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The Global Race

August 7th, 2013

Neil Mukherjee talks about The Global Race What is the Global Race? I wish to talk about my understanding of its meaning and whether it will bring the change that we need for our country and world. I’ll present 3 alternatives to the Global Race and see how they measure up to this 21st Century concept.

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My Passion Is Happiness

August 7th, 2013

Laura Sly. My passion is happiness - and for people who'd like to change the world, I'd like to talk about the connection between happiness and changing the world - and to challenge people's ideas that to strive for happiness is selfish and that there are more important things to be doing/being!

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Transforming Religious Education

August 7th, 2013

Alan Hayes and Transforming Religious Education. We are in danger of throwing away a vital educational opportunity: to transform religious education into education for living and engaged humanity as an essential core subject for a plural and increasingly non-religious society. The opportunity will not last: the government is allowing RE to run down and fragment.

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Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation

March 23rd, 2013

Douglas Carswell MP hosted a meeting at the House of Commons on “Politics In The Digital Age: A Transformation.”

At this meeting we discussed how the digital age could and is changing politics fundamentally. In Douglas Carswell’s Book The End of Politics he suggests that the digital revolution amounts to a transformation in human affairs on a par with the agrarian and the industrial revolutions. It will change the way that human social and economic affairs are arranged. Collectivism without government is going to be possible in a way that was previously unimaginable. The elite oligarchy will be overthrown.

But others are more cautious and believe that Governments and Major Corporations will try to take over and control the Internet and we will see the advent of a new big brother society where nothing will be private and the minutest detail of our lives become the property of the state. The elite oligarchy will not be overthrown. They will continue to rule with a vengeance.

Douglas was first elected to Parliament in 2005 in Clacton. Douglas Carswell  found prominence by calling for reform of parliamentary expenses before the 2009 expenses scandal. In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year and The Daily Telegraph nominated him a Briton of the Year. His new book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, was published in October 2012.

Nick Pickles is a Law graduate of the University of Durham. He joined Big Brother Watch as Director in September 2011, with a background in corporate public relations and technology. He will talk about some of the dangers of the digital age and the how the Internet could be used to create a big brother society where our privacy is invaded. Before joining Big Brother Watch he worked with small SMEs and multinational companies in corporate communications, in addition to working in the House of Commons.

Matthew Elliott is the founder and former Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance. He also acted as Campaign Director for the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. He believes that the digital revolution creates new opportunities for citizen activism. In 2010 Matthew was described by the BBC as “one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster” and he was ranked by Total Politics as one of the top 25 political influencers in the UK. Matthew led the successful NO to AV campaign in May 2011. Matthew has written four books on public spending and is a Fellow of the RSA.

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Engaging Communities & Local Government

March 21st, 2013

The relationship of local government to local communities is vital to both local democracy and community building. In the last decade there has been some major shifts in thinking about this relationship. This meeting is about the nature of that shift.

At this meeting we would like to create awareness about some of the major issues facing local government at a time of austerity and financial retrenchment. We would like to spark this off by looking at two models of future development in local government - one the co-operative model where users are involved as citizens and the “Barnet” model where users are viewed more as consumers and services are contracted out. Both models recognise we are in an environment where we need to get more from less but they come out with different solutions and these are worth discussion and scrutiny.

Leading us in this discussion will be

Heather Wheeler is Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire. She was brought up in Wandsworth and elected Councillor there at the age of 22. In 1995 Heather was elected onto South Derbyshire’s District Council, becoming Leader of the Council in 2007 and remained Leader until her successful election victory. In Parliament Heather is a member of the Standards and Privileges Select Committee, which oversees the work of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and recommends any changes to the Code of Conduct or to the rules and punishment relating to the conduct of MPs and

Steve Reed who became the MP for Croydon North after winning the by-election held in that constituency in November 2012. Previously Steve was Leader of Lambeth Council and was named one of the three most influential council leaders in the country by the Local Government Chronicle in 2011 and was the highest-ranked Labour politician in the 2010 Pink List compiled by The Independent on Sunday.

Professor Mike Hardy is the Executive Director of the Institute of Community Cohesion in Coventry. Mike is an established leader in intercultural dialogue with a wealth of international experience including a specific interest in diversity and cultural exchange. He began his career as an applied economist and was Head of Economics and Public Policy at Leeds Metropolitan before moving to a Chair in International Business at the University of Central Lancashire. In 1995, following work with FCO, British Council and European Commission in the transition states of East Europe, Mike moved full time to British Council to continue international work in private sector development.

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Mental Health & Well Being - Paul Farmer, Chief Execuitive of MIND

December 6th, 2012

paul.jpegIn the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer MIND - the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the Disabilities Charities Consortium, Vice-Chair of the Department of Health Talking Therapies Programme Board and Chair of the Equalities and Diversity Forum panel on human rights.  Paul is a trustee at the Mental Health Providers Forum, an umbrella body for voluntary organisations supporting people with mental distress. He was a trustee for the Directory of Social Change, a campaigning voluntary organisation that provides the sector with training and publications. Before becoming Chief Executive of Mind, Paul was Director of Public Affairs for Rethink and was Chair of the Mental Health Alliance from 2001-2006.

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Mental Health - Mark Rice Oxley

December 6th, 2012

mark.jpegIn the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Mark Rice-Oxley is an assistant news editor on the foreign desk of The Guardian. He spent a decade as a foreign correspondent working in Paris, Moscow and other parts of Eastern Europe before joining the Guardian on its foreign desk in 2004. On paper, things looked good for Mark: wife, children, fulfilling job. But then, at his 40th birthday party, his whole world crumbled as he succumbed to depression. He has written a book “Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery,” which can be found here at amazon.co.uk

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Mental Health - Debunking Myths

December 6th, 2012

govans.jpeg In the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

At a Meting at The House of Commons, The Gubbins presented a sketch on mental health and this was introduced and commented on by Andrea Gordon who helped organise the meeting.

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Well Being In The 21st Century - Kevin Jones MP Speaks Out

December 6th, 2012

kevan.jpeg In the 21st century we are beginning to change our attitudes towards mental wellbeing. We know that one in four of us will face mental health problems in our lifetime and we also know that the pressures of modern life can adversely affect the wellbeing of us all.

And yet we are often cautious over discussing mental wellbeing openly in the way we do our physical state of health. In this meetup we want to open up the discussion so we understand mental wellbeing better and to see what we can do to make it more prominent on the Government’s agenda

Kevan Jones is the MP for North Durham and was a Minister in the Ministry of Defence in the last Government. He spoke out about his mental health problems in the House of Commons. He is one of the first MPs to come out openly about his own battle against depression and the difficulty of speaking out

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Alternative Democracy – Future Models

May 31st, 2012