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FSS 19-21Sept   THINKING THROUGH A COLLAPSING WORLD  
Sun 21st Sept 10.30am 21st Century Democracy - Spirit Matters Open Day in London
Sat 4th Oct 10am-6pm The first LONDON SOCIAL FORUM
 London School of Economics
Wed 8th Oct 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Thu 9th Oct - 7.30pm Does World Money need World Governance? Talking Economics, London
Thu 9th Oct - 7.30pm The Arms Trade ? Out of Control ? Change-Net, Bristol
Sat 11th Oct 10.30-6pm Dismantling the Oil Economy LSE, London
Sat 11th Oct 10-4.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Glasgow
Tue 14th Oct - 7.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Bristol
Wed 15th Oct 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 15th Oct - 7.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: London
Thu 16th Oct - 7.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Kendal
Sat 18th Oct - 12-5pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Manchester
Mon 20th Oct - 7.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Darlington
Tue 22nd Oct - 7.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Sheffield
Wed 22nd Oct 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 22nd Oct - 6.30pm Demba Dembele - Whodunit to the world's poor? WDM Tour: Birmingham
Wed 22nd Oct - 6-9pm Islamic Alternatives to Interest-Based Banking and Finance FFSC: House of Lords
Fri 24th Oct 10am-5pm London 21 - Working Towards Sustainability - AGM Whitechapel, London
Fri 24th Oct - 7pm Monetary Justice - Tue Challenge for World Development James Robertson, Bristol
RES 23-26 Oct residential WORKING FOR WORLD CHANGE Course 2003/04 Weekend at Braziers College
Sat 25th Oct 10-5pm Global Conflict or Human Scale Development? Schumacher Lectures, Bristol
RES 28-30 Oct residential Conference associated with "Prosperity" Newsletter Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK
S/S 27/28 Oct residential SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 03 Conference in Stockholm
Wed 29th Oct 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
S/S 1/2nd Nov residential SHARED PLANET - Student Conference University of Liverpool
Wed 5th Nov 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Thu 6th Nov - 7.30pm Does World Money need World Governance? Talking Economics, London
Sat 8th Nov 11am-3pm Open BOOK DAY prior to CCMJ AGM at 3.30pm Christian Council for Monetary Justice
Wed 12th Nov 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 12th Nov - 6-9pm Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars behind the Terror Networks FFSC: House of Lords
FSS 14-16 Nov 10-4pm Introduction to Renewable Energy University of Aberystwyth
  19/21 Nov   The Bush State Visit - welcoming events
WATCH THIS SPACE
Tues 25th Nov - 6-9pm Publicly Created Money and Public Finance FFSC: House of Lords
Wed 26th Nov 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Thu 4th Dec - 7.30pm Does World Money need World Governance? Talking Economics, London
Wed 10th Dec 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 17th Dec 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 24th Dec 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 31st Dec 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 7th Jan 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 14th Jan 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 14th Jan - 6-9pm Citizens Diplomacy & "Simultaneous Policy" Initiative FFSC: House of Lords
Wed 21st Jan 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
RES 26/27 Jan residential MONEY & THE REAL ECONOMY Conference in Indonesia
Wed 28th Jan 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 4th Feb 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 11th Feb 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 18th Feb 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 25th Feb 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 25th Feb - 6-9pm Peter Challen, James Gibb Stuart and Alistair McConnachie: "Winning the Support of MPs for EDM 323" FSC: House of Lords
Wed 3rd Mar 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Fri 5th Mar 7pm
Social Forums and the Politics of Global Solidarity: with Tariq Ali plus Annick Coupe, Marco Berlinguer, John Appollis, and Annie Pourre LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2 (Holborn Tube)
Wed 10th Mar 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 17th Mar 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
FSS 19-21 residential THE MONEY CRUNCH: Complementary Solutions Currency weekend with Thomas H. Greco, Bernard Lietaer, Sergio Lub, Edgar Cahn, et al
Naropa University in Boulder Colorado
Wed 24th Mar 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 24th Mar - 6-9pm "Integrating Money, Finance and Banking - Moving from Theory to Practice" FSC: House of Lords
Wed 31st Mar 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 7th Apr 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 14th Apr 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 21st Apr 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 28th Apr 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 5th May 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Thu 6th May - 6-9pm Stephen Zarlenga (USA) in support of EDM 323 FSC: House of Lords
Wed 12th May 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Sat 15th May 3.30pm 

KYOTO MARCH: Time to Stand up for the Environment

Rally at Imperial War Museum
Wed 19th May 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 26th May 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 2nd June 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 9th June 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Tue 15th June - 6-9pm Judith Hunt: Mutually Created Money for Small Traders and Companies FSC: House of Lords
Wed 16th June 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 16th June 6-8pm 

Economics Topics for the European Social Forum Agenda

Room E171, LSE, Houghton Street
Wed 23rd June 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 30th June 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Thu 1st July 6-8pm 

Selling London Down the Thames

Room H216 Connaught House LSE
Wed 7th July 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
Wed 14th July 11am-1pm Global Table - regular meeting Friends House, Euston, London
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Mon/Tue 26th/27th January 2004 International Conference: MONEY & THE REAL ECONOMY
Presenting comparative studies in real money linkages with social issues, economic transformations, institutions and markets Trisakti University, Jkarta, Indonesia Professor Masudul Alam Choudhury, Dept of Economics & Finance, College of Commerce & Economics, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat 123, Sultanate of Oman: Fax (968) 514-043 Tel: (968) 515-845 - masudc@squ.edu.om - also SEE ARTICLE

 

Thursday 4th December 2003: 7.30-9pm TALKING ECONOMICS - monthly conversations on events of the day Dr Christopher Houghton Budd on: Retirement Revisited - Grasping the Pensions Nettle

Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Near Baker St. Tube. Cost: Donation of £3.50

Dr. Christopher Houghton Budd 01227 738207 or chb@ae-institute.com
Arthur Edwards 01993 891363 or mail@oxfordeconomicsforum.co.uk
Rudolf Steiner House 0207 723 4400

www.talkingeconomics.co.uk

As the WTO meeting in Cancun draws to a close, the need to create a culture of thinking inclusively about economic life sounds with ever greater clarity. The alternative is a strident factionalism in which self-assertion rules, the evidence for this is not to be found in human nature alone, but rather in the concepts used to describe our economic world conception. But what if we can think and talk in a way which allows us to conceive a humane world ? Economists, politicians, journalists, protestors, corporate lobbyists might discover a common language afterall. We invite you to a series of Thursday evening events that aim to explore contemporary economic issues within the context of a brief introduction leading to open conversation. If you would like to display this programme on a notice board you can download it at - http://www.talkingeconomics.co.uk/poster.doc - I look forward to your participation, Arthur Edwards -

Retirement Revisited Grasping the Pensions Nettle: Modern pension funding makes assumptions about demography and growth that may no be longer valid. It also tends to work through inflationary investment in property or playing the stock market, and relies on casting values forward. Could we not fund pensions in a more direct manner by investing in new activities, rather than buildings and the stock exchange, and by using present-time money transfers. More radically, should we simply abandon them altogether or have they become an inalienable right?

These events are organised by members of the Associative Economics Network, established in 1998 to encourage the development of an associative approach to modern economic life. Membership of the Network is open to all and entails no obligations. The annual fee of £10 includes bi-monthly issues of e2 - Journal of Associative Economics. Associative Economics is a non-partisan approach to the wide and divergent range of thought currently informing modern debates - from neo-liberal to ‘alternative’, and including the ideas of Rudolf Steiner. If you would like to join, please register online at www.ae-institute.com. or send your name and address together with £10 to Centre for Associative Economics, PO Box 341, Canterbury CT4 8GA.

 

Tuesday November 25th 2003, 6-9pm PUBLICLY-CREATED MONEY AND PUBLIC SERVICES Speakers: Dr John Courtneidge, Richard Murphy, Richard Greaves

FORUM FOR STABLE CURRENCIES at the House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1, Black Rod's entrance, Room G

Organiser: Sabine McNeill

EDM 1515 in 2002 called for using the public credit. EDM 854 in 2003 asks for an Inquiry into that the possible benefits of PUBLICLY-CREATED MONEY. EDM1515 with 24 and EDM 854 with 26 signatures have thus set signals for understanding the mechanisms of money creation and supply in a Parliamentary context. Interest on debt constitute some 22% of taxpayerâs money spent by Government - generally slightly more than the military budget . Who benefits? And how does the exponential growth of compounding interest effect the country's economy and government's budget? Public Services have been suffering noticeably and the Public Services Forum is an opportunity to draw the Union's attention to the devastating effects of our debt- and interest-based monetary system. John Courtneidge's article "New initiatives for Public Finance" has been published in "Voice of the Unions", and we will hear a report on the latest attempts of raising awareness among those who suffer most; the workers and employees - whether personally through health and education, or collectively through transport and pensions.

