Wednesday 26th April 2017: Open Research Group, 12noon-2pm at the School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Pl, Marylebone, London W1U 3AJ, co-chaired by Janos Abel and Peter Davis. This is a regular weekly meeting – enquire for room number on arrival at reception. If you would like to let us know you are coming and/or would like to suggest items for discussion, write to

Saturday 29th April 2017: John Ray Initiative: CRES Day “Saving Planet Earth – a serious role for the Church?” at Ripon College Cuddesdon near Oxford. The guest speaker is Andy Atkins, Chief Executive of A Rocha UK, and former Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, who will look at whether it is worth mobilising the church on the environment and how to do it. Followed by Rev. Margot Hodson, who will introduce us to environmental ethics. Details/ booking:

Saturday 29th April 2017: The Occupy Economics Working Group is going to walk with the Root Out Usury banner from St Pauls to The Houses of Parliament, starting at noon on Saturday 29th April 2017. This date commemorates the funeral procession held on 29th April 1649 following the execution by firing squad at St Pauls of the striking Leveller and New Model Army soldier Robert Lockyer, on the orders of Oliver Cromwell it seems, following the Bishopsgate Mutiny over the lack of back pay and the forced enlistment of the New Model Army soldiers in the proposed invasion of Ireland. We hope that someone will also photograph and video/ live stream this event. Fellow walkers welcome – we will walk at Funeral pace. For equality and equity:

Monday 8th May 2017: 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building: “Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen” with Professor Guy Standing: Shouldn’t everyone receive a stake in society’s wealth? Could we create a fairer world by granting a guaranteed income to all? What would this mean for our health, wealth and happiness? A basic income is a regular cash transfer from the state, received by all individual citizens. It is an acknowledgement that everyone plays a part in generating the wealth currently enjoyed only by a few. Political parties across the world are now adopting it as official policy and the idea generates headlines every day.
Guy Standing has been at the forefront of thought about Basic Income for the past thirty years, and in in his latest book he covers in authoritative detail its effects on the economy, poverty, work and labour; dissects and disproves the standard arguments against basic income; explains what we can learn from pilot studies across the world and illustrates exactly why a basic income has now become such an urgent necessity. Guy Standing co-founded the Basic Income Earth Network and now serves as its honorary co-President. He has held professorships at the University of Bath and at SOAS, was programme director at the International Labour Organisation and has advised the UN, World Bank and governments around the world on labour and social policy. He is the author of the bestselling The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
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Monday 8th May 2017 (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money Waterloo Discussion Group welcomes Clive Menzies, is involved in a research/ educational project called Critical Thinking, which aims to promote a wider understanding of the way we are governed, and develop alternative economic and political structures to serve society better. While Critical Thinking’s analysis overlaps in some respects with Positive Money’s, it argues that we must look beyond money creation, to the nature of money, debt and interest, and gain a better understanding of the political and economic system (the group purports that its research, conducted over the last five years, reveals evidence of a ‘Structural Elite’ controlling the levers of power). Critical Thinking also opposes handing over control of the money supply to the Bank of England, on the basis that it is one constituent of a privately owned, global banking cartel, which is colluding with others for a one world government. Critical Thinking instead proposes that we “collaborate as humanity to co-create a non-hierarchical political economy, by-passing the current corrupt hierarchies and ideologies which have separated us from nature and each other.” Attendance is FREE, and we remain in our usual room, Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room), St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY. The Godly Play Room is located downstairs in the Crypt area of the Church. To gain access, do not enter via the Church’s main doors, instead look for the door on the left-hand side. If it is closed, please press the buzzer for the Godly Play Room.

Wednesday 10th May 2017 – Why Are UK House Prices So High? 9-10.15am, Committee Room 14, House of Commons, London Housing and the Financial Sector in the Short and Long Term: presentation by Professor David Miles, Imperial College – see details. How is government policy affecting outcomes? David Miles will explore these issues and consider how the property landscape in the UK might play out over the longer term. What has caused these trends in house prices and mortgage debt and can they continue? How is Government policy affecting outcomes? What is the fundamental purpose which we want the mortgage market to deliver over the longer term? David Miles is Professor of Financial Economics at Imperial College Business School. Between May 2009 and September 2015 he was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the Bank of England. His current research focuses on policy issues connected with financial stability, the housing market and the setting of monetary policy. He is involved with the co-ordination between monetary policy and financial stability. His March 2013 paper (“Optimal Bank capital”, Economic Journal) explored the appropriate way to set bank capital requirements. In 2004 he authored an independent review of the UK mortgage market for HM Treasury. This looked at whether there were any market failures holding back the development of long-term fixed rate mortgages. Prior to his time on the MPC he was Chief UK Economist at Morgan Stanley. He has also acted as a special advisor to the Treasury Select Committee. This is the second event in a programme of research supported by Pension Insurance Corporation into the purpose of finance. This programme was inspired by Andy Haldane’s speech to the New City Agenda annual dinner examining how we can restore public trust by improving financial education and establishing and communicating the purpose of financial services. •  New City Agenda Advisory Board members – The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Andrew McNally, Xavier Rolet, Helena Morrissey, Baroness Wheatcroft, Lord Eatwell, Philip Augar, Father Christopher Jamison, and Baroness Hayter. • • • Please would you confirm your attendance by contacting:

Wednesday 17th May 2017 – Rail in Crisis – for freight & passenger transport, could the rail network do better as a reserved road system?  Come along and hear a Transport Economist and a Civil Engineer set out the case at a public meeting in Central London! Keynote Presentation by Dr Richard Wellings, Deputy Research Director, IEA. and Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch.  Q&A and networking. Join the debate! 6.30pm until 9pm Conference Room of St James’s Church Piccadilly  (entrance to meeting in Church Place W1J 9LL).

Mon-Wed July 10th-12th, 2017: ASSOCIATION FOR HETERODOX ECONOMICS: 19th Annual Conference on the theme of Sustainable Economy and Economics – University of Huddersfield, near Leeds:

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