Luddite gathering on May 2-5
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Tue Apr 15 01:59:33 BST 2014
Breaking the Frame
Luddites 200, Scientists for Global Responsibility and Corporate
Watch are co-organising a
ground-breaking event that will change the way people think about
The Breaking the Frame gathering will be held at Unstone Grange, near
Sheffield in Derbyshire, on May 2nd to
The gathering will bring together campaigns on the
technology politics of food, energy/climate/ environment, the military,
work/economics/austerity, the internet, civil liberties/privacy,
health and gender etc, as well
as trade unionists, radical scientists, artists and developers of
Confirmed speakers include Simon Fairlie (editor of The Land
magazine), Jerry Mander
(International Forum on Globalisation), Theo Simon (Stop Hinkley C),
editor of Red Pepper and Danny Chivers (No Dash for Gas).
The idea behind the gathering is to overcome the fragmented single-
approach that dominates the way we deal with technology. Technology
is a major force
shaping the whole development of our society, yet we never have a
about it until it’s nearly too late, eg. when Monsanto starts putting
GM soya in our food.
We think it’s time for a much more systematic and joined-up approach
to technology, that
overcomes the democratic deficit in this area. The new approach will
be based on bringing
together the insights of different campaigns and movements, sharing
skills, and learning
from each other. The need for a systematic approach to technology is
more urgent than
ever as we face environmental crisis whilst new technologies, such as
intelligence/robotics, nanotechnology and synthetic biology threaten
to massively re-shape
In preparation for the gathering Luddites200 is organising a series
of events in London,
details of which can be found on the Breaking the Frame blog
(www.breakingtheframe.org.uk). These events have already begun a
conversation that questions accepted dogmas about technology, whilst
Some of the issues that will be discussed at the gathering include:
• What does a critical politics of technology mean in the 21st
control or ‘low’ technology?
• History of environmental society and environmental crisis;
challenging the concept
of progress through technology.
• Experiences in different campaigns and struggles.
• Alternative visions of social and technological development, and
the transition to a
sustainable and just society.
There will be demonstrations and workshops on craft-based production,
For further information, please contact David King 020 8809 4513 or
luddites200 at yahoo.co.uk.
Notes for editors
1. Luddites200 is an informal network of technology politics
activists, scientists, artists and
trade unionists which was set up in 2011 to celebrate the 200th
anniversary of the Luddite
uprisings and to open up new debates about the politics of technology
(www.luddites200.org.uk). See also http://
2. The gathering has so far received funding from the Edge Fund, the
Trust and the Lush Charity Pot.
Monkton Wyld Court
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