Dr John Courtneidge is a chemist, town councillor, Quaker, Co-operator and socialist. He co-founded the Campaign for Interest-Free Money in 1997 and has been an active supporter of monetary reform on many levels. Richard Murphy is the mastermind behind EDM854: an accomplished accountant and businessman. Richard Greaves worked as a solicitor for 15 years before becoming interested in economics and politics, including the power of banks in money creation.


The Forum for Stable Currencies has been hosting debates between analysts of monetary reform, victims of banks and institutions and promoters of LETS and Barter Companies since 1998. Programmes have been distributed to both Houses of Parliament in the hope that the topics debated become part of the political agenda, especially as the EURO challenges the sovereignty to issue a national currency.
The Forum operates from the following principles:
* The parliamentary process needs to make certain that the Money Supply ensures its value" Lord Caithness
* Money should be the servant not the master of humanity.
* Banksâ ability to create money out of nothing must be curtailed.
* Personal responsibility needs to be maximised.
When it is compounding interest upon interest, growth is exponential; for profits and for debts. Any exponential growth is unnatural and unsustainable. 97% of money in circulation is created as interest-bearing debt. Since 1967, notes and coin (M0), the share of the total money supply (M4) issued by governments free of interest has gone down from 31% to 3%, i.e. Virtually all money is created by banks with a near monopoly.
Organiser: Sabine McNeill, tel. 020 7328 3701, 21 Goldhurst Terrace London NW 6 3HB www.intraforum.net/money sabine@globalnet.co.uk

Friday 14, Saturday 15, and Sunday 16 November 2003, 10am-4.30pm daily

 

Weekend Course: Introduction to Renewable Energy
For information on the course contents please contact Green Dragon Energy on 01654 761 570 or dragonrg@talk21.com

Fee: £35 (Concession: £25) To register contact the Centre for Continuing Education - it is advisable to register early as demand for places is usually high. Places are allocated on a 'first come first served basis' and students are not registered on the course until they have completed a registration form and paid the fee. It is not possible to reserve places by telephone or e-mail.

Centre of Continuing Education, University of Wales, 10-11 Laura Place, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AU, Mid Wales - 01970-622-677 - bff@aber.ac.uk.

 

The course will give an overview of the technology of renewable energy and outline the basic principles of solar electricity, solar water heating , small-scale wind power and microhydro-power and their applications for homes, businesses and farms. Visit the Green Dragon website for an overview of some of the technologies covered on the course. The course is an ideal way to learn about the nuts and bolts of this increasingly important range of technologies. The course is aimed at those in the business, non-profit, public and academic sectors who wish to get a comprehensive introduction to renewable energy electrical technology in general, as well as those wishing to installing renewable energy systems in both urban or rural settings. The emphasis will be on how things work, what it is practicable to do, and participants will have the opportunity to develop their own projects. At the end of the course participants should be able to do basic designs for renewable energy systems.

Course themes: Overview of Renewable Energy Technologies; Electricity, Power & Energy; Solar electricity; Solar water heating; Electricity from Wind; Micro-hydro; Small system design; Small system sizing; Project design

People from the following organisations have attended this course:
National Assembly of Wales, Green Alliance, BRE (Building Research Establishment), North-East London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, British Antartic Survey, Leeds City Council, Groundwork Wales, Solar Century, Powys Energy Agency, Friends of the Earth, Welsh Development Agency (WDA), Dept of Environment, Northern Ireland, Indian Forestry Commission, West Wales Eco-centre, Marlec Engineering Ltd, WS Atkins Consulting Engineers Ltd, The Green Party, Pembrokeshire National Park, The National Energy Foundation, Centre for Arid Zone Studies, Sustainable Development Team, Government Office for the South East, School of Agricultural & Forest Sciences, Wales, Positive Power, Pembrokeshire Energy Agency, Control Techniques Ltd, National Energy Services, The Earth Centre, Nanteos Woodland Group Ltd, Solar Shakti, EnergyTech Ltd, Trigonos, Awel Aman Tawe, SEPCO, Flatholm Project, Trans-send, Eco-Exmoor Ltd, Vale Royal Agenda 21, Redbricks Community, Swansea Environment Centre, Sundance Renewables, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Enviros, Solent Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, The Environment Agency, Stockholm Environment Institute, Southwest Regional Assembly, The Gaia Foundation, Bristol City Council, Sollatek, Youth Hostels Association, Earthwatch Europe, International Invotation Services, The Ethical Investment Co-operative

Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. B&B prices start around £20 and there are lots of places in and around the town. There are also youth hostels. The Aberystwyth Tourist Information Centre can be contacted on 01970 612125 or aberystwythtic@ceredigion.gov.uk. Websites that provide lists are: www.tourism.wales.gov.uk and www.ceredigion.gov.uk/croeso/RCheck2k1/index.htm. The Centre of Alternative Technology and several wind farms are in the vicinity. Aberystwyth has an arts centre with cinema, pubs, cafes, several bookshops and is located right on the sea - the beach is only five minutes away from the course venue. Courses for groups can also be arranged at this venue and at others.

 

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 6-9pm

MODERN JIHAD: Tracing the Dollars behind the Terror Networks

Speaker: Loretta Napoleoni, Economist, political analyst and novelist,

FORUM FOR STABLE CURRENCIES, House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1, St Stephen's Gate Entrance - Committee room G

Organiser: Sabine McNeill

Loretta Napoleoni
Economist, political analyst and novelist, Loretta Napoleoni has spent several years interviewing former members of Italian armed groups. Thanks to her unique insight into the management of armed organisations, she has written a book on a new shocking phenomenon: the economics of terrorism.

Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks propels the reader into the nether world of illegal organisations. >From the Contras to Al Qaeda, Loretta Napoleoni maps out the arteries of an international economic system that feeds armed groups the world over with an endless supply of cash. Chasing terror money, she takes the reader from CIA headquarters to the smuggling routes of the Far East, from the back rooms of Wall Street to hawala exchanges in the Middle East.

The "Economy of Terror" that Napoleoni identifies is a 1.5 trillion-dollar fast-growing economic system. It is made up of an illegal businesses such as arms and narcotics trading, oil and diamonds smuggling, as well as charitable donations, profits from legal businesses and an intricate system of finance. Most importantly, Napoleoni reveals the interdependency between the economies run by armed groups and western economists. This ranges from consumption of narcotics to the production of arms, and from the recycling of illegal money to speculation on the stock markets, as occurred prior to 9/11.

Loretta Napoleoni is the first author to tackle the issues raised by September 11th 2001 from a specifically economic perspective. Presenting an astonishing array of evidence, taken from the extensive research and interviews, her book is a fascinating account of controversial issues of life at the heart of many of today's international problems. Revealing how the "new economy of terror" has evolved by proxy through various wars -- from the Cold War to Al Qaeda --Napoleoni argues that today's Islamic terror groups are driven by real economic forces in the Muslim world. They are the same forces that have been hindered in the last century by the economic interests of both the West and it allies, the oligarchic powers of the Middle East.

The Forum for Stable Currencies has been hosting debates between analysts of monetary reform, victims of banks and institutions and promoters of LETS and Barter Companies since 1998. Programmes have been distributed to both Houses of Parliament in the hope that the topics debated become part of the political agenda, especially as the EURO challenges the sovereignty to issue a national currency.
The Forum operates from the following principles:
* The parliamentary process needs to make certain that the Money Supply ensures its value" Lord Caithness
* Money should be the servant not the master of humanity.
* Banksâ ability to create money out of nothing must be curtailed.
* Personal responsibility needs to be maximised.
When it is compounding interest upon interest, growth is exponential; for profits and for debts. Any exponential growth is unnatural and unsustainable. 97% of money in circulation is created as interest-bearing debt. Since 1967, notes and coin (M0), the share of the total money supply (M4) issued by governments free of interest has gone down from 31% to 3%, i.e. Virtually all money is created by banks with a near monopoly.
Organiser: Sabine McNeill, tel. 020 7328 3701, 21 Goldhurst Terrace London NW 6 3HB www.intraforum.net/money sabine@globalnet.co.uk


Saturday 8th Nov 2003 11am - 3.30pm Open BOOK DAY prior to AGM of the Christian Council for Monetary Justice at 3.30pm

Chairman Rev Canon Peter Challen Christchurch, 27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1

Contact:
peter@southwark.org.uk
view downloadable POSTER

We are inviting publishers and booksellers to display and sell books related to economic justice at an Open Day from 11am, with the CCMJ AGM to follow at 3.30pm. We will also LAUNCH a stirring new book brimming with anecdotal accounts of the deep effect of monetary injustice on our lives. Christchurch is the HQ of the South London Industrial Mission) and is close to both Blackfriars and Southwark

Rev Peter Challen writes
Dear Friend,
This week's Church Times (October 3rd 2003) has a Leader Commentary on 'Forgive us our debts' [in response to an article by Antonia Swinson in the same edition (p15)], and which includes the sentence 'Debt is the church's business, on pastoral grounds alone', and ends with the words 'A prophetic Church will focus on the victims of reality'. It is an interesting coincidence, as I was about to send you the invitation below. I hope that you might wish to take up the invitation or to pass it to specific persons who you think might like to attend this event.

