Sessions at Take Back Our World

Below you can find the currently confirmed sessions at Take Back Our World. You can also download a timetable.

Why it keeps on kicking off everywhere
The last four years have seen revolts across the globe as elite responses to the financial crisis kicked in and longer-term changes to the global economy, society and technology affect people’s lives. From Wall Street meltdown to Syriza’s victory via the slums of Manila, Paul Mason has reported on it. Join this unique conversation with him about the state of the world and paths to a better one.
Paul Mason C4 economics editor and author
Emma Dowling Senior lecturer Middlesex University

The people versus corporate power: how we beat TTIP
The EU-US trade deal is a power grab by big business which would undermine our democracy, public services and the environment. But opposition to it is growing. What would it take to stop TTIP and what other trade deals are lurking in the shadows?
Natalie Bennett Green Party leader
Joseph Purugganan Focus on the Global South (Philippines)
Polly Jones Global Justice Now

Another democracy is possible
From Podemos in Spain to the Scottish independence referendum, new forms of democratic engagement are rocking the establishment. In Kurdish northern Syria forms of direct democracy are echoing older experiments such as those of the Zapatistas in Mexico. Is the world seeing a mass outbreak of grassroots democracy and what lessons can we draw?
Cat Boyd Radical Independence Campaign (Scotland)
Hilary Wainwright Co-editor, Red Pepper
David Graeber Activist and professor of anthropology, LSE

Make it public: turning the tide on privatisation
The privatisation of public services has been central to the policies of the World Bank and neoliberal elites the world over. In the UK the idea of reversing privatisation is now hugely popular, while in hundreds of cities all over the world this has actually happened. But public services remain an ongoing battle – how do we fight for public services and common ownership?
Maria Kanellopoulou Save Greek Water
Satoko Kishimoto Transnational Institute
Gail Cartmail TUC general council

How do we take on global agribusiness?
Four companies control 90% of the global grain trade. Yet at the same time small-scale farmers still feed over 70% of Africans. Peasants’ movements say they can feed the world sustainably while securing decent livelihoods, but with a new agribusiness offensive, especially in Africa, how do we make a democratic food system a reality?
Samia Nkrumah Convention People’s Party, Ghana
Jyoti Fernandes La Via Campesina Europe
Nick Dearden Global Justice Now

Art, capitalism and social change
In Oaxaca, Mexico, street art has been an important component of the struggle for social justice. On the other hand we’ve seen art sponsorship used as part of the PR strategy of multinationals like BP. What is the role of art in social change, and how should activists relate to the mainstream art world? What are the possibilities for anti-capitalist art?
Peter Kennard Photomontage artist and art academic
Mel Evans Author of Artwash: big oil and the arts
Rosario Martínez Llaguno and Roberto Vega Jiménez Lapiztola Stencil, Mexico

Energy justice assembly
Corporate control of energy doesn’t work for people or the planet. Dirty energy projects are trashing communities and the climate while 1.3 billion people globally lack access to electricity and millions in the UK can’t afford to heat their homes. In this session, participants will discuss how to organise for energy justice in 2015 and beyond.
Contributors include Global Justice Now, Fuel Poverty Action, Platform, Focus on the Global South, Fossil Free UCL, Phulbari Solidarity Group, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and others.

Latin America’s challenge to neoliberalism
In the last 15 years Latin America has gone from being the laboratory for extreme free market policies to the frontline of alternatives to them. Social movements have mobilised people and left governments have been elected. What can we learn from Latin America, and what challenges do progressives there face?
Luciana Ghiotto Attac Argentina
Sue Branford Latin America Bureau
Pablo Navarrete

How do we build a global movement?
Around the turn of the millennium the alter-globalisation movement mobilised people globally to resist corporate power. In the wake of the financial crisis and political upheaval across the globe, what are the prospects for a renewed movement for global justice and how can we build it in the UK?
Participative discussion with contributions from Luciana Ghiotto of Attac Argentina and Joseph Purugganan of Focus on the Global South

Kobanê: the frontline of the struggle for real democracy?
The city of Kobanê in the Kurdish area Rojava became famous last year as the frontline in the battle against the brutal force of Islamic State. Less well known is the exciting democratic transformation in Rojava, which has developed new forms of collective self-organisation. Learn about the meaning of the revolution in Rojava and its implications for people in the region and beyond, and explore possibilities for solidarity.
With Memed Aksoy and Zeynep Kurban, activists from the Kurdish community in London

Take Back Our City: the housing crisis and global capitalism
London housing has become a gambling chip for global elites, rather than a right for the people. In this playground for international finance, the city’s social and cultural diversity is being wiped out. Join us to explore the real impact of global capital on people in the city, how they are fighting back, and how we can help build the movement to take back our city. 
Paul Watt University of Leeds
Jacob Mukherjee Critical Education Project
Theo Middleton Radical Housing Network

Solidarity with Greece
After several years of crippling austerity and spiralling poverty, Greece has just elected a radical anti-austerity government. This workshop will explore the background to this election and what we can do in the UK to provide solidarity with Greeks seeking to end the social crisis there.
Maria Kanellopoulou, Save Greek Water
Theodoros Chronopoulos, Syriza London branch


Sí se puede
Faced with the catastrophe of hundreds of thousands of foreclosures, a mass citizen’s movement was born in Spain to defend the right to decent housing. This inspiring movement has used direct action to house homeless families in empty apartments and forced local governments to act. This 50 minute documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Greece: the end of austerity?
Syriza had 22 days to make history. This is how they did it. Director Theopi Skarlatos and his team followed Syriza's activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days.


Another world is possible: an intro to global justice
This workshop will be an interactive, participatory introduction on the core ideas underpinning Global Justice Now. We will focus on questions of power, inequality and control in the world and examine ways of building a more equal and just society.
With Nick Dearden and Ed Lewis of Global Justice Now

Cutting the Wire: Brazil’s landless movement
Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement is the biggest social movement in Latin America, and has involved hundreds of thousands of landless workers in occupations to successfully win land redistribution. This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about the movement and get involved with solidarity work.
With Sue Branford, Latin America Bureau, and Sarah Reader, Friends of the MST

Economics is for everyone
Angry about inequality, but get a bit intimidated when ‘economics’ is brought up? Then this workshop is for you. Given the right tools, everyone can understand economics. This session is adapted from a day course developed by the Economic Justice Project.
With Tim Jones of Jubilee Debt Campaign

Junk band samba
Samba bands have become increasingly common ways to enliven protests and bring a little carnival to your campaigning. This workshop is an opportunity to try out some rhythms and find out more about our junk band Counterbeats.
With Adam Ouissellat of South London Samba

Children’s art: Create a meadow
Join us for family arty workshop with ARTBASH. Add to a collective art piece. What type of wildflower are you? Design and print your own wildflower. Lot of fun and be prepared for some painty mess. Aimed at 5-12 year olds. Under 5s to be accompanied by an adult.
Book a place at the registration desk during the morning.