Talking Heads

Next Meeting:

Thursday 11th October at 19.30 – 21.00

The Overdevelopment of London and the Underdevelopment of Britain

Speaker: Jeffrey Henderson

  • Britain’s centralized and pre-modern political system has been a major contributor to regional economic decline
  • Rejuvenating our regions and nations depends on breaking Westminster’s monopoly over economic policy
  • This cannot be done by ‘Northern Powerhouses’ and the like
  • A better future for the North and other regions lies in re-making Britain as a modern federal state while maintaining EU membership

Jeffrey Henderson, a social product of the Counties of Durham and York and a Leeds resident for over 20 years, is Professor Emeritus of International Development at the University of Bristol. He was formerly a Professor at the University of Manchester and has held posts at other universities in Britain, Hong Kong, the USA, Australia, Japan, Poland and The Netherlands.

Talking Heads at HEART

is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.

Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.

Recent topics include:

• Climate Change
• The Brexit Crisis
• Understanding North Korea
• Leeds: Cradle for Innovation
• Have things got better for women?
• Understanding homelessness
• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology

All welcome

If you would like a copy of Jeffrey Henderson’s slides from his BREXIT talk in July
email Helen Seymour

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We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3-5.

After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.

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