(7) "Embedded intelligence and extended mind: Smart and dynamic objects, with emergent behaviour, embedding intelligence and knowledge function as tools and become (external) extension to the human body and mind. As is already the case to a certain extent with traditional computing artifacts, access to the intelligent and data carrying IoT environment may come to be considered as necessary for human agents to get around. Similar to the info available through a mobile phone, and access to your Social Networking Site, people would feel cognitively and socially handicapped."
The above document can be found at the following link (3. Internet of Things Factsheet Ethics). In this document by the 'Internet of Things European Research Cluster' (IERC) it states on page 84 that, “The IoT needs to handle virtually all modes of operation by itself without relying on human control.”
The Internet of Things is an international collaboration that includes the European Union, USA, China, Japan, India, Russia and other countries.
Here's an article entitled White Space Radio Chip Heralds Internet Of Things . Radio whitespace is unused radio frequencies and TV whitespace is the space left after analogue has been switched off. Whitespace has also been refered to as Super Wi-Fi, but "Super Wi-Fi isn't Wi-Fi". Wi-Fi frequencies can carry a signal only a short distance, whereas TV white space (TVWS) can carry a signal for kilometres/miles.
Tiny Chip Will Put the 'Internet of Things' Inside Your Body
Shami Chakrabarti is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and was a member of the Council and Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and a governor of the Ditchley Foundation. Other governors of the Ditchley Foundation include: David Cameron, Andrew Knight Director of News Corp, Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw, Chris Patten, David Miliband, Leon Brittan, Neil Kinnock, Geoff Mulgan co-founder of Demos, and Alan Rusbridger. Some of the aforementioned names have been speakers at Common Purpose programmes.
Joanna Foster was formerly Deputy Chair and Governor of 'Oxford Brookes University' and chaired the Lloyds TSB Foundation and the Equal Opportunities Commission. Joanna Foster is also an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford SAID Business School. Another Common Purpose graduate at the SAID Business School is Elizabeth Paris who has been Managing Director at JPMorgan and Managing Director at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Dame Helen Alexander is a trustee of the Oxford University SAID Business School and was Chief Executive of the Economist Group until 2008. Lady de Rothschild and Chair of Common Purpose Sir David Bell are on the Board of Directors at The Economist Group. Dame Helen Alexander is also on the World Wide Web Foundation Board of Directors along with Ex - Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Members of Common Purpose who are in key positions at the BBC or have held key positions at the BBC include: Anthony Salz, formerly Vice Chairman of the BBC Governors and on the board of the Media Standards Trust that launched the hacking inquiry.
Chris Bryant MP, was Head of European Affairs at BBC. From 1994-1996 London manager of Common Purpose..
Lord Patten, Chairman, BBC Trust.
Jon Williams, World News Editor, BBC.
Liz Molyneux delivered a whole range of Current Affairs TV including Panorama. She was Director of Development for BBC Specialist Factual and Editorial executive within the BBC Commissioning group. Liz Molyneux worked closely with commissioners and channel controllers. Liz Molyneux is a member of the board at Bradford City of Film along with Sandy Needham who is a member of the Bradford District Common Purpose Advisory Group and was formerly Regional Manager with TV-am and Yorkshire Television (ITV). Sandy Needham's boss at ITV was Common Purpose graduate Gerry Robinson, Chief Executive, Granada Group plc (now known as ITV plc).
Tom Watson MP, who was Tony Blair's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, is a member of Common Purpose and is aware that the key posts at the BBC have been filled by members of Common Purpose since the early 1990's. At the Media Standards Trust, Common Purpose launched the hacking inquiry with the intended outcome being that press regulation will be under the auspices of Common Purpose. While at the BBC, Common Purpose have spent years preventing information about all kinds of wrongdoings being leaked into the public domain.
Helena Kennedy QC is Acting Chair of the Media Standards Trust while Sir David Bell assists with the Leveson Inquiry. Here is Helena Kennedy QC and fellow Common Purpose graduate Ruth Turner at the Common Purpose event, Generation Infinity, in July 2009. Ruth Turner is Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation'.
Common Purpose is now connected to the British Monarchy.
List of Common Purpose Board members and Trustees (2010) in various countries.
First ever Common Purpose programme in the Asia-Pacific region. The courses will be based in Hong Kong with modules in Beijing and Shanghai to give participants access to some of the key players in mainland China.
