Session 29 on Wednesday on 29th July 2015

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

  1. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  2. As Evil Does - Fred Harrison - Janos (40mins)
  3. Hierarchy, Reinventing Organisations Frederic Laloux, blockchain - possibilities (45 mins)
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 28 on Wednesday on 22nd July 2015 - notes

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

Agenda

  1. Conference calling Critical Thinking session? (15 mins)
  2. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  3. The blockchain and non-hierarchical governance (30 mins)
  4. Crowdsourcing the academic paper (40 mins)
  5. Planning (5 mins)

 

Session 28 on Wednesday on 22nd July 2015 – notes

  1. Conference calling

  2. A lot of Greek people in Bulgaria. Modelling what we're discussing. Root cause analysis Core and big issues. Significance and importance. Big not necessarily core. http://savingcommunities.org/issues

  3. MindMap – wikipedia – quality control. CVS submission. Printing online. Fred Harrison on demand. Printing. Freeplane. New website in WordPress.Need flexbility. Bookchin, Structural Elite. Lack of anger when he was alive. Janet Biehl. Should be read in Greece. Referendum – No. changed nothing. One person under massive pressure biggest problem Italy and Spain. 2010 – French banks exposure was largest in 2010 – passed it on the ECB and IMF. Sources? Daily Pickings. Greece priced in – Tyler Durden France. Tsipris – one person.

  4. Blockchain – Bitcoin. Alex - server running the blockchain – requires bandwidth but not extortionate. Banks using blockchain to develop their ledgers. Chase and ITU. Everyone on the planet Univeral private number. Existing numbers are all proprietary. Universal Private Telephony. Your own unique number. Incumbants dragging their feet. Using for secure payments. Bitcoin has thousands of ledgers around the world. Banks using the blockchain to lower costs but not for customers. Standards for technologies. Monopolies stifling developments like blockchain – eliminating possibilities of people to do it for themselves. Blockchain device on mobiles will be ubiquitous. Fintech cos developing blockchain. 15 digit number. Maintained publicly. Technologies and rules. Bitcoin mining and limits. Not the panacea people claim. Verification doesn't require access to full audit trail. How hash works. Chains every link/transaction is recorded in the blockchain. Mining involves guessing the number. Decrypt the number to create the next bitcoin. Big threat to credit card transactions. Electronic ledger. Making too much money from errors. Cards creating money from nothing. Implications for participatory democracy. Kenya land registry. Need UPT could be extended. Skype (SIP) plenty of competing technologies. https://www.enum2go.com/index.php

 

Session 27 on Wednesday 15th July 2015 - notes

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

Agenda

  1. Conference calling Critical Thinking session? (15 mins)
  2. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  3. Bitcoin, the blockchain and the banks - Ian Allison (60 mins)
  4. Crowdsourcing the academic paper (10 mins)
  5. Planning (5 mins)

 

Session 27 on Wednesday on 15th July 2015 – notes

  1. Saturday 11th July 2015 – Lack of discussion – some felt disappointed and patronised. No opportunity to talk among the audience. Sense of frustration. Lots of good stuff in the room which wasn't being shared. Contrast to the Radical Assembly. Need strong chair.

  2. Greece – confused? Tsipras – defaulted, renegotiated. IMF says it won't work. Pundits gone quiet – don't know what to say? Varoufakis interview – process (dialogue of the death) - couldn't be party to it. Fred Harrison – discussion around LVT - designating a chunk of coastline with full LVT. Current provisions suggest assets will be held in an offshore trust. Germany/Greece (Crete fires/EU scam). Greek islands – no MacDonalds won't allow them. Private eye – what's next? Gremlin, Grovel etc. Varoufakis failed to push for Euro exit. Treating with the current system. Richard Werner - one of the more enlightened economists. Mailing list for (Mailchimp) MPs?

  3. Recent posts Jimi, MKUltra, chemtrails. Professor in Devon. Katherine's mother, the only one around her who notices weather manipulation. 60s Porton Down stuff in the atmosphere?

