"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

Course: Development, Social Justice and Globalisation - An Experiential and Reflective Approach

JSocial Justice
  Postponed. New dates
         will be advised

This course aims to more than introduce concepts but to attune participants to the trends and concepts of development and globalisation in conflict with social justice and the dignity of the individual person.

The study of dealing with such issues is usually a complex and many times a drudgery of complex concepts, theories and models. However, the most famous authority of the common man in the 19th Century, Henry George, said:

"For the study of political economy, you need no special knowledge, no extensive library, no costly laboratory. You do not even need text-books nor teachers, if you will but think for yourselves. All that you need is care in reducing complex phenomena to their elements, in distinguishing the essential from the accidental, and in applying the simple laws of human action with which you are familiar."

The approach will use games, simulations and cases. While playing participants will discover how systems, including the current one contemporary Australia is operating under, are designed to deliver exactly the results a society has – equality or inequality, justice of injustice, scarcity or abundance. The facilitator will also provide brief cases on contemporary political economic issues to reflect over the lessons and understand the situation with more clarity and understanding of the mechanics of policy and regulation.

Presenter: Joffre Balce, MSc Industrial Economics
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Postponed. New dates will be advised
Cost: $150 per person

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Week One. Principles of Good Governance and Information Technology.
Learning Lab: Dominoes. The Cases of “Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State” and “The Mondragon Cooperative Experience”
What outcomes do principles of fairness, impartiality, accountability and transparency lead to as compared to its stark opposite of exceptionalism, partiality and immunity.

Week Two. Free or Fair? Reflecting on How Markets Went Global.
Learning Lab: The Pineapple Republic. The Cases of “The WTO, GATT & TPP” and “The Fair Trade Network”
Is it a choice between protectionism and free trade? What is “fair” trade? Are winners and losers necessary in international trade and commerce? What is economic rent-seeking; who benefit, who are harmed and how?

Week Three. Money, Debt and Taxes.
Learning Lab: Monopoly Now & Before. The Cases of “The Third World Debt and the Global Financial Crisis” & “The Worgl Experiment”
What are the principles of taxation? When are they being followed or disregarded and why? When is debt good or bad? What is money and how is it created? How do the markets of finance and real estate lead to instability and wildly fluctuating economic cycles of boom and bust?

Week Four. Governments, Corporations and Humanity.
Learning Lab: Role Playing/Simulation. The Cases of “The Panama Papers” and The Basic Income and Earth Network.
How does money flow across borders and around the world? What are financial havens and why do the rich resort to them? Do they assume an essential role in the international economy? Is the kind of inequality and poverty witnessed in the world unavoidable and a necessary stage?

Joffre Balce is the Secretary of the Association for Good Government of New South Wales, a 118 year old non-profit organization dedicated to education in political economy for social justice and the preservation and propagation of the thought and principles of the 19th Century’s most widely read political economist, Henry George.

Joffre was a convenor of the Developing Country Debt think tank at the Macquarie University’s Global Leaders Program for international students and a policy adviser to Jubilee Australia.

He was an ARCS sponsored UNSW Faculty of Law PhD scholar. He holds a MSc Industrial Economics from the University of Asia Pacific in the Philippines and an AB Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo De Manila University.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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