Events Archive

Recalling some events with aspects of common concern:-

Saturday 29 July 2017: 10-5pm: Health Creation & Food Commons, From Land to Fork – a complex web of relationships: Free Event, open to all, at the Claremont Project Islington, 24 White Lion Street – London N1 9PD, Speakers include: Jamie Harvie: Institute for a Sustainable Future, The Food Commons, Commons Health Network – Jamie employs a systems approach to build relationships and facilitate improved human, community and ecological resilience, and will share from his lived experience, what works and what doesn’t – he also coordinated the national phase out of mercury medical devices in the US • Helen Cooke: Nutrition Lead for the Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine “Kitchen on Prescription” project • OrganicLea: A workers’ cooperative growing food on London’s edge in the Lea Valley – access to land, growing organic food and linking with Mental Health Services • Alex Laird: Living Medicine: People and Plants for Health • Anna Betz: NHS Brainfood: Using lifestyle and nutrition to address cognitive decline & dementia • Lambeth GP Food Co-op: presenter tba • Dan Hopewell: Bromley by Bow Centre: BBBC works with over 2,000 people each month, supports people to overcome chronic illness and unhealthy lifestyles and enables people to learn new skills and to find work. See Flyer. Further details/booking: HERE.

Thursday 20th July 2017: TAP/APPG on poverty Health Equality Seminar: 6-8pm at Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR • map • Chair: Baroness Molly Meacher, Crossbench, Speakers: • David Finch – Resolution Foundation • Dr Angela Donkin – Institute of Health Equity • Professor Richard Wilkinson – Equality Trust • Professor Kate Pickett – Equality Trust • Maddy Power – University of York • Carl Walker – University of Brighton • Rev Paul Nicolson – Taxpayers Against Poverty: Details/Booking – Please arrive at Portcullis House by 17.45 in order to pass through the airport-style security checks. You may be asked for ID. Information about visiting Parliament can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/access/ 

Wednesday 19th July, 8:15pm – 10:15pm: We are pleased to invite you to an upcoming event with Positive Money Greenwich & Lewisham! — Anne Besley on Campaigning for Monetary Reform — Seasoned innovator and local and national campaigner Anne Besley will recount various aspects of her involvement with money reform over the years. Her wide-ranging experience includes running the Canterbury LETSystem from 1994 to 2003 and setting up the local credit union and running it from 2003 to 2012. She also created and ran the Money Reform Party from 2005 to 2014. Anne remains a committed and well-versed advocate of money reform and someone who can recount first hand what worked and what did not when trying to change the monetary system such that it works for the benefit of society as a whole. This is an opportunity to discuss future courses of action, both for the local group and the Positive Money movement as a whole, and looks to be a very interesting
evening. All are very welcome, and we hope to see you there! Mike and Tim. Time:  Host: Michael O’Keefe. Location: The Prince of Greenwich pub (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. Map. Sign up on our website. RSVP on Meetup. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday 18th July 2017: 9am-10.30am: “Is a Crisis Looming For Central Banks?” – a speech by Lord Adair Turner, with responses from a panel including: Fran Boait, Executive Director, Positive Money, and Anthony Hilton, City Editor, Evening Standard, chaired by Lord Sharkey, Director, New City Agenda:  Is a crisis looming for central banks and how should central bankers and politicians respond? Nearly ten years on from the crash, we’re stuck in an unprecedented period for monetary policy. Despite hints at tighter policy, interest rates remain at record lows and central banks are still buying up billions of pounds in assets. Under normal circumstances, monetary policymakers would have the option of cutting rates to respond to future shocks. With the Brexit negotiations, hung parliament, geopolitical instability and fears about the mountain of household debt, central bankers face an uncertain future. But with rates close to zero, there’s growing concern that they are ill-equipped to face what lies ahead. Meanwhile, politicians are speaking out about monetary policy’s side-effects. In an unprecedented intervention last year, the Prime Minister warned that the Bank of England’s policies have widened wealth inequality, and benefited home-owners at the expense of those not yet on the property ladder. Similar criticisms have been leveled by lawmakers in the USA, Eurozone and Japan. Is the political settlement underpinning monetary policy falling apart? Adair Turner is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, where he was a Senior Fellow from 2013-15. Formerly chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner played a leading role in redesigning global financial regulation following the 2008 crash. His book Between Debt and the Devil – Money, Credit and Fixing Global Finance sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis and makes the case for equipping central banks with new monetary policy tools. Fran Boait is Director of Positive Money, a research and campaigning organisation championing reform of the money and banking system. Fran studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She went on to complete a PhD in climate change mitigating technology during which she became interested in money and banking after the 2008 financial crisis. Fran has worked at various international organisations including the United Nations, Greenpeace and BP. Anthony Hilton is a highly-respected business author, broadcaster and journalist. He is currently the Senior Commentator of the Evening Standard and Independent. He was previously Managing Director of the Standard and City Editor of The Times. He has worked for the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express and has also served in New York where, for three years, he was Business Correspondent for the Sunday Times. Venue: The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London. To register please email: dominic.lindley@newcityagenda.co.uk

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: http://hetecon.net

Saturday 1 July 2017. The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) are hosting a public debate on Creating a movement for a Better Media in the UK, after the formal business of our AGM. To get the discussion going we’ll be joined by three great speakers working at the forefront of this burgeoning movement: Hazel Healy from New Internationalist will be sharing the story of how they raised over £700,000 of investment from over 3000 people in over 42 countries in biggest media community share offer in history. Richard Wilson from Stop Funding Hate, launched less than a year ago in August 2016, they’ve now had over 25 million views of their facebook videos and have raised over £100,000 in donations. Thomas Barlow from Real Media will share the lessons learned from their UK tour last year, the launch of The Media Fund – a co-op set-up to support independent media – and the success of first Independent Media Conference. Each speaker will end their presentations sharing a few thoughts about how they feel we can best build the large scale movement for a Better Media the UK so desperately and urgently needs. Please come along and contribute to the discussion – now more than ever we need the more diverse, democratic and accountable media CPBF has been campaigning for since 1979. Please RSVP on Eventbrite HERE.

Friday 30th June 2017 at 7.00 pm: Musicians for Peace & Disarmament: Summer Concert for Peace in memory of Ruth Underwood, with Wissam Boustany on FLUTE & Aleksander Szram on PIANO, interval speaker: Bruce Kent, to be held at Hinde Street Methodist Church 19 Thayer Street London W1U 2QJ.  Tickets £15 (£10 concs): www.wegottickets.com/event/399513

Thursday, June 29, 2017: 6:30-8:30pm: Conway Hall Joint Debate & Discussion – The End of Politics? Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. This meeting will discuss how we might do politics better so as to engage some of the big issues of our time and make a difference. This meeting will be held jointly with The Conway Hall Ethical Society and members of both networks will be welcome to join us there. These last two years will have seen a series of referendums and elections in a number of countries – and some wonder whether this will have settled anything. Are we at a stage in our history where we have to question the very basis of our democracy and consider how it can be brought into the 21st century? Speakers: Alex Krasodomski-Jones is a researcher at Demos, the leading cross-party Think-Tank, working in its Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) • Christopher Bickerton, University Lecturer in politics at POLIS and an Official Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge • Professor Evan Parker who will Chair this meeting, believes that we have to find a way to “do politics better.” He is active in the Ethical Society and also coordinates the GN21 Voices project set up to focus on key themes and create an action programme and to see how we can initiate a big conversation on a more positive form of politics. • Francis Sealey will introduce the event on behalf of GlobalNet21. Disenchantment with politics is widespread and the danger is that if we do not reshape democracy for our present age then authoritarian solutions will happen by default. • Many still seem to be engaged in the battles of the last industrial century with its left/right politics when we are now moving fast into a post industrial era • We are still heavily dependent on periodic elections as the basis for our democracy and there is an increasing realization that this is not enough. Citizens want involvement in a more direct and deliberative way. • The Internet and social media have changed the nature of information and provide greater opportunities for direct citizen involvement in policy formation. Do we now need to rethink democracy from the bottom up that reflects the changes of our century? This is the purpose of this meeting – to discuss how we can develop democracy anew. Click here to say you’re going:  https://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/238112178/

Thursday 22nd June 2017: 7:30pm Positive Money Waterloo:  Discussion: Hierarchy and the work ethic: Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room), St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London: Tackling inequality is a key motivation behind Positive Money’s work on the monetary system. There is a widespread sense that loose monetary policies and Quantitative Easing have inflated asset prices and the wealth of a small class of individuals, while most people have faced low and stagnant pay for their hard work over the last decade… Learn More/Book

Sunday 11th June 2017: Positive Money Hackney, together with some other local PM groups, have got together with Antuniversity Festival 2017 <https://goo.gl/4XKk5R> to host a panel discussion in Central London on Universal Basic Income (UBI) – the concept of paying everyone in society a universal benefit, regardless of income and circumstances, ensuring a minimum standard of income for everyone. The panellists will include:- Duncan McCann <https://goo.gl/ffZL0p>, of the New Economics Foundation https://goo.gl/hAHVth> – Barb Jacobson of Basic Income UK <https://goo.gl/iMJnRO – Fran Boat <https://goo.gl/EytDsJ>, executive director and lead researcher of Positive Money <https://goo.gl/w5Fvmd. This is an exciting opportunity to hear and talk to some of the best thinkers in the field. The venue is the iconic Conway Hall in Central London. We expect to be oversubscribed, and entry is by pre-registration only HERE: https://goo.gl/PrBilY>.

Friday, 2nd June 2017: 6:40 to 8 pm arranged by the Coalition for Economic Justice, by courtesy of The School of Economic Science – few minutes walk from  Bond Street Tube Station, Rev Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty: http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/ will lead a discussion on: Lobbying after the election whoever wins: what policies do we fight for, with and for the poorest UK citizens, and how? Venue: 11, Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ – All welcome.

Wednesday 31st May 2017: 7.30pm The Economics of Brexit with Steve Keen, Frances Coppola and Angus Armstrong. Listen, ask questions and have your say.Details 19:30 pm on 31st May at Canham, 40 Sheen Lane, SW14 8LW by Mortlake Station (25 minutes from Waterloo). The speakers: Steve Keen is one of the elite economists who ‘saw the Crash coming’, a Brexit supporter and a  fierce critic of mainstream thinking. Frances Coppola is an economic commentator in print and frequently on the BBC. Angus Armstrong is director of macro-economics at one of the top research institutions, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research founded in 1938: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-mint-presents-fresh-thinking-on-the-economics-of-brexit-tickets-34774862550

Tuesday May 23rd 2017: 6-8:30pm: Just before a UK general election that is likely to once again demonstrate how broken and distant our governance systems are, what better moment to be inspired by new political possibilities rooted in different understandings of power, democracy, justice and our role as humans on a living planet? Join Gaia for a timely event exploring how we can re-claim and re-build a politics that puts people and planet first. Guiding us in this exploration will be inspirational activists Annabelle and Peter Macfadyen, author of Flatpack Democracy, the acclaimed DIY guide to creating independent politics.  See Guardian video: Venue: The Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Tickets £12 (concs £10) include refreshments and a copy of Flatpack Democracy: Details/booking.

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 15th May 2017: Positive Money Hackney:  Citizen’s Income,  Basic Wage or Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the concept of making an unconditional payment to everyone in society, and ensuring a minimum standard of income for everybody. For our May meeting, we have Duncan McCann, of the New Economics Foundation and AJ Tear of PM Hackney talking to us about talking to us Universal Basic Income, Citizens Dividend, Helicopter Money and how Positive Money proposals align with each of these concepts. Please join us from 7 until 9 pm (followed by a drink in the pub) at: Café Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PB.

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 –http://newcityagenda.co.uk/davidmiles/: 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. • http://www.newcityagenda.co.uk • https://twitter.com/NewCityAgenda • Please would you confirm your attendance by contacting:  dominic.lindley@newcityagenda.co.uk

Monday 8th May 2017 (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money Waterloo Discussion Group welcomes Clive Menzies, from the research/ educational project 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.

