12–14 July 2022

Selgars Mill, Devon

Open Space & Welcome Session

2:00 pm

Is the New Economy Really Beyond Politics?

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh
3:00 pm

What is Community-led Housing Anyway?

Showcasing emerging and innovative models and approaches to help scale community-led housing in the UK.
Simin Wadiwala, SEASALT Housing Co-op
3:00 pm

Empowering Places Furthest from Power

Can kick starting and nurturing networks of social businesses actively tackle economic inequality across England?
Bethan Hunt, Co-ops UK
4:15 pm

Unlocking Access to Town Centre Property

How can we make it easier for community entrepreneurs to access town centre property and spaces?
Rebecca Trevalyan, Library of Things
4:15 pm

Family Farm Succession & Community Ownership

Tom Carman, Shared Assets
5:30 pm

How Can We Make Local Food Systems Socially Just?

An interactive workshop to identify current challenges and solutions to developing healthy, affordable, sustainable, socially just local food systems in the UK.
Nicola Scott
5:35 pm

Festival Quiz

Prinx Silver will take you on a campy drag quiz rollercoaster of new economic knowledge, with fun performances between rounds! Come for the knowledge, or come for the drag!
Prinx Silver, Friends of the Joiners Arms
6:45 pm

Spoken Word: Isaiah Hull

Isaiah Hull, Young Identity
8:15 pm

London Afrobeat Collective

A nine-piece Afro-Funk noise bomb.
9:00 pm

Rewilding & Reforestation: Just transition or a new landlordism?

Mark Walton

with

Wednesday 13th

10AM

Whilst new public and private investment nature restoration is welcome it risks sparking a new gold rush. Private and corporate interests are buying up land for rewilding and reforestation projects with little consideration for the impacts on local communities or wider issues like rising land prices and the loss of high quality farmland to low quality woodland planting. This panel discussion chaired by Mark Walton from Shared Assets will explore the risks and opportunities this flood of new investment in nature presents in the struggle for a more just land system.

Speaker bio

Rewilding & Reforestation: Just transition or a new landlordism?

Explore the risks and opportunities the flood of new investment in nature presents in the struggle for a more just land system.
Mark Walton
10:00 am

Community Tech: A digital alternative?

Fergus Arkley, Power to Change

with

Wednesday 13th

10AM

Big tech monopolies continue to increase their influence over our lives. Join us to find out about the community based alternative – Community Tech – where community businesses are driving innovation by creating and owning their own tech solutions to meet their specific needs, the need of their community and peers, and which aligns with their values.

This session will introduce Community Tech, the early adopters, what’s next, and encourage a discussion to consider how we can tap into more community innovation around technology.

Speaker bio

Fergus is the Digital Innovation Manager at Power to Change, a charitable trust that backs community businesses. Fergus has been with Power to Change for 6 years and is currently leading on Community Tech and Digital Transformation. Outside of work, Fergus is helping to build community resilience in his local area.

Community Tech: A digital alternative?

Community businesses are driving innovation by creating and owning their own tech solutions to meet their specific needs.
Fergus Arkley, Power to Change
10:00 am

A New Co-operative Development Agency for Islington

Cooperate Islington

with

Asima Shaikh, Polly Robbins

Wednesday 13th

11.15AM

Speaker bio

Councillor Asima Shaikh is the Executive Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs at Islington Council.

Polly Robbins is a member of Outlandish, a London-based worker cooperative that builds websites and data tools for social impact. Outlandish reinvests all surplus into supporting radical technology and developing the co-operative economy. For the last 5 years Polly has been running SPACE4 - a workspace that supports these endeavours and boosts tech skills. SPACE4 has been spearheading Cooperate Islington, currently one of the UKs biggest projects to support the co-op economy and Community Wealth Building. Polly will be talking about how this project has developed and what it might mean for the new economy in coming years.

A New Co-operative Development Agency for Islington

Cooperate Islington
11:15 am

High Streets and Heritage

Laura Williams, Architectural Heritage Fund

with

Wednesday 13th

11.15AM

Communities across the country are finding new uses for empty historic buildings in their town centres. Hear about how the Architectural Heritage Fund is helping groups take ownership of heritage assets to create new community space and reinvigorate high streets. Two urban projects will share their experience of acquiring old buildings, and the process of bringing them back to life – the House of Annetta project at 25 Princelet Street, London, led by Assemble Studio, restoring a vacant 18th century townhouse to create a new social centre to support those working for housing justice and land reform; and a project led by Cliftonville Cultural Space, formed to save and convert a former synagogue in Margate into a cross-cultural multi-arts hub.

