Dr. Benhamin K. Sovacol – Energy studies and the necessity of interdisciplinary and inclusive research – 8th February 2018

About the speaker:
Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, and Economics, part of the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand which involves the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester. He is also Director of the Center for Energy Technologies and Professor of Business and Social Sciences in the Department of Business Development and Technology at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), due to be published in 2022, and an Advisor on Energy to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change. With much coverage of his work in the international news media, he is one of the most highly-cited global researchers on issues bearing on controversies in energy and climate policy.

About the talk:
A series of biases continue to handicap the energy studies field. Researchers often promote technological solutions to energy problems while ignoring the social processes that deter-mine their acceptance and use, shape the risks they can present, and offer opportunities for achieving energy policy goals with existing technology. Moreover, many assessments ignore the often hidden ethical, moral, or social justice implications of energy technology and infrastructure. This presentation therefore reflects on the state of the energy studies field, and it proposes recommendations for better integrating social science into energy research. Its fundamental argument is that realizing a future energy system that is low-carbon, safe, and reliable will require fuller and more meaningful collaboration between the physical and social sciences.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Pete Comey – Inflationary Wave Theory: A alternative perspective for understanding possible future inflation – 11th January 2018

Talk info:
In his talk he will present the evidence for a alternative theory on inflation. He will show that cost of things has been rising over the millennia but it follows a wave-like pattern. Prices rise for a period of a hundred or so years and then consolidate over the best part of another century.
What is happening is that there is an underlying factor driving prices higher. It is more than just the money supply as some economists might assert. It appears related to population and demographic changes. All the previous inflationary phases have been triggered by population increases causing demand to exceed supply.
However once prices start rising, man intervenes to exploit the situation. Investors buy assets that will keep their value during the inflation i.e. property/land and shares. They borrow money to invest, knowing that inflation will erode the true value of their capital and repayments. However that borrowed money increases the money supply which then fuels more inflation in the economy. Governments also join in and encourage inflation, as it allows them to spend more and let inflation deal with their deficits.
But there comes a point when this inflation gets too far away from the underlying trend. We are experiencing that now. Some estimate that world population may peak by 2050 and is ageing in virtually all countries. Older people consume less and therefore the underlying demand curve is changing direction and with it in time also prices probably.
The theory predicts we are about to enter a period of potentially stable and declining prices over the next century. Japan and Europe are good examples of areas that might be in this state already. If correct, the theory could have a number of implications for wealth management over the coming decades.

Biog:
Pete has a degree in psychology and has worked for most of his career in market research. He’s well known within that industry as a conference speaker and also an innovator. For example, he was the first person to run commercial online surveys in the UK in the mid-1990s. He founded the first UK online market research agency in 1998. The company is now called Join the Dots and has offices in Manchester, New York and Singapore.
Pete has always had an interest in finance and economics. Pete’s first book in that area, Monkey with a Pin, was published in 2012. It exposed how most private investors’ returns are much worse in real life than the theoretical returns promoted by the finance industry. It went viral and was downloaded by over 10,000 people. He then published two books on inflation – the latest of which was Inflation Matters.
You might describe Pete as an author with an inquiring mind. He is not one to blindly accept the orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. Instead, he forms his opinions by painstakingly re-evaluating the facts – and by joining the dots – and sometimes coming to different conclusions than some conventionally trained economists.
Pete has recently moved to Brighton following an MBO of his company. He has many interests iincluding walking the entire coast of England and Wales with his wife, Trish.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Andrew Simpson – The gentrification of Lewes – 5th of December 2018

About the speaker:
Andrew is an experienced planner and urbanist with a breadth of experience in community investment planning. He has a long track record in bringing about improvements in mental health services and of advocating on behalf of service users. In recent years, he has focussed on the importance of well-being in urban planning and on improving the quality of design in major developments. He was responsible for securing permission for the largest regeneration scheme on an NHS site in England, based on a vision of integrated health and social care provision, which is now under development.