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 https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/304706/basic-income/ 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.
Full details of event series:  http://www.lse.ac.uk/International-Inequalities/Event-listings

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:  http://jri.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=c301c8517a624363e82b49d5e&id=e72a45c781&e=6803f17c8a)

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lockyer

Saturday 22nd April 2017: The Great Moot of Nottingham at The Albert Hall Conference Centre, North Circus Street, Nottingham NG1 5AA – a fantastic venue! Brought together and facilitated by the British Constitution Group and the Democracy Defined Campaign, this is your day and your venue to work together to restore The Rule Of Law to the British nation: 9am – Reception opens (drinks & breakfast rolls available to purchase all day at The Bar in the Osborne Suite).  Event timing: 10am to 6pm. Tickets £10 – but more please if you can afford it. Download PDF for full programme details: Great-Nottingham-Moot-1bg.  Booking: 950 tickets were available – please book early to avoid disappointment as we cannot guarantee that many tickets will be available on the door: Click here: https://www.britishconstitutiongroup.com/nottingham-conference-april-2017. If you require more information then please ring either Justin Walker or Ed Alder on 01752 478054.

Wednesday 12th April 2017: Positive Money Greenwich: hosted by Michael O’Keefe presents “Fractional Reserve Banking: A force for good or evil? This talk, by local member Chris Anthony, will focus upon his critique of proposals for 100% full reserve banking, such as the Chicago Plan, and his ideas for an alternative that allows for a constrained version of fractional reserve banking, where sectoral priorities can be set in the national interest. He will argue that it is possible to implemant a private, debt-based banking system which, nonetheless, steers credit into productive uses and avoids boom and bust in asset values.” 8:00pm at The Prince of Greenwich pub, 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. Google Map. Sign up for this event on: act.positivemoney.org. RSVP on Meetup: meetup.com/Positive-Money. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, 25th March, 2017. “Global Terrorism: The Peace Movement Response”, chaired by Rita Payne, President Emeritus Commonwealth Journalists Association.  Speakers: Ambassador Claus Grube, Danish Ambassador to the UK, Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Peter Price, Chair of Conciliation Resources, former Bishop of Bath, Fiona Macaulay, Director, PeaceJam UK, Senior Lecturer, University of Bradford, Makram Khoury-Machool, Founding Director, European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge, Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair, Uniting for Peace.  “Terrorism today is a major global menace. The terrorist attacks and threats are becoming a regular event, occurring almost every week somewhere around the world with dire consequences of death, destruction and fear. The conference and expert speakers from Uniting for Peace and PeaceJam will examine the dangerous consequences of ongoing terrorism, how to tackle its root causes proposing solutions and way forward to this complex phenomenon.” Venue: Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU – Old Street tube.  Timing: Uniting for Peace AGM: 10:30 – 11:45.  Spring Conference: 12:00 – 17:00 (Complimentary Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00). This is a free public meeting, donations welcome. For registrations and any other info please contact: Vijay Mehta – Uniting for Peace – vijay@vmpeace.org  – 020 7791 1717 –  and/or Brian Cooper: 0131 446 9545 –  www.unitingforpeace.com and/or Caroline Millman – PeaceJam – unitedkingdom@peacejam.org – 07760 160 906-  http://www.peacejam.org.uk – See Flyer: PeaceConference_25_march_2017

Saturday 25th March 2017: Momentum’s Inaugural Conference, Building to Win, in Birmingham: Details/Booking:  http://www.peoplesmomentum.com/conference_2017

Monday 20th March 2017 7-9pm (followed by a drink in the pub). Positive Money Hackney at Café Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PB presents “BITCOIN AND CRYPTO-CURRENCIES” with Duncan McCann <https://goo.gl/ffZL0p>, of the New Economics Foundation <https://goo.gl/hAHVth>. Duncan will give us an overview of research <https://goo.gl/pw97L0> he has conducted with a team at the New Economics Foundation into *seigniorage*, the profit created by issuing currency. Duncan will touch on topics introduced at last month’s meeting on digital cash, however this is a standalone sesion and you do not need to have attended last month. Please Like / Join PM Hackney on Facebook <https://goo.gl/XATGE7>.

Saturday 18th March 2017 (9.30am to 4.30pm): John Ray Initiative annual conference 2017 “Nature in the balance: can we put a value on the environment, and should we?” in collaboration with ForMission College. The venue is Bournville College, Birmingham. Keynote speakers: * Dr. Darren Evans “Ecosystem Services: managing nature for human benefit.” * Prof. Richard Bauckham “Why do other creatures matter?” * Rev. Dave Bookless “Biblical Wisdom for Nature Conservation”.  We also have a wonderful line-up of seminars. Cost £48 includes full lunch and refreshments is £48. Early booking is advisable. Details and online booking: (http://jri.us1.list-manage.com/track/click u=c301c8517a624363e82b49d5e&id=18a2f7c79b&e=6803f17c8a) – see PDF flyer.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017:  8pm – Greenwich Positive Money Group: at The Prince of Greenwich (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT. “Why central banks are out of ideas, and what we need to do about it.” For this meeting we are delighted to welcome David Clarke, Advocacy and Policy Adviser at Positive Money. His task is to influence the key actors here in the UK; at Westminster, the Treasury and the Bank of England, and elsewhere in Europe, to take the issues of monetary reform to the top of the agenda. As his title ~ ‘Why central banks are out of ideas and what we need to do about it’ ~ indicates, there is much to be done and David will lead a discussion of ways and means of advancing our campaign. All are welcome to what sounds like a very interesting and informative evening. Come along and bring a friend: http://positivemoney.org/localgroup/london-geeenwich-lewisham/

Wednesday, 15th March 2017: 7pm – Hammersmith Positive Money Group: Upstairs Hall @ Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Road, HammersmithLondon W6 0DT. If it’s your first time then you’re very welcome to come along as we have a friendly group of regulars and most likely some first timers too. At this meeting we will take the time to reflect on highlights and missed opportunities for the Hammersmith group, as well as to plan for the future. It will be an interactive session and your input is welcome! We will be joined by Rachel Oliver, Lead Organiser for Positive Money, so this is a great chance for us to work with Rachel on a strategy for PM Hammersmith, as well as a chance to learn about the wider Positive Money network.   

Monday 13th March 2017 – 10:15am to 12:30pm: Education to support a Peace-Building Commonwealth, Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, hosted by The Rt Hon Lord (Tom) McNally of Blackpool, CEC Parliamentary Patron. At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth with its rich diversity of nations offers strength and hope for all its members. This year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that international peaceand security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’. Download the seminar programme HERE, and to register your attendance, visit Council for Education in the Commonwealth: http://www.cecomm.org.uk/

Friday 10th March 2017  – NCIA: Where Now and What Next for Independent Voices?  Your invitation to a Witness Seminar: 1-5pm London Welsh Centre, 157–163 Grays Inn Rd, London, WC1X 8UE: http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/news/ncia-witness0-march-2017/00318.html – see also legacy website: http://independentaction.net

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 9.00am-10.15am, Committee Room 14, House of Commons: “What Caused the 2008 Crisis & Will There Be Another One?” – Professor Steve Keen. The Financial Crash that convulsed the world in 2008 had cataclysmic effects on the global economy, and took conventional economists completely by surprise. Professor Keen will outline why the 2008 crisis was not a “Black Swan”, but was caused by credit, a factor that orthodox economics ignores. He predicts that between 9 and 16 countries, in total equivalent in size to the USA will have similar crises in the next 1-3 years. Meanwhile, the UK and USA have joined Japan as the “Walking Dead of (Private) Debt” where further crises are unlikely but stagnation will be the rule. Professor Keen will explain why the right lessons have not been learned from the financial crisis. Unorthodox Central Bank policies have mildly stimulated the economy by making one of the original symptoms of the crisis–over-valued asset markets–worse, while ignoring the real cause, excessive private debt. He will show how ever rising levels of private debt make further crises and stagnation inevitable unless politicians plot a new course and tackle the real dynamics causing financial instability. Professor Steve Keen has been described as an economist who swims against the tide of conventional wisdom. He is the Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University. Prior to this he was Professor of Economics & Finance at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Before becoming an academic in 1987, he was school teacher, education officer for an overseas aid organisation, conference organiser, editor, computer programmer, journalist and an adviser to the Australian government. He was one of the handful of economists to realise that a serious economic crisis was imminent, and to publicly warn of it, from as early as December 2005. His book Debunking Economics explains the many logical and empirical flaws in mainstream economics without using mathematics. His new book – “Can we avoid another financial crisis” will be published in April 2017. This event is organised by The New City Agenda – a website has many interesting posts – http://newcityagenda.co.uk/keen/ – to register please email dominic.lindley@newcityagenda.co.uk

Wednesday 22nd February: (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money Waterloo Discussion Group – attendance is FREE. The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency could herald a new era of tensions between the USA and China. Since the Chinese stock market crashed in 2015 (and again at the start of 2016), many questions have been asked about the Chinese economy. Is it an unstoppable giant with 7% growth every year or a colossus with feet of clay, plagued with excessive debt? Should we draw a parallel between today’s Chinese ghost towns and the Spanish ghost towns of 10 years ago? Our speaker, Alexis Baudour, will start the proceedings with a presentation which will hinge around these questions, and then an open floor debate will follow. Venue: Crypt Main Space, St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017: D.I.Y. Economics Workshop:  18:00–20.00  at the Benjamin Franklin Room, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ  Followed by a networking drinks reception Register here. Introducing the RSA/Economy DIY Economics toolkit

Monday, 20th February 2017:  7:00pm: Hackney Positive Living Group: DIGITAL CASH: Cafe Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 7PB: We will explore the idea of Central Bank issued digital cash. We will use the research article by Ben Dyson and Graham Hodgson, available on the Positive Money website @ https://goo.gl/YAy6A7 “With the impending ‘death of cash’ and the rise of digital currencies (such as Bitcoin), there are strong arguments for central banks to start issuing “digital cash” – an electronic version of notes and coins (also known as a central bank digital currency). But this raises a number of questions: • How would central banks get new digital cash into the economy? • How would the public use it? • What would the advantages be? • Would there be the impact on financial stability?” We recommend you read the article beforehand. However, we will have presentations based on the paper – so do come along even if you have not had time to read it. The meeting will include time for a lively discussion. Followed by a drink in the pub, as usual.We will also show some short videos around related topics. Please RSVP on Facebook @ https://goo.gl/9ZaYcr

Wednesday, 15th February 2017 8:00pm: Greenwich Positive Money Group” at The Prince of Greenwich (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT.  Come along and bring a friend: http://positivemoney.org/localgroup/london-geeenwich-lewisham/

Sunday 5th February 2017, 11am-1pm – New Frontiers in UK Politics? Presented by Conway Hall Ethical Society. Discussion with Jonathan Bartley (Co-Leader, Green Party), Peter Taheri (Secretary/ Chair Nominee, Hampstead and Kilburn Labour Party) and Timothy Barnes (Conservative candidate for Bloomsbury Ward 2018). Tickets: £3, £2 concessions – Details and Booking.

Saturday 28th January, 10:00-4:00pm (iCal):  ‘In Our Interests: Building An Economy for All’, a special Co-operative Party conference in January. Tickets cost just £10. at Coin Street Community Builders, 108 Stamford St, South Bank, London SE1 9NH (map): Registration – £10 (registration. Message from Tom Watson MP: “Technological trends such as automation and artificial intelligence are set to profoundly change how we live and work over coming years. They bring huge opportunities –they also risk further entrenching insecurity and inequality, which is why we must act. I will be discussing these, and other issues, with speakers including:  • Frances O’Grady, General Secretary TUC  • Damon Gibbons, Centre for Responsible Credit  • Constance Laisné, Co-founder, AltGe  • Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)   • Stephen Kinnock MP, Labour MP for Aberavon  • Kirsty Major, Commissioning Editor, Independent Voices  • Deb Oxley, Chief Executive Employee Ownership Association  • Reema Patel, RSA, Citizens Economic Council  • Anna Turley MP, Member of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee  • Jane Wills, Professor of Human Geography, Queen Mary, University of London. I am proud to have been asked to speak at the first event in the Co-operative Party’s Centenary celebrations and I hope to see you there. Yours in co-operation,  • Tom Watson MP –  Click here to get your ticket.

Tue 24th January 2017: follow-up meeting to Quakers meeting on Banking held on 1st October 2016 – http://www.londonquakers.org.uk/events/break-banks-we-need-banking-revolution – details follow.  Meanwhile see: https://qandb.org/what-we-do/projects/quaker-bank-project.

