KATE SOPER is a British emeritus professor of philosophy, currently at University of Brighton. Her work has focused on feminism, the environment and theories of need and consumption. Her most important works include What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human and The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently. Her talk will concern the current job-loss and disaffection with work, and on the form that a more benign post-work order might take. In contrast to the tech-utopian and ‘luxury communism’ visions currently influential on the Left with their rather orthodox views on consumption, she will defend the potential of a less techno-driven and intensive work culture for introducing more fulfilling ways of living, developing new skills and reinstating some earlier ways of doing and making.