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What will blockchain mean for communities and the Brixton Pound?

Blockchain, the Brixton Pound and activism

Discover and discuss what the blockchain could mean for Brixton, community activism and the Brixton Pound. Blockchain promises a lot, but what is it, and what impact could it have socially and economically? Can it foster inclusion—and what will it mean for those who don’t participate?

Guy Davies, Blockchain Consultant for Blockpass IDN will share his experience of navigating the exploding blockchain ecosystem, and what mass adoption might mean for us all.

There will follow an open session chaired by the Brixton Pound on how blockchain might be adopted and positively applied in our community.

How to get tickets

Tickets are free for this event. You can get them via Eventbrite.

Brixton Design Trail

Designing Inclusion is part of a week of free radical, design- and Brixton-focused events called Brixton Design Trail 2018.

Free creative session for songwriters

We are delighted to announce a free event for aspiring, current or ‘used-to-be’ songwriters. On Friday 28 September at 7.30pm at the cafe, the South London Songwriter’s Lodge present the Songwriter’s Showcase.

South London Songwriter’s Lodge, is a songwriters support network made up of an eclectic group of songwriters. The writers are at varying stages in their songwriting development. The group meets monthly to share new work and support each other’s experiments. This showcase is a sharing of new work and ideas created over the past year. The group is always happy to welcome new members. All stages of development and all genres (even made up ones) are welcome. Come along and check us out. Bring your curiosity and an open mind.

For more information, email myrtala.thomas@yahoo.co.uk

Important changes to paying by text using Brixton Pounds

From the end of August 2018, we have retired the ability to pay by text in Brixton Pounds as we explore other innovative ways of paying with local currency. The paper Brixton Pounds remain a great way of boosting our local economy and strengthening our community.

If you are a business or individual who opened a pay-by-text account in the past, we wanted to say a huge thank you for your support. It’s been so important for us. We have sent emails to everyone with an account to let them know next steps. Please email madeleine@brixtonpound.org if you’d like us to send it again.

Every week, our menu of donated ingredients ensures we save 65kgs of food from landfill.

You can use our paper currency in many shops and restaurants in and around Brixton, including the Brixton Pound Cafe. We know it encourages local trade, maintains the diversity of the high street and sustains pride in Brixton.

We rely on the support of people like you to continue our progressive work. Whether it’s eating a delicious pay-what-you-can lunch made from surplus food, hiring space or taking part in low-cost reiki, yoga, film nights or supper clubs, your involvement in our work is hugely beneficial. We will be consulting the wider community when we develop our new payment platform. Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you at the cafe very soon.

Brixton Design Trail comes to Brixton Pound

As part of Brixton Design Trail 2018 (15 to 23 September), the Brixton Pound Cafe are proud to present workshops and an exhibition by our free children’s art group, Kids Kreate.

 

Using recycled and other materials we will imagine, draw and figure out together the things kids would love to see in a playground – kids usually have the best ideas! The mix of 2d and small 3d work will be shown with Krishan’s and strengthen his plan to gain funding for this local Adventure Playground. An exciting project, we would love to see you inspire it.

Inspire and create

What will you make? Your ideas of how to climb, swing, tunnel, slide and make a hut to hide in of course! How about interactive toys too, maybe a bike that powers lights for fun signs – play, love, laugh? Giant puzzle toys to solve together that are powered by skipping ropes or perhaps an unfinished bridge where extra pieces can be used in many ways to cross it? These ideas are entirely up to you, it’s all about the excitement of inspiration and creation.

Each child will make two things, one to take home and one to remain at Brixton Pound Café for the Exhibition. The architect will be there to explain the design process and brings knowledge and technical skills to this fun and collaborative day.

Event details

No need to book, it’s a pop in workshop. It is being held on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 September between 11:00 and 16:30 at the Brixton Pound Cafe.

About Kids Kreate

Kids Create is a weekly free art club for children age 5 – 12 held at the Brixton Pound Café every Saturday morning, exploring lots of ways of making, from clay modelling to shoe design. Hosted by Jackie Keane, the group gives children in Brixton a creative outlet to learn and grow. Kids Kreate plan to expand by Crowdfunding to form a Community Interest Company which will give them the ability to provide art at other venues in Lambeth. Without doubt there is a real need for this and as art continues to disappear from schools as well as children’s centres, Kids Kreate can ensure their community that they will always be there for them.