Session 21 on Wednesday on 25th May 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern
, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Internet TV channel - Dave and Roger (45 mins)
  3. Encouraging involvement in critical thinking (40 mins)
    Andy's email, Janos's publications, the revue/event, Spain
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 20 on Wednesday on 18th May 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern
, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion (40 mins)
  2. Traveller in world changing ideas - Janos (60 mins)
  3. Critical Thinking event - (20 mins)

Session 19 on Wednesday on 11th May 2016

* 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 (30 mins)

2. Where is Critical Thinking going? - continuation of last week's discussion - Janos (90 mins)

Session 18 on Wednesday on 4th May 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 (30 mins)

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

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

 

Session 18 on Wednesday 4th May 2016 – notes

1. Global Table. CCMJ – Peter Challen will continue. £250. Steve underwrote the cost for the annual meeting which is why it was cancelled. Workshop? Global 21 – London Metropolitan Uni. 80 people – 6 group discussions. Social night. Rethinking where Critical Thinking is going. Think of ourselves as resources. Continuity. Food plus.

2. Learning... goodwill and resources; inner strength to be promoted. Event to get people together; to introduce themselves. Dynamic in the earlier stage – loss of momentum. Are we teaching and information organisation or is there space to take action. Mario: know where we are; Occupy etc. disappeared but legacy lingers on. 99% don't know. Not a true statement. What became of the great promise of social change. How to break the cycle if we reinvent ourselves – need a core strategy. Mary: Overwhelmed by content – passes by. The map to economic issues. So as not to reinvent the wheel. We're going round in circles not getting into the political process. The labour party is the only chance to effect social change. Frustration with economic solutions but no agreement on what needs to be done. We should be influencing people at the top table. Mike – central core of Occupy with satellite groups. Attracted by the idea of reconnecting with Occupy or connecting with other groups particularly active groups. Intellectual engine room for activist and other groups. Website leads one in all sorts of direction but a lot of the energy is wasted – be good if other people engaged and contributed more. Chris: How the system and its sub-systems work to key system components to dis-empower the elites and empower the public. Power rests with whoever controls the budget. Flow of the money is controlled by the elite. Freedom to choose how taxes are spent. System to control flow of tax into taxation trusts. A way of transferring the power to people. Lawful tax diversion for every individual to withhold tax from perpetuation of wars and terrorism. Janos: more information – knowledge of what is wrong is not enough. Classical activism v analytical activism – more information doesn't lead to action. We have the knowledge to change the world; how do we create the dynamism to turn it into effective action. Thwink.org points of high leverage. Without that there is insufficient power to effect change. Expose the unsupportable – eg warfare, bail out the rich etc. expose the dominant ideology; discredit the justifying ideology or we cannot undo the action – we allow it exist. Pete: game of good versus evil – played out initially with the force of the state. Time and space deception. Location and lifetime coveted by the state structure. Hesiod – 700 BC contemporary of Homer (Illiad). Exposure of the state – how it plays out in mythology. Showing the parallels. We remain stupified by the game – showing the methodology and mechanism of the game. Theology and philosophy. Son of God Jollicott Occult theology – Lady Queensborough. Brahmin etc. Theology of division in religious workshop. Control of populace – division into castes. Gods and relationships with social structure. Played out in India – 2000BC New creator cycle Aries; preserver Saviour period Pisces. System set-up over 1,000s of years. Need to get to the original cause. How intimate knowledge of psychology, mythology and symbolism. Dismal World inspiration. Eddie: experience as a visual artist – not new ideas but places to put ideas. Stop producing work. Zizek: everybody now is able to have gay marriage etc. but we're not allowed anywhere near the framework. Artists create work and put it on walls and nothing changed for 200 years or more. Not beyond putting things on wall. Collaboration with many different people will lead us in the right direction. (Mary: regional meetings? Two sides of the same coin – creating systems of our own – community currencies) Within a group – musician play people start to listen; why Mario's food project is so useful. Build a better system. Three fundamental flaws are justifying ideology – how do we grow and how do we engage other people. Food is a foot in the door. Not enough work is done looking at the individual. We need a working model. Withdrawing consent. We can't. We have to be part of the system. But a social group can disconnect from the system. Need to value one another. General expenditure – avoiding supermarkets, don't drink coffee or tea. Weight of history. Winning possibility is to have faith – sense of metaphysical that things are possible. Don't follow the latest headline. Analysing the problem, describing it – ongoing. Coherent picture of the world and how to change it. Let's try something out. Alongside, we need to disrupt it. Try and change it. Dreams – Hull council funding paying people to do things with a local currency – vouchers for local works. Going to those in need. Local problems – local solutions. Low cost solutions. Defunct fishing port. Extend to make Hull into a freeport. Tax free area – localising tax to feed the local economy.

Hull – groups (1000s) ideas points of discussion and then go home. Artists go into a room and make something. Present it – make it come alive. A revue where ideas are presented in a lighter/different way. LETS speed dating. Illustration of mutual credit. Doing - learning cooperatives. National currency. Festival currency. IOUs.

Plans for next meetings: 18th Janos – Traveller in world changing ideas -