FORTHCOMING DATES 2018 (including regular meetings*, updated each week)
Tuesday 16th October 2018: New City Agenda: Should Banks Have A Duty of Care To Their Customers? • Christopher Woolard (Director of Strategy and Competition, FCA) • Sue Lewis (Chair, Financial Services Consumer Panel) • Mary Kyle (Governance and Standards Adviser, City of London Corporation) • Venue: 9.00am-10.30am, Committee Room 10, House of Commons: Click here for: FULL DETAILS. To register please contact: email@example.com
* Tuesday 16th October 2018: Free Critical Thinking: 7pm-9pm, new venue – London School of Mosaic, Basement Studio No 73-96, Ludham House, Southampton Road, London, NW5 4SF (Gospel Oak overground and Belsize Park tube): 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.”
Tuesday 16th October 2018: Positive Money Greenwich & Lewisham: A look at Jonathan Macmillan’s book, “The End of Banking”. The book provides a compact yet lucid explanation of how banks create money out of credit and then use balance sheets and digital technology to escape government regulation so that they have become, effectively, out of control (i.e., shadow banking). By dissecting banking to reveal its inner workings, the book shows how it is a legacy from our industrial past. It then describes a novel and unique proposal to rein in banking back in, allowing us to digital technology instead to transform banking , with a tantalising prospect of living without banking at all as we know it now. Although the book is somewhat critical of Positive Money’s Sovereign Money’s Banking proposals, their distillation of the fundamental essence of banking should provide a basis for an excellent discussion about the best way forward to contain the current dangers of today’s uncontrollable banking system. Richard Grace, one of our group members, worked in the City for 30 years, and has recently undertaken a Masters course in Political Economy at Kingston University under Steve Keen. We hope you will be able to join us for what looks like another interesting evenings discussion. Hosted by Mike & Tim at Prince of Greenwich Pub, 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8RT from 7.30pm.
Wednesday 17th October 2018 13:45: BFI Southbank, NFT3: The Plan That Came From the Bottom Up: Dave King writes: “We’re hoping to use this as an opportunity to get new people involved in the group, so we will be there with a stall. We hope to see some of you there. Details as follows: A plan to avoid job losses at a factory in 1976 becomes the starting point for an incisive account of our current and future economic situation. Dir-Scr Steve Sprung, Prod Luis Correia, Sylvia Stevens, Portugal-UK, 2018, 212min plus interval, Prod Co LX Films: ‘It’s an insult to our skills and intelligence that we can produce a Concorde and not enough powerful heaters for all those old-age pensioners who are dying in the cold.’ A worker at Lucas Aerospace eloquently sums up the core problem of contemporary Western society – one that caters to the interests of a wealthy few. He’s one of the designers of the ambitious strategy proposed by the workforce to shift their company’s assets to manufacture socially-useful products, which was ultimately undermined by both the government and corporate interests. Director Steve Sprung brilliantly draws their story into the present, delivering it with great intelligence, clarity and civic commitment. The Plan that came from the bottom up is a gripping essay, reflecting on the dark consequences of capitalism on society and proposing an encouraging alternative for a troubling present. Ana David: Details/Booking.
* Friday 19th October 2018: 5pm for 6-7pm: 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 22nd October 2018: – 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 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 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.
* Monday 22nd October 2018: – 5pm for 6-7.30pm: Occupy Economics Working Group: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ: we meet in the corridor next to the Cafe: Please check with John – 07950 996418 – beforehand if the meeting is happening as we may be visiting another group – see Occupy London • Economics Working Group • Notes from 16th Feb 2018.
Wednesday, 24th October 2018, 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 pm: Totnes Consciousness Café at The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, The Plains, Totnes. Dr. Claudius Van Wyk on “Reality in a ‘post-truth’ world of virtual reality – OR – Google as God: Friend or Foe?” The globally interconnected information economy is evolving exponentially with its capacities of artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and bio-synthetics. The increasing power of digital technology makes the public mind vulnerable to capture. Human thinking coevolved from the pre-conventional modes reliant on traditional knowledge systems, to the conventional mode of the scientific era, increasingly reliant on empirical ‘evidence-based’ method. However, its materialistic and mechanistic focus has three shortcomings: • It inhibits comprehension and adaptation to the natural complexity and emergence of living systems. • It fails to understand human subjectivity. • It increasingly lags in comprehension of the complexity and subjective dynamism of emerging virtual reality. Our thinking thus might evolve to a post-conventional mode of thinking. Further informed by the discipline of complexity and emergence, with its focus on whole dynamical systems, we could gain further insight into the strategies employed to manipulate human perception. Governments and global mega-corporations both compete and are inevitably complicit in the power-game of dominating the public mind. Post-conventional thinking could empower society with counter resources and strategies. A more holistic focus on what is real in diverse and sustainable living ecologies, will help retrieve genuine relationality. It could represent a further emergence in psychosocial evolution – in essence, offering a transformed spirituality. Claudius applies complexity-science enabled insights to leadership focused on organisational wellbeing and sustainability. With post-graduate degrees in applied business ethics and organisational behaviour he was awarded a doctorate by the Indian Board of Alternative Medicine for research into a transformed holistic epistemology to wellness. He managed the ‘Gondwana Alive’ initiative in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and participated in a research project for UNEP with the LSE Complexity Research Group. With published articles