‘Values for The Future’ seminar

Our next one-day seminar will be held on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April 2017, at Carrs Lane Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX.


9.15am Reception in Carrs Lane Centre foyer

9.30 Bertha Wright Room open for Seminar

10.00 Opening remarks by the Chair, Susan Miles

10.10 Brief introduction to Planet Centred Forum network + questions.

10.30 Malcolm Currie: Collaborative Functional Regions

11.20 Questions in response

11.30 Refreshment break (complimentary drinks/biscuits served in room)

11.45 Dr. Christine Parkinson: The Broken Cycles of Nature

12.35 Questions in response

12.45 Lunch break + informal chatting: In house buffet options may be purchased or O.K. to bring your own snacks or local eateries nearby (see below)

13.35 Book viewing and signing session (including official launch of Three Generations Left? – human activity and the destruction of the planet)

13.50 Colin Hines: Progressive Protectionism – seeing off Brexit and right wing solutions

14.40 Questions in response

14.50 Open discussion forum (short presentations at Chair’s discretion) Refreshments available in room

15.40 Panel of our three presenters lead interactive discussion

16.30 Taking the arguments out there: how do we go forward from here?

16.45 Chair’s closing remarks plus contact exchanges

16.55 Close and safe journeys

Presenter Profiles

Malcolm Currie grew up in post WWII Liverpool. Most of his working life was spent in Education coupled with community development, following training as a Geographer. He has founded and managed a variety of community based events and festivals. In the 1970s he launched and edited the country’s largest circulation tabloid community newspaper in Handsworth, managing it for some 8 years. In the 1980s, Malcolm launched the local version of Cafe Society, loosely based on Charter 88, promoting dialogue as an essential element in a stable and progressive society.

His long term interest in environmental issues has led more recently to a partnership with the founder of the Midlands Environmental Business Club. This has focused on a project intended to demonstrate the feasibility of neighbourhood based sustainability: the Uplands-Hilltop project, with cross sector education and business links, aims to take the UK’s largest allotment site and immediate neighbourhood ‘off-line’ for water, energy and basic fruit and vegetable supplies. The focus on the ‘local’ goes hand in hand with the ‘global’: a long standing relationship with colleagues as far as New Zealand, US and Japan which has included a presentation at the first global Community Currencies conference in Koriyama, Japan, in 2002.

Christine Parkinson is a biologist with a doctorate in behavioural studies and a lifelong interest in the environment.  Thirty years ago, in a career change, she moved to Birmingham and began working in deprived areas of the inner city, setting up three major projects for isolated and vulnerable people: a refuge for women; a social enterprise giving paid work to the unemployed and a health project supporting isolated asylum-seeking pregnant women. 

She has written three books, the latest of which will be launched at the Seminar “Three Generations Left? Human Activity and the Destruction of the Planet”. This outlines how a whole host of factors have been have been working together to worsen the global climate, leading to a loss of species and a prediction of a mass extinction before the end of this century.  The book outlines how political, trading and economic policy factors have made the global situation worse.

Colin Hines is an environmentalist who has been in the movement for decades campaigning on population, food, new technology and unemployment, nuclear proliferation and on the adverse environmental and social effects of international trade. He was the Co-ordinator of Greenpeace International’s Economics Unit having worked for the organisation for 10 years. This broad background resulted in his position that the only way to solve these problems was by replacing globalisation’s open borders with ‘Progressive Protectionism’.

He has been ahead of the game in three areas central to this approach. He has published reports and books calling for ‘Green Protectionism’ since 1990 and he was one of the few on the left and active in green politics who foresaw the need and political centrality of curbing inadequately controlled permanent migration. Finally he coined the term ‘Green New Deal’ and convenes the group of the same name which has campaigned for Green Quantitative Easing (QE) to help provide the enormous funding necessary for a nationwide green infrastructure programme. This would result in increased environmental protection and provide jobs in every community.

Costs and Refreshment Options

  • Attendance cost has been set at £10, payable by cash or pledged bank transfer.

  • Claim a concession rate (cash only) upon request.

  • Entry includes complimentary refreshments at 11.30 am.

  • You may purchase refreshments at 9 am and other break times.

  • Three options for lunch at 12.45: eat out locally; bring your own snacks (£1.20 cover charge by Carrs Lane); purchase one of their buffet lunch choices (prices range from £5.50 to £10.70).

Travel Information

The seminar is at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham, B4 7SX

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Moore Street Station is less than three minutes away from Carrs Lane Conference Centre (just across Moor Street Queensway). Chilterns line trains from London Marylebone or Eastbound from Kidderminster and beyond.

New Street Station is a ten minute walk from Carrs Lane. Trains from just about everywhere. Take the New Street exit, right into New Street, left into High Street, right into Carrs Lane.

Digbeth Coach Station for long distance coaches. Up Digbeth towards the Bull Ring, right into Park Street, left then right into Moore Street Queensway. About fifteen minutes.

Local buses to Bull Ring or Moor Street.

Nearest Car Parks on the South side of Moore Street Queensway. Turn right into Freeman Street from Park Street (which is one way South on that stretch so you may need to go round the Moor Street loop). Small private car parks in the same vicinity.

Contacts for Questions and Advice

0116 254 1403 or economy@devolve.org or 0121 523 6682