Power the People w/ Lynne Jones, Ali Ansari & Erica Benner

28 Jun 2024 – 17:30 BST
Chalke Valley History Festival
Evelyn Partners Spiegeltent
Bury Ln
Broad Chalke

How have the massed voices and actions of ordinary people played a part in our history? From the self-ruling peoples of Ancient Greece and Renaissance Florence, to the protests of Les Barricades, Tianamen Square and Extinction Rebellion, our expert panel comprised of Ali Ansari, life-long activist Lynne Jones OBE and political philosopher Erica Benner will bring to bear their deep knowledge and personal experience of people power through time in this wide-ranging discussion.

About the book

As floods and fires rage across the planet, ever more people are embracing nonviolent action to achieve political change. Can it work?

Doctor and aid worker Lynne Jones offers a compelling, ground-level account of the last five years of UK protests, exploring how and why ordinary citizens have adopted extraordinary methods to confront the climate and nature crises. Sharing her 1980s experiences opposing nuclear weapons at Greenham Common, and her journey in movements like Extinction Rebellion today, Jones reflects on public history and her personal story to unpack nonviolent protest in a world on the brink. Can we learn from past movements? How to communicate with those who disagree? What kind of disruption is most effective in Western democracies? Is property damage nonviolent? Is the law just? How important are direct interventions, boycotts and non-cooperation? What can indigenous campaigners of the Global South teach us?

A lifetime of activism has taught Jones that we all have more power than we realise. It’s time to use that power—before it’s too late.

About the author

Lynne Jones OBE is a child psychiatrist, WHO and UNICEF consultant, and author of acclaimed books including Outside the Asylum and Then They Started Shooting. BBC Radio, The New Statesman, the London Review of Books and O, The Oprah Magazine have featured her field diaries from conflict and disaster areas.

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