Category Archives: Eco Events

CIE and NCEA revision classes with “Big Screen Education”

Now that we are approaching the business end of the academic year you maybe interested in some revision days that are being held by Big Screen Education. The sessions are at Event Cinemas on Queen Street (next to Aotea Square)in the Gold Class Cinema. This environment combines the big screen experience with a comfortable learning environment. Each seat has a fold-over tray which allows the student to write notes and draw diagrams. Just go to their website below to book.

Big Screen Education

Do we still have a “Too Big to Fail” mentality?

The Institute for New Economic Thinking – INET – held its annual conference this week at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire at the historic Mount Washington Hotel – the site of the 1944 conference that launched the World Bank and established a new post-war global economic architecture. The theme of the conference was:

“Crisis and Renewal: International Political Economy at the Crossroads.”

Some notably speakers including Paul Volcker (former Fed Chariman), Larry Summers (Harvard Prof and former Treasury Secretary under Clinton), George Soros (Investment Banker and Philanthropist). However one speaker who has been getting particularly good raptures is Simon Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. He basically said we are no further down the track with regard to diminishing the “Too Big To Fail” state of the banking sector – in fact the banks are getting bigger. Worth a look.

Undercover Economist comes to Wellington

Tim Harford – aka “The Undercover Economist” – is the keynote speaker at the New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE) annual conference in Wellington. He is a senior columnist for the Financial Times and will present the McMillan Lecture, drawing from his work as The Undercover Economist on the economic motivations of everyday behaviour. Also on the bill is:

Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD. Mr Padoan will speak on 29 June, about the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis and its lessons for New Zealand.

Prof Ricardo Reis, Columbia University. Prof Reis is a macroeconomist with an interest in monetary and fiscal policy. He will deliver the Phillips Lecture, in honour of New Zealand economist Bill Phillips.

NZAE 2011 will be held at the Amora Hotel (formerly Duxton), Wellington 29 June – 1 July 2011

To register please go to the conference website below:
NZAE 2011 Conference

Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2011 – Empire and its futures

Empire and its futures is a series of three lectures by Tariq Ali. In a changing world with American military power transcending US economic weaknesses, the amazing rise of China and the continuing occupations in the Arab world and South Asia, what are the likely outcomes? Is it the case, as many argue, that the US empire is now in irretrievable decline? Will China flex its military muscles one day?

Lecture 1: Thursday 17 March – Islam and its discontents.
Lecture 2: Monday 21 March – US power today: The global hegemon
Lecture 3: Wednesday 23 March – The rise of China

All lectures start at 7pm. Venue – Fisher & Paykel Applicances Auditorium, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road.

For more information go to: Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2011

Nicholas Stern at the University of Auckland

Lord Nicholas Stern is the delivering the Sir Dougla Robb Lectures 2010 at the University of Auckland early next month. His focus is on managing the risks of climate change, overcoming world poverty and creating a new era of growth and prosperity: The challenges for global collaboration and reationality. He was the Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003, and was recently a civil servant and government economic advisor in the United Kingdom. He also wrote The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change – a 700-page report released for the British government on October 30, 2006. There are 3 lectures – 8, 9, 10 September at 7pm. For more information and to register click here. Worth a visit.