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Into the belly of the beast
THE FUTURE OF THE CITY: Monday 25th July 2005 7pm - a special Cogers debate on money and power!
at the St Bride's Institute in Bride Lane (at the Ludgate Circus end of Fleet Street) with food from 6pm.

Get there early as places are limited (only 150). The debate starts at 7pm - A not to be missed opportunity to take part in what promises to be an extremely informative and lively event, a real must for any activist who would like the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, and a chance to take part in an intelligent and wide ranging discussion. Many of us are starting to realize the power of strong reasoned argument and its capacity to influence and inspire. The Cogers provides a friendly and supportive framework in which to do this (see www.Cogers.org) and to celebrate 250 years of doing so we are inviting all comers to this event. And as an extra incentive should one be necessary, delicious food will be provide by the FBI, probably the best non aligned chef in London. Cost £3 including food.

There are three opening talks before everyone present is invited to have their say. The opoening talk is given by Magnus Neilson, a blue badge guide and historian is a review of the City's importance in UK and world development over the past 250 years. 

Then come two dissimilar views of the future. The first will be given by Stuart Fraser who has been a member of the Court of Common Council since1993 and is the Deputy Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. Please click on the link for further details: Stuart is a Fund Manager in The City at Brewin Dolphin and is tipped to be the next Lord Mayor of London. We are promised that we couldn't have a better man to talk about The City, Money, and Power.

The second will be given by a speaker who is likely to see the future of the city in rather different terms from purely economic success. Instead could it lead the world into a very new financial future - with the emphasis on the developmental benefits for the entire world's population, the future of the planet and the ethical issues of the poor, all becoming a touchstonefor the future. Chris Cook, who himself had an excellent City background, is a trailblazer in this area.

The real beauty of a Cogers debate must be experienced to be fully appreciated. For it allows for everyone with the courage or the inclination to speak for up to five minute without heckling or interruptions unless these interruptions are consented to by the speaker (you). What is more it is an excellent way to improve ones public speaking skills as well as a teaching tool and confidence builder, I could suggest that the commons could learn from us. For further details please see the cogers website for history and customs: http://cogers.org/CityOfLondon.html.   Please could you also help in disseminating news and publicity of this event through your mailing lists and any other interested networks. I look forward to meeting many of you on the night. If another world is to be sought it must first be visualized. Love, David Cozens • Cogers Society • Creative Forum • Peace not War • <<Alternate<->Energies>>• (IX+XI)

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