Session 4 on Wednesday 28th January 2015

Time: 7pm to 9pm

* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion - current news in context (30 mins)
  2. Governance – Why we should we change governance? (40 mins)
  3. Education - Kath (40 mins)
  4. Planning (10 mins)

Session 3 on Wednesday 21st January 2015 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

* Please note both day and venue!

Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (30 mins)

2. How the modules relate to each other? - Janos (40 mins)

3. Governance – collaboration (40 mins)

4. Planning (10 mins)

(Session 4 next week, education)

Session 3 on Wednesday 21st January 2014 – notes

1. General – Ebola, David Miliband, Michael Joyce on Twitter. Since 1998 - outward investment 5 to 7 x GDP source: Economist. UK not attractive to business. China/RC new world order. Structural issue. UK industry v property. Whistleblowing documentaries on main channels such as The Super Rich and Us but no public debate on agenda. Taking them to court – fiduciary responsibility? Plutonomy. Yugoslavia – post war debt. Eight times of the volume of debt prewar. War is money.
2. Modules – how they relate – Causal nexus. Symptoms – surface issue of everything. Three dimensions (inverted root). Unrelated problems are connected out of site. Mathematical – number the levels corresponding to their importance. Land will be close to the base. Root cause analysis. Symptoms: GMO foods and pharmaceuticals, Wars, Climate change. Big data – popular. Ideology. So much data collected. Old ways create a structure before collection. Let's collect the data and then introduce a layer. Need to structure data – One issue – eg. Tax evasion – put them in a category. Putney Debates – Richard Murphy. President of Luxembourg in EC created legal opportunities for companies to exploit tax law. Smuggling booze and fags from France risks confiscation/fines, criminal record but Amazon can avoid tax with impunity. Smuggling is commonplace in countries where life is precarious. Website: Word cloud is for SEO engines. structured databases – old. How to structure the data? We've warmed up - got some content. Publishing books for content? Online book publishing. Book reading is different- links etc. Critically examine the website. Start with a list and then work through categorising. Data v knowledge. 3D structures.
3. Governance – Mis-goverment by the ruling clique. Don't alienate enemy. Structural elite. Evolved. Problem - remove central power, who fills the vacuum – type of person who sees the opportunities. Less identifiable. Strategy issue. Objectify people and ideas. Ideology has to be there. Human agents as primary force. Manipulating events. Imbalance evolved. Scale. Inclusive. Structural elite. Mafia = government. Tax, protection.

Next week. Governance – how to open the discussion. Why we should we change governance.


Session 2 on Wednesday 14th January 2015 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

* Please note both day and venue!

Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (30 mins)

2. What are we trying to achieve? (80 mins)

Critical Thinking is a collaborative, modular, evidence based, research project to produce referenced information to promote wider understanding of the way we are governed, to develop alternative economic and political structures which might serve us and future generations better. - from About us

Our work is still modular, although that's not currently reflected on the website.


