Session 4 on Wednesday 25th January 2017 - 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 (40 minutes)

2. Building a narrative that's collective and individual - informed but always open to review - Eddie (40 mins)

3. Ideas to promote/foster collective intelligence - guiding principles and practice (40 minutes)

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Session 4 – 25th January 2017 notes

1. AA LAWuN in the place where no-one goes. 6-10th February 2017 - Critical Thinking on 7th Feb. Deschooling society Illich – ex Jesuit society. Tools for conviviality – telephone. Saul Alinksky. Feminism – women. Solidarity? Curiosity of how this person was thrown up as president. Chicago – send in troops. Encountering each other on the streets for the first. Democratic spirit. People listening to each other. Does it take a war or breakdown to create a democratic spirit. It is democratic theatre – people have been played. Obama went to far but no-one came out. Lebonese blogger killing in Yemen and Syria – duped my media. Protests achieve nothing – organising themselves. Make the system irrelevant. Numbers against Iraq war – v Syria. In black and white on paper is different to protest. Police have their role (on overtime) – people have their role. Don't participate in the election. BBC licence refusal. Access information from elsewhere and engage with each other. Localised. Start local and expand globally. Local to your domain geographically or virtually. Integration of telecoms. Active rather than passive. Local participation – DM on twitter phone numbers.

2. Fragments putting things together to get an overall picture. Arcades. Collate visual images as a picture. Collected over years and placed together – constructing a narrative. Physical meetings – bring stuff. How we sit with the stories that we tell. - Keep a visual diary of the sessions. Post things in advance of the meeting – what is the diversity of stuff that people are looking at in the context of Critical Thinking. What is art? Move the mirror from where you are looking at yourself and it creates a different perspective. Decisions to be made among the narratives. What is the context of the collection of images? Does there need to be a coherent narrative. Pictorial record of a shared experience. Disconnect the time of when created from when it is observed. Finding a common language. To overcome ideology and linguistic differences. Disjunction – of context is of value. Art galleries create a context for specific affect. The Structural Elite put us in a context to manipulate. By playing with visual and tactile experiences to disrupt the control and create a disruptive narrative. Not to see art but get involved in the creation of art – rather than being put in the hands of so called “experts” - artists. What are artists doing in the contemporary world? What the context does to them? Investigation humans affected. Curators and committees oversee what will be promoted. Artists want to be seen. Art sold changes the value. Jacob Rothschilds – David Hockney. Exploring not explaining. Finding our own narrative. We will create a narrative scrapbook? Collage of Critical Thinking – diversity of actions – weaving a tapestry – another aspect. Tate plaster of paris in linked hands and a conversation about the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle. Dispelling myths.

3. Frederick Bastiat The Law – precision of terms – simplifies and explains what law is and its function. Defend life, liberty and property? Order followers – to stop progression. Targeting the police and military – where law comes from and how it's been usurped by religion under the heading of morality. Morality evolves when another is involved. The business of living among others – what should we do. Dialogue – democracy and morality – listen to each other. Weaponised by institutions. Morality has been used by religion as tool. We have to agree what is morality. Other groups are doing same thing need reassurance. Reobjectivise with out ideology. In a different language. Concept – challenging police and military with questions. Source of law, what is it there for. Right of self-defence in law. Right to live. Flock or herd will mob a predator. Law is that right extended out to the community – not to impose behaviours or ideology. Did you sign up for this? Michael Mulvey – on the group@ - put our collective effort into a challenge to authority and their use of authority. Arithmetic v geometric – not helpful. Central area is collapsing. Needing a job no matter how lowly or despised. As humans are discarded from work. Morality -

Defining Critical Thinking bringing everything together.

Session 3 on Wednesday 18th January 2017 - 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 (45 minutes)

2. An idea for Critical Thinking in 2017 (1 hour)

3. Space (15 minutes)

Session 3 on Wednesday on 18th January 2017 - notes

1. Douglas Valentine – father in the second world war – disclosed secrets which ended in a book. Ex-CIA trusted him and told secrets. 00Atmen post today. New York review of books - negated the book. Comey? Start a war to get property – populate the country and infiltrate. Bulgarian secret service – Kurdish immigrants – border with Turkey. Inciting division – multiple parties. Ethnicity for political gain → selfish gain. Romanian golden virginia. Absorbing Bulgaria into the Turkey Ottaman empire. Cultivating mariuana. Gypsy population in Romania – Ceaucescu banned contraception. Portrayed the “other” as gypsies – Romanian black market, gun running smuggling. Marginalised from the real economy. Culture – tried to integrate. People are adaptable. Romany kid – need to someone to blame. Wild. Invade and conquer why. Incentives and penalties. Indoctrination religion. Ideology. North East Scotland – travelling people. Alan Lomax – Hamish Henderson poet – political – vocal heritage. Academic and served in Italy in WW2. Fan of Gramsci translated his prison letters. Important link with our past. Importance of folk heritage. What happens it goes. Artisans – pisstake. Reinventing. Atomisation. Sarandon – German band. We exploit ourselves – we have a weakness – a few people exploit that weakness.


