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. 

Let’s Talk about Education Wednesday 9th December 7.30pm – 9pm 

We will start with a look at what form education has taken from the beginnings of time and for what purpose and what effect. How has the human race gained, recorded and disseminated knowledge over the ages? Then over to you for discussion; What of education today? What different forms does it take and how fair and effective is it? Let’s consider how education is to prepare us for the future – to address all problems and realise the potential of the human race, our societies, and, indeed, every individual.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89869444706?pwd=UHJrS0FIRWRYSzdYbjRDQ2p4SFFTUT09 Meeting ID: 898 6944 4706; Passcode: 176322


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  Meeting ID: 860 2731 2695; Passcode: 508792


Christmas Through the Ages Wednesday 23rd December 7:30pm – 9pm  

To celebrate the last discussion evening of 2020, we plan to have a light-hearted look at the history of the tradition of Christmas, followed by some mince pies, mulled wine, tinsel and an impaled angel atop a tree – all virtually, of course. So, feel free to Deck your own hall(s) with Boughs of Holly and bring forth your stories of Christmas’ to share. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82276392329?pwd=OVpvN1dUTmpoRU95L2F4bE5rcUhTdz09Meeting ID: 822 7639 2329; Passcode: 337817


Q for the Bypass Wednesday 13th January, 7:30pm – 9pm  

Herefordshire does not divide into two blocs, one for the bypass, one against. The results of a ‘Q-methodology’ analysis carried out by Talk Shop seem to suggest there are three distinct views among those in favour, and four among those against. There is a lot of common ground between all these groups, including across that for/against divide. Could this common ground aid in developing policy for traffic and bypasses that is less contentious? Perry Walker from Talk Shop leads us in discussion. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82925041430?pwd=blBDd1ZidDRsZVpFa1krbGxHWjNtUT09 Meeting ID: 829 2504 1430; Passcode: 771536
 


Catch up on what you’ve missed…. Did you know that we have our own dedicated YouTube channel now, with a video play-list of many of our previous discussion evenings? Catch up here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvDLSIGgn42SmPLzXp4LBONd91jxm6nF-

Other events you may be interested in….

Young Greens Extraordinary General Meeting – Beyond Covid-19: Building a Radical Movement in 2021 Saturday 5th December, 10am – 5.30pm

Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/beyond-covid-19-building-a-radical-movement-in-2021/?source=fbpage&fbclid=IwAR3tykOT25Fc_7Jg4Zy4HQZuPznk504stIK-6aByS6171ojwWcrumP23aZY

Transformative Adaptation (TrAd) Meeting Thursday 10th December, 5.30pm – 6.45pm

Everyone invited, whether you’ve attended previously or not to discuss the BIG QUESTION: WHAT’S TRAD & WHAT’S OUR PURPOSE? Link to follow. Contact: transformadapt@gmail.com


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