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Katherine Connolly

Katherine Connelly is a writer and historian. She led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003 and co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign in 2013. Her book, ‘Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire‘ was published by Pluto Press last year.

Jeremy Gilbert

Professor Jeremy Gilbert is a writer, researcher and activist whose work has appeared in various British, continental, American and Australian publications and has been translated into French. His most recent book is, Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism and he has written widely on cultural theory, politics and music. Lots of information, free work, a blog, links to social media, and other material can be found at

Jeremy was a founder organiser of both Signs of the Times and the London Social Forum, a convenor of the Radical Theory Forum at the European Social Forum, Paris in 2003 and London in 2004, and has been involved with many political and cultural projects inside and outside academia.

Rosie Rogers

Rosie Rogers is a political advisor at Greenpeace and former national co-ordinator of Compass. She has been involved in various kinds of campaigning, including UK Uncut and the feminist movement.

Neal Lawson

Neal Lawson is chair of the pressure group Compass and author of the book All Consuming. He serves on the Boards of UK Feminista and the AV Referendum Campaign and was previously an adviser to Gordon Brown.

James Meadway

James was previously the senior economist at NEF, where his work focused on developing responses to the recession and austerity. Before joining NEF, James worked as a policy advisor at HM Treasury, covering regional economic development, and science and innovation policy, and as senior policy advisor at the Royal Society. James has a first from the London School of Economics in economics and economic history, and a masters with distinction in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Carlos Saavedra

Carlos became the national coordinator for the United We Dream Network, the first immigrant youth-led national organization in the United States. He led the organizing and campaign efforts that took the network from a loose, 7-member coalition to a 52-member organization organized by regions in 30 states. Most recently, Carlos was key in organizing the End Our Pain and Right to Dream Campaigns (2011-2012) that led to the victory of legal relief for 1.7 million undocumented youth. At age 26, Carlos has trained over 4,000 people in the arts of organizing and social change in 20 states.

Tony Greenham

Tony leads the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing programme at the RSA. He is a chartered accountant and former investment banker with experience both in business and in the NGO sector, and is a regular media commentator on economic issues, in particular banking and finance.

Tony’s experience ranges from banking and accountancy with PwC, Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse, through small business start-ups to working with social and environmental NGOs. He was previously Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation and is author and co-author of many books and reports on economic reform including best-selling economic textbook, Where Does Money Come From? A guide to the UK monetary and banking system, a report on local economic development, People Powered Prosperity: Ultra-local approaches to making poorer places wealthier and a 2013 proposal for using QE for investment in public infrastructure – Strategic Quantitative Easing: Public money for public benefit.

He was a member of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund advisory panel, and currently acts as an external advisor on sustainability to Alliance Trust Investments and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a Trustee of Transition Network, a global grassroots movement for social and environmental change and is an alumni of Oxford University and the London School of Economics.

Lydia Prieg

Lydia Prieg is a currently a finance policy adviser at Oxfam-GB and previously worked at the New Economics Foundation. In a former life she worked on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, selling interest-rate derivatives. Lydia has an MA in Physics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

Giles Fraser

Dr Giles Fraser is priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington in south London and the former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He writes the column Loose Canon for the Guardian

Isis Amlak

Isis Amlak has over twenty five years’ experience as an activist, and community organiser. She lives in West London where she has been active in local democracy, and community arts and music production. For over 20 years she has worked the not for profit sector, both in paid and voluntary roles. She has a strong track record in community development, management, training and equalities work. Isis has worked extensively with racialised and minoritised communities in the UK around issues such as criminal justice, health, economic justice and Equality, Diversity & Human Rights. Isis is a member of the One Voice Community Collective, a trustee of the Octavia Foundation and a Director of Olmec and on the Facilitating Group of Edge Fund.

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