On the weekend of 12th-13th November 2016, hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and interests gathered to talk about the issues surrounding land, and to look for spaces for solutions. This report summarises some of the sessions from the weekend. Thanks to everyone who submitted a session summary. We hope it can be useful for people who weren’t able to make it to the event, and will help inspire further discussions.
Read the full report here
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 email@example.com 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!