Many of us are aware that at a global level we consume, on an annual basis, more resources than the planet is able to provide. This manifests in many ways, it is having an impact upon our physical environment as well as the climate. Treading lightly upon the planet has been advocated as a way to think about this but what might that mean? You are invited to join us for an enquiry into what Living Naturally might involve. We will explore 10 principles that provide some guidance on this key issue
Since the financial crisis of 2008, so-called ‘alternative asset managers’ have been playing an increasingly significant role in the financial economy. The assets they control are not just financial but include a growing share of the infrastructure which form the building blocks of everyday life. These include pipelines, energy systems for electricity and heat, farmland, hospitals and care homes and even the homes in which many people live. This term’s study will explore this phenomenon and the issues it raises for economic justice.
Most topics discussed by the “Global Influencers” are decided by world events ,the interests of members of the group and consensus. It is anticipated that next term further consideration will be given to completing a briefing paper on inflation; housing and the "housing crisis"; and when we try and bring about change through Influence identifying who to approach, how, and the potential pitfalls. There is also an ambition to produce a guide for success in influencing and education.
Applying Natural Law today
In response to the fast-changing economic environment in which we find ourselves, we will consider current events in relation to Natural Laws.
Circles of Compassion
New members are welcome to this established group which is seeking to enlarge our vision of the economy towards a complete picture of how humans live together in society. This was described by an ancient stoic philosopher as ‘Circles of Compassion’, examples being family, village, networks of friends and relations.
The questions to be addressed in the September term are: How does the food chain work in the global economy and in the local economy? Is there a connecting idea which could be used to Make local fresh food more affordable than global junk food?
We are all embedded in communities; global networks of friends as well as neighbourhood relationships. We will follow a case study of a global entrepreneur and the ups and downs of business life. This will bring in the essential roles of money in its various forms and in making and breaking relationships.