cloud cafe

Cloud Cafe has been a way for us to continue engagement, we've been hosting a series of online events, open to Green Party members and public - with panellists speaking on their area of expertise and a Q&A session for participants to engage.

See below for our last Cloud Cafe or see our YouTube channel for a full history of previous events.

When science fiction becomes reality and fantasy becomes the truth. What was once dismissed as a shadowy online phenomenon in the US is becoming something more disturbing, more mainstream, more international, and more mystical and the effects are now being felt in Britain.

From QAnon to unfounded theories about vaccines and Covid-19, from anti-5G conspiracies to believing in an international child trafficking ring run by politicians and Hollywood, these internet memes are emerging in the public realm.

Our speakers include:

- Sarah Dixon and James Beecher (Stroud Coronavirus Community Response)
- Lynn Haanen (Stroud District Green Party)
- Tom Scott (Writer, Editor & Lecturer)

Previous cloud cafes

Our YouTube channel is the best place to see all of Stroud District Council videos, including the full serious of Cloud Cafes.

Below is a list of previous Cloud Cafe's to date, with panellists:

09.09.20 - Cloud Cafe - The Politics of Climate: Where are we now?

Panellists include:

  • Sarah Lunnon - Former Green Party Councillor on District, County and Town for Stroud. Coordinator of the Extinction Rebellion's Political Circle and currently working with an alliance groups to highlight the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill.
  • Riccardo Mastini - PhD candidate in Ecological Economics & Political Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the academic collective Research & Degrowth and of the international network Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Policy advisor for the international campaign Green New Deal for Europe.
  • Robert Noyes - From Platform London - a campaigning organisation focusing on social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry. Platform combine art, activism, education and research in one organisation

08.07.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better across Europe

Panellists include:

  • Ville Niinistö - Finnish MEP, Greens Coordinator in #ITRE and former MP, Environment Minister and party leader.
  • Ernest Urtasun - Spanish ecosocialist politician & MEP - Vice President of Greens/EFA.
  • Laura MacKenzie - Senior Parliamentary Advisor on climate, nature, farming, food, post-growth politics & wellbeing economics.
  • Ruth Potts - Author at Green New Deal Group & Lead on GND APPG Reset Inquiry.

24.06.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better 2 - This time it's local...

Panellists include:

  • Will Mansell - Founder of the Foodbank & social enterprise entrepreneur.
  • Martin Large - Co-founder of Stroud Commonwealth & Chair of Oakbrook Community Farm Co-op.
  • Rebecca Trevalyan – Co-founder of Library of Things and high streets advocate.
  • William Frazer - NFU Gloucestershire County Adviser

10.06.20 - Cloud Cafe - International Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Miguel Polido - Director of Health Care Services for the Secretary of Health of Bogota, Colombia.
  • Adele Owen - Director of GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
  • Dr Yixian Sun - Lecturer & Assistant Professor in International Development at the University of Bath.
  • Fariba Alamgir - Postdoctoral Researcher for Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath.

27.05.20 - Cloud Cafe - Build Back Better

Panellists include:

  • Cllr Catherine Braun - Green Party District Councillor for Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.
  • Professor Molly Scott Cato - Green Economist and former Green Party MEP for South West.
  • Hugh Barton - Town planner - Emeritus Professor of Planning, Health & Sustainability.
  • David Owen - CEO of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirstLEP).

13.05.20 - Protecting Stroud District Community

Panellists include:

  • Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities representative.
  • Rachel Smith - Leader of the Green Group on Gloucestershire County Council.
  • Dr Richard Dean - Local GP.
  • Chris Jockel - Workplace Occupational Health & Safety expert.

29.04.20 - Civil Liberties in the age of COVID-19

Panellists include:

  • Martin Surl - Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.
  • Jenny Jones - Green member of the House of Lords.
  • Tom Scott - Lecturer and author of a report on abuses of social media during the 2016 referendum.

05.04.20 - Community Response to Covid-19

Panellists include:

  • Molly Scott Cato - Green Party spokesperson on Finance & EU, former MEP.
  • Martin Whiteside - Leader of the Green Group on Stroud District Council.
  • Liz Whiteside - Stroudco.
  • Nick Weir - Open Food Network UK.
  • Catherine Braun – Green Stroud District Councillor, Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley and Stinchcombe.