Wednesday, 18th January 2017 8:00pm: Greenwich Positive Living Group” at The Prince of Greenwich (upper room), 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8RT.  To celebrate over two years of meetings of the Greenwich and Lewisham Positive money local group we are holding this second special session to provide newcomers (and some old hands) with an introduction (or refresher) to the basic messages of Positive Money’s controversial proposals for radical reform of our money system. This is an open meeting with particular emphasis on giving an accessible outline of the alternative scheme of money creation that we propose in replacement of the current, deeply flawed, system. No prior knowledge is assumed, only an open mind. All are very welcome to this first session of 2017. Come along and bring a friend: http://positivemoney.org/localgroup/london-geeenwich-lewisham/

Monday, 16th January 2017:  7:00pm: Hackney Positive Living Group: CENTRAL BANKS: WHAT DO THEY DO AND ARE WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT: Cafe Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 7PB. This will be the first of two meetings looking at the functions of the central bank. We will tackle questions such as: Where is the £70 billion of QE created by the Bank of England following Brexit going? How does the Bank of England help in keeping our bank deposits secure? Why do some countries borrow at negative interest rates? What are the digital cash proposals? – an innovation supported by Positive Money: . We will feature a presentation about the purpose of the Bank of England and the history of the US Federal Reserve, followed by a discussion (and drinks in the pub of course): http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhackneylocalgroup/wrv8 

 

Monday 9th January (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money Waterloo  is a discussion on The collision of FinTech and traditional Banking, Commercial banks, the main culprits behind the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, remain ‘too big to fail’. Despite overwhelming public support to loosen their grip over the economy, progress towards this goal remains limited. Frustration with the lack of change has spawned new movements such as Positive Money, who campaign for radical policy change – for the power of money creation to be stripped from commercial banks, and handed to the Central Bank. However, political action is not the only route through which change will occur. Financial Technology (“FinTech”) will run its own course, and play a crucial role in shaping the future of Financial Services and the wider economy. In this meetup, we will run through some of the FinTech innovations which currently show the most promise for transforming traditional banking, and ask if they might also lead us to a better and fairer system. Venue: Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room), St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY.  Free of charge: details/booking.

Monday 9th January 2017 – 11am in the Old Palace Yard, Westminster SW1P 3JY we will be campaigning for; 1. An immediate rent freeze for a year in all sectors private, registered social landlords and councils, while rent regulations are brought in, 2. All land owners to pay an annual ground rent to the government to force the use of unused land and empty property. Builders’ land banks own 600,000 plots of unused land. They cannot put land in an overseas tax free Bank. Please come and bring a bell if you have one to raise the alarm for the housing crisis. Happy New Year,  Rev Paul Nicolson: http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk

 

Sat 7th January 2017: National Federation of Progressive Cooperators: – preparing agenda items for the Coop conference – details follow: http://nfpc.coop

Friday 16th December 2016: Brighton based music promoter Rock Salts, in association with Momentum, are hosting a night of music and politics at the Brighton Dome. Crossing genres and generations, the headliners will be drawn from international talent such as the psychedelic rock band Temples, Mercury prize nominee Kathryn Williams and the legendary Paul Weller playing alongside long time collaborator Paul Wyatt: See report: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/10/paul-weller-concert-for-corbyn-brighton-people-powered-gigs-momentum. Book HERE.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016: 7-9pm: Positive Money Hammersmith: Xmas Social hosted by Tanveer Saifee <tanveer.saifee@gmail.com>. For everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! The Thatched House pub: 115 Dalling Road, HammersmithLondon W6 0ET: directions – http://thatchedhouse.com/: details/booking: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhammersmithlocalgroup/wrv4

Saturday December 3rd 2016: 9am-5pm: Global Vision 2000 http://www.globalvision2000.com/index.php – will be holding a special one day conference in London, on ESCHATOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Interfaith and Comparative Perspectives: at The Al-Khoei Foundation, Chevening Road, NW6 6TN –  eschatology-conference

Wednesday 30th Nov 2016, 6-8pm  What they do with your money: how the financial system fails us and how to fix it: New Economics Foundation 10 Salamanca Place, London SE1 7HB: Details/Booking.

Wednesday 30th November 2016 1-5pm: People Powered Money: Building a new community currency for Glasgow – venue Glasgow City Chambers – details /booking.

Saturday 26th November 2016: 9am-5pm: LUCAS PLAN 40th Anniversary Conference at: BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council), 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR: click for further information on  Event Programme  and  Venue – BOOK NOW.

Friday, 25th November 2016 at 6:40 to 8 p.m. Coalition for Economic Justice Venue: 11, Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ – John Christensen of Tax Justice Network  on Tax Competition: Who Wins, Who Loses?   Admission free. All welcome.

Sunday 20th November 2016.  Assemblies for Democracy – a summary of progress so far is in preparation.  1.30pm, Arlington House, Camden, NW1 7HE. Meanwhile see latest report from London meeting: https://assembliesfordemocracy.org/2016/07/26/report-on-constituting-democracy/.

 

Thu: 24th November 2016: Green Infrastructure and Air Quality: 17:30 – 20:30, University College London, Chadwick Building G07, London WC1E 6BT: Green Infrastructure (open green space, parks, gardens, street trees, green roofs, green walls, rain gardens and ponds) have many potential benefits such as reducing water pollution, local flood risk, improving human health and wellbeing as well as enhancing local biodiversity. There is also some evidence that green infrastructure can reduce the impact air pollution. However, there are substantial gaps in the research about these benefits and any associated costs and risks. At this event we will explore the role of Green Infrastructure in London with a specific focus on what we know of the impacts on air pollution. We want to engage with community groups, academics, planners, policy makers and practitioners about what is known in relation to green infrastructure and how we can work together to improve our knowledge Aims of the event are to: Share knowledge – delivering environmental education in an engaging way for Londoners, Explore the effects of green infrastructure on air pollution, Discuss what are the advantages and disadvantages of the use of green infrastructure to mitigate air pollution.  The event will include some short, thought-provoking, presentations from keynote speakers on air quality and green infrastructure. After the presentations there will be a debate about the subject. Please confirm your attendance here.More information please contact Ana Bernardo at a.bernardo@lsx.org.uk or 0207 234 9404.

 

Sunday 20th November 2016:  Festival of Ideas for Change: All Day Event hosted by Ivo Mosley, at The Mural Hall, Prendergast Hilly Fields College, Adelaide Avenue, London SE4 1LE: Most people agree the world is in need of change: inequality gone mad, democracy a sham, quantitative easing pours money in the pockets of the rich, and debt, debt, debt for the rest… arms industries feeding terror and war, our so-called ‘politicians’ representing their interests abroad… the list could go on! The purpose of the fesival is to introduce ideas that could make a big difference to the direction the world is going in, both globally and locally. ‘Think global, act local.’ Speakers will present ideas ranging from *’What would a truly democratic constitution look like?’* to *’How can we reform our money system so it no longer favours the rich?’*. Other subjects tackled are inequality, arms, human rights, education… For details see: http://www.brockleyfestivalofideas.com/. Free tickets for this event are available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/272988.  Sign up and/or volunteer with Positive Money: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/externalevent/wr4s.

Thursday 17th November (7:30 9:30pm):  Positive Money Waterloo and London Economics Debating Society (LEDS) present: Power, democracy, and the production of money Christian Michel, the organiser of the London Economics Debating Society, will introduce a discussion on this controversial issue of who should be in charge of money creation (if anyone). Money is at the centre of economic activity. It conditions the choices, the welfare and ultimately the lives of human beings in modern societies. Christian agrees with Positive Money’s assertion that the current system of money production (or rather, the production of credit by commercial banks), represents a threat to economic and social welfare. But what could the alternative system look like? Can a monetary committee of a dozen or so individuals be trusted? Could we imagine a system of democratic control over money production? In a globalised world, is not the defence of a national currency an anachronism? Should we return to a gold standard? Should we not let entrepreneurs offer different currencies, from bit coin to commodity-backed monies, and let people choose? The format for the evening will be a brief talk by our guest speaker, followed by an open group discussion. Please note Christian’s views in some places run contrary to those of Positive Money, but diversity of opinion is always welcomed, and this should make for a particularly good debate! There will be an opportunity to continue the discussion in the pub afterwards. Details/booking: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwaterloolocalgroup/wr4j

Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Frances Scott, activist film-maker, who worked with Occupy London has died and her funeral is to be held at Golders Green Crematorium from 11.15am.

Tuesday 15th November 2016 – 10.30am: John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, major speech ahead of the Autumn Statement – at Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT. Please click here for directions – promoted by Iain McNicol on behalf of The Labour Party, both at Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT: www.labour.org.uk to join or renew call 0345 092 2299. Contact: The Business Relations Team: business@labour.org.uk

Monday 14th November 2016, 7-9pm – Positive Money Hackney Local Group Monthly Meeting: Financial Deregulation since 1971. The issues we will cover include: Historical context: The Thatcher-Reagan years – what was deregulated and why. The development of “sub-prime” lending and securitisation, leading up to the 2008 crash. Speculation markets on commodities, currencies and food. The relevance for Positive Money arguments. There will be short presentations and videos followed by discussion. Old and new group members are welcome! Bring a friend or a colleague!. We are meeting in Cafe Z Bar, 58 Stoke Newington High St., London E8 4PP, instead of our usual venue. Details/Booking

Monday 7th November 2016:  Labour Action for Peace, Annual Peace Lecture:  ‘Peace and the Trade Unions’ – given by John McDonnell, MP, Shadow Chancellor.  Room CR21, House of Commons (entry via the Cromwell Green Entrance) from 5pm to 6pm.  Please allow plenty of time for the House of Commons security procedures and queues! Limited seats please book as soon as possible. To book please contact: labouractionforpeace@gmail.com.

Sun 6th November: Charter of the Forest: 1pm: Walking tour featuring important points in the development of the Charter of the Forest. Meet by the roundabout outside Lambeth Palace at 1pm, ends at St Paul’s Cathedral at about 3:15pm. FREE: https://thenewputneydebates.com/2016-events/

Sat 5th November 2016: Boat party, Charter of the Forest Celebration: For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boat-party-charter-of-the-forest-celebration-tickets-28145723617

Thursday 3rd November 2016 Positive Money team and supporters will be gathering outside the Bank of England: 8-10am: Outside Bank of England & Royal Exchange, 1 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND:  As part of a national day of action on 3rd November, the We’ll try and catch members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee on their way into their monthly meeting, and use our eye-catching posters and banners to get the message across that their QE programme still isn’t working and is increasing inequality: Details/Booking.

Tuesday 1st November 2016 from 7pm: Keep Talking presents: ‘Man-made Climate Change’ is it a con? with Piers Corbyn, an astro-physicist specialising in climate science, with a first class honours degree in Physics, an MSc in Astrophysics, and a string of letters after his name. He has been studying the weather since he was five, and is known for his long-range weather forecasting service, Weather Action (http://www.weatheraction.com/). He maintains that man-made climate change is a failed theory, and in his talk he will reveal what really causes weather extremes and changes in climate, in terms of predictable solar-magnetic effects. He will also explain the political context of the ‘man-made climate change’ theory. Entry: £4. Location: The Church Hall, St Saviour’s Church, St George’s Square, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3QW (http://www.stsp.org.uk). There’s a good pub (The Gallery) half way between Pimlico Underground Station and the Pimlico Room, for those who want to meet up beforehand or after the meeting. They serve food after 5pm. Contact Ian ian@fantom.org.uk ian@keeptalking.info • 01422 352153 Mobile: 07530 142609

Tuesday 25th October 2016: Balfour Declaration:  100-year Suffering: 7-9.30pm in Committee Room 2a, House of Lords, London SW1A 0AA:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-the-balfour-apology-campaign-time-to-say-sorry-tickets-28690052720

Monday, 24 October 2016: Positive Money:  Hackney Local Group. 7-9pm: Gorki House, 70 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PA: This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! Details/Booking

Tue October 11th at 6.30pm in the House of Commons: You are invited to a House of Commons Meeting hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP on the right to withhold our taxes when our Government chooses to go to War. The meeting takes place on . You can find out more and register here … and if you go….  please report impressions pertinent to our cause.

Tuesday 11th October 2016:  Mark Stears, chief executive of NEF writes: at this event we will launch our agenda to achieve this change, bringing together people of all backgrounds and experiences to find solutions to the problems we share. It will be a day of discussion and debate, campaigning and community-building, with a fantastic line-up of speakers and participants. There has never been a greater need for a new economy and the New Economics Foundation is more determined than ever to do all it can to help build it. But where, among all the great challenges we face today, do we start? As politicians squabble during party conference season, the democratic faith of the citizens they are supposed to represent has been ripped away – the end result of decades of mounting unfairness and inequality. We won’t fix this overnight. But together we can start to create the fairer, inclusive, more sustainable economy we all want – not at some vague point in the future, but here and now. Click here for details and booking.

