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Economic change v.s. Everyday life

  • Dec 20, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • The Coffee Club

Hi guys,

here is what Jimmy suggested as a topic for the next meetup. He seems to have put a lot of thought into it, so lets all come up with interesting contributions and maybe even solutions ?:

"How has our life changed In the past few decades due to the change of the economic environment around us? How does economic change have impact on our life style, e.g. jobs, schools, relationship, etc. You're encouraged to talk about your own experience to strive or struggle under the fast shifting global and domestic economy. In what aspect has economic environment dramatically affected your life in your country? In New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe and so on.

Secondly, about the future. Greece has gone bankrupt. Many say that Europe's economy is collapsing. What are the possible causes? The careless mistakes made by our policy makers? The fundamental defect in modern democracy -- handouts, voting for own benefits, overly large welfare system and living beyond the means? But no conspiracy theories please. What lessons can we learn from the failed economies? Some NZ's companies are vastly pulling out their businesses in Europe and entering into China. Is this a right decision? What moves should we take as business operators to be smart, and more importantly, what adjustments should we make as individuals to better survive at such a critical moment of change? What can we do to protect and to provide for our children and our grandchildren so that they don't have to starve or sleep on the streets one day as has happened in Greece, and may soon happen in Spain, and then Italy (hopefully not New Zealand), if the Economy continues to take its down turn.

The mood of this meeting should not be criticism or complaints, but rather be positive solutions and useful survival skills shared among our group members. As the old saying goes: "failure is the mother of success."

I have thought over it carefully. It should be a hit!!"

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  • James (.

    I'm doing a stand up comedy on Saturday, 19 Jan.
    Check it out:

    If you're coming to watch me and other raw comedians,
    please click the link above and sign in.
    Or, you can just text me on[masked]
    and let me know you're coming.
    So that I can greet you at the gate and try to find a seat for you.

    January 7, 2013

  • Ziggy

    It'll be nice to have your input regarding the economic situation in Europe, Marco. You'll find there are quite a few Europeans in our group, but many have not been back to their home countries for a while. See you tomorrow. Ziggy

    December 19, 2012

    • Marco D.

      If you want I can write my consideration and evaluation on the situation that burden on whole Europe.

      December 21, 2012

  • James (.

    Re: My stand up comedy

    I will do a gig at Classic on 19 Jan (Sat).
    Jeff, Monique and Nicola are coming to watch.
    Is there anyone else who want to join them?
    If there are quite a few of you, I may book a table
    so that all of us can sit together.
    My cellphone:[masked]

    December 21, 2012

  • Ziggy

    Well, another good discussion, even debate at times, and as always I came away with things to ponder and talk about with others.
    Thank 's to Jimmy for organising and leading the MeetUp so 'professionally'.

    December 21, 2012

  • Marco D.

    Quiet interesting but the time was short for explain to everyone their thinking.

    December 21, 2012

  • Jeff B.

    Good meet up tonight and was very impressed with the intelect and knowledge that came out of everyones mouths. Well done Jimmy with the Captaining a difficult topic, you did a good job. Im looking forward to your stand up comedy show on 19th Jan..I'll be there!

    December 20, 2012

  • Marco D.

    Hi guys, I would like to meet you all and share the latest news from Europe, because I come from Italy. This my big experience about my country can be useful to you all as understanding the life in Europe and how can we make a better life in New Zealand, avoid the mistakes of Europe.

    December 19, 2012

    • Ziggy

      Hi Marco, welcome to Life, Universe and everything.

      1 · December 19, 2012

  • Ziggy


    Yes, good point Carola, that's an issue which is also close to my heart !

    December 15, 2012

  • carola

    Fascinating - Id like to expand this still further to consider what economic changes we are willing to embrace in order to have a sustainable future? .... Given that we just dont have enough resources on this planet to sustain growth targets that aim to double economies every 10 years or so,

    December 14, 2012

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