From Nat and Alan: Details of upcoming talks are below. Please, as ever, do pass on to individual friends and family, but please do not share this access information publicly on social media. 


A Radical Proposal for Land Ownership Wednesday 11th November, 7.30pm – 9pm

Should private ownership of land be replaced by collective public ownership and responsibility for managing the land with a Land Commission determining how land is used. Adam Forman believes this would address inequality at its core with the greatest source of wealth being land, rapidly increasing in value. Adam puts forward this radically redistributing proposal and invites your responses. Adam Forman has a lifelong commitment to reducing inequality and more recently in addressing the housing crisis in London – he lives in Hackney. Discussion chaired by Perry Walker (Talk Shop)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87810912870?pwd=OXVvK0FMc2FhRWFsOFZwU3c3QkhsUT09


Food, Farming and Biodiversity Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm – 9pm

Richard Priestley continues his eye-widening series of talks ‘Big Questions and Unthinkable Answers’. Richard poses the question ‘Can we feed 9 or 10 billion of us well, and also restore global biodiversity and sequester a lot of carbon’. Well sorry for the spoiler but his answer is YES and he’s going to tell you how. As almost all current farming systems are damaging soils and biodiversity, he explains that pretty much everything needs to change. There are a lots ideas, technologies and farming systems which show how we could achieve all these desired goals simultaneously and these will form the basis for Richard’s talk. It will be followed by Q&A. 

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86103932539?pwd=bk1YNUxmKzVIbzZOSGZtZDJJcVFWdz09


US Politics: A Review and a Look into the Future  Wednesday 25th November, 7.30pm – 9pm
What really gave Trump his mass appeal? What changed during his presidency and what did he really deliver? As the world looks on at Trump trying to cling to power as Joe Biden gets ready to move into the White House, we discuss what the future holds for an increasingly divided America. After an exhausting election for observers, let alone US citizens, join us to digest the drama and hopefully make some sense of it. To set the scene, we will begin the evening with some explanations of the electoral system in the US and it’s structure and governance.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89153485517?pwd=VEN0MUlNcjkzbjV2ajFZRTNTWmJtdz09


US Politics: A Review and a Look into the Future  Wednesday 25th November, 7.30pm – 9pm
What really gave Trump his mass appeal? What changed during his presidency and what did he really deliver? As the world looks on at Trump trying to cling to power as Joe Biden gets ready to move into the White House, we discuss what the future holds for an increasingly divided America. After an exhausting election for observers, let alone US citizens, join us to digest the drama and hopefully make some sense of it. To set the scene, we will begin the evening with some explanations of the electoral system in the US and it’s structure and governance.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89153485517?pwd=VEN0MUlNcjkzbjV2ajFZRTNTWmJtdz09


Nineteen years of Herefordshire through the Dean’s eyes  Wednesday 2nd December, 7.30pm – 9pm The Dean of Hereford Cathedral, Michael Tavinor, has decided it is time to retire and so we have asked Michael if he would like to share his thoughts and memories on how Hereford has evolved over his tenure, what challenges both the city and cathedral have faced and what they might face in the future, before he leaves the Cathedral at the end of January. 

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83653697565?pwd=ZFFRZzVQbWJNbStDdEZDTGZoaFcyQT09


Win-win Democracy Wednesday 16th December, 7.30pm – 9pm 
Citizens assemblies have become all the rage in the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe. That’s marvellous. However, the fact that they are a process will limit their appeal. Win-win democracy is about changing the outcome for which politics aims, from win-lose (also called zero sum) to win-win (positive sum). We are not, though, presenting this approach as a panacea. For instance it is difficult to implement if you cannot get parties in conflict to sit down in the same room. Perry Walker, Talk Shop, will explain more about the concept and suggest why Win-Win democracy is both desirable and feasible.   

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86027312695?pwd=ZUlJdTYwc0RHQnBRdjZRMjhYVnM3QT09


Our discussion evenings are free and open to all. We hope you can make it!

Best wishes, Nat, Alan and Nigel Coordinators of the Talks and Discussions Calendar (usually!) at The Left Bank Village. Feel free to contact us: nataliawaring2@gmail.comalan@walden1.plus.com  or nigelhiggs@me.com