Laurie Penny is not now able to attend this event due to illness.
Since the coalition was formed in May 2011, and as it responds to the crash and implements the largest programme of public expenditure cuts ever, new forms of protest have emerged. Whether it’s traditional demonstrations or new online campaigns, the results have been significant and in some cases, such as the proposal to sell off forests, have already resulted in change: large numbers of students have been radicalised, MPs have been inundated with email letters of protest, banks have been raided and there’s much more to come. But will it change things significantly? Is online activism just ‘slacktivism’? Will student protest fizzle out? And what’s next? David Babbs, Executive Director, 38 Degrees, discusses the new protest with Dan Hind (author of The Return of the Public), Shiv Malik, activist and co-author of the book on intergenerational conflict, The Jilted Generation, and Laurie Penny, journalist and activist whose reports often come from the front line of protest.
David Babbs is the executive director of 38degrees.org.uk. Formerly head of capacity building at Friends of the Earth, where he was responsible for delivering its activist strategy including The Big Ask campaign, which has widely been credited with the introduction of the Climate Change Bill in 2006.
Dan Hind was a publisher for ten years. In 2009 he left the industry to write about the public sphere and media reform, centred around public commissioning, in The Return of the Public. He is on twitter @danhind.
Shiv Malik is an investigative journalist who regularly writes for the Guardian and is the co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth.
Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist from London. She is a regular writer for New Statesman and the Guardian, and her political writing was shortlisted for the Orwell prize.
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