|City Lit 2016 will be a New year with New courses|
For about the last 3 years I've been enjoying City Lit courses, they offer a great mixture of practical and intellectual stimulation.
Yesterday I was in town and picked up a prospectus for 2016 (January to March) - it's full of temptation!
The courses I've found of value have been particularly around the area of Philosophy, and I'm really hoping to take the 10 weeks Philosophy and Psychoanalysis course at Keane Street
I've volunteered in a few different ways over the last 20 years and I reckon it's good for me (and hopefully others).
There was a BBC radio programme (Volunteer Nation) yesterday evening about volunteering (and in a sort of guilt by association way the Third Sector) , generally the editorial line was pro', although the presenter was the Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane (he's someone who volunteers himself) he provided a balance and mentioned plenty of the indications of benefits that are beyond the monetary ones.
A (very) contrary position though was expressed by NZ philosopher/politician Jamie Whyte - I think his was undoubtedly a distinctive perspective but it was surprisingly closest to in tone to contributions from a trade unionist who was (understandably) concerned that volunteers marginalised some paid workers.
I was puzzled by this as there seemed a rather artificial divide being made between community and engagement in helping others- seems a real shame that people who want to and are able to do 'something' that it can be met so grudgingly.
That's not to say there aren't dangers in mandating the unemployed to 'help' unwillingly or that employers should be brow beaten into 'joining up' but the idea of making any sort of 'volunteering' a state sanctioned activity feels like a load of old B** cks.
back to some nice fresh Reds.