PNL Occupation Lessons

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A brief history of the occupation at Northern Polytechnic in 1971 as a Pecha Kucha presentation with some lessons and observations.

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PNL Occupation Lessons

  1. 1. What Next? - 2010 North London Polytechnic Occupation 1971 Fred Garnett Editor of FUSE! Communications Officer Occupation Committee @fredgarnett
  2. 2. North London Polytechnic Occupation Background May 68 LSE 69
  3. 3. North London Polytechnic Occupation Background Post War WW1 ; Homes for Heroes; Rise of the Middle Class WW2 ; Beveridge Report Rise of the Working Class End of the post-war blues
  4. 4. North London Polytechnic Occupation 1960s Background; USA ; Vietnam, Civil Rights Germany ; Guilt, Iran Demo France ; Algeria, de Gaulle Fifth Republic UK ; Paternalist Colonialism Treat Young People as Adults end “ in loco parentis ”
  5. 5. North London Polytechnic Occupation Merger of 2 Polytechnics NL & NWL
  6. 6. North London Polytechnic Occupation Northern; Sciences & Industry North-Western; Humanities & Arts
  7. 7. North London Polytechnic Occupation Northern; Non-political > Anarchist North-Western; Politicised Soc . Socs
  8. 8. North London Polytechnic Occupation Issue ; Appointment of Terence Miller as Principal VC of UC Rhodesia-UDI Promised senior post by ‘ Establishment ’
  9. 9. North London Polytechnic Occupation Issue ; Miller appointed by UL & UB Cabal on Governors Behind Police Lines at County Hall; 2 nd meeting after initial disruption
  10. 10. North London Polytechnic Occupation <ul><li>Occupation Demands; </li></ul><ul><li>Don’ t Appoint Miller </li></ul><ul><li>Don’ t Let him In! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’ t let him operate </li></ul>
  11. 11. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Strategy; 1) Take Admin offices 2) Take Switchboard 3) Occupy Canteen (for 5 years)‏
  12. 12. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Strategy 2; Don’ t disrupt classes Talk to Media Community Festival Film Fest; Vanessa R
  13. 13. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Strategy 3; *Rock Bands Squat *Meetings as Festival * Talk, Collaborate, Work; unalienated Time
  14. 14. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Tactics 1; *Stay Legal *Be adaptive *Friends Everywhere *Evolve Your Aims
  15. 15. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Tactics 2; *Carry Everyone *Political & Social Aims * specific demands to change culture
  16. 16. North London Polytechnic Occupation Occupation Tactics 3; *Leverage Your Cool *UCL Book out JBR *Square The Circle * this is the best time of your lives; make it count
  17. 17. North London Polytechnic Occupation Some Consequences; WE LOST! We Learnt Much More We were a Community Find out why you lost
  18. 18. North London Polytechnic Occupation Personal Consequences; Politicised! Married Iranian : Greek DJ Put on 'blacklist' Found out why I lost
  19. 19. North London Polytechnic Occupation Some Consequences; 1 DO 2 REFLECT 3 CHANGE
  20. 20. North London Polytechnic Occupation LSE 1969 Slogan; ‘ Beware the Pedagogic Gerontocracy ’

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