Common Purpose is an international political organisation masquerading as a charity. Dame Suzi Leather, Formerly Chair of the Charity Commission, was a speaker at the 'Common Purpose Leadership Development' event, 21 January 2012 (p. 10). http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Libr
Leaders with a Common Purpose
It was actually governments that gave the World-Wide-Web to us for free, not Tim Berners-Lee. CERN is an inter-governmental research facility founded by 12 countries in Western Europe and hosts some 10,000 visiting scientists and engineers, representing 608 universities & research facilities and 113 nationalities.
In this Guardian article, Sir Tim Berners-Lee urges the UK government to stop the snooping bill. Sir Tim Berners-Lee both founded and is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which develops interoperable technologies. Both W3C & the IETF are producing the specifications and standards that will enable objects/devices to be interoperable, snoop on people, and communicate/share that data/info.
U.S. cyber-security strategist Donald "Andy" Purdy joined Huawei after a U.S. congressional report raised concerns that Huawei might be spying for the chinese government. A White House-ordered review of the report, which was completed early this year, "found no clear evidence" that Huawei had spied for
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an international collaboration that includes the European Union, USA, China, Japan, India, Russia and other countries. Wuxi-Sensing in China is leading the 'Internet of Things' international standardisation, with Huawei & ZTE (among others) upgrading telecom systems in various countries to IoT standards. Huawei & ZTE are also closely linked to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) - see ‘Partner Affiliation’ for Huawei & ZTE at oneM2M. Common Purpose graduate John Suffolk, the former UK government CIO & CISO (2006-2011) is now Huawei's global head of cyber-security. Also see here,, here and here.
The IoT International Forum was launched by the EU and China (IoT-i, CASAGRAS2, CIE & CATR). Huawei, ZTE & the China Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR) are part of the 'Internet Engineering Task Force' (IETF). Huawei is also a member of the
World-Wide-Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is also a member of the IETF as is Vint Cerf, the so-called 'Father of the Internet'. In my blog post 'Panopticon' I mention that, the organisations coordinating IoT development include Auto-ID Labs; the (IETF); the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU); and the ‘World Wide Web Consortium’ (W3C)...W3C was founded by the inventor of the World-Wide-Web Tim Berners-Lee, with support from the European Commission and DARPA.
Common Purpose graduate 'Baroness Rennie Fritchie' is Chair of Nominet nd was Chair of the Web Science Research Initiative at
China's Huawei is a major supplier to BT's on-going multi-billion pound 21st Century Network (21CN), leading to so-called concerns that the UK telecom system could be vunerable to chinese attack. The 'Technology Strategy Board' (TSB) is overseeing the development of the 'Internet of Things' in the
Another global telecommunications company that Common Purpose is closely associated with is 'Tata Communications' which operates
In December 2012 the ITU (of which ATIS is a major contributing member) is having a World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) and it is believed by many that the ITU is going to try and take-over the Internet at some point after the conference.
As an alternative to Huawei or ZTE, countries such as Australia, Canada and the
Considering that governments have a ‘Common Purpose’ and are working together to set up the ‘Internet of Things’, then where do governments believe that potential threats are most likely to come from? The answer would seem to be the so-called '99 percent'.
AS an international collaboration that includes the European Union, USA, China, Japan, India, Russia and other countries (see slide 12) the ‘Internet of Things’ is potentially the greatest threat to the freedom of humanity that our world has ever known. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being developed to locate, track and monitor not only objects, but also every-human, anyplace, anytime. The organisations coordinating IoT development include Auto-ID Labs; the ‘Internet Engineering Task Force’ (IETF); the ‘United Nations International Telecommunications Union’ (ITU); and the ‘World Wide Web Consortium’ (W3C). Wuxi-Sensing in China is leading the IoT international standardization.
The concept of the IoT is that virtually every physical thing in this world can be connected to the Internet. ‘Things’ can feature tiny computers/sensors and when they do so, they are often called smart things. Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is a technology that allows automatic identification of objects, animals and people by incorporating a small electronic chip on or into the ‘host’. Data is stored on the RFID-chip and can then be "read" by wireless devices called RFID readers. Everything from individuals, groups, communities, food, products, objects and data can be connected by the IoT. By time we get to 2020, the Wireless World Research Forum (p.6) has predicted that there will be approximately 7 trillion wireless devices. A smart ubiquitous network of communicating sensors that can capture, share, utilize and store data, including personal data and often without consent.