Panel discussion, introduced and led by Laura Williams, Programme Officer, Architectural Heritage Fund.

Speaker bio

High Streets and Heritage

Helping groups take ownership of heritage assets to create new community space and reinvigorate high streets.
Laura Williams, Architectural Heritage Fund
11:15 am

Live Photography Exhibition

Pete Millson

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Portrait photographer Pete Millson will be shooting this year's festival and then hosting a live projected exhibition on Thursday in the barn stage.

Pete has six of his portraits in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection and is always on the look out for significant visual moments that confer dignity on the people in his photographs.

Speaker bio

Live Photography Exhibition

Pete Millson
12:00 pm

Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Our personal and collective experiences are inextricably linked to wider social and economic structures. Join a brief and confidential one-to-one personal support and solidarity session, available to anyone who may be currently experiencing poorer mental health or wellbeing.


Note: These sessions do not provide emergency/crisis services or ongoing therapy.

Speaker bio

Sally Zlotowitz is a Community & Clinical Psychologist and is currently the CEO of Art Against Knives and the Co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

Support Clinic

One-to-one personal support and solidarity session, available to anyone who may be currently experiencing poorer mental health or wellbeing.
Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change
12:00 pm

Open Space

with

Wednesday 13th

12.15PM

Speaker bio

Open Space

12:15 pm

A Mixed Reality Pain Relief Experience

Animorph Co-op

with

Wednesday 13th

1PM

Put on a state-of-the-art mixed reality headset and experience a simulation that integrates into your surroundings and helps alleviate pain. Expanding perception and playfully hijacking attention, Easel helps users transgress pain. Easel has been developed for Varjo XR-3, the most advanced Mixed Reality headset the current market offers, featuring a human-eye resolution display, with unparalleled hand and eye tracking.

At Animorph's monthly 'Research Lake' sessions, workers investigate medical applications of Mixed Reality. We found that immersive and contextual experiences are well-documented in helping people who suffer from chronic pain.

Find us during the festival to try Easel, and experience the future of Mixed Reality.

Speaker bio

A Mixed Reality Pain Relief Experience

Put on a state-of-the-art mixed reality headset and experience immersive and contextual experiences that could help people who suffer from chronic pain.
Animorph Co-op
1:00 pm

New Economy Rap Workshop

Teddy Reiss, Rap Association

with

Wednesday 13th

2PM

An interactive rap workshop where you'll write and perform your own verses within groups.

Learn transferable lyric writing skills and embrace your inner rapper. We'll also be giving some lucky individuals/groups the opportunity to perform on Wednesday evening of the festival!

Speaker bio

New Economy Rap Workshop

An interactive rap workshop where you'll write and perform your own verses within groups.
Teddy Reiss, Rap Association
2:00 pm

Owned by Oxford: Building community wealth from the ground up

Owned by Oxford

with

Dr Dianne Regisford - Owned by Oxford, Jabu Nala-Hartley - Owned by Oxford, Anna Thorne, Simon Grove-White

Wednesday 13th

2PM

Speaker bio

Owned by Oxford: Building community wealth from the ground up

Owned by Oxford
2:00 pm

Community Climate Leadership

Locality

with

Wednesday 13th

2PM

How can community organisations lead the just transition? There is huge commitment from communities across the country to step up climate action. But it is not always clear what this means in practice and how climate focused activities can be resourced. Join Locality and friends to hear different ways community organisations are putting the climate crisis at the centre of their missions and how to overcome obstacles to becoming community climate leaders.

Speaker bio

Community Climate Leadership

Community organisations are putting the climate crisis at the centre of their missions and becoming community climate leaders.
Locality
2:00 pm

Community Wealth Building in Black & Minoritised Communities

Philip Udeh

with

Wednesday 13th

3.15PM

Speaker bio

Community Wealth Building in Black & Minoritised Communities

Philip Udeh
3:15 pm

The End of "the End of History": Politics in the twenty-first century?

George Hoare

with

Wednesday 13th

3.15PM

The American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, reflecting on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, saw the historical period of the 1990s as inaugurating "the End of History" - an epoch in which all major political questions were thought to be solved, and politics was essentially a process of "good governance" rather than changing society. In recent years, though, we have seen this settled state of affairs overturned across the world, not least by Brexit and Trump in 2016, and then by the global Covid shutdowns, and the prospect of global conflict in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

If the End of History was about boring politics, this certainly isn't the case any more. How should we understand the ways politics in the UK and beyond has changed in recent years - and why did this happen? In this session, we look to provide an account of how we exited this "End of History" period and what that means for democracy, the Left, and class at the post-2016 period we can call "the End of the End of History".

