Radical Cities

Julian Baggini, Mary O’Hara, Guy Shrubsole and Ece Temelkuran

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2019 marks the centenary of the radical movements in Weimar, Vienna and many other places that tried to transform cities and nations after the First World War and the Russian Revolution. It was a time of political and industrial turmoil, strikes and riots; new art forms were created with the Bauhaus in Weimar and the public housing programme in Red Vienna has proved to have century-long impact.

What would radical cities do today? How would they address issues of poverty, land reform, democracy, the future of life and work? How would a radical city work in relation to national government? What leadership skills are needed? How can change be achieved?

Speakers include: Mary O’Hara (journalist and author of The Shame Game, Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative)Guy Shrubshole (campaigner and author of Who Owns England?) and Ece Temelkuran (novelist, commentator and author of How to Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship). Chaired by Julian Baggini.


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