“In 2003, the US Government began the most ambitious Artificial Intelligence program in its history called the ‘Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes’ or CALO”. The CALO project was primarily funded through DARPA and research was mainly conducted at Stanford University (Stanford), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and SRI International (SRI).
The CALO project overview from Stanford informs us that, “CALO as an adaptive agent, is incredibly complex…At CALO's heart is the ability to take autonomous control…As CALO…adapts its behaviour over time, there is an underlying assumption that there will be a user in the loop whom CALO is serving”. And this document from the ‘Internet of Things’ European Research Cluster, states (p.84) that “The IoT needs to handle virtually all modes of operation by itself without relying on human control.”
After the CALO project concluded in 2007, SRI spun-off Siri which was acquired by Apple. Siri is able to answer questions and follow instructions because Siri is able to follow what an individual is saying by using speech and voice recognition technology. By having people speak to Siri in many different languages, it will be possible to determine what languages/dialects/accents Siri has most problems with and then refine Siri as necessary. CALO and Siri are adaptive systems that use machine learning to adapt their behaviour over time.
Deborah L. McGuiness and Nova Spivack worked on the CALO project and both are associated with the ‘Tetherless World Research Constellation’ (TW). Here, Nova Spivack discloses that his company consulted to the CALO project regarding Semantic Web development, as he interviews the CTO of Siri.
On Facebook, Siri is being integrated with face recognition technology, so that users can update their status messages by vocal command, while having their face and voiceprint matched. And to help match the face & voiceprint of an individual who doesn’t use facebook, or who may never have been online, the all-seeing-screen is capable of taking pictures of an individual, which could then be matched with photos at the Passport office, DVLA, Workplace, University, College, etc. It is possible that all-seeing-screens are already being used in products such as Apple iPhones and iPads and that Siri is still listening even when an Apple device is switched off.
Siri can answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions, by delegating requests to a set of Web Services. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) defines a ‘Web service’ as, "a software system designed to support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network”. W3C was founded by the inventor of the World-Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, with support from the European Commission and DARPA. Tim Berners-Lee leads the global collaboration on Semantic Web development and is also a member of TW, which has received funding from DARPA, NSF, IARPA, ARL, KAUST, Lockheed Martin, SRI, Fujitsu and IBM.
In 2010 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced the creation of a fibre that can detect and emit sound. This article states that, “Applications could include clothes that are themselves sensitive microphones for capturing speech…”. Clothes that can listen.
With 7 billion+ people on earth, there are potentially billions of conversations taking place, in different languages, worldwide, everyday. So how do government(s) propose to monitor billions of conversations each day? And not only monitor each conversation, but also identify those conversations where what is being discussed indicates that one or more of the participants is likely to be a threat to other people and/or property and/or the state? The use of ‘machine listening’ seems to be the answer, with listening-sensors in/on a whole range of consumer products, human-made structures and natural features. These could include clothing, fabrics, phones, tablets, televisions, household appliances, workplace equipment, buildings, street furniture, road signs, vehicles, aircraft, boats, ships, and many locations both indoors and out.
Just as government agencies can monitor and filter e-mails people send, context-aware machine listening could possibly be used to listen for certain spoken words and phrases, which would indicate that an individual or group of individuals, communicating by speech, are likely to be a threat to other people and/or property and/or the state. A simplistic way to explain how this might work is that the personal details and other info of the 7billion+ people on earth would be on a database. Whenever an individual says what is considered by government to be an inappropriate word or phrase, the individual is given a negative mark. Every so often CALO (or another adaptive system) queries the database to ascertain how many negative marks each individual has. The number of negative marks that each individual has accumulated could then be used to help identify, potential criminals, activists, troublemakers, ringleaders and so-forth, based on the kind of subject matter each individual prefers to discuss.