Speaker bio

The End of "the End of History": Politics in the twenty-first century?

If the End of History was about boring politics, this certainly isn't the case any more.
George Hoare
3:15 pm

Punk Aerobics

Charlie Bones

with

Wednesday 13th

4PM

Medium-intensity cardio workout to a punk and ska playlist.

Speaker bio

Punk Aerobics

Medium-intensity cardio workout to a punk and ska playlist.
Charlie Bones
4:00 pm

Diverse Leadership in Community & Environmental Action

The Black & Green Ambassadors

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

The Black & Green Ambassadors Programme exists to connect, empower and celebrate diverse leadership and community action on environmental issues in Bristol and beyond.

Join this year’s Ambassadors Ella, Miss Divine, Rosina and Ruth to learn more about the programme and join the conversation on challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and working towards ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities.

Speaker bio

Diverse Leadership in Community & Environmental Action

Challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and working towards ensuring the environmental movement is inclusive and representative of all communities.
The Black & Green Ambassadors
4:30 pm

East Quay: An economics of attachment in practice

Jess Prendergast, Onion Collective

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

This session, by Jessica Prendergrast, one of the co-directors of Onion Collective CIC will explore the reality of building a new economic model in Watchet, Somerset, following the launch in September 2021 of their flagship East Quay project.

Framed within their work on Attachment Economics, which examines three forms of connection that flow from community - attachments to place, people and through time - the session will unpick the experience, ambitions, and obstacles of community enterprise over more than a decade of practice.

Speaker bio

East Quay: An economics of attachment in practice

Explore the Attachment Economics of building a new model in Watchet, Somerset, following the launch of their flagship East Quay project.
Jess Prendergast, Onion Collective
4:30 pm

Find Balance Through Your Breath

Sara

with

Wednesday 13th

4.30PM

We all breathe over 20,000 times a day, but when was the last time you paid attention to a single breath?

Changing the way you breathe can change the way you think and feel. The session by Sara from Breathways provides an opportunity to find your balance through your breath. Relax and destress in the moment and learn valuable tools to support your wellbeing, both in the workplace and at home, supporting you to be happy, healthy, and resilient. Breathwork is a highly effective tool to proactively manage stress and reduce anxiety, as scientific studies have shown that it can reduce cortisol, the stress hormone, by up to 20% after just one session and by up to 50% when repeated regularly. The techniques that Sara teaches are simple and simply transformational.

Come along and give it a go and do bring something to sit on.

Speaker bio

Find Balance Through Your Breath

Changing the way you breathe can change the way you think and feel: find your balance though your breath.
Sara
4:30 pm

Book launch: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

Rodrigo Nunes

with

Wednesday 13th

5.30PM

Speaker bio

Book launch: Neither Vertical nor Horizontal

Rodrigo Nunes
5:30 pm

Roundabout Swing Band

with

Wednesday 13th

7PM

The Roundabout Swing Band bring the classic sounds of 30s and 40s Paris into the modern era. Led by accordion and violin, the band cook up a sizzling selection of the finest manouche swing, hot club jazz, musette waltz and gypsy bossa. Backed by a super-tight rhythm section of guitar and double bass, the band will have you swinging along in a flash!

Speaker bio

Roundabout Swing Band

A sizzling selection of the finest manouche swing, hot club jazz, musette waltz and gypsy bossa.
7:00 pm

Live Hip Hop: Mouse Outfit

Mouse Oufit

with

Wednesday 13th

9PM

Part hip hop production team / part live band / part ever growing collective of musicians and vocalists based in Manchester, UK – The Mouse Outfit continue to bring their brand of jazz influenced boom bap to the masses. In the past decade, they have worked with over 85 musicians, producers and vocalists in the studio and on the stage under The Mouse Outfit banner. To this day, they have remained independent and retained their DIY hip hop sensibilities, self releasing three studio albums and an album of remixes over the last five years. A prolific music video production team – The Mouse Outfit  has garnered over 15 million views on their Youtube channel and the live show has performed in 15 countries across the globe. The funk fuelled 8-piece live band currently features 3 vocalists: Superlative, Karis Jade &, OneDa, alongside Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), one of the best drummers in the UK.