Thursday 6th October 2016: Uniting for Peace Annual Erskine Childers Lecture 2016 “Building a Culture of Peace in a World of Conflicts” – 6.30-8.30PM at Hilton London Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT: view FLYER

Saturday 1st October 2016: Break up the banks? 10:30-16:00 London Quakers are organising a day at Friends House to consider some of the contentious, difficult, knotty and puzzling issues of how money does and doesn’t work for people. This day is open to everyone. Speakers include David Shirreff, Economic journalist and author of “Break up the banks!”, Fran Boait, Executive Director of Positive Money, Peter Borgers from Triodos Bank, Monica Middleton from Oikocredit and Cait Crosse from Quaker Peace and Social Witness. There will be presentations, group activities and question and answer sessions. There is no charge for this event but an optional collection will be made towards expenses. Registration is requested through the ‘Register your place’ button on this page. For further details go to http://www.londonquakers.org.uk/events/break-banks-we-need-banking-revolution or write to LQEvents2016@gmail.com

Friday 30 September 2016: 3-5pm – LSE Resist Festival film screening  of: “Studying the Rich”, followed by discussion with Amy Feneck, Sophie Hope: This event brings together cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding the continuing rise of inequality in society, using our complex understanding of and relationship with ‘the rich’ as a starting point. It features the screening of a film collaboratively produced by two artists and a group of GCSE sociology students, followed by a public discussion: Room 4.03, LSE PhD Academy, 4th floor, Lionel Robbins Building: details:  http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2016/09/20160930t1500vLRB403.aspx

Thu-Sun 29th September – 2nd October 2016:  Twelfth AMI Monetary Reform Conference. Message from Stephen Zarlenga  of the American Monetary Institute <ami@taconic.net>:  The 2016 Monetary Reform Conference at the University Center in Chicago is now open for early registration.  This is our 12th Annual Conference. We bring together monetary reformers to discuss actual monetary reform such as Kucinich’s NEED Act, introduced into the 112th Congress. Register by December 15, 2015 for $195. instead of $395!:  http://www.monetary.org • https://www.facebook.com/events/1773680136210995/

Thursday 29th September 2016: 6.30-8.30pm: 5-6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE.  LSE Resist Festival roundtable discussion: Speakers: Fran Boait, Becky Booth, Duncan McCann, Ciarah Mundy, Sarah Henderson,  Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd: The Future of Money: This event will feature experts and practitioners who are actively engaged with the development of new forms of money and new approaches to its production and use in society.  These forms range from crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin to time-based and local currencies.  We will be discussing digital money, the cashless society, links between money and community, the relationship between money and debt, and the prospects for fundamental reform of the role of private and central banks in the production of money: free, open to the public, first come first served: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2016/09/20160929t1830vSZT.aspx

Wednesday 28 September 2016, 5-6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, Speakers: Fred Harrison, Andrew Simms, Vivienne Westwood,  Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd: The Rotten Financial System is the Enemy. We are the Opposition. Part 2:  free, open to the public, first come first served: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2016/09/20160928t1700vSZT.aspx

Monday 26th September – 18:45pm: Cafe Diplo: “Global Powerhouse: The International Financial Markets and the City of London” with Tony Norfield. The City, as London’s financial centre is known, is the world’s biggest international banking and foreign exchange market, shaping the development of global capital. It is also a crucial part of the mechanism of power in the world economy. All big international companies – not just the banks – utilise this system, and the operations of the City of London are critical both for British capitalism and for world finance. Tony Norfield is a Marxist economist who completed his PhD at SOAS after 20 years of experience in City of London financial dealing rooms, and ten years as an executive director and global head of Foreign Exchange strategy in a major European bank. He will examine the nature of our modern financial system, the role of the US dollar in global trading, the network of British-linked tax havens, the flows of finance around the world and the system of power built upon financial securities. His book The City: London and the Global Power of Finance  was published by Verso in April 2016.
https://rdln.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/interview-with-tony-norfield-on-finance-and-the-imperialist-world-system-today/ • https://www.versobooks.com/books/2103-the-city. The talk begins at 6.45pm and end around 8.30pm giving plenty of time for questions and discussion. Entrance Fee (on the door): £3 (£2 conchs). Wine and soft drinks will be on sale and we suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand so that you can settle in with a glass of wine or fruit juice. Venue: The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Associates LLP, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL. From Farringdon tube/overground, you head up the hill into Cowcross Street. On the right hand side pass the “Three Compasses” Pub: 50 metres further on some iron gates havea small Cafe Diplo sign. Inside the gate you will find the reception area. Link to the directions: http://www.mondediplofriends.org.uk/venue

 

Saturday 24th September 2016: 11.30am-3.30pm, CCMJ AGM, at Magdalene Centre, St Mary’s Church, Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BN – nearest tube Euston – with “bring and share” lunch  – see link to invitation here:  http://ccmj.org/wp/archives/3716.  Please send any agenda items, papers for consideration, nominations for the committee, and apologies to group@ccmj.org.

S/S: 17-18 September 2016: Commons Rent for The Common Good Implementation: A Conference organised by The Henry George Foundation of Great Britain and The International Union For Land Value Taxation and Free Trade as a contribution to the United Nations Habitat III New Urban Agenda, at SES: 11 Mandeville Place , London, W1U 3AJ: details/booking: http://ccmj.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/London-IU-Conference.pdf

Thursday 15 September 2016: Transforming Finance Conference: Finance & Feminism: The Goldsmith Pub & Dining Room – 96 Southwark Bridge Road – SE1 0EF London – United Kingdom – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/september-social-finance-feminism-tickets-27430990832

Thursday 15th September (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money, Waterloo: “Values, Wealth and Money”. Many of us find it hard to fully comprehend what money is. Movements like Positive Money have helped to dispel some of the illusions which surround it, including the idea that it is just a commodity ~ notes and coins. There is also growing awareness that Banks do not simply take money in and lend it out again; they are directly involved in the creation of money. But the misunderstanding of wealth also causes endless confusion in economics, and that relates back to the understanding of value – what do we truly value? Chris Todhunter will attempt to throw some light on the three interconnected concepts of Values, Wealth & Money in a brief presentation followed by discussion. Attendance is FREE, full address details: 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. There is no requirement to do any background reading before attending, but Chris has listed some books which inspired his talk: 1) Between debt and the Devil (Adair Turner). 2) Other People’s Money (Alan Kay). 3) The Science of Political Economy (Henry George). 4) The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith). Look forward to seeing you there. Host: Sasha Karim. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! Details/Booking

Wednesday 14th Sep 2016: The Reformation of Banking: The Prince of Greenwich: Ivo Mosley is now working on the final chapter of his book ‘Bank Robbery’ and will outline his target proposals for reform. He is hoping for some difficult questions to test how far these can be pushed. Positive Money Greenwich & Lewisham Local Group: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londongeeenwichlewishamlocalgroup/wrw8.

Wednesday 14th Sept 7pm-9.30pm: Islam and the West: a personal perspective* Professor Sir Michael Atiyah.  Conway Hall, Red Lion Square: https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/islam-west-personal-perspective/

Wednesday 14th Sept 7pm-9.30pm: Free Critical ThinkingFriends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ – ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe. Agenda. 1. Round up of news and events (30 mins), 2. Eddie on the art thing A-Z by artist (20 mins). 3. Interest and Indulgences – Janos and Pete (60 mins): http://www.freecriticalthinking.org/daily-pickings/810-invisible-wrecking-machine

Wednesday 14th Sept 10am-5.30pm: The Economics of Happiness—creating a more equitable world – 24 Greencoat Place – SW1P 1RD London – United Kingdom – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-economics-of-happinesscreating-a-more-equitable-world-tickets-25192882590

 

Tuesday 13th September 7-9pm – Arab Humanists presents: History of Doubt in the Muslim World https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/history-doubt-muslim-world/

Tuesday 13th September 7-8pm – GN21 Focus Webinar – Social Change Piecemeal Or Critically Total: http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/233282309/

Monday 12th September @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm – Conway Hall in association with the British Humanist Association presents: “London Thinks – In Conversation: Richard Holloway & Andrew Copson” 25 Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL https://conwayhall.org.uk/event/london-thinks-conversation-richard-holloway-andrew-copson

Saturday 10 Sep 2016  14:00: “The End of Banking?” with Jonathan McMillan:Birkbeck College, London:   Will fintech overthrow the forces that crashed our financial system?   Fintech is the segment of the technology startup scene that stands poised to disrupt the operation of money transfers, loans, mobile payments, asset management, and fundraising. http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/externalevent/wrw3

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 7-9pm: We are having a social evening of the Positive Money Newham group at the Thatched House pub in Hammersmith. If it’s your first time then you’re very welcome to come along as we have a friendly group of regulars and most likely some first timers too. The evening is informal and intended to introduce people with interests related to money, banking, finance and economics, and in particular how these can be harnessed to serve the interests of all of society. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are planning to attend, please send a short email to Tanveer (tanveer.saifee@gmail.com) so we have an idea of numbers. Host: Tanveer Saifee. Location: The Thatched House pub, 115 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0ET, Nearest tube stops are Ravenscourt Park and Hammersmith. Directions from Ravenscourt Park tube station: Turn left out of the tube station and walk down the alleyway to get to Dalling Road. Turn left and walk under the railway lines and past a school on your left. Keep walking on Dalling Road past a few shops, the road bends to the left and the pub is on your right hand side. Our table will have Positive Money flyers and books on it. Please check the garden (at the back past the bar) if the weather is good. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! Details/Booking.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 – 7-9pm: Please join the members of Positive Money’s local group in Newham for a discussion of the impacts Brexit will have on monetary reform in Great Britain. We will also have presentation by James Baker entitled “The Greek Crisis in a Single Chart”. You don’t necessarily need to know anything about monetary reform or about Positive Money. Everyone is welcome to attend! Host: John Benson. Location: Sawmill Cafe, 51 West Ham Lane, Stratford, London E15 4PH, 7 minutes walk from Stratford Underground station. Just walk through the Stratford Centre (ie. the old Stratford Shopping Centre not Westfield) and continue across the road and down West Ham Lane. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! Details/Booking.

Wednesday 17th August: Fran from Positive Money writes: Positive Money launches its new campaign “Create money for people, not financial markets”. This follows the announcement last week that the Bank of England will flood financial markets with £70bn of newly-created money. It’s a policy known as quantitative easing (QE). They’re doing this despite more and more people acknowledging that QE increases inequality. This has been confirmed by the Bank of England’s own research and even admitted by Theresa May. But we know there’s an alternative. We’re calling on the new government to use the money created by the Bank of England on things which help ordinary people and businesses, instead of flooding financial markets. We’re going to launch the campaign next Wednesday in central London. We’ll invite broadcasters to come and film it and we would really like you to be there. We need as many of you as possible to call on the government to abandon this failed policy. We want to show them that we know there are better alternatives. If you’re available at 5pm next Wednesday and would like to come, please fill in this form to be updated with the details and location: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/s/bank-of-england-campaign-launch

Rise London – 69-89 Mile End Road, London, E1 4TT – View Map – BarCampBankLondon is an informal event for FinTech practitioners in and around London [that includes Kraków and New York. The first events were an offshot of BarCampBankParis and held in 2008. BCBL gives practitioners a chance to discuss and socialise with other knowledgeable professionals. Escape the permissioned vs. permission-less blockchain debate for a day and come to a place that understands your pain when the CSV file isn’t escaped properly and it’s not clear what the comma in the FCA handbook really means. Ticket price is to reduce no-shows. Whatever is left after expenses will be donated. There’s a wiki for suggestions open anyone with a Github account. https://github.com/barcampbank/barcampbanklondon8/wiki – BCBL will be run in the classic BarCamp format. We don’t have speakers. The topics are whatever you want to talk about. In the past we’ve taken up discussions about: the prospects for an Iranian oil exchange, what went wrong for digital bearer bonds, Zeus mobile malware, Hayek’s Denationalisation of Money, M-PESA, flat-tailed financial returns and Russian money kiosks: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/barcampbanklondon8-reboot-tickets-745281156

Wednesday 27th July:  12-2pm: London Open Global Table: http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/ 

Tuesday 26th July 2016: Hackney Positive Living Group: We meet on the 1st or 2nd Monday of each month, 7pm, downstairs at Gorki House, 70 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PAl. Our monthly meetings explore ideas around a specific theme. The aims of the group are to1.  Thoroughly understand Positive Money’s proposed reforms.  2. Help each other to develop the ability to persuasively explain the money system and possible reforms to friends and family, 3. provide feedback to the Positive  Money team on the book and educational materials, 4. Explore further action (public awareness raising, advocacy, political) once we have covered more of the book

Friday, 22 July 2016 7-9pm, Walthamstow Positive Money Group, hosted by Cathy Macnaughton: This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Are you waiting for the next financial crisis, or worrying about house price bubbles? Come along and hear Positive Money’s analysis of why we have these worries and what we could do about it – in particular, to argue for a Money Commission to look at proposals and strategies for managing the money system.  Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome!: Quaker Meeting House (Walthamstow, London) 1A Jewel Road, WalthamstowLondon E17 4QU, 5 minutes walk from Walthamstow Central tube or overground, buses 97, 34, 275. 

