These are some notes based on my experience of a meeting of the EPM group on 21 Jun, 2017 These are my views, not a representation of the views of others.
Meeting format
  • Introductions need to be made before the main topic so as not to lose focus on the topic.
  • Interventions need to be moderated to limit those that feel the need to tell their life histories, and to give those that are quieter the space to speak. It is frustrating when people speak at the same time, and some of us have hearing difficulties. We will agree that the moderator can intervene to keep the converstaion moving on. The moderator could rotate for each (section of the) meeting, so that we all learn this skill.
  • We would benefit from learning some of the self-moderation, self-control, and concision skills developed by the Occupy movement. Indeed, a presentation from a facilitator on how to conduct meetings and how to have powerful conversations could be valuable. On the other hand, I am very impressed by how able the EPM group is at both being sensitive to the needs of the group and the difficulties of the subject matter. This is a rare skill that few groups are capable of.
  • The meeting could have four parts:
    1. Introductions. The moderator will gather points of interest from the Intros to be brought up in part 3.
    2. Main presentation
    3. Discussion
    4. Project planning / strategy
  • Presentations should not be based on using a display device - this does not work in a tiny room. We should be able to present without AV tech. If not, a link to the presentation can be sent before the meeting. A future venue may have suitable AV facilities.
  • There was an expressed need for on-going learning about money; a space to share thoughts and new info; a strategy or set of projects that we work on with a well-defined outcome within a chosen time frame.
  • My own projects include:
    1. working with young people to encourage their interest and knowledge of the financial system. I will produce a video of me attempting to present and will welcome feedback.
    2. working with the Mental Health and Money Advice Service as a trustee of a mental health charity.
    3. Writing a book / making videos ala Zen & Motorcycles that engage and make finance accessible to the public, stripping economics clean of gobbledegook. Sadly, the great exponents of modern ideas on Money - Keen, Mosler, Wray - are crap at writing books for the general public.
  • I consider that hassling the public on the street is unacceptable, and would not want to be part of holding a "stall on the meadows". The public drowns in unwanted information, and I don't see stalls as being effective, particularly in presenting a complex topic. Much better would be to maintain a benign presence in a context where people are likely to be interested in engaging with PM. There must be a better way to use our combined talent than hanging out on street corners selling our fix.
The "magical money tree" is a memorable hook on which to to hang a discussion of money.

Against that, the PM video is no better than T.May - making strong assertions without any backing. The number of views of the video may well just be an indicator of the "magical money tree" hook, and don't necessarily imply that viewers will engage or even understand the PM position. On the other hand, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Warren Mosler is very good at coming up with memorable set-pieces on money eg:
Please let me know if you find more good hooks!