Meteor Events

Welcome to The Meteor’s events page. We hope you find something you like here, it would be great to see you at one of our workshops, debates or bi-monthly open mic nights.

This is a rolling events page and the latest events we have organised will be added to the top of the page and older events that may have already taken place will be lower down the page.

If you have any suggestions for events you would like us to hold, or feedback on events you have attended then contact us by email at:

Meteor Sensitive Reporting Workshop, 30 April 2020

How can we report responsibly and effectively on serious crimes, trauma and grief?

As reporters, we may have to report on difficult stories and sensitive themes. What are the ethical and moral standards we should hold ourselves to? What can we learn from the mainstream media on how not to report on them?

Join us on Zoom for a two-hour interactive workshop covering the responsibilities journalists have to their sources and the public in reporting on sensitive issues.

To book free tickets from Eventbrite – click here.

You can also find more information on the event on our Facebook event page – click here.

Details on how to access the zoom event will be emailed to you with your booked Eventbrite tickets, and email reminders will be sent shortly before the event.

Live Debate: The Covid-19 crisis offers opportunities for a better world — but can we seize them? 14 May 2020

Join us for our first live debate under lockdown! The devastation caused by Covid-19 is extreme, but could it act as a catalyst for positive change? Broadcasting via Zoom, we will investigate the opportunities this crisis offers to create better, fairer and more sustainable societies, from the local to the global, that will better serve the majority of humanity and preserve the natural world we are all dependent on.

We have five excellent panelists lined up with a wealth of experience and ideas to share on how we can seize this moment to carve a progressive path to a brighter future.

To book free tickets from Eventbrite – click here.


Laura Bannister – World Basic Income, Director. Laura is an economic justice campaigner, political activist and researcher. In various roles she has worked on trade justice, the economics curriculum, childrens rights and environmental issues, and she helped to draft basic income manifesto proposals during the UK’s 2015 general election.

Christine Berry – Rethinking Economics, Co-chair. Christine is also part-time director of the Policy and Government unit at the New Economics Foundation think tank, whilst studying for her PhD at the University of Sheffield. Previously she worked as a researcher for the pensions charity FairAction and for David Haworth MP after obtaining her degree in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Mark Burton – Steady State Manchester, Collective Member. As an Independent Scholar-Activist, Mark has concentrated on the relationships between economy, environment and social justice in the context of the Manchester city region. His former career was as a psychologist and subsequently a senior manager in health and social care services.

Hera Hussain – Chayn & Open Contracting, Founder. An activist and social entrepreneur, Hera’s award winning feminist tech project Chayn helps survivors of abuse get the information and support they need. She combats corruption with Open Contracting which aims to transform public procurement so it is open-by-design, fair and efficient.

Neil McInroy – Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Chief Executive. A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government. He has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years.

Writer, journalist and Meteor Community Member James Doheny will be chairing the debate. James is a former BBC Radio journalist/presenter with bylines in The Times and WIRED. He has also been a business consultant for companies including Apple. His primary journalistic interests are politics, tech and music.