The Christian Council for Monetary Justice asks you to consider this invitation. CCMJ is taking an initiative to advance the readership in economic justice, and the knowledge of incremental steps towards peace and inclusive justice, especially where there is Christian resonance in the writing. We are inviting publishers and booksellers to display and sell books/journals related to economic justice, and in particular to monetary justice.

We would like to promote such new books as : Jonathan Bartley's - Subversive Manifesto - lifting the Lid on God's political Agenda, BRF 2003, Antonia Swinson's Root of All Evil? - how to make spiritual values count - St Andrew's Press 2003, Kamran Mofid's - globalisation for the common good 2000, and older works like Peter Selby's - Grace and Mortgage: what it means to be in Christ today - Credit Action's - range of popular writings - David Jenkins' - Market Whys and Human Wherefores: thinking again about Markets, Politics and People -Cassell 2000, Keith Tondeur's What Jesus Said about Money and many more that may well appear in Christian Bookshops.

BUT we would also like to bring to you attention many books written by Christians in their professional capacities, whose significant work does not normally appear in Christian Bookshops such as :- James Robertson's Creating New Money, Michael Rowbotham's The Grip of Death, John Tomlinson's Honest Money, Rodney Shakespeare and Peter Challen's Seven Steps to Justice - NEP 2002, James Gibb Stuart's The Money Bomb, Michael Hudson's The Lost Tradition of Biblical Debt Cancellations, The Dundee report - Wealth;: a Christian View, Margrit Kennedy's 'Interest and Inflation-Free Money - Creating an exchange medium that works for everybody and protects the earth'

Burdens of debt at personal, corporate, national and international levels and the disregard of biblical teaching on usury are conspiring to create immense social disease. This is an initiative to tackle those issues among Christian readers. This Open Day might even raise up a commitment to hold, say, a Faith and Just Economics Week in Christian Bookshops, in 2004. I would be grateful to hear you response to this invitation and to answer any questions you may have. Yours sincerely, Canon Peter Challen, Chair, Christian Council for Monetary Justice

 

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Saturday 25th October 10am-5pm

2003 Schumacher Lectures - 25th Anniversary; "Global Conflict or Human Scale Development? Speakers: The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Ann Pettifor, Peter Russell Venue: The Victoria Rooms, Clifton, Bristol.

Booking essential - prices below - via: Schumacher UK on 0117-903-1081
www.schumacher.org.uk
yolanda@schumacher.org.uk

Speakers: MICHAEL MEACHER MP, Minister of State for the Environment 97-03 - NATURAL GOVERNANCE
ANN PETTIFOR, Director at the New Economics Foundation - REAL WORLD ECONOMICS
PETER RUSSELL, Cosmologist and Author - THE SCIENCE OF UNDERSTANDING

Theme: In the last couple of years we have seen global conflict scale up to truly dangerous levels. It is as though the interests of a small group of countries and companies take priority over the concerns of the rest of humanity. Unprecedented military technology is being used to assert political and economic power. Whilst it is desirable for tyrants to be removed, there is growing concern about the legitimacy of preventative warfare. It is time that human scale development became incorporated into a new diverse world view. Drawing on the thought of E.F. Schumacher we are helping to develop positive solutions. This year's Bristol Schumacher Lectures coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the publication of Small is Beautiful and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Schumacher UK. Our three speakers will echo some of Schumacher's thinking while presenting their own unique ideas and experience. We look forward to a stimulating and thought provoking day of Lectures and debate. Please join us for a very stimulating day.



THE SPEAKERS

The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP - Minister of State for the Environment 97-03
Michael Meacher was Minister of State for the Environment from May 1997 until he was replaced in the cabinet reshuffle of June this year. Many people think it was because of his increasing concerns over genetically modified food. He became a Labour MP in 1970 and since then his varied political appointments have included Chief Opposition Spokesman on Health and Social Security (83-87, 89-92), on Employment (87-89, 95-96) on Overseas
Development (92-93), on Public Service and Citizen's Rights (93-94), on Transport (94-95) and on Environmental Protection (96-97). Currently he is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee. His many political interests
include environmental protection, sustainable development and the reform of the machinery of government. In 1992 his book Diffusing Power: The Key to Socialist Revival was published.

Ann Pettifor - Director at the New Economics Foundation
Ann Pettifor is editor of a new annual publication - Real World Economic Outlook (RWEO) - first published in Sept 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan. The mission of this radical survey of the global economy is to promote easy-to understand economics, and to give consumers a real understanding of the frightening legacy of globalisation: debt-deflation. RWEO will also give activists the confidence, the data, and the analyses needed to challenge the orthodoxies of their governments, the IMF, and mainstream economists. In 1996 Ms Pettifor co-founded the Jubilee 2000 movement for the cancellation of the debts of the poorest countries. In 1998 she led a protest of more than 70,000 in Birmingham, at the G8 Summit. Jubilee 2000 mobilized the first-ever global petition of 24 million signatures and persuaded G8 leaders to cancel $100bn of debt - $36bn of which is now written off.

Peter Russell - Cosmologist and Author
Peter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the nature of consciousness, he moved into experimental psychology. He then went to
India, studied meditation and Eastern philosophy, and on his return took up research into the psychophysiology of meditation at Bristol University. He was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years worked with major corporations on creativity, learning methods, stress management and personal development. His principal interest is the inner challenges of the times we are passing
through. He has written ten books in this area, including The Awakening Earth, The White Hole in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.

TICKET PRICES & SCHUMACHER UK MEMBERSHIP
Single (non member): £22, Concessionary (non member): £18, Schumacher UK Member: £12 (members are entitled to 1 discounted ticket, Family members two discounted tickets), plus Lunch: £7. Single Membership £25, Family Membership: £35, Concessionary £20.
For post and packing please add the following if you live: in the UK: £2.50; outside the UK in Europe: £5; outside Europe: £10

For FURTHER INFORMATION or to BOOK A TICKET please contact:
Yolanda Pot, Schumacher UK Administrator, CREATE Environment Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN, UK.
Tel/Fax: 0117 9031081, Email: yolanda@schumacher.org.uk, Website: www.Schumacher.org.uk



Thursday 6th November 2003 - 7.30-9pm TALKING ECONOMICS - monthly conversations on events of the day Dr Christopher Houghton Budd on: The Visible Hand
Growing beyond the Enlightenment

Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Near Baker St. Tube. Cost: Donation of £3.50

Dr. Christopher Houghton Budd 01227 738207 or chb@ae-institute.com
Arthur Edwards 01993 891363 or mail@oxfordeconomicsforum.co.uk
Rudolf Steiner House 0207 723 4400

www.talkingeconomics.co.uk

As the WTO meeting in Cancun draws to a close, the need to create a culture of thinking inclusively about economic life sounds with ever greater clarity. The alternative is a strident factionalism in which self-assertion rules, the evidence for this is not to be found in human nature alone, but rather in the concepts used to describe our economic world conception. But what if we can think and talk in a way which allows us to conceive a humane world ? Economists, politicians, journalists, protestors, corporate lobbyists might discover a common language afterall. We invite you to a series of Thursday evening events that aim to explore contemporary economic issues within the context of a brief introduction leading to open conversation. If you would like to display this programme on a notice board you can download it at - http://www.talkingeconomics.co.uk/poster.doc - I look forward to your participation, Arthur Edwards -

The Visible Hand Growing beyond the Enlightenment: -
Modern economic life is permeated by assumptions about the earthly-only nature of the human being. ‘Unable to act nobly, we need the invisible hand of an omnipresent but invisible god.’ So said Adam Smith … until close to his death, that is! Now, 250 years later, what can we say about this ‘invisible hand’ and its economic consequences. Has the time come to make the hand visible?

These events are organised by members of the Associative Economics Network, established in 1998 to encourage the development of an associative approach to modern economic life. Membership of the Network is open to all and entails no obligations. The annual fee of £10 includes bi-monthly issues of e2 - Journal of Associative Economics. Associative Economics is a non-partisan approach to the wide and divergent range of thought currently informing modern debates - from neo-liberal to ‘alternative’, and including the ideas of Rudolf Steiner. If you would like to join, please register online at www.ae-institute.com. or send your name and address together with £10 to Centre for Associative Economics, PO Box 341, Canterbury CT4 8GA.

November 1st & 2nd SHARED PLANET - Student Conference

Robert Newman, Caroline Lucas, Zac Goldsmith, Peter Kilfoyle

University of Liverpool Cost just £15!
C all 01865 245678 or see:

An inspirational event with speakers, workshops, and hundreds of students tackling the biggest issues in the world including Fairtrade, climate change, HIV/AIDS, world trade...Come together with hundreds of others to inform yourself, share ideas, learn new skills and find out what action you can take to build a fair, sustainable and shared planet. “I have come away with so much ...totally inspired me!” student, 2002.

