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Newspeak House

The London College of Political Technology

133-135 Bethnal Green Road[email protected]@nwspk

Newspeak House is an independent residential college founded in 2015 to study, nurture and inspire emerging communities of practice across civil society and the public sector in the UK. more...

2022 Residential Programme: Apply Now!

We are seeking candidates for the next cohort of our residential programme, starting in October. Please share this with your communities and encourage others to apply. Expressions of interest are now open, and applying is quick and easy. The deadline is end of July.

The course is designed to support mid-career technologists gain a deep understanding of the landscape of political, civic, non-profit and public sector organisations in the UK, in order to found groundbreaking new projects or seek strategic positions in key institutions. more...

News

We have survived the pandemic. It’s amazing to see you all again. However, we are not out of the woods yet. The last few years have been disastrous for independent spaces. Many have closed their doors forever, and times are still tough. If there was ever a time to become a member, it is now. The pandemic has wiped out our reserves, restricting our core activities and putting us at risk of closing. If you want to make sure your community can continue to benefit from the facilities at Newspeak House, please consider joining as a member.

There has been a lot of chaos. Please bear with us while we find our feet again. We might be a bit slow at replying to emails. Our event programme may be a little sparse, while communities that have been dormant wake themselves up. In the meantime, we have been making ambitious plans:

Future Plans

To increase our resilience as an institution and grow our impact, we are planning to open additional campuses under the umbrella brand of “The London College of Political Technology”. They will form a federated network of spaces, each hosting their own residential programme and sharing a common curriculum. Nothing is certain in a pandemic, but if all goes well, we intend to launch our first new campus in 2024.

As part of this initiative, we are delighted to welcome two new members of our faculty, both leading experts on founding experimental spaces:

Dr Zarinah Agnew

[email protected]zarinahagnew.com@zarinahagnew

Zarinah is a neuroscientist by training. After spending over a decade in academia, they left to study the science of groups of brains - that is, humans in collectivity.

Alongside their work with the college, Zarinah runs three nonprofits aimed at experimental aspects of society, collective transformation and para-institutions. The Social Science Observatory is dedicated to the study of social science in the wild, Alternative Justices works towards abolitionist community-based harm prevention and response, and District Commons engineers experimental spaces where humans can ‘be otherwise’. Together, these strands allow both the prefiguration of new social configurations, as well as the study of their transformational potential.

Stephanie Sherman

[email protected]stephaniesherman.info@detectiveyes

Stephanie is a design director, strategist, writer, and producer working across urbanism, technology, and culture.

She is director of the MA Narrative Environments program at Central Saint Martin’s, collaborates with The UC San Diego Center for Design and Geopolitics and Design Lab Automation Team, and the future of work thinktank Autonomy

She is co-founder of Elsewhere and Common Field , and has taught at Strelka Institute Moscow, Neon Foundation Athens, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, Cambridge University, Bauhaus University Weimar, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Institut Hyperwerk Switzerland, and CCA San Francisco.

Retrospective

As we emerge from the pandemic, Newspeak House is looking to the future and how it can survive and thrive for many more years to come. A part of this is seeking constructive criticism from the communities it serves.

We understand that it can feel hard to give direct feedback, even anonymously, but we really hope that you will, as we genuinely wish to learn and improve, as well as adapt to a world that has changed significantly. We will do our best to take heed from any criticisms, wishes and visions that are shared with us.

Give us your feedback

Scholarships

We’re absolutely awed that some community members have generously stepped forwards to offer scholarships, the first we’ve ever had. Students are now faced with higher living costs than ever before, and our bursary fund was obliterated by the pandemic. This prevents deserving candidates from applying to the course, or being able to focus on their studies.

Newspeak House is still a young, scrappy institution, and it’s a great honour for our work to be recognised in this way. We know that these scholarships will be life-changing to the recipients, and that they will go on to have great impact in their future work. Read on to find out who pledged these scholarships, and also for information on how you can join them. more...

Events

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As part of our research we offer our spaces for civic communities of practice to convene. Since opening in 2015 we have hosted over a thousand events, including lectures, meetups, hackathons, conferences, unconferences, workshops, roundtables, screenings, fundraisers, launches, and exhibitions.

To keep up with the event programme you can subscribe to our event calendar. If you’d like to host an event in our space, you can hire it outright, or if you’re convening a civic community of practice do get in touch ([email protected]) to see if it could fit into our programme.

What's On

Ration Club
Wednesdays • 7:00pm – 9:00pm • Lounge

Edward Saperia

Each week the college hosts a community dinner called Ration Club. It's open to anyone who'd like to find out more about the college and its work. To find out more or if you'd like to attend, please register.

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Fri 12 AUG 2022 • 2:00pm – 10:30am • Newspeak Hall & Terrace

A 2 day event to celebrate Wikimania, the global summit for Wikimedia.

In person and online the programme includes the opportunity for co-working spaces, introduction to editing and advanced training sessions on Friday 12th August, with lightning talks on Saturday 13th August which will be available in person and virtually. In addition we will be offering 1-2-1 in person and virtual Wiki Clinics with community experts. Saturday we will host the annual Wikimedia UK Awards, celebrating together the contribution of community members.

All participants will receive swag and a virtual goody bag of extended digital content to support their wiki development and showcase the breadth of interest across the Wikimedia UK community.

Join us for one or both days.

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Sun 14 AUG 2022 • 2:00pm – 6:00pm • Terrace

A discussion group for London-based members of the rationalist diaspora, including but not limited to LessWrong, Astral Codex Ten, rationalist tumblrsphere, and parts of the Effective Altruism movement. All are welcome, whether or not you identify as rationalist.

We’ve got a survey running to try to collect feedback on what London Rationalish is and what people want it to be. It would be super awesome if you could fill it in: https://forms.gle/1DLQWvLvX3h6Zneq9

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Mon 22 AUG 2022 • 7:00pm – 9:00pm • Terrace

Making the most utility of high summer, we’ll have a vegan barbecue on the terrace, accompanied by mocktails, and a light selection of lightning talks.

A lightning talk is a 5-minute talk. Sign up to give one here: https://forms.gle/7GUX6Fv9pdogTnP6A

We look forward to your ideas. First-time talk-givers welcome! You don’t need to keep the topic strictly within tech or EA, but it should at least be interesting.

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Thu 01 SEP 2022 • 7:00pm – 10:30pm • Newspeak Hall

In only a decade, the labour market has changed beyond all recognition - from zero-hour contracts to platform monopolies - meanwhile union memberships are at historic lows. So how are workers fighting back?

“An insurgent work – challenging and at times uncomfortable. It provides much needed original research into the modern world of work.” Jon Cruddas MP, Author of The Dignity of Labour

From doctors disillusioned with the BMA to crowdworkers organising for the first time, from a VC-backed company building trade union software to the reform of incumbent national labour organisations, former WSJ journalist Lucy Harley-McKeown takes us on a journey to discover how workers are organising in the 21st century.

Edited by Hannah O’Rourke of Labour Together & Edward Saperia of Newspeak House.

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Mon 05 SEP 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

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Mon 19 SEP 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗
Mon 03 OCT 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗
Mon 24 OCT 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗
Mon 07 NOV 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗
Mon 21 NOV 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗
Mon 05 DEC 2022 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm • Drawing Room

Do you want to work on open source but never find the time? Us too! Join us in an open source hack night. Bring your own projects or choose one of these that we will be working on:

The plan for this event: Improve the code for one of these applications. Fix a bug or implement a small feature.

Event notes

Join online

If you’re interested in contributing but not able to attend, we will also be online in our Discord group. Hope to see some people there as well!

Register ↗

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