FORTHCOMING EVENTS

FORTHCOMING DATES 2019 (including regular meetings, updated each week* or month**)

* Monday 21st January 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 – mapContact via Meetup Page.

* Monday 21st January 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: we meet in the corridor next to the Cafe: If you can’t find us, call  John: 07950 996418 – call today if meeting is on – see Occupy London • Economics Working Group

Monday 21st January 2019: Cafe Diplo: “The Threat of Surveillance in an Age of Technology” with Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch:  In recent years, the British state has spied on law-abiding environmental activists, democratically elected politicians, victims of torture and police brutality, and hundreds of journalists. With the development of new and emerging technologies, this often lawless use of sophisticated surveillance is becoming increasingly alarming. In 2016 a law called the Investigatory Powers Act was passed in the UK, enabling the British state indiscriminately to hack, intercept, record, and monitor the communications and internet use of the entire population, making it the most intrusive system of any democracy in history. The prospect of a free trade agreement in mass surveillance between the UK and the US has exacerbated the situation, with the US President committed to monitoring all mosques, investigating Black Lives Matter activists, and deporting two to three million people. Silkie Carlo will discuss this critical issue with us. She is the Director of Big Brother Watch, a non-party, non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting privacy and civil liberties in the UK. She is a passionate campaigner for the protection of human rights and freedom, and after working for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund, became the Senior Advocacy Officer  at Liberty, where she led a programme on Technology and Human Rights, and launched a legal challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act.   She co-wrote the handbook “Information Security for Journalists” which was commissioned by the Centre for Investigative Journalism.  See also article on Apple´s monopoly on free speech.  Cafe Diplo talks are from 6.45pm to around 8.30pm giving plenty of time for questions and discussion.  Entrance Fee: £3 (£2 concs) on the door.  White wine and soft drinks are on sale together with free snacks.   If you arrive 15  minutes beforehand, you can settle in with a glass of wine or fruit juice.   Our venues The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Associates LLP, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL Farringdon tube – head up the hill into Cowcross Street.   On the right hand side you pass the “Three Compasses” Pub and about 50 metres further on you will see some iron gates with a small Cafe Diplo sign. Inside the gate you will find the reception area.   Link to directions to the venue. Further details are on the Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique website where you can see the future programme of events.

* Tuesday 22nd January 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

*  Wednesday 23rd January 2019: weekly focus on Mutual Education for Inclusive Justice in central London, from 12noon to 2pm, attendance on request or by invitation. That condition is so that the valuable two hour short session has a specific topic to examine in breadth and depth. Notice will be given of each week’s topic, so that email contributions can be sent in for distillation in relation to our collaborative and comprehensive task. Contact us via:  www.icuk.life and/or www.icuk.info/wp.

** Wednesday 23rd January 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 23rd January 2019: Breaking the Frame (New Lucas Plan) Reading Group: The second in our series on Mike Cooley. We’ll look at a couple of chapters from his new book Delinquent Genius. Please note that the book is very easy reading, so don’t be daunted. 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).

Thursday 24th January 2019: Politics School at LSE: Globalisation and its Enemies. Session 2: Overview of the history of ideologies: development of conservatism from pre-historical times, liberalism, socialism, nationalism and multiculturalism.. Driven to understand. Are you fascinated by current affairs? Would you like to learn more in a systematic way about what is really driving the events we see in the news? Politics School provides a structured course explaining the history and ideas behind the battle between globalisation and its many enemies – left and right wing populism and authoritarianism. The material for the course is based on the UK Politics A level exam syllabus and includes a wide range of insights from recent books and debates. The course will run at LSE in Holborn over five Thursday evenings, with drinks afterwards to discuss and debate. Second of five sessions (£120) hosted by James S – 7-8.30pm at LSE, room CLM 2.06, Strand, WC2R – Details/Booking.

* Friday 25th Jan 2019: 5-7pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: we meet in the corridor next to the Cafe: If you can’t find us, call  John: 07950 996418 – call today if meeting is on – see Occupy London • Economics Working Group

* Sunday 27th January 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.

Sunday 27th January 2019, Jetpacks, Robots and the Radical Politics of Technology: one-day workshop – 11:00-16:30 at The Common House. Unit 5E, 5 Punderson’s Gardens, London E2 9QG.  Technology appears as either promise or threat – the rise of the robots means either a fully automated luxury future without work, or basically the Terminator film franchise. Where the left was dominated by a pessimistic vision of technology in the not too distant past, the current moment is one full of visions of life after work as technology does all the toil and, to top it off, solves climate change without us having to change anything else. In both visions, technology is this thing out there, separate from us; either a machine to enslave us or one to liberate us. But is this all there is to a radical politics of technology? How else can we understand the world and the complex of machines, algorithms and technologies we live with and through? It is vital that we free our imaginations from the grip of capitalist realism (the idea that capitalism is the only option for organising society), and picture possible future worlds and the role that technology will play in them. But we must also keep our imagined worlds grounded in social and economic realities Not forgetting, for example, that we are living on a planet with limited natural resources, or that we have to consider how to make our imagined futures real. At this one-day workshop of facilitated discussions we will explore some areas within the radical politics of technology: ways of understanding technology in the context of the labour process; how technology relates to ecological concerns; how it has been shaped by the social and economic relationships of capitalism and other hierarchical societies; and how we can shape it in future. We will continue a discussion begun at an earlier event, Techno-Fantasies and Eco-Realities [https://www.weareplanc.org/blog/techno-fantasies-and-eco-realities/] – although if you missed that one, don’t worry, this one will have a stand-alone agenda. We intend to get down to specifics, with sessions on particular types of technology, some historical examples and some key debates within the politics of technology:  Contact: Dave King <dave@breakingtheframe.org.uk>

* Monday 28th January 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.