He is currently Managing Director of DLBP Ltd, a planning consultancy engaged on a range of major urban developments in the South East, and a Director of Lewes Phoenix Rising Ltd.

About the topic:
This talk represents a review of developments in Lewes since Andrew’s previous appearance at the Headstrong Club in February 2014. At that talk, Andrew made some predictions about what would happen to the town if we were not able to protect ourselves from the consequences of market-driven development, with insufficient investment in local community infrastructures such as affordable housing and workspaces. This is a topic that is close to the hearts of all those who value the unique character of Lewes and who wish to see the town continue to thrive as a place for all to enjoy.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Richard Jolly – What could sustainable development goals mean for Lewes? – 23rd November 2018

About The speaker:
Prof Sir Richard Jolly is a development economist and honorary Professor and Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex where he was director from 1972-81. After this, he worked for 20 years as an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, from 1982-95 in UNICEF and then in UNDP with the Human Development Report. After leaving the UN he was Co-Director of the UN Intellectual History Project and senior author of the final volume, UN Ideas that Changed the World. He was knighted by the Queen in 2001 for his work in international development.

About the topic:
A long-time resident of Lewes, Richard Jolly is currently engaged with others in mobilizing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identifying priorities for their implementation in Lewes and around. In his presentation he will provide background to the origins and formulation of the SDGs, summarise the successes and failures of earlier UN goals and lead on to open discussion about what the SDGs might mean for Lewes. He will draw on a meeting in the Depot on November 7th to report on action towards the SDGs in Brighton and Hove, Canterbury and Bristol.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dignity in dying – 21-September-2018

About Nikkan Woodhouse:

Nikkan Woodhouse started the Brighton and Lewes branch of Dignity in Dying two years ago. Dignity in Dying is a national campaign which seeks to support legislation that would enable terminally ill people in the UK an assisted death in certain, safeguarded circumstances. The branch supports the work of the campaign by educating regional politicians and the public about the issues around assisted dying legislation, often a discussion which is highly emotive and raises legitimate concerns.

About the presentation:

Nikkan will be presenting the current position in the UK on assisted dying; what is now the law, what proposed legislation has been debated, and what is happening in an important legal case which may challenge the status quo. She will explain some of the legislation that is in place in other countries and share the reports of how some more liberal regimes have found this to work in practice.

Nikkan has always been a supporter of Dignity in Dying legislation; believing in choice and from a social justice perspective. Her early career was based in the law and lobbying and she continues some of this experience with this campaign as a volunteer.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dr Philip Wallek – Foundry Healthcare, Lewes primary care fit for the future of the NHS – 13th of July 2018

About the talk:

Dr Wallek will be talking about the challenges of working in the current environment of the NHS and how bringing together existing NHS organisations can create a better service. Foundry Healthcare is a new model of Primary Care being created by the existing GP practices for a purpose built building fit to provide a co-ordinated approach to care for the residents of Lewes for the future of the NHS.

Brief bio:

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Dr Wallek is a GP partner at School Hill Medical Practice in Lewes where he has worked for the past 9 years. He has a specialist interest in dermatology and runs the local community dermatology service. He is leading on the merging of the Lewes GP practices and the development of new models of primary care for the Lewes area. He is part of the faculty of the Primary Care Home supporting other areas in primary care development.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Guy Standing – Basic Income: And how we can make it happen – 5th June 2018

About the talk:
The presentation will consider the ethical and economic arguments for moving towards an income distribution system in which a basic income, paid as a regular sum, as a right, without behavioural conditions, would be the base or anchor. The lecture will consider why basic income has become more of a mainstream policy option, and then review the standard objections that have been raised by critics.

The presentation will draw, in part, on a recent book, Basic Income: And how we can make it happen (London: Pelican), and on a series of basic income pilots in which the author has been engaged.

Brief bio:
Guy Standing is Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies< University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences and co-founder and now honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international NGO that promotes basic income.

