SSC planning meeting minutes 13th February 2016

Attendees: Joss, Laura, Lucy, Andrew, Wendy, Rob Goemans, Sara Ahmed, Hadiza Abdulrahman

Apologies: Paul, Mike, Sarah

1. Minutes from last meeting

Social Cybernetics and SSI are running alternate weeks.  A lot of interest from the last SSI course when Mike circulated some notes.

2. Curriculum this term

SSI – try and find the notes from the planning session, we are leading a week each starting with looking at 1984.

Cybernetics – scholars from as far as London are attending.  Feedback is that it is interesting, stimulating and challening, but some are struggling with new terminology and concepts.  Pitched at a very high level.


The last workshop has now been run and notes have been circulated amongst participants. There will be an online focus group on Thursday which will be attended in place of SSI.  Can join in from home or all meet at Mint Lane.  Looking at co-operation among cooperatives, an international network, need to think bigger than just one university.


There is the possibility of a further grant to do more research on Co-operative higher education.

Joss and Mike have had good discussions with people from Mondragon co-operative university in Spain, as well as UniCoop in Mexico.

4. Community Art group

Gnawed by Rats – Laura has contacted them but as yet they have not got back in touch.

5. Savings pool

Some people who attended the worskshop are interested in setting up a savings pool.  There has been discussion on the public/private nature of savings pools.  Another workshop will be put on.

6. Curriculum offer

½ day/ 1day workshop has been offered to SSC on the theory of rituals in education.  There is interest in the group for this.

7. Birbeck – Mike has offered to go and speak, if anyone is interested in joining Mike, please let him know.  This will be 25th April.

8. Paulo Vittoria is coming back to Lincoln on a research project Februay 9-17th.  Initial meeting will be confirmed by Joss.  Joss will circulate the research proposal.

9. Planning for AGM May 2016

Need to book the venue, Joss to confirm the date, Mike will look at the minutes from the last AGM, need to give at least 1 months notice, we shall publish an agenda in the next few weeks.

A.O.B – Wendy asked new comers to the group if they wouldn’t mind writing a short paragraph on what they would like to get from attending the SSC so we can look at accommodating their needs.

Notes from organisational meeting 1st February 2014

SSC Organisational Meeting

Saturday, 1 February, 12.15 pm, Revival Café

Present: Sarah, Paul, Peaceful, Stephen and David.

Apologies: Joss.

In the absence of Gary, David was chair and note taker.

1 – Financial report. Stephen presented the report (already posted on the site). We have sufficient funds for our proposed conference.

2 – SSI. Paul and Peaceful shared their thoughts about the course. Generally very positive.

3 – Our Place Our Priorities.  Some disappointing news from The Collection about the OPOP display, it may have to be postponed until next year. Peaceful suggested an alternative, Revival are in negotiations with Lincolnshire Co-op for new premises on Free School Lane… watch this space.

4- SSC Conference. We have the funds, and the venue, but as the scholars who had proposed the conference were not present at the meeting, it was decided that it would be best to continue the discussion on the SSC members’ list.


Paul mentioned that when we hold our public seminars, we have a donations/contributions box at the back. Could we do a similar thing for the SSI course? Stephen had no objections.

Sarah, along with some other scholars from the SSC who also work at the University of Lincoln, will be taking part in a ‘Teach Out’ at noon on Thursday, 6 February at Grafton House (Lincoln Labour Club).  The subject under consideration for the session will be student debt. All welcome.