Category Archives: Money

Money talks

We gathered together on 1 October and we talked about how money can work in the interests of communities. Lots of exciting conservations followed along the lines of “yes let’s set up a Southampton Pound”, “we need to do something about the big banks” and ” let’s keep this momentum going”.  A huge thank you to our hosts Solent Showcase Gallery and all the participants including Bernard Carre (our chair) Frank from Positive Money and Graham from Bristol Pound. It was good to hear from local financial initiatives including Dominic Williams from Frontline Debt Advice, John Merritt from Solent Credit Union,  Alex Templeton involved in the future Hampshire Community Bank, Bernard Carre who is part of the Tax Justice Network, local economics bloggerJoe Hudson, shared economy guru Cara Sandys and Local Exchange Trading Systems enthusiast Angela Cotton. Money pic

Since that event, a group of local people are exploring the potential for the Southampton are to have its own currency – called SoCoin. If you want to be part of the group that is developing this currency idea, you can join the group email list by subscribing here.  You can keep updated on a wealth of news all about new approaches to money and other dangerous ideas via our Facebook page and a group dedicated to Positive Pounds has also been set up to keep that conversation flowing. And you can send you email address to rebecca [at] and you’ll then receive regular (but not too frequent) updates on what Dangerous Ideas is up to and how you can be part of it.




Ethical money

We’ve set the scene for our event asking How Sound is Your Pound? by holding a couple of films. So come along to Solent Showcase Gallery at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1 October. We’re delighted that Positive Money and Bristol Pound will be sharing their thoughts for a better approach to money, plus a whole host of Southampton-based people and organisations that are doing some interesting work in the city around financial equality and a different approach to money. Do come, and let us know your plans to attend so we have enough drinks for you!



What a week! And there’s more….

We’re just getting over the buzz that was Social Saturday. Not only did we see people loving our local social enterprises, but we collected a heap of ideas from you about what you like about Southampton. We’re mapping these ideas and will continue to do so.

So what’s next? Well pop down to Mettricks on Wed 17th Sept for the film “Inside Job” starting at 7.30pm. It’s free and early birds get a comfortable sofa – not many cinemas can say that!

And our next big thing is our Money event : How Sound is Your Pound? on Wed 1st Oct. Come along at 6.30pm to Solent Showcase gallery just off Guildhall Square at 6.30pm and hear more from Positive Money, Bristol Pound and many more. The event is free, you’re all welcome and you can find out more here.




Let’s talk about money

Through our events, you have told us that you want to see a more local approach to money. Where the pounds that we spend are kept within the city and not leaking out to tax havens, where money is used to reduce inequalities and provide more opportunities for all. And importantly, you don’t want to spend for the sake of spending, or create mountains of waste in the process.


Our response? A season about Money starting on 3rd September. When we say season, we mean two film screenings and a bigger event on 1 October where we can be inspired by others and learn from each other. So CLICK HERE for more information about our money events.

And we’ve also got Social Saturday coming up on 13 September. If you believe that spending should be directed at those businesses whose profits are reinvested back into communities, find out more through Social Enterprise UK’s Social Saturday website or come along to our Facebook event page where we can all share info about our favourite Southampton social enterprises.



Another dangerous week

This week, 9th – 14th June, is another week packed with activity from our dangerous friends here in Southampton. From bug eating, to tax avoidance, to inspiring our creative minds, and planning for a more sustainable future, there’s a mix of things to get you thinking.

The Bug Shack is giving a talk on Monday 9th June about entomophagy (edible insects) as part of the Cafe Scientific series at the South Western Arms, Southampton. This is followed by a pop-up shop on Wednesday where you can buy something different for your lunch. The Bug Shack has been working in conjunction with Southampton University Career Destinations to set up the first ever pop-up shop on campus (on the concourse, near Uni Fruit). Insects are high in protein and other nutrients but are far more sustainable than traditional types of meat. Visit the stall to learn a little bit more about why insects might be part of our regular diet in the near future.