He was previously Professor of Development Studies in SOAS, Professor of Economic Security, University of Bath, Professor of Labour Economics, Monash University, and Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme. He has been a consultant for many international bodies, including UNICEF, UNCTAD, UNDP, the European Commission and the World Bank, has worked with SEWA in India for many years, and was Director of Research for President Mandela’s Labour Market Policy Commission.

His career has combined being in the United Nations, being an activist (working for SEWA, et al, and steering BIEN), and being an academic. He is on the editorial boards of various academic journals, including Development and Change, Work, Employment and Society and the Indian Journal of Labour Economics. He has been invited to give lectures in over a hundred universities around the world, and has twice been invited to be a speaker at Davos.

His recent books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011), translated into 20 languages; A Precariat Charter (2014); with others, Basic Income – A Transformative Policy for India, and The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work Does Not Pay (2016). His latest book is Basic Income: And how we can make it happen (Pelican, Penguin, 2017).

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Rachel Oliver – Positive Money – 18th May 2018

About Rachel:

Rachel works to grow, strengthen and mobilise our fantastic network of supporters around the UK. She helps supporters to take action together online and in local groups, keeps the network updated with the campaign, and works to build relationships and leadership within our Positive Money community.

Rachel gained a first class honours degree in modern languages and International Relations at Leeds University, before getting stuck into people-powered campaigning. After stints at Stop Aids and Crisis Action, she campaigned for a few years at 38 Degrees, before joining Positive Money. Rachel is passionate about getting ordinary people involved in politics and economics, to build a society that puts people and planet first.

About the talk:

To deal with the big social, economic and environmental challenges we’re facing today, we need to transform our money and banking system. Positive Money’s goal is for a money and banking system that serves a fair, democratic, and sustainable economy.

In this presentation, Positive Money’s Head of Campaigns and Organizing, Rachel Oliver, will explain how our current money and banking system is flawed, how it needs to change, and how the Positive Money movement is working to change it.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alison Pike – Limits of Parental Influence: The Nature & Nurture of Children’s Development – 20th April 2018

About the talk:

Twin and adoption studies yield a surprising finding: brothers and sisters have some similarity due to their shared genes, but growing up in the same family does not lead to sibling similarity. Identical family environments can affect children, even within the same family, in very different ways. At the same time, socialisation researchers tell us that family factors such as marital conflict, divorce and economic disadvantage put children at risk for poor developmental outcomes. Together, the behavioural genetic and socialisation approaches yield a shared environment paradox. On the one hand, behavioural geneticists insist that the shared family environment plays little to no role in human development. On the other hand, socialisation research documents robust prediction from a variety of shared environmental factors to important developmental outcomes. How can both of these statements be true? I argue that parents may not be as influential as we think, and that idiosyncratic pathways are the essence of children’s development.

About Prof Alison Pike:

Alison Pike is a Professor of Child & Family Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of family relationships, with a particular focus on siblings, and differential experiences of children within the same family. This work has used cross-cultural, family and twin designs to facilitate an understanding at multiple levels of analysis. Prof Pike has appeared as an expert on the BAFTA-nominated documentary series Secret Lives of 4-, 5-, & 6-year-olds, and the Secret Lives of Brothers & Sisters.

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.

Shaughan Dolan – Taxes for Peace – 9th of March 2018

About Shaughan Dolan:

Shaughan Dolan is the Campaigns Manager for the peacebuilding NGO Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War. Conscience works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.

We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.

Shaughan Dolan campaigns to protect and promote UK peacebuilding initiatives across the world. I have also frequented the offices of the Electoral Reform Society, West Berkshire Liberal Democrats, Lynne Featherstone MP and the Local Government Information Unit.

About the talk:

The talk will be about the Minister for Peace Campaign Conscience which is running the Campaign for the UK government to adopt a Minister for Peace and Disarmament.
For more information you can visit:

http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/

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The venue:
The Elephant And Castle
White Hill
Lewes
BN7 2DJ

Tickets:
They are £3 and you can purchase them on the door or about a week before in the venue. Please note that the capacity of the venue is limited, we recommend to buy the ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.