Speaker bio

Live Hip Hop: Mouse Outfit

Jazz influenced hip hop boom bap.
Mouse Oufit
9:00 pm

Wood-fired Sauna

Saunair

with

Wednesday 13th

12PM

Saunas originated in Finland many centuries ago and are commonly found in houses across Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Now you can have the Finnish sauna experience in the UK with Saunair’s traditional barrel sauna.

Sauna, meaning ‘bath’ or ‘bathhouse’, provides a way to cleanse your body through perspiration as a result of the Löyly – the heat and steam that surrounds you in the sauna as water is poured on the hot rocks.

Speaker bio

Wood-fired Sauna

Saunair
11:00 pm

Exit to whom? Workers & community businesses

Mark Simmonds

with

Thursday 14th

10AM

The culture and the policy environment around the successful growth of community business and community investment has, up to now, disfavoured the worker co-operative sector by excluding the model from support programmes and guidance resources. Mark will explore how we got here and we'll discuss some of the ways that we might use new models to empower workers in the next generation of community businesses.

Speaker bio

The worker co-operative sector has been excluded from support programmes and guidance resources. How did we get here, and where do we go next?
Mark Simmonds
10:00 am

Exit to whom? Workers & community businesses

Principle Five: Education, research, & the new economy

Matthew Wilson, Nottingham University

with

with Kiri Langmead, Jonny Gordon-Farleigh

Thursday 14th

10AM

Principle Five of the Cooperative Aims and Principles is Education, but it is not immediately clear how, or if, this translates into practice. Movement-led education is currently thin on the ground, and relationships between grassroots movements and the increasingly neoliberal world of universities are equally scarce.

In this session we'll be hearing from academics working with cooperators on the coproduction of new research with ambitions to strengthen cooperative forms of education.

Speaker bio

Hear from academics working with cooperators on the coproduction of new research with ambitions to strengthen cooperative forms of education.
Matthew Wilson, Nottingham University
10:00 am

Principle Five: Education, research, & the new economy

The Commonsphere: Beyond public and private

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

with

Thursday 14th

10AM


Speaker bio

Torange Khonsari is Co-Founder and Director of the urbanism, public art and architecture practice Public Works. Torange has taught architecture and design for 21 years, and currently teaches Design for Cultural Commons at London Metropolitan University. her strategic design practice focuses on transformational design, design as form of inquiry, and design intervention as forms of new urban imaginary.

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University
10:00 am

The Commonsphere: Beyond public and private

The Blair Years & its Legacy in Community Economic Development

Les Huckfield

with

Thursday 14th

11.15AM

At the turn of the new millennium, forces in and around New Labour initiated a political coup against co-ops, installing in their place a new discourse of social enterprise and entrepreneurship. Join Les Huckfield – the author of How Blair Killed the Co-ops – to discuss what this paradigm shift has meant for the radical postcapitalist potential of the cooperative movement and how we might reclaim social enterprise from the neoliberal turn.

Speaker bio

Has New Labour's coup against co-ops ruined their radical postcapitalist potential or can we reclaim social enterprise from the neoliberal turn?
Les Huckfield
11:15 am

The Blair Years & its Legacy in Community Economic Development

Democratic Finance: Equity to community banks

Isla McCulloch, Co-ops UK

with

Thursday 14th

11.15AM

We’ll be taking different perspectives on what democratic finance actually means for businesses and individuals. We’ll discuss the experiences of a variety of co-operative and community businesses across the UK which are increasingly turning to community shares to finance their start-up and expansion. We’ll also hear from Tony Greenham at South West Mutual (and formerly of the RSA) on the wider movement of people-powered banking.

Speaker bio

What does democratic finance actually mean for businesses and individuals as co-operative and community businesses turn to community shares?
Isla McCulloch, Co-ops UK
11:15 am

Democratic Finance: Equity to community banks

Support Clinic

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change

with

Thursday 14th

12PM

Our personal and collective experiences are inextricably linked to wider social and economic structures. Join a brief and confidential one-to-one personal support and solidarity session, available to anyone who may be currently experiencing poorer mental health or wellbeing.


Note: These sessions do not provide emergency/crisis services or ongoing therapy.

Speaker bio

Sally Zlotowitz is a Community & Clinical Psychologist and is currently the CEO of Art Against Knives and the Co-founder of Psychologists for Social Change.

Sally Zlotowitz, ​Psychologists for Social Change
12:00 pm

Support Clinic

Neighbourhood Commons

Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University

with

Thursday 14th

12.15PM

Cultural Commons can offer a new way of designing equitable cultural practices that consider social and ecological care. For this to happen we need to dig into forms of production, origins of materials we use, forms of exchange and dissemination of these cultural artifacts, and in turn the system of objects they construct outside commodities. By placing cultural production within the commons there is the potential to systemically shift how we labour and structure relationships of power.

