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29 December 2010

Prepare for 2011 by learning more about the latest campaigning techniques with some of the best exponents of online activism.

On Saturday 8 January the TUC hosts Netroots UK a new-style communications event for campaigners from politics, the trade union movement, the environment, international development, civil liberties, community groups and many more.

Boosting campaigns against the cuts

The TUC's partners include 38 Degrees, Avaaz, Blue State Digital, Compass, False Economy, Labourlist, Left Foot Forward, Liberal Conspiracy, Netroots Nation, and the Robin Hood Tax Campaign; together they will deliver a day of presentations and workshops to help campaigners to be more effective in challenging the government's spending cuts.

Progressive campaigner? You can be there too; tickets are just £5.00. Book here.

Looking ahead to the event, Clifford Singer, campaign director of new anti-cuts website, False Economy, said:

"2010 has seen great advances in online activity in the UK, with left-wing blogs increasing dramatically in popularity. This has combined with high profile campaigns against government policies like cuts to science funding and increased tuition fees, successess against the far right in the May election and high profile direct action against tax avoiders on the high street. However, much of what is going on is still fragmented.

"To mobilise hundreds of thousands of people behind anti-cuts campaigns in 2011, we're going to need a more co-ordinated effort, learning from good practice in each other's areas, and helping the public to see the links between issues, and the case for the alternative."

Workshop programme

Workshops will cover many themes, not least media engagement, fund-raising, turning online activity into offline action, the role of humour and use of video.

An impressive speaker line-up includes Stella Creasy MP, Ari Rabin-Havt of US media monitors Media Matters, journalists Polly Toynbee and Kevin Maguire, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, Nick Lowles of the Hope Not Hate Campaign, Alex Wilks of Avaaz and Jess McCabe of The F Word.

Several BECTU representatives will be there. If you are a.branch web page editor and plan to attend do let us know. Email Sharon Elliott, communications officer. (Please confirm your branch and membership number).