June 6th 2012 was the global launch date of IPv6 that will apparently allow for over 340 trillion trillion trillion objects to be connected to the IoT. That’s enough for every atom on the surface of the earth to have 100 IP addresses according to Cisco. International co-operating satellites and Internet routing in space takes IP ubiquity to a whole new level. Surveillance systems such as INDECT and SAPIENT are part of the IoT. Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) extends "IP access to areas not covered by traditional ground networks...delivering consistent and pervasive IP capabilities regardless of geographic location.” 'Whitespaces' will also give the IoT access to geographical locations that can pick up radio or TV signals. Whitespaces’ are unused radio frequencies and the spaces left after the transition from analogue to digital TV. This BBC news article regarding face & voice recognition technology in televisions states that, "We're working on face recognition that will be used to identify each member of the family…". And this article about the ‘BBC Perceptive Media Experiment ’ claims that "…TV hardware could automatically recognize who was watching [TV]…” It is quite possible that miniature cameras such as those in all-seeing-screens and the use of facial recognition technology will eventually be incorporated into windows and mirrors.
The European Network and Information Security Agency, claims in a document about behavioural biometrics that, “It is now possible to extract information about the thoughts of a person from brain activity.” While IBM forecasts for 2016 include smartphones and devices that can read your mind. In 2011 the ITU held a conference regarding ‘The Fully Networked Human’, with a section dedicated to the views of extremely advanced minds, entitled “Make possible the impossible: THE CHIP IN THE BRAIN"..If you go to ‘51 mins 45 secs’ in this BBC video entitled ‘Playing God’ you can see how programmed nano-devices are being developed to target specific neuro-receptors in the human brain. It could also be the intention of government(s) to eventually have nano-devices that are programmed to attach to specific locations in the human auditory system, so that even when something is spoken in a whisper, it can be overheard by the IoT.
Nanotechnology enables the miniaturisation of electronics such as circuits, sensors, optics, and other devices that make use of precious metals. Using less precious metals reduces production costs. The field of nanotechnology is rapidly advancing and it's a field in which scientists are trying to manipulate things at the molecular and atomic level. Microrobots designed using biomimicry principles are being developed that have a flagella propulsion system derived from bacteria. "This can enable a microrobot to travel independently within the human body..."
At some future point, when a nano-device for human implantation is manufactured, the nano-device need not contain the personal and biometric details, medical records or other information about an individual before being implanted. The nano-device would possibly get into the human body via food/drink, injection or medication. Once inside the human body, the nano-device migrates and attaches to a location in the human body where it is less likely to be dislodged. When an individual passes an RFID-reader, the RFID-reader gets the ID number of the nano-device while the surrounding face-recognition techology and other biometric technology positively identify the individual. Once satisfied that the individual has been positively identified, personal details and other info about the correct individual can then be electronically transfered to the correct nano-device. Transfer of information can be done by any embedded sensor that is interoperable with the nano-device.
An implanted nano-device would become an individual’s means of identification that contained all of their personal details, biometrics, and other information. If the government switched off an individual’s nano-device, they would become a non-citizen and officially no longer exist. The individual would no longer have ID that connected them to any kind of contract or official documentation and as a result of that, their tenancy, mortgage and/or property deeds would be rendered void and they would be made homeless. The non-citizen would no longer have employment or access to benefits; they would be unable to access any finances they have in a bank/building society; they would be unable to buy food without ID and they would be unable to access emergency services, medical services or central/local government services. Without ID the non-citizen would lose access to just about everything and there would probably be severe repercussions for any citizen(s) who tried to help a non-citizen. The first ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is in December 2012. Many people believe that the United Nations is going to try and take over the Internet. It is up to us to ensure that they don’t.
Ken Craggs. @BetweenMyths
Power Dynamic Europe
Aims and objectives:
A one-day event investigating how power works in Europe
Thursday 7 December 2006
Room 5, -2 level
The European Commission
18 rue van Maerlant
Getting started - Welcome to The Power Dynamic Europe
The idea of Europe – exploring our starting points
Whether you are a Europhile or Euro sceptic the reality is that we all have a stake in what happens in the EU, with many of the decisions taken in Europe having a direct impact on our day-to-day lives. This exercise provides an opportunity to explore our different points of view.
Myths and Realities – understanding power in Europe
Jacki Davis, Director of Communications, European Policy Centre
What is the template for power currently operating within the EU and who are the key players? This session with Jacki Davis from Euro Think Tank, The European Policy Centre provides an overview of the major issues to be examined across the day
· The MEPs
Graham Watson, MEP, South West England and Gibraltar and Diana Wallis, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber (both Lib. Dem.)