Speakers: International speakers on climate change, Fairtrade, HIV/AIDS, world trade, peace - Robert Newman activist, comedian, and author, Caroline Lucas Green MEP, author and campaigner., “Question Time” panel debate: Back by popular demand, featuring Zac Goldsmith (The Ecologist Magazine), Peter Kilfoyle MP (former New Labour minister) and others to be confirmed

Workshops: The biggest & most diverse workshop programme of any UK student conference. Choose from 50+ dynamic workshops on essential campaigning skills and issues of global significance. From starting an action group to using the media; from human rights in Burma to GM food. With workshops to suit all levels of knowledge run by global campaigning organisations, student campaigners, grassroots networks, ethical companies and co-ops.

Conference Fringe: Interactive fringe programme - your chance to discuss the big questions and debate the answers. And More…. Plus stalls, campaign information, books, Fairtrade goods, book signings, Saturday night party.

Booking: will be taken online in September. Call 01865 245678 for further information. Cost just £15! Your ticket includes: both days of the conference, basic crashpad accommodation and the Saturday night party. The ticket price includes “crashpad” accommodation on Friday & Saturday night – you will need to bring a sleeping bag and camping mat – sorry, we can’t provide these!

We hope you'll join us (and the world will live as one)
“Amazing... a huge variety of issues covered in an accessible way…I am so inspired I just can't thank you enough.” student, 2002


28th-30th October 2003 The Seventh Annual Conference of The Bromsgrove Group
Programme tbc Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, UK Details: www.prosperityuk.com
 admcc@admcc.freeserve.co.uk


27 & 28 October 2003 SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 03
Towards Sustainable Product Design 8
8th International Conference

Organised by
The Centre for Sustainable Design, UK

Nordic Sea Hotel
Stockholm
Sweden

Register at www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd8

Sponsored by The Nordic Council of Ministers, Sweden, Swedish Business Development Agency (NUTEK), Sweden, Ministry of Environment, Sweden
Supported by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Switzerland, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK, Sustainable Trade & Innovation Centre (STIC), The Netherlands
Benefits to delegates * Access to leading-edge research and practice * Over 60 high quality papers * 'Out of box' thinking opportunities * Networking with business, government and academia * Visit to Ice Bar
Invited speakers Leading experts from Europe and Japan will present at Sustainable Innovation 03: Dr Peter White, Procter & Gamble, UK, Katsuro Oda, University of Tokyo, Japan, Bas de Leeuw, United Nations Environment Programme, France, Nigel Roome, Erasmus University, Netherlands; Gunnel Wisen, ABB, Sweden; Anna Lise Mortensen, Hartmann, Denmark; Maarten Ten Houten, Philips Consumer Electronics, Netherlands; Andrew Baynes, Apple, France; Mike Barry, Marks & Spencer, UK Andreas Englund, MiNT, Sweden; Daleanne Bourjaily, Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands; Per Eriksson, VINNOVA, Sweden; Sune Halvarsson, NUTEK, Sweden; Frieder Rubik, IOEW, Germany; Ritu Kumar, Sustainable Trade & Innovation Centre, UK; Arnold Tukker, TNO, Netherlands; Colin Beard, Sheffield Hallam University, UK



Unique Features:
Creative Spaces: The Centre for Sustainable Design are working with five highly creative
individuals to add a unique 'out of the box' element to the conference. Creative Spaces will provide delegates with new perspectives and experiences, whilst providing a platform to generate high quality, innovative ideas.

(nobleandsilver) - Comedians and Video Producers - UK
* Will launch two short videos to highlight key sustainability challenges with a range of examples of
'sustainable solutions' * Will showcase their award-winning and highly entertaining mult-media experience

Niels Peter Flint - Concept Designer - Denmark
* Will direct two unique 'experiences' designed to enable delegate's to think differently about sustainability
* Processes used act as catalysts to stimulate new thinking and viewpoints

David Walker & Rob Holdway - Directors - Giraffe Innovation, UK
* Will direct five workshops aimed at creating innovative sustainable products and services concepts
* The workshops will focus on five areas and will be led by experienced industry practioners
- home - food - mobility - information and communications technologies - clothing
* Central to the session will be the use of Giraffe's unique Eco-Cubes process
* Awards will be given to winning ideas

Living Laboratory
Five innovative concepts will be presented:
* The Power Tile * PReco * Eco Mileage Card * Memo Board * Splendid Eco-Car

Contact
For more information on Sustainable Innovation 03 please contact:
Russ White, Conference Administrator, The Centre for Sustainable Design, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS, UK, Tel: + 44 (0) 1252 892772, Fax: + 44 (0) 1252 892747, Email: rwhite@surrart.ac.uk Website: www.cfsd.org.uk

Saturday 25th October 10am-5pm

2003 Schumacher Lectures - 25th Anniversary; "Global Conflict or Human Scale Development? Speakers: The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Ann Pettifor, Peter Russell Venue: The Victoria Rooms, Clifton, Bristol.

Booking essential - prices below - via: Schumacher UK on 0117-903-1081
www.schumacher.org.uk
yolanda@schumacher.org.uk

Speakers: MICHAEL MEACHER MP, Minister of State for the Environment 97-03 - NATURAL GOVERNANCE
ANN PETTIFOR, Director at the New Economics Foundation - REAL WORLD ECONOMICS
PETER RUSSELL, Cosmologist and Author - THE SCIENCE OF UNDERSTANDING

Theme: In the last couple of years we have seen global conflict scale up to truly dangerous levels. It is as though the interests of a small group of countries and companies take priority over the concerns of the rest of humanity. Unprecedented military technology is being used to assert political and economic power. Whilst it is desirable for tyrants to be removed, there is growing concern about the legitimacy of preventative warfare. It is time that human scale development became incorporated into a new diverse world view. Drawing on the thought of E.F. Schumacher we are helping to develop positive solutions. This year's Bristol Schumacher Lectures coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the publication of Small is Beautiful and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Schumacher UK. Our three speakers will echo some of Schumacher's thinking while presenting their own unique ideas and experience. We look forward to a stimulating and thought provoking day of Lectures and debate. Please join us for a very stimulating day.



THE SPEAKERS

The Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP - Minister of State for the Environment 97-03
Michael Meacher was Minister of State for the Environment from May 1997 until he was replaced in the cabinet reshuffle of June this year. Many people think it was because of his increasing concerns over genetically modified food. He became a Labour MP in 1970 and since then his varied political appointments have included Chief Opposition Spokesman on Health and Social Security (83-87, 89-92), on Employment (87-89, 95-96) on Overseas
Development (92-93), on Public Service and Citizen's Rights (93-94), on Transport (94-95) and on Environmental Protection (96-97). Currently he is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee. His many political interests
include environmental protection, sustainable development and the reform of the machinery of government. In 1992 his book Diffusing Power: The Key to Socialist Revival was published.

Ann Pettifor - Director at the New Economics Foundation
Ann Pettifor is editor of a new annual publication - Real World Economic Outlook (RWEO) - first published in Sept 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan. The mission of this radical survey of the global economy is to promote easy-to understand economics, and to give consumers a real understanding of the frightening legacy of globalisation: debt-deflation. RWEO will also give activists the confidence, the data, and the analyses needed to challenge the orthodoxies of their governments, the IMF, and mainstream economists. In 1996 Ms Pettifor co-founded the Jubilee 2000 movement for the cancellation of the debts of the poorest countries. In 1998 she led a protest of more than 70,000 in Birmingham, at the G8 Summit. Jubilee 2000 mobilized the first-ever global petition of 24 million signatures and persuaded G8 leaders to cancel $100bn of debt - $36bn of which is now written off.

Peter Russell - Cosmologist and Author
Peter Russell studied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the nature of consciousness, he moved into experimental psychology. He then went to
India, studied meditation and Eastern philosophy, and on his return took up research into the psychophysiology of meditation at Bristol University. He was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years worked with major corporations on creativity, learning methods, stress management and personal development. His principal interest is the inner challenges of the times we are passing
through. He has written ten books in this area, including The Awakening Earth, The White Hole in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist's Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.

