Green House Think Tank

Politics, they say, is the art of the possible. But the possible is not fixed. What we believe is possible depends on our knowledge and beliefs about the world. Ideas can change the world, and Green House is about challenging the ideas that have created the world we live in now, and offering positive alternatives.

The problems we face are systemic, and so the changes we need to make are complex and interconnected. Many of the critical analyses and policy prescriptions that will be part of the new paradigm are already out there. Our aim is to communicate them more clearly, and more widely.

The clamour for constitutional reform in the wake of the Scottish devolution referendum grows ever stronger, and as the first part of its own contribution Green House has submitted written evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee outlining how constitutional reform could support a transition to a more just and more sustainable Britain. You can download it here: Green House evidence on devolution (pdf, 272 K)

The second element of our contribution will be to hold a series of meetings around England to debate these ideas. The first will be in Brighton on 20 January - more details are available here - come along and join in!

Green House of Lords

On the symbolically appropriate date of 5 November, Green House held a discussion event in the House of Lords to launch our new book - 'The Post-Growth Project: How the End of Economic Growth Could Bring a Fairer and Happier Society' .

Our panel consisted of (L to R) Baroness Jeny Jones, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Rupert Read, Zoe Williams (the Guardian) and Aurélie Maréchal (Green European Foundation).

After very lively discussion, we were bemused to find that we had to be escorted from the building by the police, as they had 'kettled' the Occupy Democracy protestors in Parliament Square. This prompted some of us to wonder who were the real revolutionaries: was it the demonstrators wearing the Guy Fawkes masks outside the 'mother of all parliaments' and apparently frightening the security personnel, or was it the group earnestly debating the end of growth inside? We planted our metaphorical bomb (illustrated below) and left quietly with our police escort. You can order your own copy here.

More on the book: Molly Scott Cato has written an article on the book and the project for the Green European Journal: see here.

You can also order this book, and order or download all of our Reports, Responses and Gases, from the Publications pages of this website, or find out who is involved on the Green House People page. Please also see who is supporting us on the page about our Advisory Group or check out our influences at Find Out More.

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Coming Up:

The first of our planned series of events to debate constitutional reform in the UK will take place in Brighton on 20 January - details can be found here.

And on 11 February in a related event, Green House and other speakers will debate The Post Growth Project: The Regional Dimension at Aston University in Birmingham. See our 'Future Events' page for more details and to register.

And watch this space for news of further events in other regions.

New Green House 'Gas'! Victor Anderson has written a Gas in response to Bill Blackwell in our developing conversation on the relationship between capitalism and growth. You can download 'Growth, Capitalism & the Green Economy: A response to 'Why do capitalist economies need to grow?'' from our Publications pages.

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