Stir to Action moves its Playground for the New Economy Festival online to connect practitioners, communities, and changemakers who are supporting democratic ownership and local economic transformation.

  • From 1-3 September, the Playground for the New Economy Festival promises a packed programme of provocative conversations, interactive discussions, and virtual networking opportunities
  • Festival partners include Social Enterprise UK, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Power to Change, and Selgars Mill

Rather than cancel the event due to ongoing restrictions around COVID-19, Stir to Action’s founding director Jonny Gordon-Farlieigh recognised the urgent need for fresh perspectives on the current political, social and economic crises we face, particularly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and opted to adapt the festival to create a space for rigorous examination of our attitudes and views.

*SEUK members and supporters can get 50% off tickets if they use the code SEUK50 before 31 August, meaning you can attend this amazing event for just £5*

Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, Founder Director of Stir to Action, said:

“The ‘ownership gap’ will be the defining feature of the economic recovery, and our festival will be exploring its impact on the climate emergency, land ownership, and racial justice and how movements for economic democracy can transform our communities and workplaces now.”

The festival offers 45 sessions over three days, exploring the ownership crisis, the future of the high street, leadership in the new economy, what we can do after declaring a climate emergency, and if commoning is our best climate hope.

At just £10 per ticket – bookable at – organisers promise an experience as close to possible as an in-person event, thanks to the face-to-face networking and participatory features of the Hopin platform it will run on.

Festival highlights include a panel discussion on the ownership crisis with Yancey Strickler, co-founder of Kickstarter, and American political economist Jessica Gordon Nembhard; an open conversation with Ubele’s Founder and CEO Yvonne Field about the needs of BAME communities during the economic recovery and what comes next for a community business sector that’s made a commitment to anti-racist practice; and a critical look at mutual aid that feels anything but mutual.

And with no geographic or travel barriers in place, Stir to Action is hopeful that the event will attract even more national and international participants who bring their local experience and knowledge and enrich the event.

The festival is made possible by sponsors Social Enterprise UK, Power to Change, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Selgars Mill. The Playground for the New Economy Festival will be online 1-3 September 2020 – book
your ticket at