· The Commission
· The Council
UK Permanent Representation to the EU
Hosted working lunches at key institutions from across the power dynamic in Brussels.
Visit Debrief with refreshments
An opportunity to share perceptions and experiences from the visits Key Guiding Questions:
How much power does this organisation wield in the decision making process? What challenges do they face?
What key relationships beyond this organisation do they actively nurture and why?
Where are the points of influence?
The EU and your agenda; The life cycle of policy: led by Miguel Mesquita Da Cunha, Professor of European Studies, Saint-Cyr
An interactive session that aims to follow course of influencing from proposal to policy understanding the European decision making apparatus.
So how do you effect change within the EU?
Elizabeth de Bony, Burson Marsteller, Brussels
Michael Aron, EU Director for the Scottish Executive and former Political Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representative. Scottish Executive EU Office.
A panel session to examine the key strategies for making change happen in Europe
Reflections on the day
Wine and nibbles
Close and depart
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Here in the UK, there are many who believe that there are those who are working behind the scenes to weaken the UK from within, while also preparing new government structures and putting in place new leaders via quasi secret society that doesn’t declare itself to ordinary people.
An organisation that has been the focus of such criticism is Common Purpose (CP), a registered charity that was founded in the UK in 1989. As stated in an article by the BBC in March 2009, “Its critics say it is a secret networking organisation at the heart of the establishment, with a hidden agenda and influence. More than 20,000 people -- identified as the next generation of leaders -- have attended its courses, but if you are not one of them, you have probably never heard of it. It is called Common Purpose and prominent supporters include BBC business editor Robert Peston, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Cressida Dick of the Metropolitan Police and numerous top public sector officials. It’s a not-for-profit organisation which organises training and networking events for high-fliers.”
Common Purpose is in fact an international political organisation masquerading as a charity, with leaders of a new order being trained and placed in key positions around the world. The Common Purpose effect, we are told, is inspiring leaders around the UK and giving them the knowledge and connections they need to improve how society works. Over 120,000 leaders have contributed to or participated in a Common Purpose programme and this grows by at least 3,000 people each year. A prominent critic of Common Purpose is Brian Gerrish.
Here, the chair of the Trustees of Common Purpose, Sir David Bell, addresses the so-called conspiracy theories about common purpose. (Note: Sir David Bell has suspended his chairmanship of the Media Standards Trust, owing to his appointment to the Leveson inquiry).
On 6 February 2002, the official website of the UK Prime Minister announced, “Dame Rennie Fritchie re-appointed as Commissioner for Public Appointments.” In the following minutes (Number: 716), dated 23 May 2002, Julia Middleton, CEO of Common Purpose, states that she is working for Dame Rennie. This gives Julia Middleton a great deal of influence in appointing suitable Common Purpose graduates, to key leadership positions throughout the public sector, in an effort to ensure that EU legislation is implemented and adhered to, so that the EU encroachment into the UK runs as smoothly as possible.
Parliament UK: Select Committee on Public Administration, Minutes of Evidence. Examination of Witnesses, THURSDAY 23 MAY 2002 JULIA MIDDLETON AND AMELIA SUSSMAN.
Excerpt from minutes:
707. Chairman: ". . . could I ask you very quickly and if you could be very quick when you answer it; because, first of all, how did they find you?
(Ms Middleton) Tapped me on the shoulder.
708. Who did?
(Ms Middleton) I cannot even remember.
709. A man?
(Ms Middleton) Somebody from the Department wrote me a letter.
710. Which Department?
(Ms Middleton) The DTI.
711. “Will you be one of our independent assessors, please?”
(Ms Middleton) Yes.
712. Okay; and what is involved?
(Ms Middleton) Sifting through the application forms, making sure that the short-listing **** is fair and decent, and then attending the interviews, making sure that that is fair and decent and an appointment is made appropriately.
713. In about how many appointments a year?
(Ms Middleton) I have done two this year. (Ms Sussman) No prior briefing. (Ms Middleton) Dame Rennie has made some improvements to this system.
Mr Lyons 714. But neither have made assessors?
(Ms Sussman) No.
(Ms Middleton) Yes, I do think she is advertising for assessors, is she not?
(Ms Sussman) I do not know.