Wednesday 30th January 2019: Positive Money Hammersmith: Making Money Work: The aim of this talk and discussion is to explore the different ways a currency can be set up, with a view to the different outcomes that can be achieved. The analysis is divided into 2 parts: “hardware” and “software”. The Hardware analysis looks at the scope of the currency – who controls it, who uses it, and how it interacts with other existing currencies. The Software analysis looks at the dynamics within the currency – what forms of behaviour does it encourage, who does it benefit. The evening will start with a talk on this topic by Tanveer, one of our co-ordinators. Following that there will be an open discussion where everyone is invited to share their opinions and insights on these topics. We usually have a lot of regulars and some first-timers too. It’s a friendly group, so you’re more than welcome to come along and join in the debate! Venue: 7pm – 9pm at Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, W6 0DT • Map • RSVP

Thursday 31st January 2019: Politics School at LSE: Globalisation and its Enemies. Session 3: History of international relations theory: Realists vs Liberals and the development of the rules based liberal international order. Driven to understand. Are you fascinated by current affairs? Would you like to learn more in a systematic way about what is really driving the events we see in the news? Politics School provides a structured course explaining the history and ideas behind the battle between globalisation and its many enemies – left and right wing populism and authoritarianism. The material for the course is based on the UK Politics A level exam syllabus and includes a wide range of insights from recent books and debates. The course will run at LSE in Holborn over five Thursday evenings, with drinks afterwards to discuss and debate. Third of five sessions (£120) hosted by James S at LSE, 7-8.30pm, Room CLM 2.06, Strand, WC2R – Details/Booking.

Thursday 7th February 2019: Politics School at LSE: Globalisation and its Enemies. Session 4: Detailed look at nationalism: its origins in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and how liberal nationalism became conservative and then re-emerged in modern times. Driven to understand. Are you fascinated by current affairs? Would you like to learn more in a systematic way about what is really driving the events we see in the news? Politics School provides a structured course explaining the history and ideas behind the battle between globalisation and its many enemies – left and right wing populism and authoritarianism. The material for the course is based on the UK Politics A level exam syllabus and includes a wide range of insights from recent books and debates. The course will run at LSE in Holborn over five Thursday evenings, with drinks afterwards to discuss and debate. Fourth of five sessions (£120) hosted by James S, 7-8.30pm at LSE, Room CLM 2.06, Strand, WC2R – Details/Booking.

** Monday 11th February 2019: The City of London Society of Cogers, meets on the second Monday of the month, from 7-9.15pm, 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 13th February 2019: The Great Dunmow Society of Cogers will be holding its second Wednesday meeting, from 7.30pm, in its regular venue The Maltings, Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1BG. All are most welcome and will be able to speak: www.cogers.org

Thursday 14th February 2019: Politics School at LSE: Globalisation and its Enemies. Session 5:  Detailed look at multiculturalism, the western meta-ideology. An overview of the spectrum of different types of multiculturalism from French universalism to liberal multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism and then Marxist/ pluralist multiculturalism. Driven to understand. Are you fascinated by current affairs? Would you like to learn more in a systematic way about what is really driving the events we see in the news? Politics School provides a structured course explaining the history and ideas behind the battle between globalisation and its many enemies – left and right wing populism and authoritarianism. The material for the course is based on the UK Politics A level exam syllabus and includes a wide range of insights from recent books and debates. The course will run at LSE in Holborn over five Thursday evenings, with drinks afterwards to discuss and debate. Fifth of five sessions (£120) hosted by James S, 7-8.30pm at LSE, Room CLM 2.06, Strand, WC2R – Details/Booking.

Saturday 16th February 2019: Day Conference on Transforming Finance:  The day’s discussions are brought to you by the Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) and the People’s Private Equity(PPE). Since the financial crisis in 2008, ordinary people have needed to understand finance and its effect on our everyday lives. From the housing market and the NHS, to foreign wars and stagnant wages, finance touches on almost every aspect of the economy. The economic disruption was substantially caused by a deregulated finance sector that had been deliberately designed to facilitate greed and personal enrichment. Despite the sheer scale of the crisis becoming clear, many people have found it difficult to imagine an alternative to the current finance system. We want this conference to pioneer new financial ideas, institutions and instruments, designed to work for people, not profit. Specifically, the conference will look at how new financial institutions can transform workplaces by promoting worker ownership in the businesses, pubs, clubs, art and economic institutions we use everyday. Join us as we discuss the scale of the problems we currently face, and develop practical solutions. The conference is open and inclusive, with something for everyone. A wide range of panels will appeal to people with different levels of knowledge and expertise. The conference will take place in Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS. All are welcome, from financial novices through to academics and finance professionals. Further details on Conference website. Book via Eventbrite.

**Tuesday 19th February 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

Sat 9th March 2019: Cooperative Party Spring Conference: “Common Decency” – A secure home. Food on the table. A fair wage to cover the essentials. Access to education. These are some of the building blocks of life that ought to be everyone’s’ right. Achieving them for all ought to be common sense: common decency. But after a decade of austerity, common decency seems further away than ever. For a growing number of people, the reality is insecure housing, hunger, and a daily struggle to make ends meet. This year’s Co‑operative Party Spring Conference will focus on how we can rebuild common decency and ensure decent living for all. We will bring together campaigners, elected representatives, academics and party members to analyse the challenges and share the latest policy thinking. We will hear from those at the forefront of change in their communities too. They will share inspiring stories of co‑operative action at the local level, with practical tips and examples to make a difference in our own communities across the country. Details/Booking.


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