My name’s Zahra, as you probably guessed from the title, and I’ll be coordinating Land for What?’s first gathering, next month.
After 18 months of building, developing and reflecting the time has come to ask the question: Land for What? We’ll be coming together this November 12th-13th for a full two days of conversation and careful consideration of land, who has it, who needs and of course, what it’s for.
As an activist with a background in grassroots campaigning on housing and protecting community assets, I was immediately drawn into the idea of talking about land. I have spent hundreds of hours in meetings about saving council estates under threat and protecting community centres whose value was manifested in the wellbeing of the community rather than the wealth of their owners. But I’ve only just begun on a journey of understanding what lies beneath: land.
I’ve loved every moment of learning about the complexities of land use, or misuse, as often seems to be the case in this country. I’m enthralled to be working on this upcoming conference as it marks an exciting development in the conversation about land in England and opens doors to a whole new phase in land history.
If you have any questions on Land for What? our upcoming conference you can get to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be more than happy to respond to your queries. I’ll be spending a lot of my time making sure that we’re in touch with you by any means necessary so tweet us, @ us on Facebook and shoot us an email if you so desire!
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.
We will be in Newcastle as part of the Hidden Civil War festival, 2-5pm Thursday October 13th. Please join us.
Please find downloadable PDF here – Event Coordinator Job Description
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Quakers have an interest in Housing and Inequality which led us to run a conference on 20th February this year, a little while before the recent Housing Act.
If you’re interested in what went on, you can have a look at the open Facebook Group Quakers and Housing Inequality.
One of the outcomes following our conference was a Housing Toolkit, a resource document for use by Quaker groups and individuals. It might interest some of you, so I’ve uploaded a copy to this site here – Quaker Housing Toolkit Part 1
On 21st March 2015 130 people attended a one-day conference in Totnes to explore ‘How can we grow a proper relationship between people and place?’
They made a seven minute film and conference report, which provides links to audio recordings of the presentations that were given.
The speakers (with links to videos of their talks) were:
Tal Leshem Who does the land REALLY belong to: a moral perspective
Jonty Williams Economics for taking care of the Earth
Julian Pratt Stewardship – an alternative to owning the Earth
Simon Fairlie Radical approaches to accessing land
Jyoti Fernandez Access to land –an international perspective
Toni Spencer (Part 1) Poems for and from the Devon Land Conference
Toni Spencer (Part 2)