Bank of Ideas – Come to the many talks today


Saturday 19th November 2011
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM “Battles for dignity in London” IWW . Speakers : Chris Ford – Secretary of the London Regional Committee of IWW and Alberto Durando – Secretary of the Cleaners Branch
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Alessio Rastani
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Palestine and the BDS Movement
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Surveillance State
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM “Bankers are Criminals – so what else is new?” Prof. John Weeks, SOAS
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM “Life in Cuba” Elizabeth Dore , Professor in Latin American Studies
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Johnny MC: Performance
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Belinda Zhawi: Spoken Word Artist
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Education Cuts, Crisis and the Future
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Nick Shaxson – Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

Come down – 17 – 29 Sun Street, EC2


7 Responses to “Bank of Ideas – Come to the many talks today”


    It was Ruskin’s prophetic voice that breathed life into the fledgling Labour movement, Ruskin who railed, again and again, against the dehumanising power of capitalism. And it is Ruskin’s voice we need to hear again, in a world turned topsy-turvy with the worship of money. For Ruskin, modern political economy was based on the “negation of the soul” – human beings flattened and turned into gross domestic product.

    Ruskin understood that what really drove the Victorian desire to be rich was the desire to have power over others. The art of becoming rich, wrote Ruskin, was really the art “of contriving that our neighbours have less”. Ruskin conceded that wealth wasn’t bad in itself, but neither was it good.

  2. Please YOUTUBE these talks if that’s not possible DVD them so I can buy them.

  3. It is absolutely disgraceful that in all the countries that say they are democracies there are NO DEMOCRACY PLACES or SPACES!

    Public open space is set aside for those who like to play football, etc, Public Sports Halls have been built and are maintained for those who wish to do indoor sports. Idem, swimming pools. And we know that physical health is very important.

    So to is “democratic health”, but where are the public open and indoor spaces for this essential activity?

    OK, people can use Village Halls, Community Centres, etc but these are usually used by organisations, and could require spending money…

    …we have public parks where those who want can, fopr example, just turn up and play football in an informal way – so long as others are not using this space. So, THERE MUST BE EQUIVALENT DEMOCRACY PLACES where anyone could just turn up and discuss any topic with others who just turn up for the same goal!

    In fact, such DEMOCRACY SPACES or PLACES should be as “sacred” as Cathedrals, and they should both be protected as such as well as equipped with toilets ( and better run by an independent NGO or charity that by a local authority ).

    The Occupy Movements, as well as criticising all that they do – well done! – should prioritise the very belated creation of these DEMOCRACY SPACES or PLACES as from them they could continue what they have just started: this could well be their first priority because to reach agreement on anything else will take time, a lot of time, much longer even than occupiers could occupy a permanent camp because exhaustion would take its toll.

    Let me put it plainly, all villages, towns, neighbourhoods of cities, should have DEMOCRACY SPACES or PLACES just like they have sports fields, sports halls and public parks – and without them it is doubtful that a real democracy could exist!

  4. Good work guys, i laughed when i heard you had taken over this building….Blinder!

    I would like to ask though….And i am all for embracing ‘every struggle on the planet’ an looking to see what we can do to help, but why are we talking about Cuba/Palestine etc when there are real life struggles going on right on our own doorstep and we should be focusing on trying to right the wrongs at home first before we focus our attention on the struggles of other countries? I am not saying they are less important, as they are not of course, but should we not make sure our own house is in order first before we start looking at discussing other peoples houses and the state they are in?

    Lets exhaust all the discussions on our own streets/cities first before we focus on other countries at least, like we dont have enough weight to deal with on our own doorstep first without encompassing other countries!

  5. I’ll be there in spirit man! Had a dream i was down there actually was odd, there were a few people outside and i was having a little chat with them, then they went off to go on a mission somewhere, and i was just sat talking to some random, then some hot blonde chick came along and i was talking to her. It was a fairly awesome dream to be fair! haha. Who knows.

    Whats the dealio anyways, i mean legitimatically speaking and all?

    Would people be busted for going down and trying to enter the building or what?

    Hope you can clear this up so any potential visitors know the situ.


    – dan


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