A ONE DAY
CONFERENCE

Saturday 8th October 2016

Promoted by Ludlow Labour

A ONE DAY
CONFERENCE

Saturday 8th October 2016

Promoted by Ludlow Labour

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

For years we have been lied to.
Austerity is not an economic necessity…

We have invited some of the best informed
economists and political thinkers in the UK…

…To explain the depths of the lie,
and why it has been spun.

And to explore
how things could be different.

Come along.
Be part of the solution.

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

 

 

For years we have been lied to.
Austerity is not an economic necessity…

We have invited some of the best informed
economists and political thinkers in the UK…

…To explain the depths of the lie,
and why it has been spun.

And to explore
how things could be different.

Come along.
Be part of the solution.

THE SPEAKERS

THE SPEAKERS

MARY MELLOR

MARY MELLOR

EMERITUS PROFESSOR IN SOCIAL SCIENCE

Mary Mellor is a Social Science Professor at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne UK and was Chair of its Sustainable Cities Research Institute. She is a Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and a founder member of the World Economics Association. Her main research areas are money systems, financial inclusion and alternative economic development. She has published extensively on money and finance, financial exclusion, co-operation, sustainable cities, ecofeminist political economy and social economics.

Her most recent book is, Debt or Democracy, Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice (2015) Pluto Press.

PROFESSOR COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

PROFESSOR COSTAS LAPAVITSAS

PROFESSOR in ECONOMICS

Costas Lapavitsas is a Professor in Economics at SOAS, University of London and author of a number of books including Social Foundations of Markets, Money and Credit Crisis in the Eurozone  and most recently Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All. He is also  a leading member of Research into Money and Finance.
He was also a Syriza Member of the Greek Parliament between January and August 2015 but has since been critical 
of them.

CHARLES GRIMES

CHARLES GRIMES

CO-ORDINATOR POSITIVE MONEY GROUP HEREFORD

Charles Grimes is a learning development consultant with decades of experience in helping companies to build teams.  He is Chair of Hereford Positive Money – a national group committed to radical change in the way money is created and used.  Charles will give the opening presentation to introduce us to the nature of money, where it arises, how it is created and how we use it. 

JOIN US

LUDLOW

ASSEMBLY

ROOMS

Saturday 8th October 2016

9.45am — 4.30pm

LOCAL TO ALL

The Austerity Myth has hit us all, from the systematic destruction of our NHS to the annihilation of local services.  Here in Ludlow, we know that everything from the library and museum, to visitor services, the swimming pool/leisure centre and youth forums are all under threat of swingeing cuts to funding.  The local Labour party and many other active local groups are working to mitigate these cuts and build a positive future for our community.

But mitigation does not reach the underlying cause.  On a local and a national scale, the ideological attachment to the fantasy of deficit reduction has systematically destroyed the fabric of our society.  Only by understanding the nature of the myths, by owning the strong, clear arguments against the ideology – and by expanding our own coherent response – can we begin to be the change we need to see in our world.

During the day there will also be opportunities to take part in small group discussions on key local issues and campaigns. If you care about your local community, if you have felt powerless in the face of the cuts – come along and join in. We can make things change. But only if we work together.

LOCAL TO ALL

The Austerity Myth has hit us all, from the systematic destruction of our NHS to the annihilation of local services.  Here in Ludlow, we know that everything from the library and museum, to visitor services, the swimming pool/leisure centre and youth forums are all under threat of swingeing cuts to funding.  The local Labour party and many other active local groups are working to mitigate these cuts and build a positive future for our community.

But mitigation does not reach the underlying cause.  On a local and a national scale, the ideological attachment to the fantasy of deficit reduction has systematically destroyed the fabric of our society.  Only by understanding the nature of the myths, by owning the strong, clear arguments against the ideology – and by expanding our own coherent response – can we begin to be the change we need to see in our world.

During the day there will also be opportunities to take part in small group discussions on key local issues and campaigns. If you care about your local community, if you have felt powerless in the face of the cuts – come along and join in. We can make things change. But only if we work together.