There is much talk that the old certainties have gone and that things have to change: free speech; the middle class; cities for all; the welfare state; Europe. In our March Weekender (Fri 18 – Sat 19 March 2016) we looked at endings and beginnings. Artists, writers, and commentators reflected on what we are losing and what might replace it; looked at how people, societies and organisations can change; and debated the positive things to look forward to.
Ben Rawlence and Gulwali Passarlay discussed refugees and the end of empathy; Kate Pickett talked about the end of inequality; Raymond Tallis gave a personal meditation on life, living and death; and Erwin James shared his experience of redemption. There were panel discussions on The Forgiveness Project with Duncan Morrow, Hanneke Coates, Angela Findlay and Marian Liebmann; the end of old economics and the start of the new with David Boyle, Ann Pettifor, Andrew Simms, Katherine Trebeck; and the end of free speech with Julie Bindel, Sarah Ditum, Maryam Namazie and Sian Norris. A playlist of the audio recordings is on SoundCloud.