 – Promises: Learning from current experiments in democratic organizing

Promises: Learning from current experiments in democratic organizing
Date: TBC March 2017, Location: University of Leeds, Time: 10-4

As a response to the 2008 financial crisis a number of alternative new social movements and community engaged have formed. These self-help communities include worker cooperatives networks, social centres, family squatters, participatory budgeting, social pharmacies, and autonomous collectives. They are (re)creating spontaneous, creative and at times precarious forms of civil society and collective participation based on solidarity, community integration and participatory democracy.

This seminar will explore these experimental community groups examining the potentials and challenges they hold out for a grass-roots democratisation of CS.


    • The seminar programme is open to practitioners, policy makers, activists, and academics who are interested in, participate or research in Civil Society, particularly around democracy and participatory forms of organising.
    • The seminars will have a series of speakers, who will act as provocateurs rather than lecturers and as such the seminars will be highly interactive and participatory.
    • The seminar will draw on research and experience of academics and practitioners to develop an inter-disciplinary network to explore and debate these ideas. It is also particularly welcoming to PhD and early career researchers.

All seminars are free and will include food and drink