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The New Economy

Maurice hosted a panel discussion of Community Wealth Building with The Alternative Economists at the Imagine Festival, 22 March 2021. Click on the link below to watch the video on the Festival Facebook page.

Watch the discussion on ‘Creating a Fairer Society’ here.

The Spirit Cellarman: Clans, Clearances and Commoners

Reframing the Red and the Green

More from the Green Foundation  conference in November 2019: Stiofán Ó Nualláin of TradeMark Belfast discusses the connections – and tensions – between the environmental movement and the socialist movement.

Asad Rehman: Climate Jobs and a Justice Transition

We were invited to film this powerful address on the need for a ‘justice transition’ in the face of the climate crisis from War on Want’s Asad Rehman at the Green Foundation  conference in November 2019. A clarion call to transform a system currently rigged against the global south.

The Gift: dynamics of economic evolution

Maurice went back to Belgium, and visited the Netherlands, earlier this year, taking his camera with him (of course). Here he reflects on the history of the ‘crank economy’, not least the rise of the Dutch East India Company, said to be the first modern multinational corporation, and thinks about the kind of political economy bequeathed to the world by the competing Empires (and corporate giants) of Europe and America.

Watch ‘The Gift’ here.

Posted December 2019:

Climate Catastrophe – and what we can do about it

A series of three films showing highlights of a workshop organised by the East Belfast Green Party in October 2018, featuring John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy in Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Casey Aspin, Responsible Investment Researcher, and James Orr, Director of Friends of the Earth NI.

Watch them here.

Sustainable economic democracy – part 1: The Zirimiri

Maurice at the original Co-op in Toad Lane, Rochdale

A short film looking at the achievements of the co-operative pioneers of Rochdale and Mondragon. Could this be one model to help us build a new, more democratic and sustainable political economy?

Watch The Zirimiri here.


Combinations and conversations

Maurice and Stephen talk about how the #CrankEconomy keeps cranking power to those at the top of the economic pyramid by putting pressure on those at the bottom. Maurice then outlines the new film he is making, looking at the co-operative pioneers of Rochdale and Mondragon.

Watch the conversation here.


Co-operatives and commons

Can co-operatives provide an alternative to the crank economy?

On Thursday 21 June 2018, the Strangford Greens hosted a discussion on the potential for co-operatives to create an alternative to the dominant crank economy. Visit our Youtube page to see edited versions of talks from the Combination’s own Maurice Macartney (setting the scene with his Strangford Greens hat on) and from Tiziana O’Hara of Co-operative Alternatives, who provided great insight into the co-operative scene in Northern Ireland.

Watch the videos here.

Distance and democracy

Frederick Douglass and others on a mural in Belfast

4th April 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King. But there are other significant anniversaries relating to movements for democracy and equality. We explore some of these, and their connections with Belfast, in this short film.

Brexit: populism and progressive politics

Dr Katy Hayward addresses the question of the Irish border

In October 2017, the Green European Foundation and Green Foundation Ireland held a workshop on ‘Brexit: Populism and Progressive Politics’, in Queen’s University Belfast. The Combination went along to film some of the discussions.

Watch some of Queen’s University’s experts on Brexit address the issues here.

More to follow…

1 January 2018

Connections and Combinations Part 3: Strangford

Dodo, Mount Stewart

In the final part of the trilogy, Maurice returns to his home town, Newtownards, to look at the material traces of the legacy of Empire visible even in a small town near Belfast, and argues that it is time to connect the dots between a range of crises and combine to democratise the political economy.

Watch the video here.

23 December 2017

Connections and Combinations Part 2: Manchester

Posters from the People’s History Museum, Manchester

In the second film in the series, Maurice visits ‘Cottonopolis’, as Manchester was known in the 19th Century, to explore its place in the history of the industrial revolution – as well as the evolution of the democratic movement.

Watch the video here.

(For details of the first film, see below).

 Election Breakdown 2017

The panel at our #GEBreakdown

The Combination invited a panel to reflect on the General Election at a discussion event on 20 June. We put together this video showing an edited selection from their contributions. The panel featured (left to right) Geraint Ellis, Queen’s University Belfast; Ellen Murray, Gender Jam NI and Green Party NI; Stephen Baker (Chairing for the Combination); Liz Nelson, Belfast Feminist Network; Brian Campfield, NIPSA; and Robin Wilson, independent researcher and journalist.

Watch the video here.

For more on the event, read Jenny Muir’s report here.

2 August 2017

Connections and Combinations

In the first of a projected series taking the long view of how we got where we are today, Maurice Macartney presents a vlog largely shot on a recent brief visit to Brussels. The city is one of the wealthiest, on aggregate, in Europe, and is a by-word for political power. Yet there are also pockets of poverty and marginalisation neighbouring the site of the great European Institutions. One of them, Molenbeek, was the area from which terrorists recently launched attacks in Paris and in Brussels itself. But it has a perhaps surprising connection with the industrial cities of northern England. Follow the link below to watch the video.

Connections and combinations part 1: Brussels (ComVid1)

31 December 2016