 

Wed 20th July 2016, 7-9pm, upstairs at the Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB, open event with brief presentations on the Commons, Usury, Arts and Culture in the context of a Citizens Dividend followed by discussion, in the round, of the three presentations. Also called “Universal Basic Income”, the House of Commons discussion referred to an amount of £70 per week per adult – this is hardly the means to life. A Citizens Dividend from the wealth of the planet could provide the means to shelter, clothe and feed everyone, debt free without increasing income, sales or employment taxes; indeed they could even be reduced: details.

Wednesday 20th July:  12-2pm: London Open Global Table:  http://globaltable.org.uk/wp/ 

Fri-Sun: 15 – 17 July 2016: Annual Justice & Peace Conference “Justice, Power and Responsibility: How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good?” *** CONFERENCE NOW BOOKING *** Booking forms from NJPN, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX  020 7901 4864  – admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk.

Thu 7th – Sat 9th July 2016: ASSOCIATION FOR HETERODOX ECONOMICS: 18th Annual Conference: University of Glasgow: Theme – Alternatives to Austerity: http://hetecon.net

Wednesday 6th July:  12-2pm: Global Table, SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ

Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 18:00-9:15 – Can Citizens be Economists? with Seema Malhotra MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Julie Timbrell (Occupy Democracy), Simon Burall (Director, Involve), Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies), and Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive, RSA):  – Great Room Auditorium, RSA House: Book here.

Wednesday 29th June:  12-2pm: Global Table, SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ

Fri 24th June – Fri 1st July 2016: EXCHANGE & FINANCE FOR A NEW ECONOMY PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE with Thomas Greco – €345-735: http://www.kalikalos.org/exchange-finance

Wednesday 22nd June  12-2pm: Global Table, SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ

Tuesday 21 June 2016: St Paul’s Institute: 6.30pm – 8.00pm (doors open at 6pm) Inequality and the Green Economy – Organised in partnership between St Paul’s Institute and Tearfund. Will a move towards a greener economy help mitigate issues of social and economic inequality? More »

Monday 20th June 2016 – Positive Money Hackney: talk on Alternative Currencies: on  at Gorki House Cafe, 70 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PA for details see Positive Money Hackney

Wednesday, 15th June 2016: 18:30 – 21:00: Uniting for Peace invites you to  “Rebuilding Europe’s Future: UK IN or OUT?” at London Hilton Euston, 17-18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT.  Chair: Rita Payne, President Emeritus Commonwealth Journalists Association. Speakers: - Richard Howitt, Labour MEP- Jean Lambert, Green MEP [tbc] – Ken Clarke, Former Chancellor [tbc] – Mark Stephens CBE, Human Rights Lawyer – Sir Nicholas Soames, Conservative MP [tbc] – Louise Rowntree, Lobbyist and Media – Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair Uniting for Peace – James Brazier, Researcher and Writer – Brian Cooper, Co-ordinator and Interfaith Secretary, Uniting for Peace. This event will give speakers from both sides of the debate an opportunity to make their case for whether the UK is better off staying in or leaving the EU. At present Europe is in crisis with rising inequality, refugees, and increasing terrorism on European soil. Uniting for Peace’s latest campaign “Europe for Peace” – highlights the dangers to peace and stability that a disintegrating EU would present. We invite speakers to give their arguments on what is best for the UK and Europe in this climate of fear and uncertainty. Hope you can join us at the conference and we look forward welcoming you. FREE public meeting. For registrations and any other info please go to: www.unitingforpeace.com,  or call 020 7791 1717 / 07776 231 018 / 0131 446 9545 (Brian Cooper). Please arrive 15 minutes early for securing a good seat.

Wednesday 15th June 2016:  12-2pm: Global Table, SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ

Thursday 9th June:  (7:30-9:30pm): Positive Money Waterloo Discussion Group, a joint event with the London Economics Debating Society (LEDS) at Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room – side entrance), St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY: free: full details and booking: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwaterloolocalgroup/w7d

Wednesday 8th June  10-12noon Global Table;  12-2pm:  ICUK meeting: http://www.constitutionalists.uk/events.htm.

Thursday 2 June 2016 at 6.30 pm: Corbynomics versus Ideological Austerity:  a public meeting with Andrew Fisher of the Left Economics Advisory Panel (LEAP), advisor to John McDonnell, at St Mellitus Church, Tollington Park Road, N4 3AG. Andrew will give a short introduction on Labour’s emerging economic programme, followed by a Q&A session. This will be followed by a short planning discussion with an election of Momentum Islington’s interim committee and then trip to a nearby bar: https://www.facebook.com/events/1671577163105651/

Wednesday 1st June 2016:  12-2pm: Global Table, SES, 11-13 Mandeville Place, W1U 3AJ

Sat 4th June 2016: People’s PPE: Free Conference – Hackminster: Access to the A-Z of Everyday Politics – book via Eventbrite

Tuesday 31 May 2016: Transition Highbury at Nanna’s N1 cafe (map). Doors open 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm. Free, but donations always appreciated. The Divide has been wow-ing audiences all over the UK – and we are showing it for free, as usual! It follows seven individuals striving for a better life in the US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By interweaving their stories and news footage, it creates a powerful picture of how economic division creates social division. The film is inspired by the critically acclaimed, best-selling book ‘The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Being Transition, we are interested to know how social division maps onto climate adaptation – and we will try to line up some panelists for a discussion. This is our last film before the summer break, and we look forward to seeing you there. Sign up on our Facebook page here.

Friday May 27 6.30 for 7 pm: CO-OPERATIVES: presented by John Courtneidge, writer and Labour parliamentary candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst at Birkbeck Open Discussion Society, London University, Room 633 (6th Floor) main Library building, 25 Torrington Square, WC1 7JL, Everyone welcome. Contact open.discussion@inorbit.com.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 19:00 – 21:00 GMT+01:00 – From Bretton Woods to the “Bankruptocracy” – Understanding the Roots of the Financial Crisis and Today’s Economic Uncertainty: Positive Money Newham Branch event hosted by John Benson: The Sawmill Cafe, 51 West Ham Lane, Stratford, London E15 4PH: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonnewham/wh7

 

House of Commons – Universal Basic Income

Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:30 PM

Committee Room 12
House of Commons London SW1A 0AA, GB

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Join us in the House of Commons when we discuss the feasibility of introducing a Universal Basic income for all. Yasmin Qureshi MP has booked the room and is the official host and Caroline Lucas MP will be a main speaker.A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.When …

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Monday, 23 May 2016 – Central Hall Westminster, London – 2.30 – 6.30 pm.  The Nature of Prosperity – Inaugural debate. We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural event in a major new dialogue on the Nature of Prosperity. The event also marks the launch of the ESRC-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) – http://www.cusp.ac.uk and features Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, in conversation with long-time peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar. Other speakers include: Jane Elliott (Chief Executive of the ESRC), Connie Hedegaard (former EU Commissioner for Climate Change, tbc), Tim Jackson (Director of CUSP) and Caroline Lucas (MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth).  The event is the first in a series of public debates (hosted by CUSP) engaging young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in one of the most vital questions of our time: what does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits? The event is free to attend but please register your attendance on our Eventbrite page.

Sat 21st May 2016 – Momentum announces that John McDonnell is convening a ‘State of the Economy’ conference at Imperial College, London and we would love you to join us. This event will follow on from the ‘New Economics Lecture Series’, which is currently touring the country, with the purpose of opening up the debate about the future of our economy to people outside of Westminster. In addition to hearing from experts about the current state of the UK economy, this will be an opportunity for everyone to contribute and pitch in their own ideas.  There are a range of excellent speakers confirmed already including Ha-Joon Chang, Richard Murphy, Anastasia Nesvetailova, Jonathon Portes, Adrienne Roberts, Anneliese Dodds MEP and many more.  Workshop sessions have been planned throughout the day and I am very much looking forward to hearing the ideas that you bring to the conference. We will be discussing a range of topics including tax, sustainable economics, debt, technology and alternative models of ownership. Groups who have already confirmed to take part in the workshop sessions include the Women’s Budget Group and the Jubilee Debt Campaign. Labour’s entire Shadow Treasury team will be attending and chairing sessions throughout the day. The ideas that will be discussed will help to inform our ongoing policy making process. Tickets are £10 to cover the cost of the venue and refreshments on the day. We really hope you are able to join us for what should be a fascinating and exciting day of debate, contributions and ideas. Please register here: labevents.org/economyconf2016

Friday 20th May 10:00am to Sun 22 May, 2016 07:00am Stroud, UK: The Colours of Money Seminar: Includes a Public Talk – 2008 and Beyond: Bridging the Divides.  Derived from Rudolf Steiner’s contribution to economic and monetary history, The Colours of Money© seminar looks at the history and purpose of money and how it can be the main instrument for bringing about real and lasting change in our economic circumstances. Grounded in Associative Economics – an approach that covers many schools of thought, the seminar ranges from the problems of small businesses, to larger questions of global finance and the power of corporations. Offering a radical yet concrete and in-depth approach to money in our times, it is presented using coloured chalk imagery on black paper, a technique intended to overcome the reputation of economics as a dismal science! Full details:  http://www.associative-economics.com/uploads/media/EC_COM_May_2016-4.pdf – Booking:  http://www.associative-economics.com/fileadmin/user_upload/com_Stroud_2016_booking_form.pdf

Monday 16th May 2016 18:00-19:00pm – Fixing Finance – Positive Money event hosted by Tony Greenham, The RSA – The Great Room, 8 John Adam St, London WC2N 6EZ: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/externalevent/w5b

Friday 13th May 2016 – TBC – 6.30 for 7pm: Birkbeck Open Discussion Group: – Dr John Courtneidge:  Peace & Prosperity for All = a Plan for Co-operative Socialism – a Fair World Project, and sustainable too! – For details of the presentation see:  Birkbeck-160506

Thursday 12th May  (7:30-9:30pm) “Banksters” Game + Discussion (Positive Money Waterloo Local Group) – Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room), St John’s Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8TY: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwaterloolocalgroup/whm

Wednesday, 11th  May 2016 19:30 – 22:00pm – Money Destruction – Liquidity Preference and Recession (Positive Money – Geeenwich & Lewisham Local Group). hosted by Michael O Keefe at The Prince of Greenwich, 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RT: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londongeeenwichlewishamlocalgroup/w5z

Wednesday 11th May 2016 – 12-2pm:  ICUK meeting reverses its timing with the London Open Global Table, which meets at 10am-12noon:  http://www.constitutionalists.uk/events.htm.

Wednesday 11th May 2016: 08:45 – 17:45pm Transforming Finance 2016: Follow The Money will examine how the finance system needs to change to address some of the most pressing problems facing our society and economy, including making housing affordable for all and providing secure, fulfilling jobs through sustainable investment in the UK economy. Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Tickets: Find out more here: http://transformingfinance.org.uk

Tuesday, 10 May 2016:  Assemblies for Democracy presents – Designing Democracy for the 21st century – 18:00 to 21:00 – Committee Room 5, House Of Commons, St Margarets St, SW1A 0AA: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/designing-democracy-for-the-21st-century-tickets-24528509432

Monday 9th May 2016 19:00 – 21:00: Film Showing: Four Horsemen:  This is the May meeting of the Positive Money Hackney Local Group.This highly rated film features 23 international thinkers discussing how the world works. There will be an introduction before the film and a Q&A and debate afterwards. http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhackneylocalgroup/whx

Saturday 7th May: Demo for Democracy from 12noon  – Old Palace Yard, Houses of Parliament. — https://www.facebook.com/events/1732795900291616.  On the anniversary of the most disproportionate election in British history we will unite to call for all voters to be fairly represented in our Parliament and for the establishment of genuine democracy in the UK.

