Session 18 on Wednesday on 4th May 2016

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Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. Round up of news and events (30 mins)

2. Where is Critical Thinking going? (60 mins)

3. Review and planning including "ourselves as a model system" (30 mins)

Session 17 on Wednesday on 27th April 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm
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Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion (40 mins)
  2. Brexit - see Tuesday's Daily Pickings (70 mins)
  3. Review and planning (10 mins)

Session 16 on Wednesday on 20th April 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm
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Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB
Agenda

  1. General discussion (40 mins)
  2. Ourselves as a model system (and the notion of hierarchy) - Alex (60mins)

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  3. In progress: Food, Platform, Cards, Citizens Dividend,  Land (Commons), Usury (Interest) - update and planning (20 mins)

Session 15 on Wednesday on 13th April 2016 - notes

* Please note both day and venue!

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. Round up of news and events (20 minutes)

2. PODNET - Richard Nelson (60 minutes)

3. Hierarchy  – claims of non-hierarchy – always will be a hierarchy? Voluntary organisations. Functional hierarchy v power hierarchy. Clues in respect of hierarchy. Ourselves as a model system. Invitation out to participate in next week's discussion. (40 minutes)

Session 15 on Wednesday 13th April 2016 – notes

1. Open source – Creative Commons Licence 2002. Solar roof. Environment for nature to do its thing. Algae walls. Provide everything you need. One project can feed several families. Retooling manufacturers. Licensing. Make the money on ancillaries – how do you make money from bubbles. Life's mission is not to make money but it can give wealth to people. The food is worth a fortune. Food initiatives are expanding. Steiner farms. Solar roofs. Living building powered by sunlight. Solar conversion – natural. Structure with transparent roof – sun through the green zone habitat space to blue zone. Plant protein – fish protein. Long house – home on stilts – ground floor for the animals. Human scale – homes. 5m x 5m height – within 3 degrees of thermal mass temperature c. 15 degrees. Peter Taylor – Eco-solutions. Impending doom. We have the ability – need the will. Stop thinking that we're doomed. Change thinking – changing what we do. Buckminster Fuller, de-materialisation. Negawatts. Attribution of value. Current political economy is the impediment. Costs of conventional energy escalating. Many start ups – consultants. Wright Brothers flew everyday but nobody would believe them – couldn't get traction. Norway – science council opened doors to commercial ventures. Waste management company – recycling. Separate at source – in the homes. Organic material separated at source and composted. Linden – sewage anaerobic – gasifying carbohydrates → methane. Effluent causes algae – putrification - takes oxygen out of the water. Colloids = organic nutrient to grow food. Biodigester, methane, super-nutrients, and fibrous material for soil conditioning. Friction loss. Colloids food algae takes nitrogen from the air. Algae super-food. Baseline in nature – without algae there is no protein. Plants reform protein, can't create it. Dependent on the algae. Micro-organism symbiotic with the bean which creates the protein. Algaes in the soil. Algae is single cell organism. Water and land plants are the same. Water plant pushes oxygen down into the root. Five kingdoms of life: algae, plant, animal, fungi, bacteria. Aerobic and Anaerobic (bacteria) – create their own oxygen. Anaerobic bacteria created oxygen on Earth. Deep water where carbon was forming. Every cell has the capacity to be any type of cell. DNA – dark matter. Aerobic transmutes to anaerobic. Appreciation of the power of nature. In a small space we can reconnect with nature. We need minerals – sea salt is all we need. Algae have no input to their system other than gases from the atmosphere, water and nutrients from the sea salt. Life processes triggered by catalysts. Breaking the water bond – hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is an energy carrier – carbon holds 4 hydrogens. Forms the basis of life. Burning fuel releases the hydrogen. Smells in the atmosphere of the living environment – not unpleasant. Decomposition takes place in a sealed environment. Transferred to anaerobic because there is no smell. Biomethane clean energy. Inputs sun into the pod; one off charge of water and closed system which only has outputs. CO2 regenerates. No inputs except sunlight. Top up with water as fruits etc. are consumed. Separate different wastes – human effluent to feed algae, to krill to fish. Seven steps. Natural law- feeding animals their own waste or cannibalism. Food and feed. Durable materials – structural frame in durable metal – aluminium. Durable polymers. Permaculture marginalised and fear of technology. All science is about warfare and destruction – not working with nature but against nature. Monoculture weakened plants – pests attack weakened of dying plants. Current preoccupation with pests – depleted soils etc. Grain is poison to us. Wheat is not a natural food for humans. Grains weaponised food like sugar. Bread is rations. Flour is carbs in a form the body can't deal with. Solarroof.org. Wiki. PODnet podnet.is – global coop entity. PODpioneers.com Agripod. Iceland project $150k.

2. Why hierarchy became permanent. How to change the world – Elena St Onge. Someone gave the power. Personality type? Rossilini – Voluntary Servitude. Certain people feel they have the answers and impose their will. Are we guilty. Is that why people abdicated responsibility. We tend to take the line of least resistance. Insights are important – critique it. Why is it a smaller voice is resisted. A large number of people must be right – deferring to authority. Hierarchy of prestige. Witge. Brazilian education for oppression – different perspective. Christian church school – worship of Saturn. Jurisdiction of God, and jurisdiction of man. Born in the jurisdiction of God, induced into the jurisdiction of man – Saturn. Sacred symbol – inverted triangle. Principle of power over to support of all from a strong course. Polymaths – medicine. Catastrophe. 12500 early dryas glacial people – Clothis people – 99% of fauna wiped out by an event – dramatic temperature rise. Catclysmic flood. Law of the sea took over the law of the land. Ourselves as model system.