Call for Contributors to Workshop on Community Wealth Building

I’m particularly interested in hosting this CERG/RDLAC event because the main speaker is into affect, Deleuze… See blurb to Julian’s latest book: 

Curious to find out how that works with his work here Community Wealth Building.

Call for Contributors to Workshop on Community Wealth Building


Last Silvertown Session on Regeneration

CERG/RDLAC Present the Silvertown Sessions: Community Wealth Building, 9th May 2019, RDLAC, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2J

This is a call for people interested in contributing to an economic, social and cultural development workshop happening in the Silvertown/North Woolwich area of the Docks on the evening of 9th May 2019.

The workshop is part of a series of funded events called The Silvertown Sessions organised in partnership by the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG) and the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLAC). The workshops will include people living and working in the community, local employers, traders and the local authority.

The main conceptual focus of this Silvertown Session is the notion of Community Wealth Building. Our guest speaker, Dr Julian Manley from UCLAN, will introduce what is commonly referred to as the Preston Model of Community Wealth Building.

The main aim is consult widely on the potential of the Community Wealth Building concept as applied to this particular area of the Docks.

The Silvertown Sessions are lively, engaging, relaxed and entirely free events with plenty of food and drink produced and supplied by the local community.

If you’re interested in attending please email Dr Tony Sampson (CERG project lead on Silvertown Sessions) at

You can also keep an eye on our blog for latest event updates (

Further reading:

Julian Manley explains the concept behind the Preston model, and how worker-owned co-operatives supported by major local players could help empower communities.

Could a grassroots development approach help address inequality?

Aditya Chakrabortty in the Guardian “In an era of brutal cuts, one ordinary place has the imagination to fight back.”

The Preston Model and the Eight Basic Principles of Community Wealth Building (P2P Foundation)

The Preston model: UK takes lessons in recovery from rust-belt Cleveland (Julian Manley in the Guardian).

Centre for Public Impact


About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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