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