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Building Networks to Make Change

Tue. 1 June 2021 at 19:30–21:00

Pay as you feel

The real challenges we face in society can often seem overwhelming, too big to even begin to tackle. The problems are usually very complex and deeply entwined with issues that affect people in many different ways, often requiring change on many levels.

Over the last five years, the UBI Lab Network has grown from one small team of people in Sheffield to a network of 40 citizen led groups across the globe advocating for trials of Universal Basic Income. With the support of over 400 elected representatives across the UK, it has passed over 30 council motions across Britain and turned UBI into a mainstream policy proposition.

Alongside them on this journey has been the burgeoning Citizen Network, which as a global Cooperative operates as a platform for citizens to collaborate, share learning and join together in action. Citizen Network is connecting people, organisations and systems leading to better citizenship and better societies.

Join Festival of Debate to hear the story so far and learn about how to build an active and influential network that is able to start making a difference across a range of systemic problems and issues of collective concern.

As Margaret Mead once said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

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