Land for What? London – Public and Community Space

A session exploring the effect of privatisation and austerity on parks, recreation, community and public spaces Hosted by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) with Dave Morris  (National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces).

Land for What? London – Land: the Fundamentals

What facts and knowledge are important to understand when starting to think about land in the UK? This session is designed for people who are relative new comers to exploring land as a common issue and will be repeated twice as we believe many of you will find this a really useful overview and introduction to the topic.

Presented by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) and Alice Martin (New Economics Foundation).

Land for What? London – Capturing the value of land for the common good

Increases in land value can be divisive as owners benefit while everyone else pays the cost.

Communities create the value of land yet do not benefit from it. In this session we will collaboratively explore three ways to address this problem by looking at Land Value Tax, ‘Planning Gain’ taxes and rethinking ownership.

Molly Scott Cato (MEP, Green Party)
Duncan McCann (nef)
Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)

Land for What? London – What would a Westminster land reform act look like?



Land reform has rarely been in the political agenda in the last half century, however more people are now understanding its importance.

This session will explore key focuses for UK land reform legislation. What is realistic and what would be most important? Join land rights campaigners Marion Shoard and Andy Wightman to discuss these questions.

The Land of Scotland and the Common Good

If you have not had a chance to browse this official Scottish Parliament document about land reform, I highly recommend that you do – http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00451087.pdf

Just the introduction spelling out their remit is a beautiful stand alone piece of prose in its own right! I have taken the liberty of copying it below to save you a click and a scroll…

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The relationship between the land and the people of Scotland is fundamental to the well-being, economic success, environmental sustainability and social justice of the country. The structure of land ownership is a defining factor in that relationship: it can facilitate and promote development, but it can also hinder it. In recent years, various approaches to land reform, not least the expansion of community ownership, have contributed positively to a more  successful  Scotland  by  assisting  in  the  reduction  of  barriers  to  sustainable development, by strengthening communities and by giving them a greater stake in their future. The various strands of land reform that exist in Scotland provide a firm foundation for further developments. The Government has therefore established a Land Reform Review Group.

The Land Reform Review Group has been appointed by Scottish Ministers to identify how land reform will:

  • Enable more people in rural and urban Scotland to have a stake in the ownership, governance, management and use of land, which will lead to a greater diversity of land ownership, and ownership types, in Scotland;
  • Assist with the acquisition and management of land (and also land assets) by communities, to make stronger, more resilient, and independent communities which have an even greater stake in their development;
  • Generate, support, promote, and deliver new relationships between land, people economy and environment in Scotland.

Oxford session at House Of The Commons on Saturday 22nd October

We will be at House Of The Commons on Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October. Please see their website for the final program and timings. Three Acres And A Cow is happening at 7pm on Friday 21st October and will feature special guest Peggy Seeger.

http://houseofthecommons.org/

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Territories of Life – a video toolkit for indigenous communities facing land grabs

Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. It’s aim is to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land.

We really hope that Land For What? will be able to put together something similar for communities in the UK facing land grabs and clearances by developers and corporations. For example communities fighting against fracking and social housing under threat of being cleared.

Produced by LifeMosaic, a non-profit based in Scotland, the Territories of Life toolkit consists of ten stories that were filmed in communities across Indonesia, Philippines, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Tanzania and Cameroon.

http://www.lifemosaic.net/eng/tol/

Territories of Life Introduction (HD) from LifeMosaic on Vimeo.

We’re recruiting a coordinator

Please find downloadable PDF here – Event Coordinator Job Description

Background:

We live in a time of widening social inequality, various housing and health crises, and impending climate collapse. When fire fighting such important issues, it is hard to step back and make time to explore and challenge the roots of these systemic struggles. Land has been the elephant in the room of English politics for so long we have become accustomed to its absence during important discussions. However, if you begin to reframe common questions about housing, environment and health in terms of the role of land, its fundamental importance becomes clear. Land for What? aims to raise awareness, create dialogue and forge connections between affected groups, and inspire us to build long lasting solutions.

The Role:

Coordinator for ‘Land for What’ convergence on 12th-13th November 2016 in London. Managing the logistics leading up the event and on the day. Liaising with the steering group and with other collaborators. The role will be primarily administrative, aimed at coordinating all the elements needed to run a successful event and help build a movement.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ticketing and inquiries
  • Day to day responsibility for event budget
  • Working with the Steering Group to develop and put in place the conference programme
  • Liaising with collaborating organisations, speakers, chairs and event team
  • Overseeing activities on the day – scheduling, venue, catering, speakers etc
  • Communications/ promotions for the conference including:
    • Writing and collating blogs/ newsletters
    • Keeping website updated
    • Maintaining social media
    • Post event work
    • Writing report on key learning/ actions
    • Developing mailing list & network of interested organisations

Ideal candidate profile:

  • Available for event – 12th-13th November 2016 (and ideally the 2 weeks before)
  • Living in London or able and willing to travel in when necessary
  • A proven track record organising conferences, ideally in related areas
  • Experience managing a team, particularly one involving volunteers
  • Good writing skills & a high standard of spoken & written English
  • Good at working towards deadlines. Flexible and resourceful. Well organised
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge about and passion for issues around land reform and related struggles (housing, food etc.). We value people who have a close association with disenfranchised groups and struggles around land and access to space.
  • Experience coordinating multiple groups
  • Knowledge about social media, comms and PR
  • We welcome applicants from all sectors of society, particularly less represented groups.

Terms:

  • Equivalent 1 day/ week from beginning of September to end of November (14 weeks)
  • Ambition to take this to equivalent 2 days/week depending on funding. Also ambition to extend the role beyond November.
  • Pay £100/ day = total fee of between £1400 and £2800 (assuming role ends in November)
  • This is a freelance role and the successful candidate will be responsible for their own tax affairs.

Application process

  • Please submit a maximum 2 page CV, and a 1 page covering letter that addresses the following three points:
    • Why are you interested in this role?
    • How does your experience make you suitable for this role?
    • How would you approach the role, if successful?
    • We will be using the covering letter as the main method of sifting through potential candidates so please do make sure to submit it and respond to each point clearly and succinctly.

Timings

  • Deadline: Monday 8th August, 12PM
  • Notification of shortlisted candidates: w/c 15th August
  • Interviews: w/c 15th or 22nd August
  • Start: w/c 29th August

Contact: