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Sydney Event: “Economics for Ordinary Folk” – March 28

By Michael Cebon | February 26, 2009

A plug for friendly Sydney-based NGOs AFTINET and AID/WATCH, which are co-hosting “Economics for Ordinary Folk”, a 1 day workshop aimed at skilling-up participants on economics and the impact of orthodox economic theories on the peoples of the world, particularly the majority world. It’s aimed at people who are concerned about issues of social justice and want to gain a better understanding of economics. Participants would ideally include students, activists, NGO workers and community members.

Speakers include: Professor Frank Stilwell (University of Sydney-Political Economy), Professor Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland – Law/Trade/Globalisation) & others.

When: 28th March 10am – 4pm

Where: Amnesty International, Level 1, 79 Myrtle St, Chippendale

Cost: $15 (student/concession) $25 (waged) $40 (passionate) – Some fee waivers available.

Tea and coffee will be provided. BYO lunch.

To confirm your place, contact [email protected] or [email protected] by Monday 16 March.


10:00 – Registration

10:30 – 11:15

Basic Rundown on Economic Theory – What are the fundamentals behind contemporary economics? What are the differences between the predominant economic theories? What are the shortfalls of these theories?

11:20 – 12:05

Neo-liberalism 101 – A more detailed look into what neo-liberalism is and what its impacts are in the real world. From sweatshops to financial crises, is neo-liberalism on the decline?

12:10 – 1:05

Global Resistance and Alternatives – A look at what is the global justice movement and what alternatives exist how the opposition to capitalism/neo-liberalism exists. What role has fair trade and protests played in this?

LUNCH 1:05 – 1:40

1:40 – 2:25

Capitalism/Global Social Democracy – Global Financial Crisis and its impacts on economics, is capitalism dead, or will it just be nicer?

2:30 – 3:15

Australia’s Policies – How do Australia’s aid and trade policies reinforce current economic inequalities and pre-configure what ‘development’ means? What impacts are these policies having on Australia and other countries?

3:20 – 3:45

What you can do? – A discussion about what’s going on and what you can do to work towards an economically, socially and environmentally just future!

Topics: Events & Actions, Global Economics, Global Justice Movement | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Sydney Event: “Economics for Ordinary Folk” – March 28”

  1. Norm Kurland Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Here’s a Just Third Way strategy for democratizing global trade: http://www.cesj.org/thirdway/paradigmpapers/jtw-greengrowth-abs.htm.

    Yes, it offers a new paradigm, but why not? Also check out the website at http://www.globaljusticemovement.org.

    Own or Be Owned,
    Norm Kurland
    Center for Economic and Social Justice
    Washington, D.C.