Radicals: A disturbing guide to the future? with Jamie Bartlett

London Futurists
London Futurists
Public group

Birkbeck College

Torrington Square WC1E 7HX · London

How to find us

We'll be in B35, on the Basement level

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Society is broken. That's a belief shared by a wide mixture of 'Radicals' - a variety of individuals, groups and movements who reject the way we live now, and who are attempting to find alternatives.

In his forthcoming new book Radicals: Outsiders changing the world (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radicals-Jamie-Bartlett-ebook/dp/B01K6ROZPC), Jamie Bartlett explores the various strange and exciting worlds inhabited by these innovators, disruptors, idealists and extremists. From dawn raids into open mines to the darkest recesses of the internet, Radicals introduces us to some of the most secretive and influential movements today: the US Transhumanist Party, far-right groups seeking to close the borders, militant environmentalists striving to save the planet's natural reserves by any means possible, libertarian movements founding new countries, autonomous cooperatives in self-sustaining micro-societies, and psychedelic pioneers attempting to heal society with the help of powerful hallucinogens. These radicals can be seen as symptoms of a deep unrest with modernity and capitalist democracy. Do they also provide a guide to the future?

Jamie will be sharing highlights of his new book at this London Futurists meetup. He will discuss the prospects for these new political movements, and assess the plausibility of their models for our future.

For more details about the book Radicals, and to pre-order a copy, see this Amazon webpage (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radicals-Jamie-Bartlett-ebook/dp/B01K6ROZPC).

About the speaker:

Jamie Bartlett (https://www.demos.co.uk/people/jamie-bartlett/) is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos (https://www.demos.co.uk/), where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. He is the author of The Dark Net (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Net-Jamie-Bartlett-ebook/dp/B00K0M6JQC/), and of Orwell Versus the Terrorists (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Orwell-versus-Terrorists-Digital-Short-ebook/dp/B00QJLNM2W/). He lives in London.

He writes frequently in a number of national and international outlets, including The Telegraph, The Guardian, and the Sunday Times. Prior to working for Demos, Jamie was a research associate at the international humanitarian agency Islamic Relief and conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Jamie holds Master’s Degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford.

Meeting logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 20th May 2017.

Venue: Room B35, Birkbeck College (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps), Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B35 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms (http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub-food/marlborough-arms-bloomsbury/pid-C7440), 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

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