Tag Archives: ego-fodder

“So we bleat on…”; Q&As/P&As and the pathological meetings of academics and activists

This article outlines the very familiar pathological pattern of meetings at which dialogue is lauded and then slaughtered, the usual attempts to fix the pathologies, and then describes why they usually fail. It closes out with what COULD be done, and … Continue reading

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“Meetings are institutionally sexist”; discuss. (White-knighting by #Manchester #climate bloke)

UPDATE: See excellent list of suggestions from Holly in the comments, and a crucial point about gender constructions…. “Wonderful presentation from our guest speaker. Now, any questions?” says the chair of the meeting, usually about 10 or 15 minutes later … Continue reading

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Event Report: “Green Economy, Green Jobs” March 15th #Manchester #climate #makingenemiesforfunandprofit

Attention Conservation Notice: Two speakers take up LOTS of time and space in order to say, well, not very much at all. And this is how we are going to build a movement to challenge our species’ suicidal impulses?? Please … Continue reading

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Event Report: A game of one half – witnessed

Attention Conservation Notice: MCFly co-editor Marc Hudson makes it half-way through a day-long academic seminar about climate change and social movements before finally losing his rag and invoking the law of two feet. Not of interest to casual readers. Or … Continue reading

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Event Report: South Manchester Environment Forum #4

Six volunteers working for Action for Sustainable Living  have pulled off an excellent and (1) deeply flawed “South Manchester Environmental Forum” tonight. The event, which saw a total of seven presentations given to a packed room of more than 60 … Continue reading

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