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Foil Vedanta – Samarendra Das – 17th May 2019

About the speaker and the talk:

Samarendra Das an activist and documentary filmmaker based in London who founded Foil Vedanta and successfully lead the campaign to delisting of Vedanta from London Stock Exchange and played an important part in protecting the Dongria Kond’s sacred mountain Niyamgiri and bringing the environmental liability of Kafue river tributary affected communities ongoing pollution legacy to international fora is now under target by the Vedanta as a foreign hand behind the protest against their copper smelter and reason behind the riot that killed 14 people including 2 women and a child in 22 May 2018. It is often presented by the right-wing press as a separatist agenda and anti-development bogey who does not want India to be developed. This is one of the many reasons why we need to highlight why India is becoming one of the top five dangerous places for women, environmental mining and human rights defenders.

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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.

Ben Scott-Robinson – 26th April 2019

More information coming soon.

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.

Marie-Benedicte Dembour- 29th March 2019

About the talk:

Human Rights Today: The Case of Immigration Detention

Can we believe in human rights, and what happens if we do not? In this talk, Marie Dembour marries her expertise in the history and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights with a particular case study: immigration detention in the UK.

In the last three decades or so, the UK has increasingly come to resort to detaining immigrants as part of an administrative process of facilitating their ‘removal’ to their country of origin. The UK has the sad distinction of not time limiting immigration detention. As a result, detainees do not know when they will get out of detention – it could be days, weeks or years.

This is the more problematic since, unlike criminal detention, immigration detention does not attract solid guarantees of judicial oversight. In addition, there is no access to routine healthcare, children do not receive education in detention, visits are extremely regulated, etc.

Immigration detainees frequently recount that going through the gates of immigration detention takes the soul out of you.

How is such a dehumanising practice possible today? Why would an institution like the European Court of Human Rights condone it? And if the ECtHR seems to have abdicated its role at least in respect of this situation, why does it remain crucial that the UK remains subject to its jurisdiction? What do human rights offer us, and how are they best fought for?

About the speaker:

Marie-Bénédicte Dembour is Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Brighton, which she joined in 2013 from the University of Sussex. She is the author of numerous academic publications including the seminal books Who Believes in Human Rights? Reflections on the European Convention (2006) and When Humans Become Migrants: Study of the European Court of Human Rights with an Inter-American Counterpoint (2015). She has been invited to teach and speak around the world, addressing both academic and non-academic audiences. This has taken her in the last year to Seoul, Berne, Lisbon, Brussels and Oslo. She has been a regular walker on Refugee Tales, an organisation which calls for an end to indefinite detention in the UK and which will pass through and spend one night in Lewes in July 2019.

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. 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:

Dr Philip Wallek MBBS MRCGP BSc DPD MSc

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). GS high res.

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.