FORTHCOMING DATES 2019 (including regular meetings, updated each week* or month**)
* Monday 19th March 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: usually in corridor next to Cafe: If you can’t find us, call John: 07950 996418 • Occupy London • Economics Working Group • www.co-operativesocialism.org
* Monday 18th March 2019: – 5-7pm (free) – 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 t 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 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: https://cocreativelearning.org/index.php/CoCreative_Learning: • Contact via Meetup.
* Tuesday 19th March 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: http://www.freecriticalthinking.org • A view of Critical Thinking’s scope http://freecriticalthinking.org/9-general/1518-hierarchy-and-the-political-economy and in pithy summary – “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 19th March 2019: Positive Money Greenwich: Money and Time: We all know what money is don’t we ? Er……… not really, no. The textbooks describe money as a means of exchange / unit of account / store of value. But Positive Money tells us that in reality almost all money is held as debt and Ivo Mosley says it is negotiable debt that underlies all our troubles with money. Chris Todhunter will take apart the common descriptions of money and look at them through the prism of timed obligations. If money is debt which can be passed on (negotiable) then presumably there must be a time of reckoning: it will have to be repaid sometime. But what is being repaid to whom? Intriguing questions! Hope you can join us as we discuss the answers. We are meeting at our usual venue, the Prince of Greenwich pub (in the upper room). All welcome! Mike and Tim. See also: https://positivemoney.org/2019/03/introducing-the-money-question/
**Tuesday 19th March 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
Wed 20th March 2019: Humanistic Psychology Cafe: Greed, Hate & Mega Delusion: Challenging disconnection in the modern age: with Caroline Brazier: We meet in the West Room, Colet House, home of the Study Society, 151 Talgarth Road, Hammersmith, London W14 9DA, Barons Court tube, 6.30pm for 7.15pm-9.15pm. Teas & coffees available from 6.30pm: you can bring simple food to share. Cost: £20 (members/concs £15). For further details and booking links download the flier or visit www.AHPb.org
* Friday 22nd March 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: usually in corridor next to Cafe: If you can’t find us, call John: 07950 996418 • Occupy London • Economics Working Group • www.co-operativesocialism.org
* Sunday 24th March 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 25th March 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.
** Wednesday 27th March 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 27th March 2019: Breaking the Frame (New Lucas Plan) Reading Group: The third 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) – please contact Dave King for confirmation.
Sat/Sun 30th-31st March 2019: Still Rethinking: The Need for Pluralism in Economics weekend conference by Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC),Institute of Political…
** Monday 1st April 2019: Sylvan Debating Club: Our next meeting will be held on first Monday of the month as always, back in our usual venue – the Old Bank of England tavern, 194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT – starting at 7pm. Nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane and Temple. The Motion to be debated is “This House believes that much more housing needs to be built on Green Belt land”. The Proposer and the Opposer remain to be announced.
** Monday 9th April 2019: The City of London Society of Cogers, meets on the second Monday of the month, 7pm-9.15pm, in the Old Bank of England tavern, 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, next to the Law Courts. All are most welcome to attend and to speak: www.cogers.org
** Wednesday 10th April 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
Saturday 13th April 2019: Second New Lucas Plan roadshow event, ‘A New Lucas Plan: an Idea Whose Time has Come?’ Today the world is facing multiple political, economic and environmental crises, but our political system seems to have no answer beyond business as usual. The idea of a ‘New Lucas Plan’ as one possible way forward came from a conference on the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan. The Lucas Plan of the 1970s was a celebrated attempt by workers at the arms related company, Lucas Aerospace, to develop a plan for conversion of the company to the production of socially useful products. Facing the threat of unemployment caused by new technology and recession, the workers collected 150 ideas from the shop floor for alternative, socially useful products that could be produced using their skills and technology. The idea for a ‘New Lucas Plan’ is to develop plans for a new and democratically controlled economy, based on the Lucas Aerospace workers’ idea of socially useful production. One aim of the event will be to catalyse the creation of new links between different movements, with the possible aim of developing a New Lucas Plan for the Manchester area. Programme: The programme will include a screening a screening of a 30-minute version of THE PLAN, the new documentary on the Lucas Plan, and a talk by a member of the Lucas Aerospace shop stewards combine. There will be workshops on the theme of arms conversion/defence diversification, just transition/ climate jobs, the threat of automation, and People’s Plans for local economies, with speakers from the sponsors and other campaigning organisations. Sponsored by New Lucas Plan, Greater Manchester Association of TUCs, Manchester CND, the Co-operative College, Steady State Manchester and … watch this space. The event will be free, with donations to cover room hire costs. For more details and to book, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/