TICKET PRICES & SCHUMACHER UK MEMBERSHIP
Single (non member): £22, Concessionary (non member): £18, Schumacher UK Member: £12 (members are entitled to 1 discounted ticket, Family members two discounted tickets), plus Lunch: £7. Single Membership £25, Family Membership: £35, Concessionary £20.
For post and packing please add the following if you live: in the UK: £2.50; outside the UK in Europe: £5; outside Europe: £10

For FURTHER INFORMATION or to BOOK A TICKET please contact:
Yolanda Pot, Schumacher UK Administrator, CREATE Environment Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN, UK.
Tel/Fax: 0117 9031081, Email: yolanda@schumacher.org.uk, Website: www.Schumacher.org.uk



Friday 24 October
11.45am -5.30pm (10.45 pm for AGM)
London 21's Annual Networking Conference
- Progress Towards Community-Based Sustainability in London

Brady Arts Centre, Whitechapel - 192-196 Hanbury Street, E1 5HU (Tel: 020 7 364 7900) - MAP - a footpath links the East end of Hanbury Street to Vallance Road, and the Brady Arts Centre is therefore just two minutes walk from Whitechapel Tube Station (Metropolitan and District Lines). Buses: 25, 253, 106, D3.

Vinciane Rycroft
London 21 Sustainability Network, 5 Blackstock Road, London N4 2JF
020 7 359 8228
vinciane@london21.org

 

 

 

Booking is essential. The event is £5 for community groups and £12 for others, payable on the day, and includes a vegetarian lunch and refreshments. The AGM is free. To register, please send your name, organisation and contact details and the question you would like the Panel to address during Question Time

 

PROGRAMME
10am: Visit of the Spitalfields' City Farm -two forty-minutes guided tours of the Spitalfields City Farm project will take place: 10 am - for London 21 members and users attending the AGM
11am - for those who only wish to attend the Conference In addition to its urban farm, the project includes a multicultural horticultural project, a Young Farmerâs Club, Rubbish Revolution, and a training programme for the community. Spitalfields Farm is five minutes walk from the location of the Conference, and just to the right (East) of Shoreditch Station on the MAP

10.45 - Registration of London 21 members and users
11.00 - London 21's Fourth AGM
11.45 - Registration of non-members / Tea and coffee
12.00 - Question Time on Progress towards Community-based Sustainability in London - A Panel will answer questions submitted in writing and in advance.
--1.30 - Lunch and displays
--2.15 - Carrousel presenting each workshop topic and London Sustainability Week
--3.30 - Workshops: -
Environmental Justice, Sustainability & Local Strategic Partnerships, Mapping Community Action for Sustainability, Borough-wide Sustainability Networks
--4.45 - Plenary
--5.15 - Close and networking drinks

London 21 promotes, supports and networks community action for sustainability in Greater London

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Friday 24 October 2003, 7 for 7.30pm "Monetary Justice: The Challenge for World Development" JAMES ROBERTSON
Writer and researcher into alternative economics
Co-founder of the New Economics Foundation
CHANGE-NET at Brunswick Unitarian Church, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 (off Bond St, end of M32)

Part of the WDM and Jubilee Debt Campaign national speaker tour on debt: www.wdm.org.uk
(0117) 909 3491 -
andy@inwebs.co.uk

The World Development Movement (WDM) campaigns to tackle the root causes of world poverty. With our partners around the world, we win positive change for the world's poorest people.


 

Weekend 23rd to 26th October WORKING FOR WORLD CHANGE Course 2003/04 Introductory Weekend Convened and sponsored by Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, OX10 6AN.

www.braziers.org.uk
01491 680221
admin@braziers.org.uk

This year sees the launch of the Working for World Change course at Braziers Park. It follows on from a successful and productive 6 month INTERNS programme which ran here from October 02 to April 03. The internationally recognised Permaculture Design Course forms the core of the programme, set in the context of our latest thinking around: • thinking and multiple intelligences • learning styles, action learning approaches and learning communities • re-evaluation counselling, transition design and direct action • micro-democracies, leaderful and supportful societies, designing productive meetings and events, governance and decision making. There will be a feast of edge events including group Alexander Technique sessions, Spiral Dynamics explorations, singing and dancing, theatre in World Change, practical gardening and more.

Is this for you? The programme is designed principally with three groups of people in mind. We will provide an opportunity to refocus for anyone going through a period of transition or taking their first steps in to the world change movement. We also see the course as a valuable training in professional development for those who are already working in NGOs, local government and social enterprises. The internship may be more suitable for younger people seeking an apprenticeship or progression from conventional education.

Progression routes: Our approach is to provide people with a creative mix of practical knowledge and skills which can be developed without limits through true lifelong learning. Active progression routes are in place for Permaculture and for Re-Evaluation Counselling.

World Change philosophy: Our philosophy of world change assumes success through persistent and courageous application of thoughtful strategies arising from accurate observation of current realities (no quick fixes).

Staff: Principal tutor, Andy Langford MSc, DMS, DipPermDes, has been working for world change since 1977 using both academic and practical action learning pathways. He is a well known permaculture teacher and group facilitator. He will be supported by Jessie Marcham and other members of the Braziers community. There will also be a sparkling array of guest tutors in attendance.

Dates and Fees: Six residential 3 day weekends October 03 to April 04 and a full residential week in January 04 give us the time and space for a blend of relaxed intensity. First weekend, 23rd to 26th October is an introduction and a taster. Buy this for an introductory rate of £150 (normally £185). Full fees £1400 with flexible payment methods, day learner rates and work exchanges possible. One-off weekends also available. Please ask for details.

Internship option: For people with full time availability we are offering live-in internships for 6 months @ £800 including full attendance on course weekends. Board and lodging is exchanged for (per week) 4 days work in the College and grounds and 1 day spent on mutually inspired project work. Braziers is a living experiment in integrative social research and interns are invited to be active participants in this work.

Brochure: A brochure for the course can be found at www.braziers.org.uk. Paper copies are also available on request.

Contacts: For general information about Braziers Park, and to see the introductory brochure, visit www.braziers.org.uk
You can phone us on: 01491 680221 (office phone with answer machine) 01491 680481 (residents’ phone)
You can email us on: admin@braziers.org.uk or jessiemarcham@hotmail.com/ You can write to us at: Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, OX10 6AN.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please forward this email, pin it on your notice boards and spread the word…


Wednesday, October 22nd 2003, 6-9pm Islamic Alternatives to Interest-Based Banking and Finance

Speakers: Waheed Quaiser, Gohar Bilal, Tarek El Diwany

FORUM FOR STABLE CURRENCIES at the House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1, Black Rod's entrance, Room G

Organiser: Sabine McNeill
www.reinventingmoney.com www.islamicfinance.com
www.islamic-banking.com


Today, the necessity of repaying interest-bearing debt has come to dominate the daily affairs of rich and poor societies alike. Many nations face a combination of debt and monetary crises from which, at best, only temporary respite is available. The emergence of Islamic banking and finance has therefore been heralded in some quarters as an exciting new means of competing with interest-based practices throughout the world. Its proponents insist that this nascent industry genuinely reflects both the Islamic prohibition upon usury (the practice of taking interest for lending money ) and the wider requirements of Islamic commercial law. Others see it as a dangerous force for compromise, one that will in due course lead to the abandonment of the usury prohibition in the Muslim world. Is Islamic banking and finance any different to conventional banking and finance ? And what does Islam have to offer the world of monetary reform ? At this session of the Forum for Stable Currencies, three speakers from a diverse range of Muslim opinions provide their answers on topics from money creation to Islamic mortgages.

Waheed Qaiser is an accomplished Islamic Banker and management professional. He is credited with providing Islamic mortgages to the Muslims and to other communities in the West. He has held responsible positions in CitiBank NA, Islamic Investment Banking Unit, USB AG and HSBC Republic. Mr Qaiser is currently supporting various other organisations to promote the cause for of Islamic Banking globally.

Tarek El Diwany currently runs his own company for business research and software development. After studying accounting and finance, he became a derivatives dealer and private financial market consultant, before he was Head of Islamic Finance at one of the largest international broking companies in the City.

Gohar Bilal is a structured finance professional with a focus on Islamic finance. She is the European representative of Harvard Islamic Finance Information Program and a Visiting Scholar of the Harvard Law Schoolâs Islamic Legal Studies Program. Her articles on Islamic Mortgages have appeared in Mortgage Finance Gazette.

