Aberystwyth Transitions Reading Group Blog


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The future of public transport in Cardigan Bay

Local Institute for Welsh Affairs even on 9th June in Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 7 to 8.30 pm. We could attend this and link it to a reading on sustainable transport – from the bicycle to the bus and Google’s automatic car…

Which reminds me, we really need a meeting to reconstitute the group, recruit some fresh faces and decide where we’re going at least in the short-medium term… We have that proposal from Peace News to discuss too – reading an issue and having a conversation with the editors… Anyone feel like proposing a date? How about getting it together for Friday 27th June? We could all do some active recruiting

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Meeting Cancelled and…

Apparently there is a talk by George Monbiot at the Uni tomorrow at 7pm that I didn’t know about… I don’t think many people can make the reading group anyway, so I think we’ll cancel the meeting. Maybe we can negotiate a date soon to meet to respond to the chapter on ‘beyond the public university’ and to discuss the future of the group and, if we want to continue, set some dates and proposes some readings for over the summer.

Interestingly, maybe, Peace News has suggested that readers groups UK-wide read and discuss an issue of the newspaper, respond to it, and the editors will feedback online… Our group could act as the focus for that exercise in Aberystwyth and maybe recruit a couple of Peace News readers in the process. I seems like a good opportunity to network and appropriate reading matter, particularly this year.


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Beyond the defence of public education

I just realised that the reading group is due to meet this Friday (6pm in the Glengower). We’ve had a bit of an up and down session this year so far with the greatest attendance ever at a meeting on one occasion and lots of good discussion… But we’ve at other times we’ve struggles for numbers and missed the opportunity to get the most from the readings. This group is now 7 years old, I think, and we’ve made major strides forward in the last couple of years – not least through establishing and using the blog site. If we’re going to continue, though, I think we need to conjure up a few more ‘regulars’ and a bit more energy. So on Friday, I suggest we meet to discuss ideas for the future and maybe decide some topics and dates for the summer and/or the autumn. Meantime, maybe this chapter that I’ve written with a NY academic Mark Purcell will inspire us about reading groups as a tactic in a radical projects of life long-learning to fulfill our human potential beyond a capitalist political economy. Click here for chapter