In The Ecology of Money, Richard Douthwaite argues that just as different insects and animals have different effects on human society and the natural world, money has different effects according to its origins and purposes. Was it created to make profits for a commercial bank, or issued by a government as a form of taxation? Or was it created by its users themselves purely to facilitate their trade? And was it made in the place where it is used, or did local people have to provide goods and services to outsiders to get enough of it to trade among themselves? The Briefing shows that it will be impossible to build a just and sustainable world, unless and until money creation is democratized. Richard says that it is potentially the most important thing he has written.
The second Climate Conversation with the subject ‘A New Economy’ is taking place tonight at 152-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. You can watch a live stream of it here:
Speakers for Session II include:
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation
Gabriel Darcy, CEO Town of Monaghan Co-Op
Dr Rory O’Donnell, Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC)
Sean O’Driscoll, CEO Glen Dimplex
Robert Watt, secretary general, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
Chair: Emma McNamara, RTE
Feasta’s Mark Garavan suggests in an article in his blog that QE should be used only to buy new Solidarity Bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund which then should only be used to invest in developing new Green economic activities and Green research. He goes on to suggest that the distribution mechanism should be the nation states but also, if not primarily, new regional co-operatives which co-ordinate local investment programmes in Green energy, food and social network provision.…
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Michael Layden and Emer O'Siochru had a discussion about the Irish Department of Agriculture's recent document "Food Harvest 2020" - described by Michael as 'surreal' - which you can read here.
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Feasta’s Graham Barnes has been asked to present and do a panel session at Open Here in Dublin, on November 14th. Open Here is “a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies.” More information is available at http://openhere.data.ie/.…