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Changing the narrative for peace - critical role of the media

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h2. A conference in Darlington, Saturday 24th September 2016

h3. Themes

  • the need to change the narrative and thinking around what we mean by security, peace and conflict
  • the role and opportunities for independent voices and forms of media, and
  • how campaigning and awareness-raising can most effectively be taken forward using existing media, new and alternative media.

    h3. Speakers will include
  • Michael Gray – journalist from CommonSpace (a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland)
  • Andrew Smith – Media Coordinator from Campaign Against Arms Trade
  • David Gee – Ammerdown Group on rethinking security

    [for further information about speakers, scroll down]

    There will be workshops on these and related themes, giving space for exploring practicalities and possibilities and to network with others

    The conference is free and open to all those interested in exploring and taking action on these issues. It will take place at the Quaker Meeting House on Skinnergate in the centre of Darlington, approximately 12 minutes walk from the train station. Lunch provided – no charge but donations welcome.

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Further information about our speakers on 24th September

David Gee took a lead role in writing the discussion paper on Rethinking Security on behalf of the Ammerdown group (see . He has also written and worked with Quakers and Forces Watch, amongst others. The Ammerdown Group brings together practitioners and academics in search of a new vision for the future of our common peace and security. The group includes participants from Conciliation Resources, Campaign Against Arms Trade, International Alert, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Oxford Research Group, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Saferworld, and Three Faiths Forum, as well as independent practitioners, and academics from the universities of Bradford, Coventry, Leeds Beckett and Oxford Brookes.

Michael Gray is a reporter and journalist for CommonSpace and The National, a pro-independence newspaper in Scotland ( . His work has focused on political reporting, land reform, social and economic inequality, campaigns for greater democracy in public life, international affairs, war and disarmament. CommonSpace is a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland (see . It is owned by the Common Weal think tank.

Andrew Smith is the Media Coordinator for CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade, which is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade. ( Andrew works with the team to ensure that our positive campaigns and messages reach as many people as possible. Andrew has worked on press and media strategy for all sorts of companies and charities and has written about politics and culture for a range of publications. CAAT considers that security needs to be seen in much broader terms that are not dominated by military and arms company interests. A wider security policy would have the opportunity to reallocate resources according to actual threats and benefits, including addressing major causes of insecurity such as inequality and climate change.

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