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Sheffield Green Business Group planned

March 2017

Sheffield Green Party members who own or run a business are invited to a meeting discussing policies for Sheffield Green Party which are friendly to local business, rather than remote, faceless and profit-sucking corporations. Please contact Councillor Rob...

Help the homeless

February 2017

Sheffield charity the Cathedral Archer Project is asking supporters to get involved in food parcel sorting, breakfast and lunch for homeless people. This year they will again hold their annual sleep-out to draw attention to homelessness and raise vital fun...

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Sheffield Environment Weeks

All summer

Sheffield can be proud of the hundreds of activities that make up Sheffield Environment Weeks, which has run for many years. They range from talks on a range of subjects, to projects like urban agriculture and wildlife conservation. In 2016 it won the category 'Small Group, Big Impact' in the Sheffield 'Make a Difference' Awards. Volunteers do the hard work, and to get involved see the timetable on the website.

Sheffield Environment Weeks

Is Balance Out of Date? A Survival Guide for Journalism

Wed 24 May 2017, 6.30-7.30pm, Council Room, Firth Court, Western Bank S10 2TN

William Horsley, International Director for the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield, provokes the question: Is balance out of date? The open Internet age spells information overload and the demise of old media. The tenets of journalism - balance and objectivity - risk being swept away too. Will new ways be found to hold power to account? Or are we heading back towards information fortresses?

A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Free to attend, but please register using the link below so they can get an idea of numbers.

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Festival of Debate: Is There A Need For Utopian Thinking Today?

Thu 25 May 2017, 6.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

Faced with often overwhelming social, political and personal challenges, can we imagine a better world and a path to get there? Is ‘utopia’ just wishful thinking, or a dangerous road to dictatorship, or can it play a positive, animating role? An open discussion drawing on your experiences, campaigns and imagination.

A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Free to attend, but please register using the link below so they can get an idea of numbers.

Tickets for Good

"Identity and where we belong"

Fri 26 May 2017, 7pm, Theatre Delicatessen, 17 The Moor, S1 3LR

Brexit, Trump and the rise of European nationalism has meant we now look differently at our identity than we did twelve months ago. This event aims to explore the fluidity of identity in a contemporary world where individuals are potentially left rootless and bereft of any predictable frames of reference. Featuring a panel including Dr Andy Mycock (University of Huddersfield), Pennie Raven (community entrepreneur and activist), Cllr Magid Magid (Green Party) and Deborah Egan OBE (Director of DINA).

In association with Nigel Slack, Active Citizen. A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Free to attend, but please register using the link below so they can get an idea of numbers.

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Film: "We Are Many"

Fri 26 May 2017, 7.30pm, Abbeydale Picture House, 387 Abbeydale Rd. S7 1FS

"We Are Many" tells for the first time the remarkable story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world. Followed by short 1-minute pitches from individuals and groups with opportunities to get involved in local campaigns, plus delicious food served on a pay-as-you-feel basis and a licensed bar.

A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Tickets £5/£2.50+fee, please register using the link below.

Tickets for Good

"Food For Thought"

Fri 26-Sun 28 May 2017, 4-6pm, The Winter Gardens, 90 Surrey St. S1 2LH

Food For Thought is a thought and action provoking programme of short talks and workshops, as part of the Sheffield Food Festival. It explores the issues, challenges and partnership opportunities to improve the health, equality, economy and sustainability of all things food and drink in Sheffield. Come along, be inspired and get involved!

A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Festival of Debate

Professor David Nutt - Q&A

Tue 30 May 2017, 7.30pm, Auditorium, Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank S10 2TG

A former government advisor on drug policy, Prof. David Nutt specialises in research exploring the potential medicinal uses of drugs including LSD, MDMA and psilocybin. Prof. Nutt will talk about the barriers to researching controlled substances in the UK and their untapped potential for treating depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Followed by Q&A discussion.

In association with Sheffield Students’ Union. A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Tickets £5 (£3 NUS)+50p fee, please register using the link below. (Non-students follow the signing-in to create a guest log-in.)

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Sheffield Stop the War Coalition

Tue 30 May 2017 Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Row S1 2JB

There has been a political earthquake erupting across the globe. There is a refugee crisis, Islamophobia is intensifying and the election of Donald Trump poses a serious threat to any progress towards peace. The general election here in the UK brings important questions about foreign policy to the fore.

The recent national conference​ of Stop the War decided it will work to inform people about the record of the pro-war parties, whose militarist and interventionist policies have caused so much suffering, death and destruction at home and abroad. In order to help voters make an informed choice on 8 June, they agreed to produce and publish materials which reveal where the different political actors stand on issues​ of​ war and peace.

Sheffield Stop the War Coalition are holding this meeting to give a report back from the National Conference and discuss strategy and upcoming activity in Sheffield. It will also be a timely opportunity to talk about the general election and how we can ensure that the anti-war agenda is debated.

It is likely that Stop the War will need to mobilise over the coming weeks in response to the issues raised above. Please come along to this meeting to find out how you can help.

Housing for All? Prospects for a National Movement

Wed 31 May 2017, 6.30-8pm, Brood Cafe Bar, Roco, 338-346 Glossop Rd. S10 2HW

A private rented sector with high rents and poor conditions, the demolition of public housing in cities like London and a lack of imagination around resolving economic and housing conditions in the North tells us something needs to be done about UK housing. This event is an opportunity to hear ideas about how public housing might offer a way forward.

In association with the Property and Social Justice Network & Inclusive Societies. A Festival of Debate event, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

Tickets free, please register using the link below.

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‘Tourism: it’s servitude’: exploring the challenge of tourism and sustainability

Wed 31 May 2017, 5pm-7pm, Ron Johnston Research Room, Geography and Planning Building (Sheff Uni), Winter St. S10 2TN

Tourism is a significant aspect of many of our lives, with the industry now contributing to 10% of the world’s GDP and creating 1 in 11 jobs globally. But how does tourism impact global development? The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new set of global goals set to shape the development agenda until 2030. Tourism is explicitly mentioned in three of the seventeen goals and this emphasis on tourism within the SDGs brings to the fore the possibilities of tourism as an avenue to development, but also brings with it questions and concerns about what type of development tourism might bring and how tourism can promote development and sustainability for all alongside considerations of social justice and equality. Tourism has long been associated with economic growth but how does it contribute to the social and environmental dimensions of sustainability?

Starting with a showing of a short documentary film, The Goose with the Golden Eggs: tourism on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. The film grew from a 2-year study by the Centre for Responsible Tourism (CREST) assessing the impact of large scale tourism – resorts, holiday homes and cruise tourism in Costa Rica.

This will be followed by a talk by keynote speaker Dr. Julia Jeyacheya, ‘Political Reform and Tourism Development in Myanmar’. Julia is an active researcher, currently working on the political economy of tourism development in Vietnam and Myanmar. The main focus of the research is in coastal and island settings. She has previously worked and researched tourism development in southern Africa’s desert regions.

There will also be time for discussion and refreshments.

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