Wednesday 4th May 2016 – CCMJ Appraisal – pre-meeting:  http://www.ccmj.orghttp://www.ccmj.org/wp – 4pm at Friends House, Euston:  contact info@ccmj.org

Sunday 1st May 2016: Basic Income Day:basic income advocates from all over the world will celebrate Basic Income Day on Labour Day, in recognition of the need for it to become Machine Labour Day or the End of Labour Day, through automation and universal basic income –
http://me.dm/r-D6XEm-xLkC?source=email-anon_749015d66248–publication.newsletter  – for further details see: http://basicincomeday.org

Community Action: Taking the Power Back

Friday, Apr 29, 2016, 10:30 AM

The Great Hall, Holloway Campus, London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road London N7 8DP, GB

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This is an an open event that GlobalNet21 is supporting and run  by Community Sector Coalition, and hosted by London Metropolitan University for people active in their community; we will explore this by hearing from speakers, participating in workshops, networking and dialoguePurpose:To explore how we can build stronger communities.We aim to cele…

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Saturday 23rd April 2016, 10am – 4.30  Compass’ Good Europe invite you to participate in a significant Good Europe event which is being organised in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) London and in collaboration with Free Word. Activists from across Europe and cultural figures will kick us off with their visions for what a good Europe would look like followed by purposeful small group discussion, at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA (fully accessible)  Tickets limited.

Saturday 16th April 2016:  March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education: April 16 2016 March for Homes, Health, Jobs, Education | End Austerity Now – Assemble: 1pm, Gower Street / Euston Road, London NW1

Wednesday April 13th 12noon to 2pm: How is Europe to Deal With Violent Religious Extremism? – House of Commons, Committee Room 9 –  meeting organised by Universal Peace Federation: www.uk.upf.org

Wednesday 13th April:  12-2pm:  ICUK meeting replaces open Global Table agenda:  http://www.constitutionalists.uk/events.htm.

Tuesday 12th April 2016 – 6.30-8pm: Money and the Kingdom of God – Eve Poole and Angus Ritchie at St Faith’s Chapel, Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral – for full details and booking form go to: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/money-and-the-kingdom-of-god

Wednesday 6th April 2016: Next in the series of TIGE Talks (Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy) is on the evening of Michael Schluter and Marjon Busstra from the Relational Thinking network will speak on The Third Force Awakens. Their emphasis is on human relations at the workplace amongst other things. He and Marjon are compelling speakers. As usual the evening starts at 6.30pm and there will be plenty of time for Q&A after their talks. Please take the chance to meet them. RSVP, if you have not already done so, to: reception@london.iofc.org

Tuesday 29th March 2016 7pm: DRUK monthly film night – we’ll be showing the US student debt documentary “Ivory Tower” at the Hive, 260-264 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG.

Saturday 26th March 2016: Easter Saturday event 12noon on the steps of St Paul’s: An open event with invitations to all CCMJ, Occupy Faith and Occupy Economics participants, to reflect on the following question: ‘WHAT DOES JESUS SAY ABOUT CAPITALISM?’- led by John Courtneidge.

Monday 21st March | 6.45pm – 8pm: We The People UK with Graham Allen MP     Committee Room 10, Parliament, SW1A OAA.   Book your place at www.unlockdemocracy.org/events

Saturday 19th March, 2016,  ‘Living Systems Leadership’ – one-day workshop from 9.30am to 5pm in the transition town of Totnes, Devon. This is also the home of the Dartington Hall Trust and Schumacher College. The day will also introduce an on-going learning opportunity that will enable those who wish to do so to develop these skills at an advanced level. Attendance is by donation – recommended between £20 and £50. For booking and further information email: Dr Claudius van Wyk, Transformation Strategies Ltd: claudiusvanwyk@gmail.com or call 07873 979767: www.transformationstrategies.org.

Thursday 17 March – 6.30 to 8.30pm – Finance Innovation Lab: in lieu of a regular Lab Social this monthwill be celebrating the official launch of the Finance Innovation Lab Fellowship programme at City Hall. If you would like to attend, please email hello@financeinnovationlab.org

Fri/Sat/Sun: 11th-13th March 2016: Who are the Rosicrucians today? “When a person no longer finds satisfaction in the whirls of the worldly life and when exoteric religion, science, and art no longer have any fascination for them, do not give them any consolation anymore amidst the harassments of their earthly ties. When they reach the point where they are as consumed by an almost desperate longing, an intense nostalgia for true life, that they truly begin to seek with all the power that is within them, then it is certain that they will get in touch with the force field of a mystery school.” What is a Spiritual School? What is a Mystery School? What does it mean to be a Rosicrucian nowadays? The Internation School of the Golden Rosycross is a living reality manifesting in this nature through its pupils and members. If you are interesting in exploring its aim and its practical and spiritual activity, join us for this special three-day event in London, to be held at 
Club Quarters Hotel, 61 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JW. 
The event is scheduled as follows: Friday 11th March: 7pm: Public lecture and discussion – WHO ARE THE ROSICRUCIANS TODAY? Saturday 12th March: 11am: 1st Conference Service • 3.30 -5pm: Public lecture and discussion: MAN, COSMOS, MICROCOSM • 6-7:30pm: Public lecture and discussion: THE PATH OF SELF INITIATION • 8pm: 2nd Conference Service. Sunday 13th March: 12:30pm: 3rd Conference Service. 2:30-4pm: Public lecture and discussion: THE MYSTERY SCHOOL OF THE GOLDEN ROSYCROSS. See:  www.goldenrosycross.org.uk • www.facebook.com/LectoriumRosicrucianumUK • www.meetup.com/goldenrosycrosslondon

Sunday 13th March 2016: NATIONAL DEMO: Kill the Housing Bill: Secure Homes for All. Meet 12noon, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3TL  Supported by Defend Council Housing, Kirklees Federation of Tenants, Camden Assembly of Tenants, Tower Hamlets Tenants Federation, National Bargee Travellers Association, Radical Housing Network, GMB Union, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, NUT London Teachers Housing Campaign, Unison Camden LG, Cambridge City and other branches, Unite Housing Workers, the Green Party, John McDonnell MP, London Gypsy Traveller Unit, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Islington Private Tenants, Hackney and Waltham Forest Trades Councils, Leeds Hands Off Our Homes: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/ – http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/resources/KtHB13Marchposter.pdf

Sunday 13th March 2016: the hugely popular #JC4PM tour hits Croydon on with a phenomenal line up of musicians, poets, comedians and speakers, all coming out in support of Jeremy Corbyn.  It may be cold outside, but it will feel like last summer at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls, Park Ln, Croydon, CR9 1DG from 7.30 pm. Watch a short clip from the first event here to see what’s in store.   Hosted by ‘Grumpy Old Man’ Arthur Smith, the line up includes: • Charlotte Church (Classical and Popular Brit Award winner) • John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer) • Jeremy Hardy (former ‘Perrier Award’ winner, ‘QI’, ‘News Quiz’)  • Len McCluskey (General Secretary of Unite the Union) • Francesca Martinez (‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Extras’) • Mark Serwotka (General Secretary of PCS union) • Atilla the Stockbroker (Punk Poet, ‘Peel Sessions’) • Kerry Godliman (‘Miranda’, ‘Extras’, ‘Derek’) • Michael Rosen (former Children’s Poet Laureate, ‘Mind Games’) • Dane Baptiste (‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Celebrity Squares’) • Sam Fairbairn (Secretary of The People’s Assembly). Tickets for the night cost £5-£20 and can be bought online at https://www.fairfield.co.uk/en-GB/shows/jc4pm%20tour/info • For details of Momentum see:  http://www.peoplesmomentum.com/

Monday 14 March at 7pm. Debt Resistance UK. We’ve structured the meeting so there’s a little introduction to what we’re up to, which means that it’s a great opportunity to come along even if you haven’t previously been involved in DRUK. We meet at the meeting room of the Grayston Centre (where Jubilee Debt Campaign is based). The address is 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT. The nearest tube is Old Street.

Saturday 12th March 2016: a performance publishing extravaganza presented by the Henningham Family Press: The Maximum Wage, at St Paul’s West Hackney Church Hall, Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7UY. Doors open 11am, drop in anytime until 4pm. FREE ENTRY – for full details see:
http://maximumwage.uk.

Wednesday 9th March:  12-2pm:  ICUK meeting replaces open Global Table agenda.

Saturday, 5th March 2016, 11am – 6pm:  Annual Compass Gathering:  The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR:  After a year’s hiatus in 2015, we’re back with our annual Compass gathering. This year we’re going to explore big political questions: how do we make systemic change happen in this political and global context? How could we be organising to have more impact? As always, our events are open to everyone. Join us for a day of conversations and debate, of meeting old friends and making new ones, and of figuring out together what to do next. It will be an inspiring day with great speakers and great participants and we look forward to seeing you there:  Further information and booking, go here:  http://www.compassonline.org.uk/events/annual-gathering-2016/

Sat 5th March 2016: Uniting for Peace: 10am-4.30pm AGM and lecture: Middle East Conflicts, Impact on Europe and Prospects for World Peace: Chair: Rita Payne, President Commonwealth Journalists Association. Speakers: Humphrey Hawksley, BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent – Prof. Phillip Marfleet, Author and Expert on Middle East Studies – Dr. Halla Diyab, Author and TV Presenter – Jean Lambert, Green MEP (Invited) – John Andrews, The Economists Foreign Correspondent (invited) – Vijay Mehta, Author and Chair Uniting for Peace, at Wesley’s Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU. Register with donation to vijay@vmpeace.org – full details: http://www.unitingforpeace.com/leaflets%20and%20flyers/2016/5th%20March%202016%20front.pdf

Monday February 29th 2016 – 7:00pm Globalnet21: Webinar (link from home) – Universal Basic Income – What Is It and Could It Work? http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/228029048/

Saturday 27th February 2016, London STOP TRIDENT March and Rally Join the Faith Block:  Interfaith Service at 11.00am, Hinde Street Methodist Church Full detail here
http://paxchristi.org.uk/event/stop-trident-national-rally/?instance_id=492

Tuesday 23rd February 7-10pm:  DRUK Film Night: “Catastroika” at the Hive Dalston, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, E8 4DG –  https://www.facebook.com/DebtResistanceUK – http://debtresistance.uk – see also http://evictionresistance.org.uk

Tuesday 23 February 2016 – Doors open 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start. Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0LY. A small group of activists from London’s East End, inspired by Jeremy Corbyn, have launched a fantastic initiative to bring political education and awareness back down to a community level – the People’s PPE (People’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics). Come along to their next free event to hear from guest speakers Yanis Varoufakis, Ann Pettifor and Mufti Abdur Rahman Mangera. *BOOK TICKETS:*

Wednesday 17 February 2016 – 7pm to 9pm: Positive Money London – Hammersmith Local Group Discussion: “What regulators Haven’t Yet Learned From the Crisis”, led by David Shirreff, financial journalist since the early 1980s at Euromoney, The Economist and others and hosted by Tanveer Saifee, at Upstairs Hall @ Grove Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Bradmore Park Road, HammersmithLondon W6 0DT. If you are planning to attend, please send a short email to Tanveer ( tanveer.saifee@gmail.com ) so we have an idea of numbers: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhammersmithlocalgroup/wrtr

Wednesday 17 February 2016 – 1.00pm – 2.00pm – Why We Should Own the Banks – RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ – https://www.thersa.org/events/2016/02/why-we-should-own-the-banks/

Thursday 18th February (7:30-9:30pm).  How are Developing Countries affected by the Global Monetary System? (London – Waterloo Local Group). Positive Money Waterloo Discussion Group. Attendance is FREE and our venue is unchanged. Full address details:   Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room) St John’s Church 73 Waterloo Road London SE1 8TY: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwaterloolocalgroup/wxh

Tuesday 16th February 2016: 7pm: Positive Money Local Group Meetup – Newham, London. We will be discussing Chapter 8 of Modernising Money and discussing what local actions we can undertake. Everyone is welcome!  You don’t need to have read Modernising Money nor do you need to know anything about monetary reform or the monetary system. Hosted by John Benson, at Sawmill Cafe, 51 West Ham Lane, StratfordLondon E15 4PH: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonnewham/wx3

Monday 15th February 2016: 19:00 – 21:00 – The Big Short explained: Housing bubbles and the subprime crisis (London – Hackney Local Group). If you liked the movie “The Big Short” but didn’t understand everything: here’s your chance!  We continue our three-part course in understanding the money system, the consequences of the current system, and Positive Money proposals to fix the problems. The second session will focus on the consequences of excessive lending in particular the housing bubble and the subprime crisis.  No prior economics knowledge is needed. Hosted by John Campbell, at Gorki House, 70 Stoke Newington High St, LondonGreater London N16 7PA: http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhackneylocalgroup/wrtg

Fri 12th February 2016 – 6.30 for 7-9pm – Birkbeck Open Discussion Group features Free Critical Thinking – a DIY Template – Collaborating to co-create a fair and just future – Room 306 Clore Management Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX.

