openDemocracyUK

‘What was the true Legacy of the Olympics?’: join in the debate online

From its immediate impact on the host-city to the global reverberations, listen to the full audio recording of openDemocracy’s debate ‘Culture, Liberty and London after the Olympics’. Join the debate and help shape the Legacy of the 2012 Games. 

ourKingdom editors
12 September 2012

On Monday 10th September, as the London 2012 victory parade marked the official closing of the Games, OurKingdom and openDemocracy hosted a public conversation at London’s Cafe Oto on the subject ‘Culture, Liberty and London After the Olympics’.

While the question of Legacy is frequently imagined in terms of the immediate geography of the Olympic Park, this was not just a discussion for Londoners, by Londoners. From corporate power to militarisation, patriotism to the function of spectacle, the issues raised by this debate have repercussions far beyond the host-city and indeed the UK. Is the Left inherently cynical? Did the Games help to stimulate a renewed vision of Britishness? What about the significance of the Olympics as a global event?

Streamed live by Resonance FM, a full recording of the event is available to listen above as we invite you to participate in the discussion: ‘What was the true Legacy of the Olympics?’  

Is it time to pay reparations?

The Black Lives Matter movement has renewed demands from activists in the US and around the world seeking compensation for the legacies of slavery and colonialism. But what would a reparative economic agenda practically entail and what models exist around the world?

Join us for this free live discussion at 5pm UK time (12pm EDT), Thursday 17 June.

Hear from:

  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Author of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
  • Esther Stanford-Xosei: Jurisconsult, Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE).
  • Ronnie Galvin: Managing Director for Community Investment, Greater Washington Community Foundation and Senior Fellow, The Democracy Collaborative.
  • Chair, Aaron White: North American economics editor, openDemocracy
Who is bankrolling Britain's democracy? Which groups shape the stories we see in the press; which voices are silenced, and why? Sign up here to find out.

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData