Rodney Shakespeare taught in UK schools and colleges for thirteen years. He was Visiting Professor of Binary Economics at Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia (holding the only academic post in the subject in the world), and is the author or co-author of four books. Binary Economics is a new paradigm economics which addresses the technological shift now smashing out traditional well-paid jobs and upholds democratic economic rights as well as the usual political ones. He is the author of http://www.binaryeconomics.net
Rodney is a Cambridge MA, a qualified Barrister and a well-known lecturer at conferences dealing with money, the real economy, and social and economic justice. He broadcasts on various TV and radio stations, and tries to improve international relations including upholding the Iran nuclear agreement and the lawful — United Nations-approved — borders of Israel. Binary Economics has a Plan for Palestine — The Abrahamic Federation — which, over time, ensures that everybody has an economic stake and an interest in co-operation (v. www.cesj.org).
Moreover, there are Binary Plans for Iraq and Kashmir. All these Plans could increase the chances for peace in situations where few people have any positive ideas.
Rodney is a widower with two children and two grandchildren. He is a private tutor, Chair of the Committee Against Torture in Bahrain and recipient of the (Martin Luther) King-Kelso Award. Due to an accident he has impaired hearing.
The insight that all schools should have their own School (Assembly) Song came to him thirty years ago and he wrote the first song for primary school children – I’ll Never Forget. However, although the song itself is of undoubted quality, there was a negative reaction to the general concept of school (assembly) songs.
Today, however, the situation is changing and a more sensible attitude prevails. In particular, people are aware of the need to ensure that young people do not feel, or become, alienated and that the ethos and esprit de corps of their school and the best values of our society are joyfully passed on to the next generation.