On Thursday 12th June, there is another screening of the powerful and inspiring film UK Gold all about the huge issue of tax avoidance. We last saw this at the Art House in March, and the conversation that flowed about what we can do in response was reported here on the website. Furthermore, it has encouraged us to explore Money in more detail in the Autumn. Watch this space or contact us to be kept updated on this event or let us know your thoughts.

On Friday 13th June, Embercombe is in the New Forest and you’re invited for a picnic! Suitable for anyone that cares about a sustainable world, Tim Mac MacCartney, the founder of Embercombe, inspired us at March’s Embrace the Change event. Now his colleagues are bringing a piece of Embercombe to our doorstep for an evening of food and open hearts.

We were very disappointed that this month’s Ejector Seat festival in Southampton has had to be cancelled, and saddened for all the organisers and participants who have spent their time and energy preparing. But our friends at Element Arts will still be entertaining us with Bottom’s Dream on the 14th June at 4pm in Palmerston Park. Other activities may take place during the day, so keep updated via  their Facebook page. There’s also an Open Day at Highbridge Community Farm, we heard about this farm at our local food event in May and it will be a good opportunity to pop along and find out more.

And a quick mention for Transition Southampton’s AGM on Tuesday 17th June.  Transition Southampton has been a wonderful supporter of Dangerous Ideas since we started our event programme earlier this year, indeed many of the ideas we have been discussing come from the heart of the transition movement. So pop along and help celebrate the previous year and look forward to more in the future.

Other events coming soon from our friends within Southampton are reported via our Dangerous Ideas Facebook page. Our own next event is out Summer Sharing Picnic, which is taking place on Wed 2 July 2014 from 4.30pm. We’ll be there for a few hours so pop in and join us. Inspired by our love of the Sharing Economy, we’re asking you to bring something to share – food, ideas, something practical or fun. Hope to see you there! Tell us you are coming if you can by emailing us, or joining our Facebook event page.

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Southampton response to tax avoidance

UK Gold: A film about Tax Avoidance and the City of London

The UK Gold film was hosted by Bernard Carré and Suzanne Baker on 5 March 2014 at the Art House café in Southampton. A lively discussion took place following the screening. Here are the links to further information:

Bernard Carré made reference to The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2014, with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Inequality is perhaps one of three major problems that affect our global economy, along with climate change and demography. The nature of trade has changed for multi-national corporations, with an estimated 50% of world trade passing through tax havens. The City of London is often described as the largest tax haven in the world.

Action Aid estimates that developing countries lose $160billion to tax dodging, which is more than they receive in aid each year. 

So what can we, as individuals, do in response to tax avoidance? Here are some suggestions from Bernard Carré and other members of the audience:

Encourage our MPs to sign Carline Lucas’s Early Day Motion in support of the Fair Tax Mark:

Like the Fairtrade mark, the Fair Tax Mark enables customers to identify which companies are paying their fair share of tax.

”Given the choice, many people would prefer to give their custom to a responsible business that does the right thing and pays its fair share of tax. The Fair Tax Mark helps give them the power to make that choice, and seeing customers vote with their feet is perhaps the most effective deterrent there is to companies engaging in tax avoidance or other irresponsible practices.”
– Margaret Hodge, MP and tax justice campaigner

Move our money:

Move to banks such as Triodos and mutual building societies.

Where to find out more information?  includes a daily blog  a movement aims to democratise money and banking so that it works for society and not against it.

Recommended books included Treasure Island by Nicholas Shaxston and The Great Tax Robbery by Richard Brooks (available from local bookshops like October Books if you want to avoid Amazon).

What Southampton could do locally?

Suzanne Baker mentioned that Peterborough have created a map of the city showing companies that avoid tax. Could we do something similar in Southampton?

If you have comments on these, we’d love to hear from you. Do join in the conversation at too.