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Enough Silence: Building Capacity and a Social Movement

CASSE - Yorkshire Chapter

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 from 17:30 to 20:00 (BST)

Enough Silence: Building Capacity and a Social Movement

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**NB: Please scroll down the page for full information, including directions to the School of Earth and Environment *

This month, we are hosting "Enough Silence: Building Capacity and a Social Movement" as part of a program of events until Christmas. On the 18th September, 3 speakers will talk for 10 minutes on what a steady state economy means to them:

Mike Davies -   Alliance for Green Socialism

Background: Originally from London, thirty years in Leeds. Maths degree, recently retired computing manager; have worked in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malaysia; love my border collie, Cassie (self-evidently a founder member); drink burgundy and real ale (not in same glass); a few children/grandchildren.

Politics: Trade unionist (currently Unite); twenty years in Labour Party until 2000 (expelled for keeping the rules); currently chair of Alliance for Green Socialism, promoting the inter-linked ideas of a fairer, non-capitalist society and the preservation of the eco-system on which we all depend.

David Midgley - Schumacher North

Background: David Midgley studied philosophy at Manchester, Oxford and York. In 1996 he established Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, where he continues to teach Buddhist philosophy and meditation. In 2003 he founded Sustainable Futures Leeds, an independent group working to develop and promote strategies for local sustainable development, including the formation of the Leeds Ecovillage Group and Transition City Leeds Initiative.

In 2007 he founded Schumacher North, an independent public education organisation working to promote a holistic philosophy of society based on the ideas of E.F. Schumacher, noted economist and author of 'Small is Beautiful'. With his colleagues in Schumacher North, David is active in working for a new vision of economic life based on non-violent economics, human-scale social organisation and reconnection to the natural world.

Alex Schafran, Ph.D, Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leeds

Background: A planner by training, he holds an MA in Urban Planning from Hunter College (CUNY) and a Ph.D in City & Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. His award-winning writing about planning, cities and regions has appeared in numerous professional and scholarly journals, and he is a regular contributor to the Polis blog. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for a decade as an organizer, advocate, policy analyst and planner for a variety of social justice organizations in New York and California.


5.30 – 5.45: Welcome

Discussion Group

5.45 – 6.45: Speakers and Reaction

6.45 – 7.00: Break

Action Group

7.00 – 8.00: How to promote Enough is Enough Film Launch

There are no formal readings for Enough Silence except the chapter in the book, and this amusing article

Please attend any section according to your preference, and we look forward to seeing you!

Directions to the School of Earth and Environment

We meet in the lobby of the School of Earth and Environment which is situation off Cromer Road, behind Leeds Students' Union. For those of you unfamiliar with the campus, directions to the School can be found here:  As access to the School is restricted from 5.00pm, there will be a member of the CASSE team at the main doors to the School between 5.20 and 5.45 and between 6.45 and 7pm. If you arrive outside these times, please call Margo Hanson on 07809-144069 and she will come to the main doors to let you into the building.

Kind regards,
The CASSE Yorkshire team

“Enough Waiting” is hosted by the Yorkshire Chapter of CASSE (the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy).

Do you have questions about Enough Silence: Building Capacity and a Social Movement? Contact CASSE - Yorkshire Chapter

When & Where

School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Cromer Road
LS2 9JS Leeds
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 from 17:30 to 20:00 (BST)

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CASSE - Yorkshire Chapter

The Yorkshire Chapter of the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy hosts the regular meeting of "Enough Waiting" in partnership with the Sustainability Research Institute in the School of Earth and the Environment, University of Leeds.

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