News from Ben Dyson: Positive Money recently hosted a groundbreaking talk by Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator and associate editor of the Financial Times.
Martin was talking about proposals to “strip banks of their power to create money”, and was cautiously supportive of the “radical” reform ideas of Positive Money. There was a packed house at the Great Hall of the Institute for Chartered Accountants on 9th September 2014.
The event entitled ‘Does Money Grow on Trees?’ attracted an audience of professors of economics, politicians, economists, city professionals, accountants, and representatives from civil society organisations including unions, NGOs, and think tanks, and even a couple of employees from the Bank of England. Martin Wolf gave an insightful commentary about ending private sector money creation. He opened by saying: ‘I am grateful to Positive Money, they have done some very very interesting work, and I think it’s admirable and important that we have this debate on the future of the monetary and financial system.’
Martin Wolf and Positive Money’s Ben Dyson spoke recently on national Dutch television about the need to reform the monetary system - watch here.
Positive Money events have been held in several parts of the country:
Positive Money Meetup – Oxford, October 15
Reading Modernising Money – Birmingham, October 15
Positive Money Quiz – Godalming, October 17
Hackney Housing Debate – London – Hackney, October 19
Positive Money Informal Meetup – Edinburgh, October 21
Positive Money Meetup – London – Hammersmith, October 22
Debunking Banking – Sheffield, October 27
Money: Master or Servant? – London – St.Paul’s Institute, October 28
Rianne ten Veen is an Open University tutor and her courses include: Introduction to Ecosystems , Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges, The secret power of brands, Introduction to Ecosystems, Fairness and nature: when worlds collide, Cooperation in the Contemporary World: Unlocking International Politics, Starting a business: realise your vision, https://www.futurelearn.com/profiles/76385.
After a decade at Islamic Relief Worldwide, from January 2013 she has focussed on working as head of research with Osman Consulting Ltd, a company with a humanitarian heart focussing on its core work, spending no time on fundraising and accepting no donations. She contributed to the widely reviewed Study of the Impact of Donor Counter Terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action. The link no longer works but may be viewed by cutting and pasting the title into a search engine. Rianne was invited to speak on this at invitation-only event at Durham University.
One of her many voluntary interests is Tree Aid.
7.2 million trees have been planted across Africa. Hundreds of thousands more trees have naturally regenerated through improvements in natural resource management. Over 450,000 villagers have benefitted from improved incomes from tree products meaning better health, education and life chances. Over 1,000,000 people have benefitted from improvements in soil and water conservation.
Increasing crop yields and establishing an additional food supply from tree fruits is helping poor communities to produce more food, reducing hunger and malnutrition and increasing resilience in times of drought. Income sources are being developed from the sale of non-wood tree products provides cash to spend on immediate needs and invest in the family’s future
Full profile: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/riannetv/.
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