2. We are doing it (Collaborative Co-creation). I see what you're doing and I'm not interested (apathy / ego?). Nailed the three points – interest, commons, hierarchy. Articulate in various arenas. Foundation of the work the cumlative effort of many which is strengths. Systems analytical approach. Down to indivisible elements. Three fundamental usury, commons, hierarchy. Working through the detail and come back down. Distilling the method which is replicable – open source – lunatics meeing in drafty in corridor. Analysis and then synthesis. To really understand where each is coming from. Moving a heavy weight and we need to move it together. Rules in the method. A framework. An approach. We need six people. Principles to validate – fanzines. Sniffing glue. Guitar tab – three chord shapes now go and form a band. Starter kit – for critical thinking. Humour too. T-shirts – viral marketing Uniglo – bespoke designs. Space.

 

Session 2 on Wednesday on 11th January 2017 - 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 (45 minutes)

2. Critical Thinking support for Norwich University student group - Omar (15 minutes)

2. Exploring astrotheological roots of religion and hierarchy - Pete if available (1hour)
Colonisation of the commons, enslavement and usury. The denigration of art and culture and its fightback.

Session 2 on Wednesday on 11th January 2017 - notes

1. Tony Greenham, ex NEF, RSA. Inclusive economy. ICUK. Private Eye, CoE sheltered housing. Conversation positive. Themed based work. Devolution. London and Manchester. Director of Reforming the Economy. Matthew Taylor – adviser to Theresa May. Sacha Karim Fintech. Positive Money. Banks trying to colonise blockchain etc. World travel – using the law to stop war – make wars history. Illegality of paying tax. 350 attempts to report war crimes. 3 times in prison for non payment of council taxes. Tax rebellion. Causes of human of behaviour – memes to changing behaviour. Portcullis House – diverse audience. Ruth Cadbury – private members bill won't work. Uphold current legislation – ignorance of current laws being contovened. Private criminal prosecution. Conscience? Ignoring that laws are being broken. ICCA crimes against humanity and genocide – ancilllary to. War outlawed in 1928 – crime to wage war. Praying for peace. Hindus spritiual energy for world peace. Solutions: 22nd February 2017 Session Agenda – Chris Coverdale. Underlying. Pray morally, accurately, sincerely, in quantity. Methodology – documented?
2. Interest – creation of money from nothing. Debt. Ideology.
3.Strikes – waste of time. Workers energy. Worker engagement. Brexit – Where to engage.

Session 1 on Wednesday on 4th January 2017 - notes

Welcome to year  6 of Critical Thinking

* 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 (45 minutes)

2. Events and plans for 2017 (1hour 15 minutes)
Exploring the astrotheological roots of religion and hierarchy in forming today's political economy: the colonisation of the commons, enslavement and usury. The denigration of art and culture and its fightback.

Session 1 on Wednesday on 4th January 2017 - notes

 

Rothschilds Richard Grove – Sarbanes OxleyUltimate History Lesson – John Taylor Gatto. Carroll Quigley – Tragedy and Hope. Deutsche Trotsky. Immortals. Politics and philosophy. Hilsborough. Party politics. Norwegian – immigration. Shock Doctrine - universities closing down humanities. Bums on seats – Elistist subjects. Japan closing down humanities. Specialism. Training. Architectural Association. Why are students here? University = factories. Resurgence – Satish Kumar immgination. Church institutions.n Problem based learning. Pedagogy of the oppressed Paolo Freiri.

Usury, Land and Hierarchy. In the context of the arts. Education and arts. Are we being productive. Technology – endlessly superficial – Twitter. Pearse Redmond Porkins policy radio. Conversations – Radio. Uncovering the truth – rather than opinion. Challenge depth – water is so muddy. Industrial model of education. Basic Income – digital money.. Incentives to work and to buy.