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Lunchtime Video: Guy Standing on a new Commons Charter

Wednesday November 15th
Doors open at 12.45pm. Video begins at 1pm.

For the first in a new series of recorded lunchtime lectures, we're screening a talk by economist Guy Standing about his 2019 book, Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth.

In this video, Guy explores the history of the Commons (our land, air, health service, schooling, information etc) including the now-forgotten Charter of the Forest. He charts the erosion of our shared common wealth through enclosure, privitisation and financialisation by the rentier class and large corporations, and presents a vision for a new Commons Charter to restore what’s been lost.

Doors will open at 12.45pm and the video will start at 1pm. Bring a packed lunch.

Everyone is then invited to take part in our collective art project, Visioning the Commons, inspired by Guy's Kairos talk in June (and piloted at Green Gathering festival in August). Share with us, in words or drawings, what you’d like to see returned to the Commons. Paper, pens and paint provided.

We also have copies in the Kairos library of Plunder of the Commons and Guy’s later book about the oceans, The Blue Commons (2022). Kairos will remain open throughout the afternoon for anyone who’d like to stay on and read.

Kairos, 84 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TG

Free entry. No booking required.