Why Some Questions Have No Answers

Professor Catherine Rowett’s will be talking to UNA at 1pm at the Friends Meeting House on Friday 16th September .  It should be a fascinating talk .  She is going to talk about “What’s the relevance of Christian ethical teaching when it comes to international crises? And why some questions have no answers”.
Its a gem of a subject and should make for a good talk and discussion – do try and attend!2016-september-poster-pdf

Join the Global to Local movement in London this month


This month in London, we’re holding two special events to help people break out of the depressing paradigm of globalisation, and take a closer look at how to build an ‘economics of happiness’ in the UK and beyond.

So many of our current crises—financial, social and ecological—are fueled by the scale of the economy. But as awareness of globalisation’s disastrous impacts grows, so does the chance for meaningful change.
At each event, you will hear from renowned speakers including environmental economist James Skinner; eco-philosopher Rupert ReadDiego Isabel La Moneda, Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good; Stephen Hinton, co-founder of a Swedish eco-village; and Molly Scott Cato, a Member of the European Parliament.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Beyond Brexit: Policy and Grassroots Change for a New UK Economy
  • Urban Growth and Sustainable Food Systems in London
  • Trade Treaties and Other Mechanisms of Globalisation
  • Ushering in a Culture of Peace and Happiness


Details about tickets, speakers, and schedules can be found on the event pages below.
The Economics of Happiness:
Creating a More Equitable World

Wednesday, 14th September, 10am – 5:30pm
24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, Stephen Hinton, Diego Isabel La Moneda, and Michael Smith.

Co-hosted by Local Futures, Initiatives of Change UK and Global Hub for the Common Good
Towards a Localised Future:
A New Economy Convergence

Saturday, 17th September, 9am – 5pm
173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

Speakers include Helena Norberg-Hodge, James Skinner, Molly Scott Cato, Rupert Read, Bruno Lacey and Charlotte O’Connor.

Co-hosted by Local Futures and Green House

Starting To Think About How A Progressive Alliance Could Actually Work

It is clear that Labour alone are not going to win an absolute majority in Westminster in 2020.

That is probably the deepest reason why there is more and more talk about the possibility of some kind of ‘progressive alliance’, to deliver real democracy and to pose an alternative to endless, un-green right-wing rule in the UK.

So, how do we get there? Plenty of us believe that progressive parties need to start to discuss – to at least consider the possibility of – some kind of electoral pact. A ‘popular front’ to avoid fragmenting the vote among ourselves in winnable seats looking towards electing a Parliament in 2020 that would have a progressive majority for democratic change. For mending our broken democracy…

…continued at www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

​Towards a Localised Future: A New Economy Convergence

9am-5 pm on Saturday 17th September 2016 at Friends House, London View Map

From : Cairo, Egypt Title Of Photo : Music is Life Category : Community Location : El Moez Street , Cairo , Egypt Taken :26/6/2014

The full programme is now available for this one-day workshop with Helena Norberg-Hodge, Rupert Read, James Skinner and Molly Scott Cato. 

We will look at the social, economic and environmental problems associated with globalisation such as international trade treaties and monoculture thinking.

We will discuss post-growth and how to support localisation in local communities as an alternative to neoliberal globalisation. 
There will be a specific focus on role of local food production and consumption with examples in London. 
We will finish with a panel discussion about policy and grassroots change for a new UK economy in the context of Brexit. 

Take back real control! A Green response to Brexit

The winning Brexit slogan was ‘Take Back Control’. But leaving the EU will only increase the power of corrupt elites unless the UK reforms its own democratic governance, combats the excessive power of corporations, upholds the rights of all its citizens, decentralises its economy, and forges progressive alliances with its European partners.

The loss of the referendum is likely to be a big setback for Green and Left political voices in England and Wales – unless creative ways of responding to it are found. In this short piece in the ecologist, Victor Anderson & Rupert Read explore ten such ways.