Ideas for a Change
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Entry to the events is free, but we would welcome a small donation (ideally around £3/£2 unwaged) to cover the costs of running the events.
Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Our Daily Bread
THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED. We may try and run it again on another occasion.
7.30pm, Wednesday 6th June,
Meet outside The Friends Meeting House, Horsefair, Banbury [view map]
A Radical Ramble through Banbury
To mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee we'll be taking a walk through Banbury's radical history in a short circuit of the town centre. Civil wars, Dissenters, Quakers, Levellers, Swing Riots, and early trades unions all helped to shape the town we live in today although in our modern world this more radical view of our town's history is seldom discussed. As we look to the ecological and social challenges of the world today, having a knowledge of our past history can help to inform our future plans and decisions.
Ideas for a Change
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Ideas for a Change are a group of like-minded people in the Banbury area who are working to address the imminent changes to our "modern" lifestyle that will manifest themselves over the next few decades. You might hear a lot in the news about climate change, but this is just one of a number of equally problematic development trends such as peak oil, minerals depletion, soil erosion and population that will constrain the development of the human species in the future.
We organise two series of events in the Banbury area:
- Films for a Change presents films and documentaries that highlight the pressing ecological restrictions on our future development, and which examine some of the alternative options to the conventional idea of "growth economics" that might address these problems;
- Ideas for a Change are more practical educational events, from guided walks to talks and presentations, that seek to create a greater awareness of the difficulties ahead and suggest some alternative actions that we can take to change our lifestyles.
We've been running these events in Banbury since late 2006; in fact, shortly before the crash of September 2008, we were hosting talks and films on how debt, high energy and commodity prices would derail the global economy. Many of the trends we're interested in have intuitively obvious effects on society, but from a political point of view this reality is far too controversial to act upon. Therefore it's up to us, as individuals, to begin to make the necessary transition within our own lives!
We hope that our efforts are able to help people realise this need for change, and suggest a few ideas of where to begin; hence the name we give to our events... Ideas for a Change.
For further information please email at ideas☮fraw.org.uk