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Making Global Civil Society

A weekend gathering for collective reflection amongst activists and academics. November 4, 5 & 6 - 2005.

Lancaster University, North West England.


Information Technology and Social Organisation

A weekend gathering for activists & academics. Early/mid-January, exact dates t.b.c, either 13/14/15 or 20/21/22, 2006.

Lancaster University, North West England.

Happy Food

The Knowledge Lab is all too well aware of the destructive impact of industrial (food) production. Therefore we are collaborating with a local food free lancer, who prepares happy, vegan food sourced, in that order, from local allotments, regional organic forms and workers' cooperatives to bring you Free food: free (as free as we can buy our way through it) from exploitation, plastic wrapping, and other forms of additives, whether applied internally or externally, or any other form of high-tech manipulation or bonded labour or animal torture. And then it is also good for you!

The caffeine will come from [Zapatista coffee], for which we would like to get proper donations.

A variety of organic, medicinal grade herbs for cold and hot drinks will be provided throughout the gathering.



The gathering starts at 4 and dinner is planned for 7.

19.00-20.30 Probably pumpkin risotto and some nice salad... It is followed by Infotainment by the Tactical Arts Collective.


    • 09.00-09.30 Caffeine infusions, herbal treatment, müesli and late arrival.

11.30-11.45 Fruit and hot drinks. 12.15-13.15 Happy, vegan, locally sourced lunch buffet with home-baked bread. 14.45-15.00 Water, water and perhaps a biscuit or even some juice! 17.00-17.15 Maybe it is time for coffee... 19.00-20.30 Happy, vegan, locally sourced salads and something nice and hot :) Local screening group [Kinematograph] suggests to screen Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle" ... ** Saturday night it is Bonfire Night, which is quite some spectacle (in the form of fireworks) in Lancaster (quote)As many as [30,000] people gather at Lancaster's Castle Green on Castle Hill to see the lighting of the beacon and to "oooh" and "ahhh" at the spectacular fireworks display that follows. Various family events take place throughout the day in the run-up to sundown and the ritual fire lighting.(end of quote). People (Noel/Elli) are available to take people up from the Friends' Meeting House.


    • 09.30-10.00 Caffeine, herbal treatment, müesli, and fruit.

11.30-12.00 Break with leftovers, after which it is the final feedback plenary session..**