For this workshop, attendees will be asked to map a cultural/artistic project they have done exploring the types of goods they have produced and its production methods, mapped against the cultural commons model. We will discuss the types of cultural common goods produced or needs production and obstacles we may need to overcome to construct a cultural commons system towards a commons sphere.

Speaker bio

Map your cultural or artistic project and explore the types of goods you produced and and how, mapped against the cultural commons model.
Torange Khonsari, London Metropolitan University
12:15 pm

Neighbourhood Commons

Closing Open Space Session

with

Thursday 14th

2PM

A session to close the festival.

Speaker bio

2:00 pm

Closing Open Space Session

Boomerang Bowling

Bon Sabotage

with

Thursday 14th

3PM

Bowling used to be straight forward…not anymore. This curvaceous bowling alley quite literally bends the rules so the ball can return like a boomerang to strike the pins at your feet.

Speaker bio

Bowling used to be straight forward…not anymore. This curvaceous bowling alley quite literally bends the rules so the ball can return like a boomerang to strike the pins at your feet.
Bon Sabotage
3:00 pm

Boomerang Bowling

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Stir to Action's Playground for the New Economy Festival is returning to our residential campus at Selgars Mill in Mid Devon from 12-14 July 2022.

Join us for three days of panels, workshops, open space, virtual reality experiences, sustainable food, and live music!

Location

Selgars Mill

Uffculme, Devon EX15 3DA

What3words: ///ourselves.pocketed.herbs

Stir to Action’s Playground for the New Economy Festival is held at our very own New Economy Centre at Selgars Mill in Devon.

Selgars Mill is in Mid Devon between the villages of Uffculme and Willand and has good links to rail and road networks.

Getting here:

By train

Selgars Mill is 2.5 miles from Tiverton Parkway train station, which is:

  • 14 mins from Exeter St Davids​;
  • 45 mins from Bristol Temple Meads;
  • 2 hours from London Paddington;
  • 2.5 hours from Birmingham New Street;
  • Less than 4 hours from Manchester.

By bike

On an arm of the number 3 national cycle network route.


By bus

Selgars Mill is on the number 1 bus route from Exeter to Tiverton. Alight at Langlands and be careful of the busy road.


By car

We’d prefer you take public transportation, but if that’s not possible, pop EX15 3DA into your sat nav and it will take you directly to Selgars Mill. 


​Accessibility

There is very limited parking on campus for the festival for those with accessibility needs. These spaces will be used by prior arrangement only. Contact hello@selgarsmill.co.uk


Parking 

We’ve secured a small car park in a farmer’s field next to our festival grounds. Car parking permits can be purchased for £10 per day here.


Arrival/Departures

Full ticket holders:

Check-in from 12:00 on Tuesday 12 July 2022

Check-out by 16:30 on Thursday 14 July 2022


Day tickets

Reception is open from 08:00 each day.

There is level access to most stages and to the camping and accessible toilets on site. There is very limited parking available for those with mobility issues, please get in touch to arrange for a space. There is level access to the Assembly Rooms on the ground floor of the mill where there is an accessible toilet. It is stepped access to the rest of the mill building.

If you have any accessibility needs, get in touch with us and we will do all we can to try and make this an accessible event.

Flexible Booking Policy & Terms & Conditions

If we have to cancel due to government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), we will endeavour to inform all ticket holders as soon as possible. In such an event, all fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred. In the event that dates have to be changed, ticket holders may request a full refund if the new dates are not convenient.

If you have to cancel due to government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), you have the flexibility to move your booking to another Stir to Action or Selgars Mill event within 12 months of the festival date, or you may request a full refund for all ticket and accommodation fees, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred.

Refunds

Refunds will only be made if a written notification is received more than four weeks before the festival. Send written notification of cancellation via email to events@stirtoaction.com. For bookings cancelled four weeks or less before the event, no refund will be made other than in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the festival organisers. No refund will be made for non-attendance.

Day Tickets

Sessions and the days they are on are subject to change. We will try to notify you as soon as possible of any changes. If as a result of a change you want switch days you can, subject to availability.

Cancellation

In the event of cancellation of the festival, we will endeavour to inform all ticket holders at least two weeks before the festival is due to take place, although please be aware that this is not always possible. In such an event, all fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may be incurred. In the event that dates have to be changed, ticket holders may request a full refund if the new dates are not convenient. Should you have any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please contact the festival team via events@stirtoaction.com.

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