Dundee conference report
Saturday saw some Aberdeen comrades head to the #RIC2015 Spring conference. Many thanks to the organisers in Dundee for putting on a great event – a brilliant day was had by all!
With numbers capped at 200 attendees to allow for genuine discussion this conference felt very different from last November’s 3000-strong barnstormer. Instead of a rabble rousing rally, this was a much more intimate affair filled with conversation, chat and a chance to meet and make connections.
The day started with an opening session, speakers including our own Myshele, plus Maggie Chapman of the Scottish Greens and Gill Bannister of RIC Dundee.
This was followed by six small workshops where delegates got a real chance to talk through ideas and make a contribution on work & welfare, economics & money, workplace democracy, the carbon economy, feminism, and campaigning & communities. Eventually each workshop distilled their ideas into 3 or 4 points that the rest of the conference developed further in a world café style event in the afternoon.
Lunch followed, very well catered for with tasty veg and non-veg options, and of course more chance to chat, make new friends and renew old acquaintances. The buzz around the hall and in the foyer was great.
In the afternoon, alongside with the world café there was a discussion led by Robin McAlpine on ideas for Common Weal going forward, and a panel discussion entitled there’s more to politics than elections. All three were well attended.
The closing plenary saw Caroline Leckie who had raced in from the Women for Indy conference in Perth to speak about what was happening there, Maggie Chapman rounding up the day and Jonathon Shafi who closed with some reflections on the future of RIC. Both the closing and opening sessions were ably facilitated by Stuart Fairweather on behalf of RIC Dundee.
Then it was time to go for a refreshment or two!
The comrades in Dundee are going to look at all the ideas generated from the discussion groups and world café and circulate round the whole movement to give everyone who wasn’t there a chance to see the ideas, share what’s been working and see where we can all move forward.
Overall it was a great day, and this much energy and enthusiasm bodes well for the RIC national AGM on 28 March in Glasgow!