3. Agenda for next week (10 mins)

Session 2 on Wednesday 14th January 2014 – notes

1. Education – The information on the Critical Thinking site is focused on primary and secondary education – needs more on universities and life long learning. Some of the stats need to be referenced don't look accurate for London. – ethnicity references not right. Class sizes not talked about – training and educators need more analysis. Mental health – problems relationship with vaccines? Transition to secondary – pressures – over prescription by big pharma. ADHD. Reduction in provision for mental health issues – "yellow sheeted" 50% of pupils in year 5 & 6 in some schools. Drugs/alcohol at home - mental health consequences. Applications of the resonance engine. 30 questions – repeat to see trends. Use for predictions. Monitoring intervention. Collaboration – resonance.  Comparison of state versus private schools. Alex – Kath collaboration? Steps – Baccalauriate for a broader education. Arts "seasoning" – needed for context/ empathy. Arts take difficult stuff and make it accessible. Doctors stopped reading literature at 15 - lack of empathy. Working with police in Haringey – how they execute stop and search – organisations suffer collaboration illiteracy. Not learning from each other. SOLE. Social brain – connecting communities – creativity/well being. Business – empathic civilisation – Jeremy Rifkind.
2. What brings different people to Critical Thinking: Social change – causes of problems in society. HIstorical context is vital. Philosophy introduced into schools from 6 years.|| 9/11 – false flag, economy etc.  Peace movement at university, Occupy, Bank of Ideas – Critical Thinking – credit crunch. University philosophy. Access innate wisdom and collaborate with others, new way of thinking, put into practice, and technology to broaden access.|| NHS – mental health patients collaborating with themselves and each other. From commerce, biology and astrophysics to exploring inner space.|| Composer – voice practice – vocal Tai Chi.|| Social media for truth – trending isn't necessarily indicative of truth. Film: International – Clive Owen. "Before you tell people the real truth, tell them the truth they want to hear." Hierarchy of truth, ecology of truth. Truth the people want to hear. Shift what they believe. Acting different. Where they "are". Ultimate truth. Not ready to believe. Truth – noble lie. Addicts – withdrawal symptoms. Social media – discernment other sources. Charlie Hebdo – violation of human rights. False flag – engineering the five levels of perception. Need to work holisticly. Engineer perception of the truth. Trying to understand information, make sense of it and disseminate it. Block/resistance to issues. Overwhelmed with messages from society. Spoonful of sugar – compassion. Media deal with people as a block. Meet the people where they are rather than where you think they should be. How do you decide on the remedial truth? Collusion (fellow users), not in a state of illusion, Illusion, delusion (difficult to break out of). False reality. Governments and commerce engineer the truth. Perception management. Every new generation. Education – training to acceptance. Little awareness of what education means – bringing out. Isolated. Learning to think well for themselves. Growing up is a natural process – thinking has to be taught. Have to learn to think together. Collaboration (discovery based)  and collusion (dogma driven). Disensus is important. Teachers want to educate but trained out of them. Compulsory education – monolithic frame work inevitable. Free schools on every street corner. State doesn't encourage people to learn for themselves. Internet – learning independent. Banning of whatsapp and snapchat. Disagreement is healthy – process to find areas of agreement. Northern Ireland – divided in language but peace prevails – put aside differences. Vision to move forward. Agreeing to disagree? Awareness of reality in truth but only a bit of it. When people come together – errors in truth – resolving misunderstanding. Humans lazy and warlike v. creative and concerned with each other's welfare. Walking away from disagreement. Stages of groupwork. Storming, forming, norming. Agreement sustains dogma. Gengis Khan generating conflict between generals to make them compete to perform. Friction generates heat. Agree to disagree because. Polarity N-S bind together N-N resist. In collaboration differences are complementary. Like minded people can't learn from each other. Learning from others – tolerating differences. Novelty element in challenging beliefs / patterns. Sometimes need support and challenge, reflection. Vitamins for the mid. Don't get resources they need – permanent damage. (vitamin C deficiency). If psychologically damaged, require chemical intervention. What to do more of – what to do less of – what do they leave alone? Natural collaboration. Friends. Worst enemies do the opposite (at the wrong time). New engines convert (steam, combustion etc.) one form of energy to another. Internet is an engine of change. Whole industry grows – transform society. Resonance engine. Used among entrepreneurs. Global experiment across the world. Social justice – in Feb. Three a day Vitamins. 18 people to influence a city the size of London. Sample of 2000 to find those 18 people. Short-circuiting the changing of perception. - TNT v Uranium. Leverage – chain reaction – shifts in perception. What needs to be changed? Tested with 120 people accuracy 89% in addressing the right issue. New trial 2000 people. chain reaction ensues from. Tesla – resonance. CERN – E=MC2. Matter is a form of consciousness. Energy is a function of consciousness/mind. Using quantum physics and applying it to mind/consciousness. Manhattan project – to change the world. Three week evaluation. Selection of trial subjects – induction. Danger of subversion? Absence of challenge will cost you. Yin and yang. Centre of gravity. Move from centre of gravity moves easiest and least amount of energy. Animals v humans – tai chi from the centre of gravity. Not line of separation – it's harmony. Balance of yin and yang.

Next week:

How the modules relate to each other? _ Janos

Governance – collaboration.

Week after education.

Session 1 on Wednesday 7th January 2015 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

* Please note: we have moved both day and venue!

