real-world economics: economic policies for people & planet (part 4)

  • October 21, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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what we are doing

Time to turn the focus on solutions! Building on some of the ideas proposed in earlier classes, the focus of this class will be on economic policies that will help us to grow and maintain real wealth in society. 
What will help to promote a post-carbon future, where everyone’s needs are met? 
Where should tax be applied? 
From workplace democracy to maximum income - you will help to brainstorm on the pros and cons on modern economic ideas. With luck, you will leave with a better vision of what a future, fairer economy could look like.

Feedback from the last series

"Informative and inspiring." 

"A stimulating wrap-up of the four classes"

what you will learn

You will not learn all the details of economic theory. More than the right answers are the right questions and the discussions that get missed by mainstream economics. You should come away with a few good topics for debate with your friends, and a few new ways of looking at the world. And hopefully meet some nice people along the way.

type of class intro

skill required beginner

your chalkler will be

Christian Williams - I am a great teacher because I am not an expert, and because I can make complex topics understandable to our common sense. I have however been studying these issues over the past five years, and have enough knowledge and ideas to make it valuable for you. I recently did a master’s in sustainable development, with my thesis focusing on these and related topics. I have since organised a similar course at Uppsala University in Sweden. Above all, it is because I am passionate about these issues.


Part 1: real-world economics – true wealth and uneconomic growth

Part 2: real-world economics - work, leisure & technology

Part 3: real-world economics - money, banks & fairer alternatives

Part 4: real-world economics: economic policies for people & planet (this class)


appropriate audience

People of all ages, genders and ethnicities, especially those interested in fleshing out less conventional policy options for our future.


13 per class (incl. GST, if any)

40 for the whole series (incl. GST, if any)

20 for the whole series for economics students (incl. GST, if any)

how to book and pay
We expect pre-payment for all classes.
RSVP and pay using this paypal link


deposit 13.00 into chalkle's Kiwibank account:
Reference:[masked] - Your name

Use this paypal link to pre-pay 40 for the series of four classes

Use this paypal link to pre-pay 20 for the series of four classes as an economics student (Student ID may be required on attendance)

Also you can pay through Wellington Timebank - 1.5 hours per session - pay into the chalkle° time bank account and notify [masked] upon transfer.

we require a minimum of 4 people for this class to go ahead.

about chalkle°
Chalkle° enables learning for communities in real life. Small affordable classes mean high value for participants, extracting the knowledge and skills otherwise hidden within the community. chalkle° redefines what it means to be a teacher or a learner, helping everyone undertake training in practical, artistic or academic skills while fostering lifelong learning.

Chalkle° expects pre-payment for all classes. If you have not paid you will be placed on the waiting list to allow other chalklers to attend. You will be moved to attending once chalkle° has received confirmation of your payment.
If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months.
If you cancel your RSVP:
- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded

Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, chalkle°, teachers and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after a class.


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  • Christian W.

    Rosalind, the Schumacher essay as promised...

    October 22, 2013

    • Rosalind Jiko M.

      …Such theory rouses our intellectual interest, then the depth comes from time spent in physical experiencing. I do encourage anyone to find the joy of developing in depth a live skill, a gift to our community. Also much appreciation for your workshop putting into the vital wide context of the new nourishing sustainable economics ahead, our seemingly small efforts to recycle, compost etc.

      1 · October 23, 2013

    • Christian W.

      Yes, work was the focus on part 2 - so keep an eye out if you are around next time. Schumacher also wrote a book on work specifically - called 'Good Work' and also well worth a read..

      October 23, 2013

  • Daniel L.

    fantastic - everyone should do it

    October 22, 2013

  • Christian W.

    By the way, if there is interest I'd be keen to go for a beer or light dinner nearby afterwards. Chat a bit more casually on the issues. Has been a bit of a tradition, but can decide tomorrow eve if people want to or not...

    October 20, 2013

    • Daniel L.

      also - can we start a loomio group for ongoing discussions? could be away of bringing everyone who has been to any your coarses together in one place?

      October 20, 2013

    • Martina

      Sounds good :)

      October 21, 2013

  • chalkle

    Hi all, If your RSVP has changed to "No" but you have paid, please write to us at [masked]

    October 18, 2013

  • Adrian

    Hi, paid for this yesterday - how come my status has been changed to "not going"?!

    October 18, 2013

    • Adrian

      Paid by Paypal by the way.

      October 18, 2013

    • Silvia

      Apologies Adrian - we had a few payments not reconcile through - but I have just found yours and changed your status

      October 18, 2013

  • Christian W.

    This short 12min video is really nice, and sums up some of the messages from this course I think..
    And here is an on a Steady State Economy, which we will talk a bit about on Monday..

    October 17, 2013

  • Paul B.

    Would love to come again next week, but am presenting at a conference in Rotorua. best wishes

    1 · October 16, 2013

    • Christian W.

      Maybe make the last of the next series (hopefully before end of year...)

      October 17, 2013

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