(Ms Middleton) But she has made some good improvements to the system; it is not an easy one to do. And I do know that I am slightly different, because, not being portfolio and having a full-time job, I pay the mortgage on my full-time job salary, and, therefore, when you have to say, “No, I believe this is the right way to do things,” the fact that my mortgage does not rely upon it makes it much easier for me to say, “I believe this is how we should do things.”
Chairman 715. Do you feel you are working for the Department?
(Ms Middleton) No.
716. Who are you working for?
(Ms Middleton) Now, Dame Rennie; before, I have no idea who I was working for.”
Chairman: “Good. I am sorry we cannot do justice to that, but I just wanted to dip into it ever so slightly. Thank you very much. It is fascinating; and George Orwell once talked about the deep, deep sleep of England, and it is interesting that you have come here to wake us up, and the work you are doing I think is extraordinarily interesting, and we have learned more about it, and I think we would like to know more about it too, and also thank you for doing it. Thank you very much indeed.”
Dame Rennie Fritchie became a Baroness in 2005 and is a member of the House of Lords. Baroness Fritchie is Chair of Nominet, and was Chair of the Web Science Research Initiative at Southampton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until 2009. Baroness Fritchie works closely with inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, (a Professor at MIT and Southampton University) W3C, and the Tetherless World Constellation in helping to develop the open government data initiatives, and the Semantic Web and Internet of Things to develop a global system of total information awareness.
The W3C office for UK and Ireland is hosted by Nominet. In 2007 the MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant of $350,000 to the Media Standards Trust and the Web Science Research Initiative to develop their plans for authenticating news on the web. The board of trustees of the Media Standards Trust include Julia Middleton (Common Purpose), Sir David Bell (Common Purpose) and Anthony Salz, the executive vice chairman of Rothschild.
Julia Middleton, has founded or helped in the founding of the Media Standards Trust, DEMOS, The Good Governance Network, Impetus Trust, and Alfanar. Julia is also on the board of the Orwell Prize and was an editor of the magazine ‘Marxism Today’. Common Purpose videos can be found here and here.
Julia married Rupert J. Middleton in April 1984 in Hackney, London. Julia’s husband, Rupert J. Middleton is group director of manufacturing at Trinity Mirror Newspaper Group. Julia Middleton is author of the book ‘Beyond Authority’, and also author of ‘Quality Circles’ (1982), published under her maiden name Morland, while she was employed by the Industrial Society. The Common Purpose Campaign, 1978-1986. (p.32), was active at the time that Julia was employed at the Industrial Society.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming and political correctness are favoured tools of Common Purpose so as to manipulate agreement within society on a range of issues. In the article, Mental Health and World Citizenship, J.R. Rees, a founder of the Tavistock Institute, writes of “learning to apply some of our understanding of individuals to the problems of group attitudes and international tensions. No doubt psychiatrists should be able to provide the central focus for much of the thinking that is necessary, but they certainly cannot do it alone.”
The National School of Government, Public Service Leadership First Annual Conference, includes Workshop 8, ‘Leading in Partnerships and Beyond Authority’ -- the facilitator is, Julia Middleton, chief executive of Common Purpose. The following is an excerpt from a reply to a freedom of information request regarding Workshop 8 that can be found at whatdotheyknow.com (WDTK).
“After careful consideration, the National School of Government has concluded that it must withhold the names and job titles/ranks of those who signed up to attend this particular workshop, citing the exemption detailed at section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘personal information’). . . . no documentation is traceable for Workshop 8. I can also confirm that the National School does not hold a syllabus or any other learning material relating to this workshop.”
If you have trouble accessing the above link, you can do a search at WDTK for ‘Public Service Leadership First Annual Conference’ and find reply with the same title dated 22 February 2010.
In this article by the ‘Yorkshire Post’, it is reported that Common Purpose was granted free office space by a UK government department for 11 years and that the government department could find “no formal record of the decision being made and no rental or tenancy agreement of any kind”. Also see the answer in parliament from Derek Twigg to a question from Philip Davies regarding 'Sums paid to Common Purpose UK' for Ministry of Defence staff training between 2002-2007.
Common Purpose meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule so that "...participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed...The Rule allows people to speak openly and to express views that they may not otherwise express if they knew their comments would be shared publicly."