Thursday 11th February 2016 – People Shaped Localism – 6pm – 7pm, RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ – https://www.thersa.org/events/2016/02/people-shaped-localism-making-it-real

Saturday, 20 February, 2016 – 10:00 to 16:00: A day conference organised by London Quakers for all BYM: Minute 25 of BYM 2015:- “….There is a continuing housing crisis in this country and inequality in housing is a highly visible and damaging symptom of injustice in our society. The problem is not an insoluble one and our voices can be heard.” Morning – general session in The Light.  BYM’s concern about housing and inequality – Paul Parker.   The housing scene in Britain – an overview.   Concerns about Right to Buy –– Lord Robert Kerslake:  Read more

Wednesday 10th February:  7:30pm:  The Prince of Greenwich: Helicopter money, basic income, and other direct cash transfer schemes, with  Lui Smyth:  (London – Geeenwich & Lewisham Local Group): Under Positive Money’s Sovereign Money system a Money Creation Committee would decide on periodic increases (and decreases) to the UK’s money supply to maintain aggregate demand in line with an inflation target:  http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londongeeenwichlewishamlocalgroup/wrtt

Wednesday 10th February:  12-2pm:  ICUK meeting replaces open Global Table agenda.

Thursday 4th February 2016 – The Sustainable Development Goals: From Vision to Reality – 1pm-2pm – RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ (it is possible to listen live to this event) – https://www.thersa.org/events/2016/02/the-sustainable-development-goals-from-vision-to-reality/

Thursday 28 January 2015 – 6pm-8.30pm – Film: Hip Hop Revolución: The film will be followed by the Q&A with the director Pablo Navarrete, Dr Francisco Dominguez (senior lecturer at Middlesex University, where he is head of the Centre for Brazilian and Latin American Studies, and secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign) and Stephanie Kennedy (journalist/former teleSUR English correspondent). Chaired by Shelly Asquith, Vice President Welfare, National Union of Students (NUS). Bolivar Hall, 54-56 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/978572855542205/ Tickets £4/£5 advance / £6 on the door (half the proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the work of the VSC). Advance tickets: £4 unwaged/ concession //£5 waged at http://www.alborada.net/hhr-280116

Thursday 28th January 2015: How We Became a World of Consumers – 1pm – 2pm – RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ (it is possible to listen live to this event): https://www.thersa.org/events/2016/01/how-we-became-a-world-of-consumers/

Tuesday 26th January 7-10pm:  Film Night: Si Se Puede (Yes It’s Possible), featuring the activist work of PAH (Platform of Mortgage Victims) led by Franz von Benda-Beckman, in Spain, following the collapse of the Housing Market: at The Hive Dalston, 260-264 Kingsland Rd, E8 4DG – https://www.facebook.com/events/1728283104074514 –  https://www.facebook.com/DebtResistanceUK – http://debtresistance.uk – see also: http://evictionresistance.org.uk

Wednesday 13th January 2016: Constitutionalists UK, Open Strategy Forum meeting, included in Global Table meeting at SES, 12noon: http://www.constitutionalists.htm/events.htm


– 2015 –

Christmas/ New Year Break: No Global Table Meetings 23rd & 30th Dec 2015

Saturday, 19th December 2015, 2015 at 06:00 PM: Rich Mix Arts Venue in London, United Kingdom – SCROOGENOMICS hosted by Philosophy Football and the Peoples Assembly, supported by the RMT and  FBU, a seasonal night out against austerity, at Rich Mix in East London. Tickets are now on sale, warning going fast, at a very reasonable £9.95. Headlined by the sublime comedy of Bridget Christie. Bridget’s stand-up set will be preceded by an in-conversation with Guardian columnist Zoe Williams. Plus sparkling spoken word from poet Salena Godden.  And closing the show Thee Faction playing anthems to dance and march to followed by Ska legends,The Meow Meows. If that lot doesn’t get you laughing and dancing all we can say is, bah humbug! The night won’t be short of ideas either. Opened by the renowned writer on inequality Danny Dorling, an international discussion on austerity and its discontents with Marina Prentoulis of Syriza joined by Sirio Canos Donnay  of Podemos and  Shelly Asquith NUS Vice-President Education & Welfare. Plus new work has been commissioned specially for the night inspired by the message of The Christmas Carol by poet Matt Abbott and musician Nia. Filling the dancefloor with his usual upbeat indie set the Melstars Music sound system. Book your tickets now… and we’ll see you there! BOOKING form https://www.philosophyfootball.com/scroogeonomics.html  or call to book 01273 472 721

Friday 18 December, Momentum Arts will be having an Xmas Fundraiser at the Prince of Wales (POW) in Brixton (467- 469 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 8HH). Starting at 7 pm and continuing on until late, we will be hosting an evening of live speakers, live music and DJ sets, to kick start the festive period. For further details see: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/151a5018895a1b4b

Thursday 17th December 2015 at 13:00 – THE CASE FOR A UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME – Durham Street Auditorium, at RSA House: corner of 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ: https://www.thersa.org/events/2015/12/the-case-for-a-universal-basic-income/

Monday, 14 December, 2015 – 19:00 to 20:30: An event to explore approaches to activism that are both effective and grounded in Quaker values. Our speaker Eileen Flanagan, of Earth Quaker Action Team in the US, will share how the Quaker testimonies of peace, equality, and simplicity led her to a concern about climate change. Hear her story of how and why she responded by taking on the power of one of the largest banks in the US, successfully pushing them to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining.  Email ellier@quaker.org.uk to book a place.

Saturday 12 December 2015 – Stop Bombing Syria, National demonstration. Assemble 12noon,
BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA. Supported by CND and the Muslim Association of Britain: http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/events/stop-the-war-events-national/don-t-bomb-syria-protest-action-page

Thursday 10th December 2015: “Do$h” – drama introducing advice service on Bills, budgeting, banking and more: at Neighourly Care Southall, 32 Featherstone Rd, Southall UB2 5AQ, for more information call 020 8571 1929 – http://www.catalystgateway.org.uk

Thursday 10 December 2015 17:30-19:30 – RETHINKING PUBLIC ASSETS: land and capital – New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London SE1 7HB. A report would be valued: http://www.neweconomics.org/events/entry/rethinking-public-assets-land-and-capital

Wednesday 9th December 2015: Constitutionalists UK, Open Strategy Forum meeting, also at SES, 10am-12noon: http://www.constitutionalists.htm/events.htm

Friday, 4 December 2015: Positive Money – Walthamstow Local Group Meeting – 7-9pm.  Host: Cathy Macnaughton, Member’s flat, Walthamstow London E17 9QS – see Google Maps.  Directions:contact Cathy on cathy.macnaughton@yahoo.co.uk. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome! http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwalthamstowlocalgroup/jjf

Thu 3 Dec 2015:  Oxford: Rethinking public assets: innovations in money.  (Seminar with Fran Boait, Director of Positive Money organised by the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations, New Economics Foundation and Positive Money): (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rethinking-public-assets-innovations-in-money-registration-19117147904)

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 7.30 pm: St James Church: 197 Piccadilly, London W1 9LL: MUSICIANS for PEACE and DISARMAMENT present a CONCERT FOR PEACE Conductor: Howard Williams, Soloist: Joy Lisney cello, WAGNER Siegfried Idyll, HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, SCHUBERT Symphony No. 3 in D major. PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE PEACE MOVEMENT. All seats are unreserved. Tickets £15 / £10 (concessions) on the door from 7.00 pm: online at www.wegottickets.com/event/338591 (no booking fee) or complete the booking form below Further details on www.mana.org.uk

Mon 30th Nov 2015: Gloucester & Cheltenham, Positive Money: Monthly development meeting
(http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/gloucestercheltenhamlocalgroup/jwt)

Mon 30th Nov 2015: Newcastle: Positive Money Local Monthly Meetup: (http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/northeastlocalgroup/jjb)

Mon 30th Nov 2015: Sheffield: Local public banking – talk and discussion
(http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/sheffieldlocalgroup/jj3)

Sunday 29 November 2015: Join Momentum on the People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs, part of the world’s biggest climate demonstration. We will assemble at Meeting Point J, Park Lane, London, W1 at 12 noon. 38 Degrees members meet outside Pret A Manger, 556 Oxford Street, outside Marble Arch tube in London. For more information, please see the Facebook event page.

Saturday 28 November 2015. Climate marches are happening in Edinburgh and Belfast and a mass cycle ride in Cardiff: Please get in touch if you would like to mobilise Momentum supporters to join these actions. Momentum’s bloc at the People’s March is organised by Momentum Environment, which has been launched to make sure our movement is at the heart of action to improve our environment and people’s lives. Like Momentum Environment on Facebook to get involved, and join the Momentum bloc on the People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs.

Thursday, 26 November 2015: Positive Money Waterloo Local Group Meeting: Time for a new approach to Quantitative Easing.  Between 2009-12 the Bank of England attempted to stimulate the UK economy by purchasing £375bn of government bonds using newly created electronic money – a process otherwise known as Quantitative Easing (QE). But with growth, employment and inflation remaining so low, and indebtedness remaining so high, is it possible that a different type of QE would have produced a better outcome? Frank van Lerven, a full-time researcher at Positive Money, will explain (in an accessible way!) some of the basic technicalities behind the different forms of QE. Aside from ‘traditional QE’, he will also be running through alternatives including ‘People’s QE’, ‘Strategic QE’ and ‘Green QE’. A group discussion will then follow. Attendance will be FREE as we are moving to a new venue which allows this. Fingers crossed, this really will be the last venue change for sometime! The meeting will take place at St John’s Church (near Waterloo station) in the Godly Play Room, which is located downstairs in the Crypt area. To access this, you do not enter via the Church’s main doors, instead look for the door on the left-hand side. You may need to press the buzzer for the Godly Play Room to gain entry. Background reading:  Positive Money has long promoted the case for ‘Sovereign Money’, an idea which is similar to ‘People’s QE’ (recently popularised by Jeremy Corbyn) which involves deploying newly created money directly into the real economy, and not just into government bonds. For more information on the reasons, and how this might work in practice read here.  Look forward to seeing you there! For a taster of why Sovereign Money/ People’s QE ought not appeal only to Jeremy Corbyn supporters, but could attract people across the entire political spectrum, please see Frank’s recent blog post:  http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonwaterloolocalgroup/jj8

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 1900-2100 Positive Money Social Meetup – Hammersmith: We will be meeting at the pub near our regular venue for a social evening to give people a chance to chat informally and get to know one another. A great opportunity to listen to new viewpoints, make connections and get your opinions heard on money, banking and the universe! Host: Tanveer Saifee: The Thatched House pub (Hammersmith, London), 115 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0ET: see map. Directions: Please check both front and back rooms of the pub, we will have Positive Money flyers on the table. This meetup is for everyone interested in how money system works and how it could be changed to be constructive and socially beneficial. Come and feel free to invite your friends who might be interested too. Everyone is welcome!
http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonhammersmithlocalgroup/jjm.

