Autonomy has organised three sessions for this year's festival in Liverpool

1. Update the Welfare State


Speakers: Stewart Lansley (economist), Gail Ward (activist), Dan Carden (MP), Anna Dent (Researcher)


Chair: Will Stronge (Autonomy)


Location: Hinterlands Theatre


Day/Time: Saturday 22nd Sept, 11:00 – 12:30


Info: It’s clear to many that the welfare system is stigmatising, punitive and no longer fit for purpose. But how should it be changed? What does a social security system based on solidarity, interdependence and universality look like? This roundtable session brings policy experts, economists and activists together to discuss how we can radically reform the welfare state.


2. Cybernetic Socialism: Project Cybersyn in the 21st Century


Speakers: Raul Espejo (Project Cyerbsyn Operations Manager), Miranda Hall (Writer, Researcher, NEF), Francesca Bria (Chief Technology Officer at Barcelona Digital)


Chair: Will Stronge (Autonomy)


Location: Black-E Studio


Day/Time: Monday 24th Sept, 13:00 – 14:30


Info: Project Cybersyn is one of the most remarkable initiatives in 20th century history. Before it was destroyed by a US-backed coup in 1973, Allende’s socialist government in Chile began to utilise cybernetics to coordinate a planned economy, with the aim of giving workers control over production. What does Cybersyn mean for us in today’s political and technological climate? What can social movements and radical governments learn from this historical episode? Join Raul Espejo, the Operations Director of the original project, to discuss!

3. A 4 Day Week: the time is now!



Speakers: Alice Martin (NEF), Carys Roberts (IPPR), Aidan Harper (4DayWeek campaign), Katja Kipping (Die Linke), David Graeber (author, anthropologist)


Location: Black-E Main Space


Day/Time: Tuesday 25th Sept, 15:00 – 16:30


Info: The demand for a reduction of work is as old as the Labour movement itself. Generations of trade unionists and socialists knew that time spent at work is political – their struggles won us the weekend. But now the nine-to-five, five-days-a-week model for full-time work is outdated and failing. With the Labour Party recently campaigning on their boldest election manifesto in a generation, a radical agenda for a new economy has never been closer to Westminster. It is time to grab this opportunity and move towards a 4 Day Week.

For more information about the festival and its programme, please go here.