ESRC Seminar Four – Internal democratic practices

ESRC Seminar and Sociology Seminar - ‘Democracy at Work: Organizing democratically’

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This seminar will explore the possibilities of internal processes and practices through which civil society organisations arrange themselves in order to become more democratic. In particular it will look at different models and processes, which draw inspiration from anarchism and the alter-globalization movement through to political theory to examine not only why civil society organizations should consider working more democratically but also how to go about it.

  • From: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 10.30 am
  • To: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 5 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 12.00 am

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Civil society organisations are often considered a good thing in and of themselves, contributing to making a more healthy and democratic society. Yet whilst attention is often focused on their external role, how they contribute to changing society, less attention is placed on their internal ways of organising. Indeed many civil society organisations are shaped by increase forms of business-like practices as they have to become more professional and managerial which can often result in them replicated many of the hierarchical practices that can leave them, at times, indistinguishable from their for-profit counter-parts.

This seminar will explore the possibilities of internal processes and practices through which civil society organisations arrange themselves in order to become more democratic. In particular it will look at different models and processes, which draw inspiration from anarchism and the alter-globalization movement through to political theory to examine not only why civil society organizations should consider working more democratically but also how to go about it.

Our confirmed speakers are:
Janet Dalziell, International People and Culture Director at Greenpeace International.

Greenpeace International are one of the most innovative Civil Society Organizations combining activism with its public campaigning role. Over the last few years they have been through a fascinating restructuring programme designed to give more autonomy to local national and regional offices to be more responsive to their particular circumstances. Janet is a key architect of a major re-design of Greenpeace’s global operating model, focusing on the development of human capacity within the organization and aimed at making Greenpeace more effective in achieving just and sustainable global change to protect the environment.

Professor Ruth Kinna, and Dr Thomas Swann Loughborough University, will be discussing anarchism as a constitutional principle.

Dr Ruth Yeoman, Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School and Kellogg College, University of Oxford, is an expert on mutuality and meaningfulness of work. Her book Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness, is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Matt Wilson, Activist and anarchist and the author of Rules without rulers: The possibilities and limits of anarchism.

Programme

Schedule


10.30 am - Arrival and coffee

11.00 am - Welcome, and context for the seminar – Daniel King, NTU

11.15 am – Janet Dalziell

12.00 pm – Response and Q&A

12.30 pm – Lunch

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm - Main Panel:

1.30 pm – Ruth Kinna and Thomas Swann

2.00 pm – Ruth Yeoman

2:25 pm – Matt Wilson

2.45 pm – Tea break

3.30 pm – Breakout group discussions - ‘How can Civil Society organizations work in more democratic forms?’

4.00 pm – Report back from groups

4.30 pm – Summaries and close

Booking information

The seminar is free to attend and organised by Daniel King from Nottingham Trent University.

Please email daniel.king@ntu.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Location details

Room/Building:

Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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