Wednesday, 25th November 2015: The Co-operative Alternative to War – organised by Labour Action for Peace – Public meeting – 7-9pm (Free, no booking required).  Room M Portcullis House, Embankment, Opposite Big Ben. Room booked by Kelvin Hopkins MP – for full details see: The Co-operative Alternative to War LAP November 2015

Tuesday, 24th November 2015: Positive Money Local Group Meetup – Newham: Please come along to the Sawmill Cafe in Stratford, find out about Positive Money and meet some fellow monetary reformers. Everyone is welcome!  You don’t need to have read Modernising Money nor do you need to know anything about monetary reform or the monetary system.  We will be discussing the first half of Chapter 6 of Modernising Money and discussing what local actions we can undertake. http://act.positivemoney.org/page/event/detail/londonnewham/jj9

Saturday 21st November 2015: The Psychology of Inspired Collective Climate Change Action (and what gets in its way) A conference – London –http://www.confer.uk.com/climate.html

Friday 13th November 2015:  Pilgrimage2Paris from St Martins in the Fields for the Climate Change Conference: https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2015/08/join-us-on-the-road-to-paris.aspx

Thursday 12th November 2015, 6:30pm: 2015 annual John Stott London Lecture: Intertwined Roots: Nourishing Radical Discipleship in Today’s Global Church and World: All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. £5 including refreshments: Booking Information

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 – 7.30-2130: (Positive Money – Geeenwich & Lewisham Local Group): Michael O Keefe: The Prince of Greenwich pub, 72 Royal Hill, SE10 8RTsee map.  ‘The origins of bank robbery’ – Talk by Ivo Mosley:- http://positivemoney.org/author/ivo-mosley

Tuesday 10th November:  6.30 for 7pm: Transition Highbury, Film based on Naomi Klein’s latest book:  This Changes Everything: Nanna’s Café & Pantry, 274b St Paul’s Road N1 2LJ – http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f18e2080c3ce8e348c22459d9&id=387e6df5fd

Monday 9th November 2015 – 6:30-9:00pm – Uniting for Peace Annual Conference: Britain IN/OUT of EU. What is Best for Peace ? Speakers:  Lord Maclennan of Rogart, Former Lib Dem Leader – Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust, Former MEP – Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London region – Lord Roger Liddle, Author of “The Europe Dilemma’ – Vijay Mehta, Chair, UfP, Author, “Exporting Europe’s Peace” – John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham – Steven Woolfe, UKIP MEP North West England region – Rev. Philip Foster, is an author and UKIP supporter since 1998. Chair – Rita Payne, President, Commonwealth Journalist Association Venue: Room 4a, House of Lords. London SW1A Contact: Vijay Mehta <vijay@vmpeace.org> Tel: 0207 791 1717 or Brian Cooper  Tel: 0131 446 9545 –  http://www.unitingforpeace.com

Saturday 7th November 2015 – 10am-4pm – NEXT CONVENTION ON CONFEDERATION – at St. Andrews Church Hall, Short St, SE1 8LJ [south off The Cut]  – link to map – Register with peterchallen@gmail.com

Saturday 7th November 2015, 11am to 5pm, at St Michael’s Centre, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. Joy in Enough’ (JiE) is an invitation to all people, to join in building a just economy within the ecological limits of the Earth. Initiated by Green Christian (formerly Christian Ecology Link) two years ago and already backed by a host of other faith and environmental organisations from A Rocha to Speak – this year’s ‘Joy in Enough’ 2015 conference, entitled ‘The Economics of Hope’ will feature two top-class speakers. To book visit http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/joy

Thursday, 5th November 2015, 6.15pm: IIBI Monthly Lecture: RIBA-FREE (INTEREST-FREE) BANKING: AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. SPEAKER: DR ABDUL RAHMAN YAHIA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF LARIBA-BANK OF WHITTIER IN THE USA. CHAIR: MR MOHAMMED IQBAL ASARIA, CBE, VISITING FACULTY IN ISLAMIC FINANCE AT CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, ASTON BUSINESS SCHOOL & BANGOR BUSINESS SCHOOL. Venue: MISHCON DE REYA LLP, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London WC2B 6AH: Link to booking form: http://www.islamic-banking.com/drupal/index.php?q=civicrm/event/register&id=89&reset=1

Thu 5th Nov 2015 – The UK and EU Dimensions of “Forced Adoptions” – a campaign meeting organised by Sabine McNeil on the occasion of ten MEPs visiting London on a Fact Finding Mission – 2.30-5pm: Information Sharing; 6.30-8.30pm: Panel Discussion with Ian Josephs, Ruby Harrod-Claesson, Sabine McNeil, Belinda McKenzie, Deborah Mahmoudieh, Maggie Tuttle: Link to Petition. Details of Event PDF downloads – A4 format – A5 format – at Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Rd, London NW1 1TT: Link to Facebook: Register at: www.meetup.com/childrensrightsfirst

Tuesday November 3rd 2015 – with Paul Mason, Economics Editor for Channel 4 News (keynote), whose book “Postcapitalism, a Guide to our Future” has just been published (ISBN: 978-1-846-14738-8),  Ann Pettifor, Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME), Phillip Blond, Director of ResPublica, Chaired by Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of Theos: ST PAULS INSTITUTE:   http://www.stpaulsinstitute.org.uk/Events/PostCapitalism-Envisaging-A-Shared-Future.

Friday 30th October 2015 at SES  6.30 for CEJ coalition members: “ALTERNATIVE TO BARNETT REPORT Fred Harrison

Sunday 25th October 2015 10-5 at SES  £20 incl lunch – “NATURAL LAW IN ECONOMICS”

Saturday 24th October 2015: REAL GLOBAL DEMOCRACY – Demonstration  at 1:00pm Parliament Square: https://www.facebook.com/events/1080107852000171/

Saturday 10th  October 2015 – 10am-6pm –  FESTIVAL OF WELLBEING – from economic growth to growth in wellbing  http://www.resurgence.org/take-part/resurgence-events/wellbeing-festival-2015.html. Booking:  info@networkofwellbeing.org  Reports would be welcome from anyone attending.

Saturday 10 October 6.30pm: Rise Up Against TTIP rally at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4R in Conway Hall, with speakers John McDonnell MP, Natalie Bennett and Juliet Stevenson:  www.globaljustice.org.uk/events/rally-rise-against-ttip

Wednesday 23rd September 2015:  “THE UNITED NATIONS AT 70 – What Prospects for Peace?” Keynote speaker: Clare Short – Former UK Secretary of State for International Development.  The lecture will focus on the UN’s successes, failures and future prospects for peace. Most importantly it will explore how UN can pursue its Charter goals of ending the scourge of war, promote sustainable development, protect Human Rights, mitigate climate change, build peace and justice for all. After the lecture there will be opportunity for the audience to have interactive Q&A session.  “Now, we have to go forward in the giant undertaking of building democratic United Nations to make the real world safe, just and sustainable for all its children” – Erskine B. Childers    Venue: Hilton London Euston, 17 – 18 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HT – https://www.facebook.com/events/1035725853112623

Saturday 19th September 2015: Henry George Foundation Open Day that will take place at 11 Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ – HGF Chairmans invitation

Fri/Sat/Sun 11-13th September 2015 –  PEACE FESTIVAL at Rickmansworth.

See Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpeakNetwork.
Book via Eventbrite – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/speak-peace-festival-tickets-14698291987

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• Tue 8th – Wed 9th Sept:
Permaculture Conference, The Light (Friends House), 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ – (venue details – http://www.thelightateuston.org.uk), including a Fringe Event on Tue 8th Sept from 6pm: Gala at Alara (110-112 Camley St, N1C 4PF), near Kings Cross
• Thu 10th – Wed 16th Sept: Permaculture Convergence, Gilwell Park, Essex.  For details of all these events see:  https://www.ipcuk.events

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Sat July 11th 1.30 – 4.30   CONFEDERATION Rally at Hinde Street Methodist Church opposite the SES. We are welcoming ideas on how to Build a Movement [TRUSTEES ALL] to get more people to understand and to work for Confederation as a way of developing the debates about Devolution, Subsidiarity etc. We are increasingly aware that systemic change is likely to come only from the ground up. Thus the discussions about a Movement as contrasted to a Party – a 1min. intro: https://youtu.be/LEFnie76oFY

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Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM · 69938 rsvps – Outside the Bank of England (Queens Victoria St) in London, United Kingdom – End Austerity Now – National Demonstration Saturday 20th June – Assemble 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London. Nearest tube: Bank. March to Parliament Square.  Organised by The People’s Assembly. Transport to London | Letter of Support | http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/calendar
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Global Week of Action for #TaxJustice, June 16-23, 2015:  http://www.taxjustice.net/2015/05/29/global-week-of-action-for-taxjustice-june-16-23-2015/– – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Sunday June 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – LiberTeas: 1215-2015:  on the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, celebrate, debate and reflect your freedoms and rights:  www.liberteas.co.uk  @LiberTeas2015
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June 8 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm – A Cry for Peace
*The Islamic Unity Forum* Invites you to a one-day conference on Monday 8th June 2015 under the title *A Cry for Peace* Several speakers will address the conference to highlight the concerns of people of religion about the increasingly tragic developments in the world, especially the rise of extremism, terrorism, prejudice and Islamophobia. *Time: *9.30 – 17.00 *Place:* Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP * Organisers, Dr Saeed Shehabi* (020 7724 3033) mrsam13@hotmail.com and Julian Bond* (07813 018450) julianbond926@btinternet.com
Start 10.00: Session 1 Dialogue on How can we help each other?
Speakers in conversation, religious leaders (Dr Mohammad Shomali, Director, Islamic Centre of England and Revd Michaela Youngson, Co-Chair, London Methodist District) followed by Q&A
Break to 11.45: Session 2 Dialogue on Religion, violence and peace
Speakers in conversation (possibly Dr Hany el-Banna and Marigold Bentley) followed by Q&A
Lunch (1 hour) to 14.15: Session 3 ‘extremism, ignorance and prejudice’
Speakers in conversation, (Toufik Kacimi and Fr Nadim Nassar) followed by Q&A
Break to: 16.00 Review, conclusion, what’s next? Close at 17.00

Sat June 6th at St Andrews, Short St, Waterloo, London SE1 8LJ10am-4pm – CCMJ annual appraisal

Thu  21st  May – Fred Harrison & Ray Sheath speak in Scotland at conference on Confederation

Tue 19th May postponed – Book launch of ‘As Evil Does’. watch for new date!

Wed 11th March 2015 from 10:00 to 17:00: Chaplaincy in the UK, a Theos conference, London, UK: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chaplaincy-in-the-uk-a-theos-conference-tickets-12893808729

– 2014-

Autumn? NATIONAL INITIATIVE around convergence on three key factors, supported by the Ten Theses http://www.sharetherents.org/theses

Fri 17th Oct 2014 – Mass Democracy Action – A Call to Action – Democracy at Stakehttp://occupylondon.org.uk/a-call-to-action-democracy-at-stake/

Sun 21st Sept 2014 – WORLD BEYOND WAR – An international pledge to work for peace http://worldbeyondwar.org Here are graphics you should feel free to use: http://worldbeyondwar.org/graphics.

Sat 13th Sept 2014 – Festival of Life, Conway Hall, London: based on alternative lifestyle and radical practical activism – http://www.festivaloflife.net

Wed 25th June 2014 – Making Money Work for People and Planet – Glastonbury, 25th-29th June; Positive Money stall at Glastonbury Festival

Wed June 25th 2014 @ 7:00 pm Committee Room 9, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA – Making Money Work for People and Planet –

Sat 21st June 2014 – The ‘People’s Assembly’ Vows to Destroy ‘Austerity Government’ – http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/05/01-4

Wed 18th June 2014 – Bristol: Make Billionaires History: An evening of Sane Economics – London

Fri 6th June 2014: Positive Money Meetup – Waltham stow

Wednesday 7th May 2014 – 6.30pm at St Paul’s Cathedral Institute. This high-profile event is an exciting opportunity to hear from one of the United Nation’s leading figures pushing for global co-operation on climate change. Climate Change: Building the Will for Action with Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. We hope our associates will ensure the emphasis of the BOTH/AND of palliatives and monetary curatives. 

May 2- 5 2014 – Breaking the Frame www.breakingtheframe.org.uk . – Luddites 200, Scientists for Global Responsibility and Corporate Watch  August 100 yrs after the Bradbury Pound – http://www.ukcolumn.org/bring-back-the-bradbury  at Unstone Grange, near Sheffield in Derbyshire.

April 24th 2014 – Economics for Transition Speaker Jonathan Dawson -Co-Head of Economics at the Schumacher College & former President of the Global Ecovillage Network -Thursday 24th April, 6:30pm – 8:30pm The Hub, 4th Floor, 5 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ ‘Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to economics’ In the first of a series of TRAID TALKS, we open up debate on the urgent need for a radical rethink of our economic system to tackle the challenges of global poverty and environmental destruction. Join Jonathan Dawson as he explores what alternative economic models built on ecological sustainability and human flourishing could look like. Attendance is FREE. Suggested donation of £5. Book your place by contacting Andrea Speranza at andrea@traid.org.uk/ 020 8733 2591

April 22  – Earth Day Celebration

– 2013 –

June 1st 2013 – Holy Land: The Affirmation
– 10am-2.30pm – at St James Piccadily

May 4th 2013 – Great Awakenings: The Application
– 10am-2pm – at Christ Church North Southwark

April 6th 2013 – God & the Good Life: The Audit
– 10am-4pm – at The Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary