Our bi-annual New Putney Debates Festival celebrated the 799th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. This is the companion charter to the Magna Carta and had greater relevance to peasants, granting access to the commons and securing land rights that last until the present day. On the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November 2016
we hosted a a guided walk through central London, marking points on the journey to establish the Charter of the Forest as statute, and how this links to wider peasant struggles for access to the commons. and exhibition and celebration of social struggles for Land Rights in song and music.
We exhibited our timeline of the history of democracy and land rights in Britain which is a growing articfact which will be expanded on over the coming year.
This is prelude to a bigger celebration which we will host next year (2017) on the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. If you would like more information on the work that we do or to contribute please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the Occupy London
protests ended at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2012 the New Putney Debates collective continued to push for real democracy with The New Putney Debates.
This examined the democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice.
The biannual The New Putney Debates
took place in accessible London locations during 2014 and 2012 . Please visit the programme pages on this website for more information on past events.
On the weekend of June 15th 2015 New Putney Debates organised an Alternative Runnymede festival with the Runnymede ecovillagers more information can be found here
To find out more about the original Putney Debates (1647) listen to this excellent radio programme.
Highlights from previous events:
in video number 2 of Basic Income, Democratising money and Social Security; Duncan McCann looks at mechanisms which control the creation of money…
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