The Forum for Stable Currencies has been hosting debates between analysts of monetary reform, victims of banks and institutions and promoters of LETS and Barter Companies since 1998. Programmes have been distributed to both Houses of Parliament in the hope that the topics debated become part of the political agenda, especially as the EURO challenges the sovereignty to issue a national currency.
The Forum operates from the following principles:
* The parliamentary process needs to make certain that the Money Supply ensures its value" Lord Caithness
* Money should be the servant not the master of humanity.
* Banksâ ability to create money out of nothing must be curtailed.
* Personal responsibility needs to be maximised.
When it is compounding interest upon interest, growth is exponential; for profits and for debts. Any exponential growth is unnatural and unsustainable. 97% of money in circulation is created as interest-bearing debt. Since 1967, notes and coin (M0), the share of the total money supply (M4) issued by governments free of interest has gone down from 31% to 3%, i.e. Virtually all money is created by banks with a near monopoly.
Organiser: Sabine McNeill, tel. 020 7328 3701, 21 Goldhurst Terrace London NW 6 3HB www.intraforum.net/money sabine@globalnet.co.uk

Wednesday 22 October 6:30pm for 7pm ending at 9pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Polly Jones, JDC Birmingham - Methodist Central Church Centre, 208 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6QW - Opposite the Law Courts

For details contact Birmingham JDC on 0121 471 4175 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Tuesday 21 October 7:30pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Peter Hardstaff (Head of Campaign Policy, WDM) Sheffield - St. Mark's Church, Broomfield Road - Adjacent to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and can be reached by buses 60&50

For details contact Sheffield WDM on 0114 236 0361 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Monday 20 October 7:30pm - 9.30 pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Effie Jordan (Debt Campaigner - WDM). Chair: Andy Welford, East Cleveland WDM Darlington - Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, DL3 7AU

For details contact East Cleveland WDM on 01947 840 708 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Saturday 18 October 12-5pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Jubilee Debt Campaign Speakers Manchester (JDC National Campaigners Day) - Cross St Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL
The chapel is located on the ground floor of a modern office block, opposite St Anne's Street

For details contact Jubilee Debt Campaign on 020 7922 1111 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Thursday 16 October 7:30pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Martin Powell (Debt Campaigner - WDM) Kendal - Large Committee Room, The Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4DL

For details contact South Lakeland WDM on 01539 720 255 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

Wednesday 15 October 7.30pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele, Peter Hardstaff (Head of Campaign Policy - WDM), Stephen Rand (Director, Tearfund and Co-Chair, Jubilee Debt Campaign) and DFID representative (tbc), Chair: Ann McKechin MP, Chair, All Party Group on Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Committee Room 10, House of Commons, Westminster
Use Stephen's Entrance

For details contact Helen Fowell on 0800 328 2153 or email Helen@wdm.org.uk and also visit the website of the World Development Movement

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Tuesday 14 October 7:30pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003
Speakers: Demba Dembele and Peter Hardstaff (Head of Campaign Policy - WDM) Bristol - Unitarian Church, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE (off Bond Street, at end of the M32)

For details contact Bristol WDM on 0117 924 3493 and also visit the website of the World Development Movement
(0117) 909 3491 - email contact
andy@inwebs.co.uk

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Saturday 11 October 10am - 4.30pm Colludo - Whodunit to the world's poor?
World Development Movement & Jubilee Debt Campaign Speaker Tour 11- 22 October 2003 beginning at the WDM Scotland Small World Big Challenge Conference
Speakers: Demba Dembele, Marlene Barrett (Head of Campaign Communications - WDM) and Harriet Lamb (Director of Fairtrade Foundation). Glasgow (WDM Scotland Small World Big Challenge Conference)
Renfield St Stephens Conference Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow.

For details contact WDM Scotland on 0131 557 0444 or visit the conference website

Glasgow, Bristol, London, Kendal, Manchester, Darlington, Sheffield and Birmingham. "When rich countries or the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) say a country is getting debt relief, they don't tell you all the strings they attach. After decades in Africa, after all the failures, they are still pushing for the same policies, and they are discredited world-wide." Demba Dembele, Senegal. Dembele, director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Senegal, will expose the culprits behind the deadly economic conditions attached to debt relief. Hear the evidence, decide, take action.

 

Saturday 11th October 10.30am -6pm

NO NEW OIL - OIL, WAR & CLIMATE CHANGE: DISMANTLING THE OIL ECONOMY
Variety of speakers - see below

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS Clement House, D Building, Aldwych, London. Holborn or Temple tube.


LSE People and Planet su.soc.peopleandplanet@lse.ac.uk. www.peopleandplanet.org - www.risingtide.org.uk.
Register now to avoid disappointment by writing to info@risingtide.org.uk or call the Rising Tide Oxford office on 01865 241 097. There is no attendance fee and we are only asking for a small donation on the door to cover costs. Discussion List news-subscribe@risingtide.org.uk

NO NEW OIL - OIL, WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE: DISMANTLING THE OIL ECONOMY - LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS. SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER
Following the invasion of Iraq and an unprecedented heat wave in Europe, this gathering will expose the connections between oil, war, and climate change. It brings together experienced campaigners from across the environmental, peace and social justice movements to share strategies and develop proposals for new campaigns. The day will combine presentations, workshops, slides, slides and specially commissioned video.

MORNING PRESENTATIONS - A series of short presentations accompanied by specially commissioned videos.

THE MAIN PLAYERS AND THE NEW OIL FRONTIER
James Marriott and Greg Muttitt from Platform UK present a multi-media tour of the main companies, where they are operating and where they are expanding- and an overview of how this relates to conflict zones and countries with repressive regimes.

EXPOSING THE ROLE OF OIL IN THE WAR IN IRAQ
Steve Kretzmann of Sustainable Energy and Economy Network explores the links between oil companies, the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. He looks ahead at the frontier for new oil and the potential for new conflicts.

FINANCING NEW OIL
Nicholas Hildyard of The Corner House exposes the sources of private and public investment in new oil development, with a particular focus on export credit agencies and the multi-lateral finance institutions.

THE LINKS BETWEEN EXXON, RIGHT WING THINK TANKS, CLIMATE SKEPTICS AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Cindy Baxter, coordinator of the Stop Esso Coalition, reveals a complex web of influence, patronage and corruption.

TEN YEARS OF RESISTANCE TO NEW OIL - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Andy Rowell, researcher, journalist and author, evaluates the ten years of oil campaigns since the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa; the successes and the lost opportunities.

CLIMATE CHANGE- THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION
George Marshall from Rising Tide presents the case for regarding climate change as a new tool for oppression and examines the climate implications of exploiting the remaining undeveloped oil resources.

LUNCH BREAK AND OPEN FORUM
During the lunch break, the Open Forum is a chance to meet campaigners from environment, development and peace groups, and find out more about their work.

 

 


AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS - People can attend two of the following workshops as all workshops will be repeated:

Dismantling the oil industry - looking at the web of oil industries from a UK perspective, discussing the social justice issues of dismantling the industry, and identifying campaign opportunities and targets.

Causes and impacts of climate change - author and journalist Mark Lynas personal experiences and slides of the impacts of climate change around the world.

Baku-Ceyhan Campaign - the BP pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey is a case study in the environmental and social impacts of large oil and gas projects. The resistance to public funding for the pipeline has encouraged one of the largest oil campaigns seen in the UK...and it needs your support.

Campaigning Against New Oil - A panel of campaigners draws together the strands of the last decade of campaigning on oil, climate change and fossil fuel frontiers. What lessons have we learnt? How can we take this forward?

Resistance and Solidarity - A presentation of case studies from around the world where oil has been a catalyst for conflict including Colombia, West Papua, Nigeria, Chad/Cameroon, Baku-Ceyhan and Tibet. The panel discussion asks how we can show solidarity and effectively support struggles from the UK?


FINAL PLENARY- PROPOSALS FOR NEW CAMPAIGNS
The final session brings together the discussions from the workshops, contains short presentations on campaigns and activities and invites people to support the growing movement against the expansion of oil and gas production.

BOOKING DETAILS
The gathering runs from 10.30 am-6pm at the London School of Economics, Clement
House, D Building, Aldwych, London. Nearest tubes: Holborn, Temple. The full agenda of speakers and workshops will be posted on the RIsing Tide website www.risingtide.org.uk.

We are expecting to fully fill the venue, so please register your name now to avoid disappointment by writing to info@risingtide.org.uk or call the Rising Tide Oxford office on 01865 241 097. There is no attendance fee and we are only asking for a small donation on the door to cover costs.

The conference is being organised by:
LSE People and Planet su.soc.peopleandplanet@lse.ac.uk. www.peopleandplanet.org

Rising Tide UK. A national network of small groups and individuals dedicated to taking local action on climate change and building a movement against climate change. Our short monthly news sheet carried information, events, and news from the UK climate change movement. To subscribe send a blank e-mail to: news-subscribe@risingtide.org.uk Your details will never be passed to anyone else.


Thursday 9th October - 7.30 pm Oxfam-Amnesty debate and question time - 'The Arms Trade ? Out of Control?' Chair: Sir Donald Maitland (ex UN diplomat)
Academic: Sam Perlo Freeman (co-author of launch research papers)

Politician: Roger Berry MP & Chair of Quad Committee
Corporate: Brinley Salzmann, Export Director, Defence Manufacturers Association
NGO: Debbie Hillier, Oxfam (author of launch report)

Friends Meeting House, 126, Hampton Rd, Redland, Bristol


Thursday 9th October 2003: 7.30-9pm TALKING ECONOMICS - monthly conversations on events of the day Dr Christopher Houghton Budd on: Does World Money need World Governance?

Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Near Baker St. Tube. Cost: Donation of £3.50

Dr. Christopher Houghton Budd 01227 738207 or chb@ae-institute.com
Arthur Edwards 01993 891363 or mail@oxfordeconomicsforum.co.uk
Rudolf Steiner House 0207 723 4400

www.talkingeconomics.co.uk

As the WTO meeting in Cancun draws to a close, the need to create a culture of thinking inclusively about economic life sounds with ever greater clarity. The alternative is a strident factionalism in which self-assertion rules, the evidence for this is not to be found in human nature alone, but rather in the concepts used to describe our economic world conception. But what if we can think and talk in a way which allows us to conceive a humane world ? Economists, politicians, journalists, protestors, corporate lobbyists might discover a common language afterall. We invite you to a series of Thursday evening events that aim to explore contemporary economic issues within the context of a brief introduction leading to open conversation. If you would like to display this programme on a notice board you can download it at - http://www.talkingeconomics.co.uk/poster.doc - I look forward to your participation, Arthur Edwards -

Does World Money need World Governance?
The response of many to the globalisation of economic life is to globalise political life also. But does the melting together of national economies require a world polity? Or should we not distinguish between economic and political sovereignty, maintaining the latter on a national basis and reserving it to governments? The corollary would be to make the institutions of economic life more genuinely accountable than they are to date.

These events are organised by members of the Associative Economics Network, established in 1998 to encourage the development of an associative approach to modern economic life. Membership of the Network is open to all and entails no obligations. The annual fee of £10 includes bi-monthly issues of e2 - Journal of Associative Economics. Associative Economics is a non-partisan approach to the wide and divergent range of thought currently informing modern debates - from neo-liberal to ‘alternative’, and including the ideas of Rudolf Steiner. If you would like to join, please register online at www.ae-institute.com. or send your name and address together with £10 to Centre for Associative Economics, PO Box 341, Canterbury CT4 8GA.

Saturday 4th October 10.30am-6pm

The first LONDON SOCIAL FORUM:
Another London is possible...

Civil Society Fair with stalls London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2. Temple/Holborn tube stations


info@londonsocialforum.org.uk
* www.londonsocialforum.org.uk

London is a global city - a target for companies worldwide which seek to profit from public services, the home of banks and multinational companies which plunder the world,a refuge for people displaced by those attacks, and a centre of multi-cultural resistance against oppression. In a period when politicians have abandoned our lives to market forces and war, people are trying to find real solutions to our problems. Yet such efforts remain fragmented across issues, while strategic debate is often reducd to sloganising and cheerleading. To create a new world requires different ways of linking our needs and aspirations. There is a worldwide democratic ferment generating new organsiational forms - sometimes called 'social forums' based on solidarity, inclusion, horizontality, participation and conviviality. The First London Social Forum aims to provide a space for reflective debate on strategies for creating another London and another world. Themes include: Media; Transport; War, peace and civil liberties; London as a global city; Refugees and racism; Public services - fighting privatisation and developig alternatives.

 

Sunday 21st September 2003 10.30am-6pm The Second Spirit Matters Day:
" 21st Century Democracy"
Roy Madron of Gaian Democracies Essex Hall, 1-6 Essex Street, Strand (opposite the Royal Courts Of Justice), London WC2

Free Admission (donations to cover costs) / Drinks provided. Please bring vegetarian food to share
Contact: 020-7624-1123 spiritmatters@hotmail.com
www.spiritmatters.info

A day of talks, group discussions, meditation, music, dance, networking and Qi Gong with Barbara Brown. Free admission (donations to cover costs) Bring vegetarian food to share.
LATEST INFORMATION:

Announcing The Second Spirit Matters Day: 21st Century Democracy
Is democracy failing us? Have we ever really had democracy - and are there opportunities now for creating it, or for taking it further? Can democracy tame the big global organizations which currently escape democratic control, like the multi-national companies and the International Monetary Fund? Can democracy go beyond the rule of political parties to become a democracy for citizens as a whole? How should democratic systems take account of the sustainability of our long-term future, and of other species?
Join us for a vibrant, intelligent, interesting and fulfilling day: Roy Madron, co-author (with John Jopling) of Gaian Democracies will talk with Victor Anderson about new approaches to local and global democracy, followed by small group discussions, music with David Lasserson, dance with Plaxy O'Keefe, meditation and Qi Gong with Barbara Brown. Our aim is that the event will lead to the creation of new alternative local groups through which we can infuse the political process with the values, goals and truths of the human spirit: joy, friendship, creativity, compassion and a sense of belonging.

Spirit Matters is a self-organising, independent network of men and women of a variety of ages, faiths, cultures and political orientations, who believe that the introduction of spiritual values to our personal and public lives is essential if we are to solve the problems of war, poverty, alienation, and environmental destruction that face us in the 21st century.
'Spirit Matters Days'
are a new initiative to bring together people who want to connect with their own spirituality and to transform their own lives in order to rekindle creative political participation in shaping our society as active citizens. Through working together, whether in harmony and joy, supporting and nurturing one another, or in passionate but constructive conflict, challenging one another to live our highest values, the people involved in Spirit Matters hope to help one another to bring personal dreams of fulfilment and collective political dreams of sustainable living to fruition.

Spirit Matters Day: PROGRAMME

10:30 - Registration /Coffee/tea-
11:00- 11:20: Welcome/meet your neighbour/guided meditation
11:20 -12:15: Victor Anderson discusses Gaian Democracies with Roy Madron, followed by a Q and A
12:15 - 12:30 Music by David Lasserson
12:30- 1:30 Lunch. Please bring vegetarian food to share

1:30- 1:40 Welcome Back
1:40 - 2:00 - Qi Gong with Barbara Brown
2:00- 3:00 - Small group discussions on purpose and principles. What is the purpose of Spirit Matters and other similar groups and what are the principles that guide us?
3:00 - 3: 45 - Large group plenary, bringing the small group talks and conclusions back to the centre
3: 45 - 4:00 coffee/ tea break

4:00- 5:00 - Further small group discussions to consider ideas for new projects, founding new groups or networking within existing ones.
5:00 -5:30- Large group plenary, bringing the small group conclusions back to the centre
5:30 - 5:50 - Dances with Plaxy O'Keefe
5:50- 6:00 Group meditation/ final words

Further information from:
Spirit Matters, C/O 27 Lonsdale Road, London NW6 6RA,
Tel: 0207-624-1123 Fax: 0207-624-1124,
Email: spiritmatters@hotmail.com Website: www.spiritmatters.info

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2003 THINKING THROUGH A COLLAPSING WORLD: Pathways to Reconciliation Conference will be opened by Mary Robinson Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq, (Holborn tube) London WC1

Organised by The Global Reconcilation Network: www.collapsingworld.org
UK contact: Chris Macrae,
cbn007@easynet.co.uk
£10 per session, £25 per day (concs)

The aim of the event, an Australian initiative, is to bring together people thinking about and working towards local and global reconciliation in order to establish an ongoing framework that allows us to share experiences and to work together. The topics addressed will include: the concepts of 'reconciliation' and 'civil society'; political action, reconciliation and the roles of local and global politics; the problem of terrorism and cultural, political and religious responses to it; and issues of culture, citizenship and democracy. The format will include both lectures and interactive workshops, with ample opportunity for contributions from all the participants. An intended outcome of the meeting is a charter to facilitate ongoing co-operation among groups around the world working for reconciliation.

The conference will be opened by Mary Robinson (Former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, now of the Global Ethics Initiative), and has a unique range of speakers from across disciplines, cultures and community organisations around the world. Individuals, community groups and organisations around the world with an interest in issues associated with reconciliation are participating. Join renowned academic thinkers, social activists and policy makers to identify the obstacles to reconciliation and share ways to build community.

Speakers will include:
Jakob Finci: Chair, National Coordinating Committee for the Establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Charles Villa-Vincencio: Executive Director Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa, Former National Research Director, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Tanya Hosch, Director, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre.
Hans D'Orville: Director Strategic Policy, UNESCO, Paris.

Of particular interest: session on Sunday 21st "Democracy, Citizenship and Ethics"
Contributors: Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Politics and Social Theory, University of Westminster, UK; Mary Crewe and Christoff Heyn, Centre for Study of AIDS and Human Rights, Pretoria University, South Africa; Ian Campbell, International Health Consultant, Salvation Army & UNAIDS; Miri Weingarten, Physicians for Human Rights, Israel; Ganesh N. Devy, Director, Tribal Academy, Tejgadh & Professor of Humanities, DA-IICT University, India; Roy Madron, Producer & Author, Gaian Democracies Enterprise, UK; Jim Welsh, Coordinator, Medical Program, Amnesty International, UK; Daphna Golan, Director, Internship Programs, The Minerva Center for Human Rights, The Hebrew University of , Israel; Clive Baldwin, Head of International Advocacy, The Minority Rights Group, London; representatives from community groups

The conference will also launch a Global Reconciliation Network to promote cooperation amongst community based groups around the world. A communiqué for the network will be released at a closing press conference on 21st September (International day of Peace).