Common Purpose has members in the public and private sectors, including: Central and Local Government, Houses of Parliament, Civil Service, Quangos, Media, Police, Defence, Legal Profession, BBC, Social Services, Health Services, Health & Safety, Education, Watchdogs, Not-for-Profit sector, Financial Institutions, Chambers of Commerce, Church, and Academia. This makes lodging complaints against Common Purpose difficult because Common Purpose graduates and trainees are everywhere. See also: World Economic Forum - Davos
David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Gordon Brown are Common Purpose graduates. Consecutive Labour and Conservative governments in the UK have been handing power over to the EU for years through use of ‘Henry VIII clauses’, a practice that still continues. (See: House of Commons debates, 18 May 2011: Column 458.) More info at about Henry VIII clauses at Statutory Instruments UK. Also see: Gordon Brown’s New World Order Speech, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for World Government, and the One World Trust.
Other notable Common Purpose graduates include:
Jonathan Porritt who is on the board of the BBC Wildlife magazine and is Chairman of Forum for the Future. Both Jonathan Porritt and his colleague Sir David Attenborough are patrons of Population Matters (formerly the Optimum Population Trust). Both Jonathan Porritt and Sir David Attenborough would like to see the world human population reduced to at least 4.5 billion and the UK human population reduced to 17 million. Pop Offsets is a ‘Population Matters’ project that has been adopted by the Population and Sustainability Network.
Sir Brandon Gough is Chancellor of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and was Chair of the Common Purpose Charitable Trust. The email controversy at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. (CRU) began in November 2009 and became known as "Climategate"). An independent review headed by Common Purpose stooge Sir Muir Russel cleared climate scientists of accusations that they fudged their results and silenced critics to bolster the case for man-made global warming. Sir Russell Muir (a layman) is Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JAB). The Law Society of Scotland in its members' magazine Journal was critical that the appointment of laymen as opposed to lawyers as Chairman is "Unique in Europe”. The JAB has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) act 2008. The Board's role is to make recommendations to Ministers for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff, and part-time sheriff as well as other judicial offices set out in the Act.
Lord Adair Turner: who is on the Bank of England Court of Directors, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, and was Chair of the Economic & Social Research Council, Vice Chairman of Britain in Europe and a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Social Market Foundation.
In a 'Summary Information Return of Aims, Activities and Achievements 2006', we learn that the Common Purpose Charitable Trust (CPCT) in itself has minimal activity as its activities are mainly carried out through the subsidiary charities: Common Purpose UK and Common Purpose International, and the trading company, Civilia Limited. The aim of the CPCT is to improve the way society works by increasing the number of informed individuals who are actively involved in the areas where they live and work, and by encouraging collaboration between individuals, sectors and organisations. The Common Purpose Charitable Trust’s objectives, they say, “are the advancement of education for the public benefit and to educate men and women from a broad range of geographical, political, ethnic, institutional, social and economic backgrounds . . .” The most significant activity of the CPCT in 2006, they say, was spending £6.4 million on the delivery of a range of educational programmes for a diverse range of participants. We are also told that the CPCT does not have a CEO. A deed of covenant was entered into on 27 May 1999 whereby the ENTIRE profits of the company, Civilia Ltd, as computed for corporation tax purposes, have been covenanted to The Common Purpose Charitable Trust.
DEMOS was founded in 1993 by former Marxism Today editors Julia Middleton, Martin Jacques, Geoff Mulgan, who became its first director. DEMOS was formed in response to what Mulgan, Jacques and others saw as a crisis in British politics. At an event hosted by the Overseas Development Institute in 2003 to examine the role of think tanks as policy makers, Tom Bentley, executive director of DEMOS, is of the opinion that, “As New Labour has discovered, the gap between policy and practice is one of the most difficult to bridge. DEMOS has in many ways acted as an intellectual intermediary in the policy/practice sphere, introducing and working on new terms (e.g., ‘social entrepreneurship’ and ‘joined-up government’) as well as applied thinking. Many policy makers are not well equipped to build institutions, and DEMOS therefore works through partnerships to develop this capacity.” This would complement the role of the Fabian Society which has played a central role for more than a century in the development of political ideas and public policy.
Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in the U.S. was the founding president of Demos (U.S. Think Tank), an organisation of which he is currently board chair. The History section of Demos informs us that Barack Obama was recruited to Demos when he was a state senator in Illinois.
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