he has presented papers on applied complexity theory in the UK, South Africa and Brazil. Claudius lectured on complexity approaches to MA economics students at Schumacher College where he developed a short-course, ‘Holism and Leadership – Transforming Organisational Praxis’ and has addressed conferences on economics and governance at various universities. Format: Roughly 30 minutes introduction followed by round table and open discussions and breaks for refreshments. Entry: £5 at door. Booking: Contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 24th October 2018: Positive Money Hammersmith: THE NEOLIBERAL ECONOMIC PARADIGM (HAMMERSMITH): Ten years after the financial collapse of 2008 we are still mired in economic stagnation, austerity and now, on top of it all, a serious political crisis over Brexit. No wonder that most people are seriously confused! We believe that the best way to make some sense of the current situation is by taking a close look at the neoliberal economic paradigm, the type of economic governance introduced in the 80’s by the Thatcher and Reagan governments and never abandoned since then. Most people are familiar with the term ‘neoliberal’ but don’t quite grasp its full meaning in economic terms. We will try to remedy this. Costanza Picchioni, our organizer, will give a comprehensive overview of the subject by first tracing how neoliberal economics came to dominate the scene (following the collapse of the Bretton Woods currency union in 1971 and the ensuing crisis of the previous economic paradigm), then describing how it works (by delocalising industry and increasing the role of finance) and why it is unsustainable (reducing the role of production inevitably leads to unsustainable debts) and finally by making the case that the financial collapse of 2008 really marked the end of its useful life and the start of a very uncertain phase of transition (just as the ‘closing of the gold window’ in 1971 marked the beginning of the end of the Bretton Woods economic architecture). With the help of a drawing we will show how all the familiar features of the neoliberal landscape (financial deregulation, deindustrialization, rising debts, asset bubbles, austerity etc.) slot together into a coherent and powerful wealth extraction mechanism. This way you will be able to see where we are in a hypothetical map and perhaps figure out for yourself where we are headed to, and what a reasonable solution might look like. The possible outcomes will be the subject of the ensuing discussion. As usual, everybody is very welcome to come along as we have a friendly group of regulars and most likely some first timers too. Venue: 7-9pmThe Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7, Bradmore Park Road, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom W6 0DT
Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th October 2018: The American Monetary Institute announces the 14th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference, to be held at the University Conference Center, 525 S. State St. Chicago, IL, USA – ! Click here to see the speakers for 2018 ! – This conference brings together some of the world’s most serious advocates of real and achievable monetary reforms. The banking disaster, created and facilitated by false economic and monetary ideas, used by some very bad people, actually poses a real danger to the survival of the species. We must transform the ongoing disaster into an opportunity to achieve real and lasting monetary reforms for mankind. These are the reforms indicated as necessary by decades of study and centuries of experience ….. Programme: Thu – Register from 9am. 1-6pm Presentations; refreshment break. 7pm Conference Reception, with punch, delicious warm treats, cheeses, etc. Fri 9-6pm Presentations; break for lunch; refreshment breaks. Sat 9-6pm Presentations; break for lunch; refreshment breaks. 7pm Dinner Party, with keynote presentation. Sun 9-12pm Presentations & discussion. The advance registration fee has been kept to $250 until July 27th, but will then begin its rise to the full $350 level. If you can’t come, consider making a donation to help us offer those student and teacher scholarships! For full details and registration go to: http://www.monetary.org/2018-ami-monetary-reform-conference
Sunday 28th October 2018, 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.
1st November 2018 6-9pm: Seminar on “The moral case for adequate incomes and truly affordable housing”: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will visit the UK from 6 to 16 November 2018. The submission to him from the Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty is on their website: “Taxpayers Against Poverty tells United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights that UK unemployed adults are extremely poor – especially mothers and the disabled.” • Taxpayers Against Poverty, • Progressive Policy Unit • Land Research Trust have come together to promote the seminar on “The moral case for adequate incomes and truly affordable housing” at 6-9pm on the 1st November 2018, Portcullis House, Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP. REGISTER
Sat 10th – Sun 11th November: Land Justice Network Weekend: Sat 10th: Education and Policy Day. Join us for a day of learning and scheming on land policy at the New Economics Foundation. Full info released soon – to find out more, please email email@example.com, using subject line “Education and Policy Day – Saturday 10th November”. Sun 11th: LJN National Meeting: 12-5pm at Friends of the Earth Offices, London. Click here for full event information and RSVP:
Tue-Wed 13-14th November 2018: Good Planet Conference: PEOPLE AND PLANET, INVESTING IN GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE AND IMPACT ENTERPRISES: Formerly know as ESG For Investment – The Good Capital conference is dedicated to partnering global Sustainable Enterprises, Environmental Innovators and Social Entrepreneurs with providers of Responsible and Impact Capital to accelerate positive change for People and Planet. Keynote Presentations, Panel Discussions and hundreds of 1-2-1 meetings make The Good Capital Conference an unrivalled platform for Sustainability Stakeholders to meet and do business in one place, at one time: https://goodcapitalconference.com/
* Monday 19th November 2018: – 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. • From 6-8pm on the third Monday of each month in 2018 • In the Reading Room, Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1DH – map: Contact via Meetup Page. See also: https://cocreativelearning.org/index.php/CoCreative_Learning