Report: What is nationality? Dec 2014

Nationality … what matters to you and why? How can we make it work for us?nationality Post Scottish referendum and with serious ongoing challenges in Ukraine, Syria and Palestine to name but a few, in this Thinking Tank we took an open minded, open hearted and challenging look at the concept of nationality and its value and price in modern society.

Maybe you are a Scot disappointed at the recent referendum. Or a New Zealander wondering about your new flag. Maybe you no longer identify with what your nation is doing, or maybe you have moved around the world and don’t quite belong where you are or where you used to be.

Read the report and find out what we concluded together about the risks and rewards of nationality and why we should be taking a more conscious stance. The Thinking Tank Report Nationality 1412   Dive into the Thinking Tank today to share your insights and consider those of the diverse group of participants we have come to expect. for a short while today think freely about something that affects us all and let’s see where we can get together.You can share your views in advance on twitter #ttt.

Report: Ethics of Banking

First off, it’s a shame we didn’t have more participants from the finance sector. Although they were 50% of the invitees. they were only 10% of the participants. Too scary? Come on bankers be braver next time. We considered over 150 ideas and opinions – here are the ones that got more than 70% support from the group

We call this the espresso report – the top responses.

GENERAL COMMENTS

  • Guess that the Anglo Saxon model of laissez-faire in financial institutions comes to an end in the near future / hopefully!
  • I am not sure if the laissez-faire model will come to an end. There are too many lobbyists in politics for that to happen.
  • Finance nowadays is far more than lending money. It’s an ex-territorial business of smart mathematicians who have no real ethics in mind.
  • Not only in politics but more simply bankers and their lobbyists directly or indirectly influencing the politicians
  • I feel the relationship between banks and clients has changed. It is no longer a supplier-customer relationship, customers have become somewhat dependent on their bank (unless you have loads of money) and banks pretend as if you should be happy they let you be a customer
  • It doesn’t help when the politicians are also the guys with lots of money – they have too much vested interest in preserving the status quo

ON BANKERS REACTION TO THE CRISIS

  • Did they ever accept responsibility and announce they would reform? It’s the arrogance that makes me want to blame them more
  • I scored totally because the real economy does not count any more, what counts are the financial games played to move richness in the hands of the few playing the game
  • It’s an interesting example of moral failure. Probably most of them didn’t actively decide to do harm, but they ignored the signs and hid from personal responsibility
  • nobody in charge really wanted to stop the rat race/ greed competition that took place and still is
  • Indeed, financial authorities have failed completely in all countries in the Western world.  Not in a single country they were able to make a significant difference
  • I am not even sure that the large  majority understood the risks associated with these new products/ derivatives
  • What shocks me is the attitude. Like it was just a big game or a joke. They seem very removed from the reality of the consequences of their behaviour

ON THE PROS AND CONS OF SELF REGULATION

  • Can’t see a pro from an ethical point of view.
  • Con. When someone shows they can’t be trusted and they have immense influence / power, why would you choose to carry on letting them do what they like?
  • Con. They cannot be allowed to persist in the view that the little people are irrelevant. That they can sit in their marble palaces and play with real lives. They need governance

Read the report

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Falling off pedestals or getting ready for the future?

News drives events, events drive news. Are you a news gobbler? Is it the first thing you do when you wake up or the last thing at night?

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Today we will be considering three current news stories with a common theme – the pope, horsemeat and the Hadron Collider – to consider if things have to get worse before they get better. Is the disruption of change justified by the end result?

It may not be a traditional move to resign as pope, but do you see it as a wise and
generous move making way for new energy? With half of the world’s one billion Catholics
in the Americas (mostly South America) is it time for a non- European pope?

And while horses don’t seem to have any better argument for not being eaten than cows
or cod, the discovery that we are not eating what we thought we were strikes our primeval
instincts for self protection. D you think the current scandal is a sign of progress for
consumer protection or yet more evidence that everything is corrupt and misrepresented?

As for the Hadron Collider – it feels less exciting now we didn’t all go up in smoke, so how
do you feel about it being closed down for two years for maintenance and upgrades. When
it is switched on in 2015 with redoubled power will you still be interested?

So three examples in the news today of ways of moving from old ways to new. Are you
feeling hopeful or despairing. Or just uninterested in it all? Does the news even matter to
you? Hundreds of years ago we would have had no idea of most of the events in the news
– certainly not in the timescales we see today. Did it matter? Is the 24 hour news cycle
helping us evolve? Improve? Enjoy life?

Dive into the Thinking Tank today to share your insights and consider those of the diverse
group of participants we have come to expect. for a short while today think freely about
something that affects us all and let’s see where we can get together.

Join us to share your views on the news, on the day of the headlines.

Click here to join the debate. Feb 14th, 4pm UK, 5pm CET, 11am Eastern time. Twitter hashtag #tttnews… feel free to share your views in advance of the debate

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