Topics

The following topics are planned for Café Economique:

  • Islamic Banking
  • Economics mythbusting
  • Impact of copyright on the global south

The following have been suggested:

  • The co-operative movement
  • Co-housing communities
  • The local currencies movement
  • The economics of aging
  • Cyclical Consumption
  • The Freeman Movement
  • Peer Production
  • Comparing different systematic responses to the global financial crisis
  • BitCoin

The following have already happened:

Money and the monetary system

Money: what is it, how it’s created and why it’s become such a problem
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Brian Davey explained some little-known but important facts about the money system.

All About the Money
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Parts of a video from the Positive Money Campaign, followed by discussion of the issues raised.
Facebook event (unfortunately there is no website post for this)

The Positive Money Campaign Meetup
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
A Nottingham meetup for the Positive Money Campaign organised by Cafe Economique.
Facebook event (unfortunately there is no website post for this)

Crimes of the Financial Elite
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Financial crime and its role in the financial crisis. Included a showing of part of the Charles Ferguson documentary “Inside Job”.

The Euro Crisis (mid-2012)
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Brian Davey gave a talk and led a discussion on the then-current contexts of the Euro Crisis.
Facebook event

Causes of financial crash – interview with Australian economist Steve Keen

Economics

Why Should Economists Focus on Happiness Rather Than Growth?
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Amanda Smith examined why recent growth in income has not meant equivalent growth in happiness or decrease in inequality, what this means and how we could do better.
Facebook event

The Roots of Economics in Moral Philosophy: What Has Gone So Wrong?
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Brian Davey argued that while modern economists represent what is no more than a ideological belief system as a neutral ‘science’, the history of economic thought goes back a long way and covered issues that have subsequently been forgotten or ignored.
Facebook event

Why Equality Is Better for Everyone
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Round table discussion on inequalities in health and income, with particular reference to The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
Facebook event

Relationship Between the Generations
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Brian Davey examined the consequences of demographic changes in connection with pensions, looking after the elderly etc.

Alternative economic systems

Efficiency Without Hierarchy: Management Arrangements Using the Viable Systems Model
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Jon Walker and Angela Espinosa of Hull University Business School explained the VSM and what it has to offer VCS/third sector organisations and social enterprises.
Facebook event

Co-Operatives: Suma Wholefoods
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Jenny Stein of Suma Wholefoods talked about the role of co-operatives as an alternative to the current mainstream of economic approaches.
Facebook event

Introduction to the Zeitgeist Movement
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Grant Williams, locally active in the Zeitgeist Movement, gave a presentation on what it is all about, including the Resource-Based Economy.
Facebook event

ParEcon – Participatory Economics
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Jason Chrysostomou of IOPS gave a presentation on ParEcon, an economic model that describes how workers and consumers can co-operatively, equitably and efficiently plan a complex modern economy themselves in a way that produces more desirable humanitarian and ecological outcomes.
Facebook event

What is ‘Alternative Economics’ anyways?
20 June 2013
Alan Story led a critical discussion on ‘Principles of a New Economy’
Facebook event

Food & Ecology

Food Prices
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Roy Smith and Julia Davies of Nottingham Trent University talked about food prices.
Facebook event (unfortunately there is no website post for this)

Sustainable Development?: Rio 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Amanda Smith looked at the Rio 1992 and 2012 UN Conferences on Sustainable Development, picking up on the key outcomes and commenting on the problems associated with trying to implement sustainable development across the globe.
Facebook event

Local Food Economy
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
John McDonald of Ecoworks explored how future food systems, after peak oil has removed the energy basis modern agriculture depends on, will have to be local, and how this might work.
Facebook event

Practical responses

Intentional Communities and Income Sharing
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Two speakers shared their experiences of living in intentional communities and an income-sharing group focusing on how economic issues can be addressed by a community-based approach.
Facebook event

What Can We Do?
Friday, 28 September 2012
Round table discussion focused on the practical question of what we can do to improve things in the present economic climate: what we can change in our personal lives, what we should encourage in others, what we can campaign for or against, and how we can best protect ourselves for the future.
Facebook event

The Bank, the Credit Union and the Mattress
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Round table discussion on where we can put our money now that the banks have proved so unreliable. Must we stick with a bank, switch to a credit union, hide it all away or is it all going up in smoke anyway?
Facebook event

Skills Exchange and Time Banking
16 May 2013
Helen Rigby of the Partnership Council led a discussion on the Skills Exchange which allows local people to swap skills with each other, encouraging community cohesion and neighbourliness.
Facebook event

Other

Living on Benefits
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Matthew McVeagh talked about what living on social security benefits in the UK is like including how the system works, practical and psychological effects, help available and hopes for change.
Facebook event

Globalisation and the Quest for Transnational Solidarity
18 April 2013
Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nottingham, explored two main strategies: (a) ‘Decent Work, Decent Life’ (International Trade Union Confederation), and (b) increasing co-operation between organised labour and social movements.
Facebook event

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