  4. Ian – International Business Times and Nervemeter – subversive. Big Issue competitior. Plans for a cheap financial paper (Max Keiser) investment advice for non-financial people. Karma Bank – opening feature boycott Starbucks. Nervemeter relies on donations – to raise money for printers £3,000 per issue. Latest issue on child abuse etc. Kieron produced a diagram of Westminster – Kincora links. Misinformation and layers of complexity. Bitcoin – reporting for IBT on banking and bitcoin. Banks attitude to Bitcoins. About the technology. Satoshi white paper Oct 2008. Bitcoin a peer to peer electronic cash system. Current system requires financial institutions as trusted third parties. Need an alternative. In response to the need for the internet to have its own currency. How to overcome the double spending problem? Peer to peer distributed time stamped proof of transactions. That's the blockchain. More power than the people who might attack it. Bitcoin mining community.  Every transaction is stored and Blockchain gets longer and longer. Potential to create jobs? No it's all about processing power. Banks do centralised systems. Blocks end with a #. Need power over 51% of the computers on the blockchain to manipulate transactions - effectively not possible. There's been at least one successful DoS attack. MtGox and Silk Road targeted by the authorities; Although bitcoins are anonymous, FBI pattern matched transactions going in and out of Silk Road and by putting pressure on individuals. Bitcoin can be traced. Privacy of Bitcoin transactions is now the focus in the face of attack by the authorities, often posing as alternative voice -pseudonymous rather the anonymous. Volatile bitcoin price has stabilised at around $300. Holdings polarised between early users etc. v banks, start-ups, investors. Unicorns (1Bn cap Tech startups). Fintech space also. Banks accelerator funds. Banks' processes are totally at variance with blockchain (monlithic rather than distributed processing. Forbes Magazine – headline grabbing about fintech. Alteranative uses: Global remittances by phone. Peer to peer transactions. Sharing stuff and working together. Barclays is using the blockchain – advanced and secretive – bought 30% of millennias in 5 years. What does it mean? Digital wallets and bitcoin etc. Tesco employees can't do maths. Ancillary services are making money. Technology is sound. GS survey of the unbanked 2bn globally. Challenge and threat – mobile phones. Kenya, Zimbabwe. Dollarisation – mobile phones – trading minutes. Grameen bank and Grameen mobiles – dropped call codes. SMS Nokia engineers used it for themselves – decided to market it. WAP never worked. 10 years to early. Bitcoin in the same place. Barclays accelerater program. Anthony Jenkins – big on technology. Dedicated blockchain lab - Derek White – messianic head. Rollover into the Fintech. Secretive – 10 companies in their accelerator. Sofello, Atlas mobile banking developing world, Everledger to track diamonds. Discerning between manufactured and natural. Pearls and cultured pearls. Organic food. Citigroup – ungarded – talk about their technology. Three blockchains within the bank to connect their treasuries. Created their own coin the Citicoin. Part of the opensource community. In Kenya with NGOs making payments – teamed up with Telcos. Empessa wallet in Kenya. Using basic phones. Cheap Chinese smartphones < $40. don't need bank accounts anymore. Visa, Mastercard and Amex. More touchy than the banks – big threat to their monopoly. Strength and scale. Blocktime – 10 mins to be logged on the chain. Visa / Mastercard not interested – don't want to talk about it – disintermediate. Stamping of legal documents. Signal and agreement at both ends. Hawalas Islamic banking. Money laundering and terrorism complications. No LIBOR rigging. HSBC – technology briefing – trying to buy start-ups – streamlining for streamlining – legal documents. Santander – far advance – technology labs in Madric. Fintos in Boston – Woodstock moment. JP Morgan – talismanic place in the Bitcoin story. Blyth Masters Jamie Dimon's right hand women (CDS) – changing her legacy. Getting into blockchain. Digital Asset Holdings – very secretive. Latency in trades and want to own the blockchain. Hyperledger. Masters joined digital regulatory body. Regulation response to bitcoin – playing to the banks agenda. Shapeshift – exchanges all different digital currencies – pulled out of NY. Ex-Wall St traders joining the digital - £5000 for the license. Social Networking – competing with banks and investment managers. IPOs – equity crowdfunding. Sharing economy. Uber, AirBnB – will nicely, nicely trump aggressive. JustPark. Spare capacity – undercutting on street parking. Peer to peer lending. Land ownership – blockchain to record title. Bitcoin capital, StartJoin, Bank to the Future – equity crownfunding for ideas. Alternative to Private Equity funding – Hole in the wall machine – startcoin to invest in blockchain projects. BrewDog. Bitcoin ATMs in Athens unused. Disruptive technology takes time to gain acceptance. Storage space?

  5. Crowdsourcing the academic paper. Stress relief. Psychotherapy. Digital or face to face. One in thousand in the real world activity. WSJ – over connected culture.

  6. Alex? platform for forex – Keiser – payment gateways. KYC stuff is overkill.

  7. Mode of communication – crowdsourcing, commitment.

  8. Democracy in the blockchain -

 

Session 26 on Wednesday 8th July 2015 - notes

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

  1. Conference calling Critical Thinking session? (15 mins)
  2. General discussion - current news in context (30mins)
  3. Academic paper - Ego, hierarchy, power and wealth in the political economy (60 mins)
  4. We Need Action event on Saturday 11th July 2015 (10 mins)
  5. Planning (5 mins)

 

Session 26 on Wednesday on 8th July 2015 – notes

  1. Saturday 11th July 2015 – need to build momentum. Debate – opposition full of platitudes. Use of minorities to create the aura of opportunity. Cash not accepted in Holland. Chairs Germany.

  2. Next video – we also have the power. Birthright. Women unpaid work. Voice

  3. Henry Miller/ Laurence Durrell, Tropic Cancer. Greeks , "Only people who know how to give can take like this."

  4. Hierarchy – functional v institutional hierarchy. On a specific issue representative democracy. Context – major concessions. No absolutes. Best person for the job. The Power of Now. Living under stress. Lobbying NHS. On the outside but could contribute – at odds but inclusive. No room for alternatives. Dissenters are or on the outside. Dissent complicit/counter-productive. Education straight-jacketed.