Saturday Sept 20th: 6.30pm-12 midnight
PARTY TIME AT HUGO'S: Dinner, Jazz & Blues Evening: Benefit for Water Aid Hugo's Cafe: Lonsdale Roadd London, NW6

£30 - book via
Earth Emergency:
020-7372-1232

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd September 2003 International Conference: Misdiagnosed Illnesses – what you can do medically and legally

Keynote Speaker: Prof P Hunt (UK)• Chaired by: Drs P Brooke & S Myhill

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road/ Gloucester Ave, Camden Town, London, NW1 Contact drbadsha@elc.org.uk
www.mcsinternational.org
www.elc.org.uk
www.pathwaysnetwork.co.uk
 
Sunday 20th July 2003: 11am-1pm and 2pm WISH YOU HAD BEEN PART OF GREENHAM? Join us at a reunion, a Celebration of Peace, Greenham Peace March, STATUE to be unveiled Rosalie Huzzard,
Ellen Diederich, Fasia Jansen and Karen Andrews
All welcome - bring a picnic from 11am then unveiling at Cardiff City Hall 2pm Contact: 0164- 621-449 greenhamsculpture@hotmail.com
www.wfloe.fsnet.co.uk
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME: Speakers: Rosalie Huzzard – WILPF, Ellen Diederich. Oberhausen. International Womens’ Peace Archive, Fasia Jansen. friedensa@aol.com, Karen Andrews US Military wife, from inside the Greenham Base now student of Peace and Justice at Wellesley College. USA. Also UK Soldier, ex Falklands/Greenham airbase, will read his peace poetry - contact via Barbara R.
Celebratory cake with maps of Malta and Wales made by Pembroke WI. Videos: "Greenham the making of a monument" – Undercurrents. Oxford. German Womens’ Greenham Vide., Welsh poetry an englyn by Vernon Jones . Acappella Singers 2.00pm
Another womens’ sculpture story – www.undelete.org/woa/woa09-25.html
Large marble sculptures of three women suffragists languish in the basement of the US Capital Building for 75 years – 1921 -1997. Sculptures made by women, of women installed by women. An even more difficult and dramatic story than the Greenham story. Life size Greenham Sculpture by Anton Agius of Rabat Malta made for the cause of Peace, a sculpture made with love as much as money.
Thursday 3rd July 2003, 7.30-9pm
CULTURE: The Essential Investment
Dr Christopher Houghton Budd
Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Near Baker Street Tube. London NW1 6XT. Cost: Donation of £3.50
Contact the speaker direct on 01227 738207 or chb@ae-institute.com
Most commentators regard culture as a side-show, an event in the margins with little if any real economic significance. But what if culture were shown to be the source of new values and fresh energy, and thus of future economic life? What if modern speculation and the anarchy of the financial markets pointed to an unrecognised phenomenon - the ability today to fund culture on a massive scale? Could we tame the markets by investing in culture?

Tuesday 24th June 2003, 7pm MONEY DEBT and the OUTDATED EURO MIKE ROWBOTHAM author of "'GRIP OF DEATH" and SIR RICHARD BODY, former MP House of Lords, Westminster, London W1. Committee Room 3 St Stephen's entrance: Booked in the name of Lord Stoddart of Swindon: Free Organised by the Anti-Common Market League
28 Highdown, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7HZ

How the current financial system functions as debt, and why the Euro is already out of date; yesterday's solution to yesterday's problem. Why is joining the EURO deemed to be irreversible ? Why does the EURO gain such wholehearted support from the banks? Modern financial systems are based on almost entirely on debt and banking. The deficiency of this arrangement and the criticism it has attracted suggests that monetary reform is likely in the future. Countries within the EU locked into a single currency would be ill-placed to undertake such reforms, tied to an outmoded, centralist, power-based financial system.


Wednesday 25th June from 7.00pm "GENETICALLY MODIFIED NATION" ­ DEBATE Peter Lillford, York University & Claire Oxborrow, Friends of the Earth EMMAUS COMMUNITY,
School Lane, Carlton, Beds
To confirm your attendance and for more information call 01234 721379 or email Sharon.Jackson@CarltonCSR.com

The government is encouraging a public debate about genetically modified crops (GM), before they decide if GM is to be grown on a commercial basis in the UK. This is your chance to find out more about the implications of genetically modified crops and to put your view to the government.
SPEAKER FOR GM - Peter Lillford CBE ­ Prof. Public Awareness of Science, York University.
SPEAKER AGAINST GM - Claire Oxborrow - Head of Food Campaigns at Friends of the Earth
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The speakers will put forward their point of view after which the debate attendees will discuss their own views in small groups. The results will be recorded on feed back forms and sent to the UK Government as a true representation of the public view. Feedback from GM Debates across the country must be submitted by 18th July: the results will be evaluated by an independent market research

Wednesday 25th June: 6pm

The role of the armed forces in environmental protection.

Major General Eustace D'Souza (retired) (India) Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Westminster, London W1: Free
Michael Harbottle Memorial Lecture of the One World Trust
Major General Eustace D'Soouza PVSM became Secretary General of the World Wildlife Fund for India on his retirement. He subsequently served two terms as Consultant for South Asia to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has been the motivating force to create within the Indian armed services (in the navy, army and air force) a structure for environmental protection so that today every unit has a specific environmental role to play. He regards this as central to global security and part of the whole 'web of life'.
Fri/Saturday June 27-28th 24 HOURS FOR TRADE JUSTICE Bradford Trade Justice Including Trade training, a gathering in Centenary Square, Bradford, and a "Great Trade Debate" For details contact: annaqui@fish.co.uk
Saturday 21st June 2003: 11am-12.30pm "THE NHS REFORM: PUBLIC HEALTH OR PRIVATE PROFIT?" Prof. Allyson Pollock (UCL, London) Café Diplo at the The French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT: £2

"Friends of le Monde Diplomatique"

Prof. Pollock is head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and director of Research and Development at UCL Hospitals at UCL Trust. Her work on PFIs has been a major intervention and she has written on globalisation and Health. She will be speaking on whether the NHS Plan and Foundation Hospital Trust lead to greater privatisation of health care funding and delivery. She has written reports on the PPP (Private Public Partnership) and the agenda for privatisation of the Welfare State. (For further information see University College London, School of Public Policy)

Thursday 19th June 2003

Richard Murphy DEBT-BASED FINANCE: Publicly Created Money and Pensions as Constructive Alternatives

Forum for Stable Currencies at the House of Lords, Westminster, London SW1

Sponsored by Lord Ahmed, 6-9pm Room G, via Blackrod's Entrance Organiser: Sabine McNeill

Richard Murphy is an economics graduate and chartered accountant. He trained with what is now KPMG before starting his own firm at the age of 26. This grew to have three partners and eight hundred clients before he and his partners sold it in 2000 to concentrate on other activities. He has also been chairman, chief executive or finance director of nine SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) over the last 15 years and continues his active involvement in the commercial economy at present. Richard has written on taxation and accounting matters for many years, both within the profession and now as a regular contributor to the Observer. He campaigned for Oxfam in the 1980s and has been involved in new economics in some way since the first TOES (The Other Economic Summit). He now campaigns on reform in three areas: international tax, pensions, and the money supply. He created the economic thinking behind the "People's Pensions" report published in 2003 and wrote most of the Briefing Document for Early Day Motion 854. He is currently undertaking work on the economics of extortionate lending for the New Economics Foundation, Church Action on Poverty and the Debt on the Doorstep Campaign.

Saturday 24th May 2003 Dr Vineeta Gupta (Insaaf International) and World Bank Boycott co-ordinators "BREAKING THE BANK'S BOND" Café Diplo The French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

"Friends of le Monde Diplomatique"

Dr. Vineeta Gupta is General Secretary of Insaaf International, a Punjab-based human rights group committed to social justice, where she works on efforts to disclose the harmful effects of World Bank user fees on health care. Dr. Gupta and members of the WBBoycott will discuss the social, economic and environmental impact of the WB and explore means of effective local resistance to its destructive economic policies. The Boycott is an international coalition of grassroots groups which seeks to increase financial and political pressure on the World Bank by discouraging local institutions from investing in its bonds, from which it raises 80% of its money. Since its launch in April 2000, over 75 institutional investors have joined the Boycott, including trade unions such as The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, religious groups such as Pax Christi (USA), banks such as the Co-operative Bank UK, and SRI firms such as the Calvert Group. For further information: - For further information

 
Saturday 7th June 2002 Dr Brighton Chireka (Chairman of the Zimbabwe Association in London) "ZIMBABWE THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE" Café Diplo The French Institute, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

"Friends of le Monde Diplomatique"

This café aims to give a general overview of the economical and social issues Zimbabwe is going through and the consequences it can have to a wider scale in Africa. Dr Brighton Chireka, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Democracy Trust organisation in London, will discuss and answer your questions regarding the political actions of President M. Robert Mugabe.