Cake and conversation

Location: London School of Mosaic, 73-96 Ludham (residential block behind Waxham building on Mansfield Road) Basement, Mansfield Road, London, United Kingdom, NW5 4SF

When: September 9, 2017 - 14:00-16:00

10 years after the crash, has anything changed? And what should we do?

10 Years after....the Crash

Faces of The Crash
The Crash seems to divide people largely into two camps, those involved and those affected. Here we look at the key players in finance and government and some of those affected directly by the impacts of The Crash.

A series of events to explore the causes and consequences of the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Critical Thinking's "10 years after" event is to encourage people to bypass the corrupt voices and institutions of authority, to collaborate and explore why things are the way they and what we should do about it.


Conversation over carrot cake to encourage participation in critical thinking as a collaborative process; this event is not to promote the Critical Thinking group but to promote critical thinking as essential human activity.

Why is the world the way it is? “Here’s a cause, there’s another cause, and this is the other cause, now form a critical thinking group.” to explore why the world is the way it is.

It would help if people email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know if they’re coming and to give an idea of numbers.

There will be carrot cakes to be divided and shared during the discussion – people are invited to bring drinks and snacks to share.

For a better idea of the context for the discussion and the significance of the Crash, see Critical Thinking’s recently published paper which explains further:

How to get there: Nearest tube station is Belsize Park (Northern line) and Overgound station Gospel Oak (Richmond -Stratford line). The entrance to the venue, London School of Mosaic, is on the corner of Mansfield Road and Southampton Road, down the ramp running parallel with the latter, behind Waxham.



X (below) marks the entrance


Discussion: Is money the root of all evil?

Positive Money has invited Critical Thinking to present and discuss ideas on how and why we need to look beyond money creation by private banks.

Discussion: Is money the root of all evil?
Monday, May 8, 2017
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Godly Play Room (aka Crypt Meeting Room)
St John's Church, 73 Waterloo Road, London

Slides for the Critical Thinking presentation: BeyondMoneyCreation.pdf

And a podcast is now available:

The 20 minute Critical Thinking presentation starts at around 5 mins in.


Critical Thinking is engaging with students and teachers at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, next Tuesday afternoon, as part of a week long exploration into the context and purpose of the AA. We will be discussing the power and potential of collective intelligence. All are welcome; the week's program is available here:


Monday 6 – friday 10 february 2017
a week of open source events in aa open week
Open to everyone
The Place Where No One Goes (Graduate Gallery Space)
For one week only! Super-boosted wifi in The Place Where No One Goes
All information is provisional
AALAWuN 2017

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

Tuesday 7 at 2pm
Collective Intelligence
Presentation and discussion by Clive Menzies of Critical Thinking
Nothing is impossible if you don’t mind who gets the credit

Critical Action

GlobalNet21 invited Critical Thinking to join a webinar on Tuesday 13th September 2016, from 7pm to 8pm, to discuss critical action. There is a lot of talk and information about why the political economy is the way it is but what can we practically do ourselves to help bring about change? ie. Critical thinking is all very well but how do we turn critical thinking into critical action?

GN21 Focus Webinar - Social Change Piecemeal Or Critically Total

To join the webinar:

While people from around the world have contributed to Critical Thinking's research and analysis, the weekly sessions involve relatively few people meeting in London. This webinar is opens up interactive participation in Critical Thinking to a global audience and your participation in this webinar is warmly welcomed.

Critical Action

The political economy is an integrated system and until we understand the overall shape and thrust of the system, applying the wrong levers for change can have unintended and disastrous consequences.

Many activists and campaigners focus on symptoms; relieving symptoms is important and necessary but policies to address symptoms can only be steps on the mousewheel of the current political economy, in which we are driven in perpetual, accelerating circles until such time as the wheel breaks and everything collapses.

Critical thinking precedes Critical Action and if we are going to change the world for better, we need to think differently. The first action is self-organise our learning to share information and analysis. The second is to co-create solutions to withdraw consent to be lied to, manipulated and exploited.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller