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A quick overview of all that has happened since the beginning of the year!
Newsletter Index
  1. Rethinking Economics Schools Project
  2. Rethinking Economics changes in new QAA economic guidelines
  3. Rethinking Economics is now a non-profit company
  4. EconMunch
  5. Upcoming Events
  6. Recent Conferences
  7. New Rethinking Economics student groups
1. Rethinking Economics Schools Workshop Project

 The Rethinking Economics School Project, which aims to diversify and demystify economics in secondary education, has been building, with its second workshop at Bradford Grammar School on 19th March. Over 10 RE organisers held workshops for around 50 A Level students on The Financial Crisis, Behavioural Economics, Ecological Economics and Inequality, with the aim of broadening students understanding of economics beyond the narrow confines of their school curriculum. Organisers will be holding another workshop in the next month at Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College. If you are interested in getting involved or know a school that would be interested in participating, then please contact us at schools-outreach@rethinkeconomics.org. 
2. Rethinking Economics changes in new Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Economic Guidelines

The Quality Assurance Agency, the higher education regulator in the UK, has released its proposed changes to the Economics undergraduate benchmark statement. RE organisers were represented in the drafting of the new guidelines, and argued for important changes, including the recognition of economics as an interdisciplinary subject, the need for teaching multiple economies theories and the importance of real-world applications of economics.

During the consultation period, which ended on 27th March, a petition supporting the inclusion of the changes in the final guidelines gained over 100 signatures. This is an important positive step for a more pluralist and critical economics education and we hope that the QAA accepts the changes, which will set the ground for further progress.

3. Rethinking Economics has incorporated as a non-profit company!

After hours of bureaucracy and reams of documents later, Rethinking Economics has incorporated as a non-profit company. Here is the documentation to prove it!

                       
 
4. EconMunch
 
Rethinking Economics NYC is currently working on EconMunch, an online digest for the most interesting pluralist economics content on the web. Content on EconMunch is submitted by users and ranked by number of upvotes from other users, with the most upvoted content at the top of the website (similar to Reddit). Check it out at econmunch.com, submit any interesting economics articles, blogs, and videos you come across, and email suggestions to george@rethinkeconomics.org!
5. Upcoming Events

Are Syriza's Political Objectives Economically Viable?
SOAS Open Economics Forum are hosting a discussion around this question with Paul Mason, Economics Editor on Channel 4 News, and Vicky Pryce, author of Greekonomics and Chief Advisor at the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
 When: April 21st
Time: 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Where: Room B102, SOAS Russell Square Campus
 
Ha-Joon Chang "Let a hundred flowers bloom".
Sheffield Alternative Thinking for Economics is delighted to present a lecture from Ha-Joon Chang, international bestselling author and Cambridge Professor of Economics, at the University of Sheffield. His talk will discuss the range of economic schools of thought, and how this isn't (but should be) represented in academic economics.
When: April 22nd
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: Auditorium of the Richard Roberts Building, University of Sheffield

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Election policy myth busting
Open Economics Leeds are hosting a workshop to demystify the current election debates around economic issues. There will be short talks on 5 topics: sustainable growth, inequality, government spending, housing and immigration.
When: 29th April
Time: 6pm
Where: Union Building, Leeds University

2015 Rethinking Economics London Summer Conference
After two years of successful conferences, organisation for the third London conference is underway. The conference will be held over the weekend of 27th/28th June in London. Further details on programme, tickets and location will be available shortly.

Brainchild Festival
Rethinking Economics will be participating in
Brainchild Festival this Summer, 10-12 July 2015. Brainchild is a three day multi-arts festival in East Sussex, which aims to develop creativity through participation and collaboration, engage with progressive ideas from any discipline and share visions for a more sustainable and compassionate society.

 
6. Recent Conferences

Boom Bust Boom Bust: Why Economics is for everyone
Manchester Post-Crash Economics' Unconference 'Boom Bust Boom Bust: Why Economics is for everyone' last week was a great success, with three days full of talks and debates on topics such as the economics of housing, the recurrent nature of financial crises, citizen’s crash course in economics and the premiere of Terry Jones' documentary on financial crashes Boom Bust Boom. The full movie will be available soon and can also be sent to organisers who want to screen it in their local groups.


Glasgow Economic Forum Conference
On 14th/15th March weekend,
Glasgow Economic Forum and the Glasgow Adam Smith Economic Society co-organised two days of lectures, debates and workshops. A highlight was a heated discussion/debate on the need for economic curriculum change between Rethinking Organiser Yuan Yang,  Christian Ewald (University of Glasgow), Richard Davies (The Economist) and Devrim Yilmaz (Kingston University).


Rethinking Economics Waterloo Conference

In February, the Canadian branch of Rethinking Economics held their first conference on ecological economics, political economy and the history of economic thought. They are now in the process of editing videos of talks which will be online soon.
7. New Rethinking Economics student groups

Since the start of 2015 we have had new local groups from across the world joining Rethinking Economics:
Clicking on the map on the left you'll be able to find out all the groups that are part of the network as well as how you can set up a new group yourself.

New group Open Economics Leeds have had a productive first few months. With support from their department, they will be having monthly meetings with programme directors and Reteaching Economics representatives after the easter holidays. Their launch day was attended by roughly 200 people, with talks by Malcolm Sawyer and Gary Dymski on the euro zone crisis and introductions by other Rethinking Economic organisers.


 
Hope you had a Happy (and Pluralist) Easter!
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