Talk Series: 19 January - Peter Macfadyen

Notes and links collected after the talk

  • More flatpack events coming up
  • Standing as an independent councillor in and around Cambridge

More Flatpack events coming up

Tuesday 26 January, 6pm. Live Podcast: Reimagining Democracy, with Peter Macfadyen and Frances Foley
Frances Foley will be joined by Peter MacFadyen who has inspired the Flatpack Democracy movement and Indra Adnan one of the co-founders of the new politics champions The Alternative UK. Find our more here. You need to join Compass to attend this event.

Thursday 28 Jan, 7-8.30pm Virtual Flatpack Pub Quiz
Before we gird our collective loins for the election battles ahead we, at Flatpack Towers, thought it would be grand to kick off the year of with a quiz Ė no teams - open to all Ė put together by renowned quizmaster Peter Barden with rounds hosted by comedian Miles Jupp, Heydon Prowse, poet Iona Lee and John Harris of the Guardian as well as our own Flatpack 2021 team. So be ready on Thursday 28 January at 7.00 pm to pour yourselves a large drink and settle in for an hour and half of mind-expanding questions set by our team of stellar questioneers. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbours. Itís free to take part but you need to register at Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you at the pub!

Saturday 30 January, 11am Ė 6pm, Letís rebuild democracy together - Flatpack 2021 Summit
Come and join the growing wave of radical, locally led, participatory democracy taking place in the UK. We're planning our first-ever Flatpack Democracy summit, especially designed to support all those already committed to 2021 campaigns. For those just joining the Flatpack party, itís definitely not too late to stand in the May elections, and this event will have something to offer new faces and bring you on board. Book here.

Some general Flatpack links: Flatpack Democracy and you can buy the book here.

Local info/encouragement to stand as an independent councillor

Sam Davies and Chris Rand are encouraging people to think about standing as Independents in Cambridge (you need to be signed into to view this link).

There are other groups of independents near Cambridge, e.g. in Uttlesford and Bury St Edmunds.

Original talk info:

Tuesday 19th January: The Upside of Down. An optimists view on creating a democracy and why we need to.

Online 19:30-20:30 Book here
Talk by Peter Macfadyen, founder of the Flatpack Democracy movement. In pandemic Britain many people have discovered new ways to help their communities. Why not make working together for the benefit of all the residents permanent? Since 2011 the Flatpack Democracy movement has shown that, by standing as a group of independent local councillors working closely together, people all over the country can and do steer their local councils to thrive and prosper, democratically. Now, more than ever, we have the chance to refocus our local councils on what really matters to us and our neighbours. With many local elections postponed until 2021 we've got time to get prepared. Peter Macfadyen's book "Flatpack Democracy" is a practical guide to doing this, based on his experience of creating a council of independent councillors in Frome.

Book here to receive the Zoom link; the talk is free, donations welcome. This is the first talk in a new online talk series "Transition to a Better Future" organised by Transition Cambridge, with topics ranging from democracy and nature to imagination, water, food, art, and energy. Full details here.

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