Venue: The Function Room upstairs at The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (25 mins)

2. The Significance and Survival of Tent City University - Jocey Quinn (10 mins)

3. Lying – holding MPs accountable - action?-  (40 mins)

4. Governance structures (40 mins)

5. Agenda for next week (5 mins)

 

Session 1 on Wednesday 7th January 2015 – notes

  1. Lawful tax withholding to force the peoples agenda for change. Using the legal system? Destabilisation for regime change in Hungary as per Ukraine? – EU withholding funding. Green Party promoting land value tax, Positive Money's agenda to take money creation away from the banks and citizens income. How to promote collaboration across smaller parties and independents - 2015 Constitutionalists UK? Escalation of hostilities in Kashmir – fighting and evacuation. A Pakistan ship blew itself up on approach to defended Indian coast. Congress Party making mischief? Sonia Ghandi, who controls the party which  has ruled since independence until the election of Narenda Modi, may be a destabilising influence. Modi meanwhile seems to be developing economic and diplomatic relations with the other BRICS while continuing to court the US, UK and Europe. Downed Air Asian flight is third Malaysian airliner: MH370 disappeared (probably hidden in Diego Garcia), MH17 (almost certainly shot down by US backed Ukranian Air Force. Ken O'Keefe update video on 9/11 which puts Cameron's speech to the UN in September into context; if you question the official 9/11 myth, you're to be targeted as an extremist. Guilt of Jack Straw when confronted with evidence of genocide. Murder of Diana Spencer - John Morgan book - detailed, fully referenced, forensic analysis of the evidence which leads to the inescapable conclusion that she was murdered. Implicated are French and UK governments and intelligence services, the SAS, the Royal Family and their minders. Charlie Hebdo blowback or false flag? Would lampooning of Jews be regarded so liberally by the establishment?

  2. Jocey – researcher – educational research on radical education, informal education. How is Tent City University (TCU) living on in peoples lives even though it was no longer there? Collecting experiences of people involved and how they've carried on and why. How does it differ from a conventional university? Radical ideas don't come from universities. No-one is looking at the influence of TCU and Free University. Building a map of development from TCU. Asking to interview TCU alumni within Occupy. Introduction to the Radical Anthropology Group (RAG) - TCU connection?

  3. Report on corruption – short report to be used for the election. Chris, Arvind, Alex – working on a website on corruption. Interactive – for people to feed in their experiences. Everyday sexism – reporting harrassment or other issues. Looking for common issues. Agenda for change. As per the concentrated power and consequences workshop. Nationwide engagement. Open media platform: eg. crowdsource regulation on IP, DRM. Open source software platform. Questionnaire. 4 questions. 1. Main problems 2. Characteristics of ideal society - what would you expect to see? 3. What are the main changes by 2020? 4. What legislative changes are needed? Lying in public life: politicians eg. Colin Powell – people now dying, children born deformed – the ensuing wars. New Pearl Harbour. Use the lies to bring pressure to bear on politicians – recently Cameron's NHS assurances have proved to be a lie. Focus on the lies rather than misinformation. Lies leading to a crime can lead to prosecution. Claiming going to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya would be legal – approved by the UN – is a lie. . How? People need to unite around the proposition of lying in politics. Parliamentary privilege doesn't apply to crime. Occupy Democracy campaign? – not interested yet. How do we develop this – leverage it. Activists acting on the basis of knowledge. People committed to their own agenda. Runnymede Gazette – London centric focus. Talk to Julie, George? People work to their own agenda. Public eye website to name and shame. Defamation in public office 2013. Feed ammunition to independent candidates to discredit dishonest politicians.

  4. Ocalan article extracts the main ideas from Murray Bookchin's Ecology of Freedom. How is it being applied in Kurdistan? We currently have established four principles to transform the political economy. The three economic principles are relatively straightforward to implement subject to a political structure capable of doing so. The first principle of participatory democracy is the biggest challenge. The activist movement itself needs to unite on a collaborative non-(power)hierarchical basis. Occupy Wall Street, Occupy London are divided or co-opted. The dialectic is functional hierarchy versus power hierarchy. Six breakout groups at OD meetings lacking a coordinating function. Parliament – going to war - hierarchy drives the decision. Critical Thinking evolved as a group. Other groups may substitute fabrication for experience. UK politics. Vision/transition. Mike referred to examples of organisations can work much better. Incas program on Channel 4. 2/3rds of peoples produce – went to the King who ran the welfare system. Benefits. Arnold Toynbee history – rise and fall of 50 civilisations. JS Mill – works. Utilitarianism. Radical Anthropology Group. Chris. Law, politics, money, media. Maurtius - people are empowered and politically engaged.

  5. 14th January. What are we trying to achieve?