(Flyer for the Lucas Plan Conference, which was held on 26th November 2016 at BVSC in Birmingham. Design: The Coastal Invention Company)
In 2016 our conference aimed to re-open the debate about industrial conversion and democracy.
- We heard the story of the challenges and breakthroughs in the original Lucas Plan first-hand – from shop stewards who played key roles
- We learnt from leading, inspirational figures in the trade union, left, peace and environment movements
- We took part in workshops, where we connected with other changemakers and tackled issues that are close to us – from local community plans, to union action on industrial conversion, and much more.
The conference provided fresh impetus to the discussions and plans taking shape around the idea of a ‘Just Transition’. We talked about existing approaches, such as the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ plan, and also brought in plenty of grassroots voices.
The conference focused on the following topics:
- The Lucas Plan story and its relevance today
- Trident and arms conversion
- Climate change, renewable energy and transition issues
- Alternative and local community plans
- Robotics, automation and the future of work
- Practical ways to develop the Lucas Plans of the future.