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    Mike Foster
    Participant

    I’m happy to announce that 2020’s Summer School will be held on 7th – 9th August, at Fircroft College in Birmingham.

    The theme of the weekend of talks and discussion is being decided by a poll over on the new Spintcom site, which members can sign up for at the groups[dot]io website. The two choices are ‘Marxism’ and ‘Technology’, based on suggestions received. The poll closes at the end of November.

    Other details will be confirmed in due course!

    #191767

    J Surman
    Participant

    Help! I can log in to spintcom no problem, but that’s about as far as I get.

    I need more instructions to find what folk are suggesting. In really simple language please.

    #191778

    Mike Foster
    Participant

    I’m still finding my way round it, too!

    If you’re on the Home page, click on ‘messages’ on the menu to the left, and you’ll see the threads. On the Summer School poll thread, you just tick whichever box to cast your vote. I hope this helps.

    #191779

    Matthew Culbert
    Keymaster

    Janet , Mike is speaking of the new spintcom list, which you have not yet signed up to. The link is below.

    https://groups.io/g/spintcom

    #191789

    J Surman
    Participant

    Thanks Mike, thanks Matt, I’ve now signed up.

    #191790

    Lew
    Participant

    https://groups.io/g/spintcom

    Why are we using an organisation with an Indian Ocean domain name?

    Lew

    #191894

    Mike Foster
    Participant

    Just a reminder that voting for next year’s Summer School topic over on the new Spintcom closes at the end of November. Not long left!

    #192777

    Mike Foster
    Participant

    The Socialist Party’s Summer School on Technology is to be held over the long weekend 7th – 9th August at Fircroft College in Birmingham. The event will look at technological progress and its application in the past, present and future. Talks will be announced over the coming months.
    <p class=”yiv5864204741ydp3fe33764yiv2300308599ydpce81083dMsoNormal”>From the development of the first tools and the wheel through to the invention of the printing press, the steam engine, the microprocessor and beyond, technology has always shaped how we live. Scientific developments take place in the context of the social and economic conditions of the time. In capitalism, technological progress and how technology is used are driven by what is profitable and cost effective more than by what is really needed and wanted. This means that technology is often used in ways which go against our best interests, whether through environmental damage, the development of ever-more destructive weapons or the misuse of data gathered online and through social media. In a future socialist society based on common ownership and democratic organisation of industries and services, technology could really be used to benefit us, in harmony with the environment.</p>
    <p class=”yiv5864204741ydp3fe33764yiv2300308599ydpce81083dMsoNormal”>Full residential cost (including accommodation and meals Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) is £100, and the concessionary rate is £50. Day visitors are welcome, but please book in advance.</p>
    <p class=”yiv5864204741ydp3fe33764yiv2300308599ydpce81083dMsoNormal”>E-mail enquiries should be sent to spgbschool@yahoo.co.uk. To book a place online, go to spgb.net/summer-school-2020 or send a cheque (payable to the Socialist Party of Great Britain) with your contact details to Summer School, The Socialist Party, 52 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UN.</p>

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