Date of event: Tuesday 10 February 2015
Speaker: Dr Shahrar Ali
Title of talk: Gandhi and Non-Violent Direct Action
About speaker: Elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party in Sept 2014, Dr Shahrar Ali is the first BME deputy of a UK parliamentary party. He entered green politics after working as a researcher in the European Parliament on the risk of GM foods. He has a PhD in philosophy, in which he tackled the morality of lying and deception, with special attention to public life. He is author of Why Vote Green, an impassioned call for environmental action and social transformation, and is standing for Brent Central at the next general election. www.shahrarali.net @ShahrarAli
Date of event: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Speaker: Andy Haldane
Title of talk: Being Brainy About Growth
About speaker: Andrew G Haldane is the Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director, Monetary Analysis and Statistics. He is a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee. He also has responsibility for research and statistics across the Bank. In 2014, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Andrew has written extensively on domestic and international monetary and financial policy issues. He is co-founder of ‘Pro Bono Economics', a charity which brokers economists into charitable projects.
Date of event: Tuesday 3 March 2015
Speaker: Andrew Duff
Title of talk: Europe: federal or bust?
About speaker: Andrew Duff was the Liberal Democrat MEP for the East of England and spokesman for the Liberal group on constitutional affairs from 1999-2014. He was a member of the Convention on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and of the Convention on the Future of Europe. He was one of Parliament's representatives at the IGC which drafted the Treaty of Lisbon. During his time in the Parliament, Duff was Rapporteur on the electoral reform of the European Parliament, the Commission auditions, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Andrew Duff was President of the Union of European Federalists 2008-13, and co-chaired the federalist intergroup in the Parliament. Before becoming an MEP, Duff was Director of the Federal Trust in London. In 2013 he led the Spinelli Group's publication of A Fundamental Law (Bertelsmann Stiftung). His most recent publication is Pandora, Penelope, Polity: How to Change the European Union (John Harper, 2015).
Date of event: Tuesday 10 March 2015 (VIA SKYPE)
Speaker: Carne Ross (VIA SKYPE)
Title of talk: Anarchy in the UK
About speaker: Carne Ross resigned from the British foreign service after giving secret evidence to an official inquiry into the use of intelligence before the 2003 Iraq invasion. He then founded and now runs Independent Diplomat, a non-profit advisory group that assists democratic countries and political groups with diplomatic strategy including, among others, the moderate Syrian opposition, the Frente POLISARIO of the Western Sahara and the Marshall Islands, whom ID advises on negotiations for a new UN climate treaty. Carne is also a writer and commentator on world affairs. His most recent book “The Leaderless Revolution” argues that governments are failing to solve our most urgent problems and proposes that “gentle anarchism” may be the most effective method of political change in the 21st Century. A documentary film about Carne and his ideas, “The Accidental Anarchist”, is currently in production with backing from various international broadcasters.