An impressive array of speakers gathered at the Festival of Interdependence in London on Saturday, the final event in The Bigger Picture series of activities organised by the New Economics Foundation (nef).
Artists, thinkers, activists and the public joined with one another ‘for a day of learning, making, celebrating and debating, about how we can start the Great Transition to a new economy’.
Speakers included Green MEP, Caroline Lucas, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, and John Hilary, executive director of War On Want. Oh, and there was poetry from me.
The event was held in a disused industrial building, Bargehouse, at Oxo Tower Wharf on the Southbank in London, and people queued round the block to get in.
My show, entitled ‘Another Fine Mess …’ , was a 15-minute gallop through the causes of the credit crunch, and what we can do to build a better world the other side of it. You can read the opening poem, which I wrote specially for the event, below, or listen to Part II of the poem here
The Bigger Picture
Living on your own towns
Dole-queue prone towns
Drown your sorrows now towns
Let’s make economics ergonomic
Shaped round our lives
And our planet, and our children
So everyone thrives
The status quo ante
Ain’t done us no good
The free-for-all led to freefall
Just like we said it would
So welcome to The Bigger Picture
The art of well-being
A different perspective
New ways of seeing
Drawing on talents
Of myriad hues
To colour in as you choose …
© Anneliese Emmans Dean
The Festival of Interdependence was an extraordinary mixture of talks, workshops, installations and films, and I was very pleased that people came up to me after my shows and said they found my poems ‘inspiring’.
Thank you to Corrina Cordon and Elli Moody of nef for their organisational work, and to all the nef volunteers and staff who were so helpful on the day.
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