FORTHCOMING DATES 2019 (including regular meetings, updated each week* or month**)
* Monday 16th September 2019: – 6-8pm – Towards a Communalist Approach • Hosted by Kyle Farren, the organiser and co-organiser of the London Communalism Meetup • Informal meetings, to which all are welcome free of charge, to discuss Communalism, popular assemblies, and direct democracy in London • Discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern • For the first half of each meeting, internal education, reading a work aloud and discussing it, like The Next Revolution or Utopia for Realists. For the second half, discussion of projects, like how to introduce a basic income to the UK or save the NHS. • Third Monday of each month in 2019 • In the Reading Room, Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH – map: Contact via Meetup Page.
* Tuesday17th September 2019: Free Critical Thinking: 7pm-9pm, London School of Mosaic, Basement Studio No 73-96, Ludham House, Southampton Road, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground and Belsize Park tube): See Daily Pickings on: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope – “Hierarchy, theft of the Commons and Usury are the fundamental drivers of poverty, wars, environmental destruction and the enslavement of humanity. Once we understand that, we’re on the road to recovering humanity.” See also our sister website: https://cocreativelearning.org/index.php/CoCreative_Learning.
** Tuesday 17th September 2019: Ware Society of Cogers be holding its third Tuesday meeting, from 8pm, in its regular venue – The Brewery Tap, 83 High St, Ware SG12 9AD – a 5-7 minute walk from Ware train station. All are most welcome and will be able to speak: www.cogers.org
Thursday 19th September 2019: 7.30pm Positive Money Greenwich: hosts Don Beal, who is currently trying to interest politicians in a simple taxation change for banks. This might be a good opportunity to review the detail of Positive Money’s overall approach to Monetary Reform. Most people will agree that there are many things wrong with our current money system, but there is little agreement on priorities for change, and even less on how they are to be achieved. “Modernising Money”, our founding document, proposed a single comprehensive change, but with hindsight this is probably too big a single step, even a comprehensive monetary meltdown. And with the rise of Shadow Banking, it is not clear how it could be achieved. Don Beal will suggest a simple taxation change that might be more achievable and would reduce at least one of the area’s of concern. This change would affect money creation and the destination of the created money in a way that benefits society in general, by encouraging its productive use and discouraging its use for asset bubbles and consumer debt. It has the attraction of avoiding the disruption of radical change, yet could produce major societal benefits over time. Don is the co-founder of the Tower Hamlets PoMo group, and will set out his proposal in a paper that I will circulate shortly. It will offer the financial facts that have prompted the idea and why an apparently simple change would be so beneficial for everyone. As always, the meeting will want to hear your comments, criticisms, suggestions for improvement and for alternative proposals. So come along and take a break from Brexit news! The meeting will be at our usual venue of the Prince Public House, 72 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RT. Mike and Tim
* Sunday 22nd September 2019, 6-8pm: Meetup, 4th Sunday of the month, at Speaker’s Corner, hosted by Janos Abel, From “Something New Must Emerge” – details of next meeting follow.
* Monday 23rd September 2019: – 5-7pm (free) – Towards a Communalist Approach • Hosted by Kyle Farren • Informal meetings, to which all are welcome, featuring Communalism, popular assemblies, direct democracy in London, and discovering a politics of citizenship based on shared public concern • For the first half of each meeting, internal education, reading a work and discussing it, like The Next Revolution or Utopia for Realists. For the second half, discussion of projects, like how to introduce a basic income to the UK or save the NHS. Venue: Caffe Forum, 146 Gloucester Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4SZ: map. See also: Co-creative Learning: • Contact via Meetup.
** Wednesday 25th September 2019: The City of Westminster Cogers will continue to hold its meeting, as always, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7-9.15pm, upstairs in The Plumber’s Arms pub, 14 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LN, about 200 yards from Victoria Station. All are most welcome to come along and to speak: www.cogers.org
** Wednesday 25th September 2019: Breaking the Frame (New Lucas Plan) Reading Group: The 7th in our series on Mike Cooley. The reading group is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm in the lobby at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG (there are sofas in a quiet area outside the bar where we can meet) – TBC please contact Dave King for confirmation.
NB: NEED TO BOOK: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – 6:30pm-8:00pm: LSE International Inequalities Institute presents: Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth: with Speaker: Professor Guy Standing (Professorial Research Associate, SOAS Univ London) and Discussants: Rt Hon David Lammy MP (Labour Party MP for Tottenham) and Rt Hon Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party MP for Brighton) Venue: LSE Campus, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. For details see FLYER: LSE-InequalitiesInstitute-191002. To book please RSVP to Liza at E.Ryan@lse.ac.uk by Monday 9th September.
** Monday 7th October 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: meets on the first Monday of the Month at Friends House,173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: usually in the corridor next to Cafe: If you can’t find us or would like to tell us in advance that you are joining us call John on 07950 996418 or Mary on 07966 216891 • Occupy London • Economics Working Group • www.co-operativesocialism.org
** Monday 7th October 2019: Sylvan Debating Club: Our next meeting will be held on first Monday of the month as always. Following the changes caused by the Brexit era, the Motion for debate will provisionally be: “that this House believes the UK’s party political landscape will never be the same”. All are welcome to attend and speak. We are now in a new venue – the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA – starting at 7pm. Nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Temple.
Wednesday 9th October 2019: 7-9.30pm: Promoting Economic Pluralism: Is there a future for heterodox economics? Over the last 50 years, the community of heterodox economists has expanded, and its publications have proliferated. Heterodoxy was given a big boost after mainstream economics was discredited by the Great Crash of 2008. But its power in departments of economics has waned. Addressing this paradox, Geoff Hodgson argues that heterodox economists are defined more by left ideology than by a shared understanding of the nature of orthodox economics and of what should replace it. Heterodox economists cannot agree on what heterodoxy means. He applies work on the social nature of science and its institutions to help explain the failure of heterodox economics to gain ground. By stressing the need for a raison d’être and a defined zone of engagement, it concludes by assessing several strategic options for its future. One thing is clear: unless heterodox economics adapts it is unlikely to prosper. Carolina Alves, a Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics at the University of Cambridge, and activist will provide a response followed by open discussion. A networking wine reception will follow the discussion. £15/£7.50 (early booking discounts). Venue: SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, London, W1U 3AJ – Details/Booking.
** Wednesday 9th October 2019: The Great Dunmow Society of Cogers will be holding its second Wednesday of the month meeting, from 7.30pm, in its regular venue The Maltings, Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1BG. If you have any questions, please call 01371 879870. All are most welcome and will be able to speak: www.cogers.org
** Monday 14th October 2019: The City of London Cogers, meets on the second Monday of the month, 7pm-9.15pm, in in a new venue – the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA. This meeting will debate the motion “that this House views the rise of China as a global threat” proposed by Ina Negoita and opposed by Mehregan Ameri. All are most welcome to attend and to speak: www.cogers.org