Critical Thinking is engaging with students and teachers at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, next Tuesday afternoon, as part of a week long exploration into the context and purpose of the AA. We will be discussing the power and potential of collective intelligence. All are welcome; the week's program is available here:


Monday 6 – friday 10 february 2017
a week of open source events in aa open week
Open to everyone
The Place Where No One Goes (Graduate Gallery Space)
For one week only! Super-boosted wifi in The Place Where No One Goes
All information is provisional
AALAWuN 2017

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

Tuesday 7 at 2pm
Collective Intelligence
Presentation and discussion by Clive Menzies of Critical Thinking
Nothing is impossible if you don’t mind who gets the credit

Critical Action

GlobalNet21 invited Critical Thinking to join a webinar on Tuesday 13th September 2016, from 7pm to 8pm, to discuss critical action. There is a lot of talk and information about why the political economy is the way it is but what can we practically do ourselves to help bring about change? ie. Critical thinking is all very well but how do we turn critical thinking into critical action?

GN21 Focus Webinar - Social Change Piecemeal Or Critically Total

To join the webinar:

While people from around the world have contributed to Critical Thinking's research and analysis, the weekly sessions involve relatively few people meeting in London. This webinar is opens up interactive participation in Critical Thinking to a global audience and your participation in this webinar is warmly welcomed.

Critical Action

The political economy is an integrated system and until we understand the overall shape and thrust of the system, applying the wrong levers for change can have unintended and disastrous consequences.

Many activists and campaigners focus on symptoms; relieving symptoms is important and necessary but policies to address symptoms can only be steps on the mousewheel of the current political economy, in which we are driven in perpetual, accelerating circles until such time as the wheel breaks and everything collapses.

Critical thinking precedes Critical Action and if we are going to change the world for better, we need to think differently. The first action is self-organise our learning to share information and analysis. The second is to co-create solutions to withdraw consent to be lied to, manipulated and exploited.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller

Economics as if people mattered

Following on from last week's Citizens Dividend cocktail, on Wednesday 27th July 2016, Critical Thinking is joining in with GlobalNet21 to discuss Economics As If People Mattered.  That the political economy is failing a growing number of humans on the planet is not in doubt. That it is on the verge of collapse is also obvious. The question is: What to we do about it?

Economics As If People Mattered (go to the Meetup page for more details and to register)
Join us at our next Conway Hall event on Ethics & Politics where we will be discussing  “Economics As If People Mattered” and will be held in collaboration with the Ethics Society at Conway Hall. Here we will consider whether the 21st Century needs a "new economics" for a sustainable future.

This event replaces our normal weekly Critical Thinking session; Please note the earlier start time of 6:30pm and that we will be in Conway Hall:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6:30 PM
Brockway Room, Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, London



Citizens Dividend Cocktail


Join us for a Citizens Dividend Cocktail and discussion about sharing the wealth of the planet in the form of a Citizens Dividend. Brief presentations on the Commons, Usury, Arts and Culture in the context of a Citizens Dividend will be followed by discussion, in the round, of the three presentations. People often refer to Basic Income; the House of Commons discussion referred to an amount of £70 per week per adult - this is hardly the means to life. A Citizens Dividend from the wealth of the planet could provide the means to shelter, clothe and feed everyone, debt free without increasing income, sales or employment taxes; indeed they could even be reduced.

All are welcome. To sign up to attend, go to: