‘Bank Job: People Powered Money’ charts a journey into the seemingly complex world of economics. Knowledge is power and the financial and political elites know it. The language around the financial system is purposefully opaque and many feel disempowered and excluded. An overwhelming number of our current politicians and political pundits studied PPE at Oxbridge. It is time for a People’s PPE overcoming what has been described as a shameful civic empowerment gap. This event looks at economic and political education across the board from primary and secondary school curriculums to university courses and civic learning looking at what can be done to create a more democratic and critical civic education.
JOHN WEEKS. Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London and member of PRIME - a network of macroeconomists, political economists and professionals from related disciplines who seek to engage with a diverse audience in order to de-mystify economic theories, policies and ideas.Author of 'Economics of the 1%: How mainstream economics serves the rich, obscures reality and distorts policy', Anthem Press. A major critic of "austerity" policies in the UK and on the continent, author of the Prime Economics pamphlet Pain, No Gain: the Austerity Scam.
REEMA PATEL OF RSA’S CITIZEN’S ECONOMICS COUNCIL. The Citizens' Economic Council is a programme designed to give citizens a say on national economic policy, and influence over the future of the UK economy. They aim to build a stronger economic democracy in the UK through informed engagement and discussion. The key activity within this 2-year programme was the Council itself, in which a group of 54 citizens undertook a journey of economic inquiry to deliberate and innovate on economic policy.
CLARE BIRKETT OF ECONOMY 'Because as it turns out, no-one gets it'...In 2016 You Gov asked the UK public if they felt ‘politicians nd the media talk about economics in way that is understandable and accessible and easy to understand.” Only 12% answered yes. Economy asks is a campaign to reclaim what economics is really about – seven billion stories, the lives we lead, the choices we make. Economy asks campaign for understandable economics.They are a sister charity of Rethinking Economics, an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics in society and the classroom.
BETH MUNROE OF SHOUT OUT UK. Shout out are a multi-award winning independent youth news platform that provides young people with the tools necessary to engage in politics and a platform to shout out and be heard. Spearheaded by our Political Literacy Course – and supplemented by a host of different infographics, videos, articles, workshops and events – they are a one-stop-shop for political learning and enrichment.