Forthcoming Lucas Plan events

1. Parliamentary seminar/book and film launch

2. Regional screenings of THE PLAN March 1

3. New Mike Cooley Reader

4. New Lucas Plan event in London April

1. Planning from the bottom up: Lessons from the pioneering 1970s Lucas Plan

Hosted by John McDonnell MP 6:00 -7:30pm THURS 27th FEBRUARY, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House Westminster SW1A 2JR

A seminar to launch two new books on the Lucas Plan and regional screenings of THE PLAN. Register.


Steve Sprung, Director: THE PLAN that came from the bottom up Trailer

Hilary Wainwright, Author: THE LUCAS PLAN a new trade unionism in the making?

Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Publisher: THE SEARCH for ALTERNATIVES Liberating human imagination

2. Regional screenings of THE PLAN March 1 (visit cinema websites for tickets)

“Described as ‘a film letter in parts’, THE PLAN that came from the bottom up is a thought-provoking and extensive film essay which chronicles the extraordinary story of the Lucas Aerospace engineers, who forty years ago responded to the threat of redundancy with their own plan of action.The film documents how this group of workers developed alternatives to the military products their company made, including wind turbines and hybrid cars. By having the documentary structured as a film essay, the result is a poetic exploration of this incredibly timely story in history.”

Birmingham Midlands Art Centre

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Liverpool Picturehouse at FACT

London Bertha Dochouse

Norwich Cinema City PicturehouseSheffield Showroom
The screenings will be followed by a brief panel with members of the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine and/or local speakers.

3. Publication of a new Mike Cooley Reader, The Search for Alternatives: Liberating Human ImaginationSpokesman Publishers have produced a new anthology of the writings of Mike Cooley, the leading thinker behind the Lucas Plan.

Foreword by John Palmer
Introduction by Karamjit S Gill

“we have become far too smart scientifically to survive much longer without wisdom”
Mike Cooley, The Myth of the Moral Neutrality of Technology

Chapters include:

  • Contradication of Science & Technology in the Productive Process
  • Science and Social Action
  • Human Centred Systems

4. New Lucas Plan London event

The New Lucas Plan group is planning an event in East London during the Climate Strike period at the end of April and May Day, looking at the relevance of the ideas of the Lucas Plan to current challenges, including ecological crisis, automation and militarism. Watch this space.