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News from Ben Dyson: No 10 petition to be presented by Positive Money

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Paul Gosling, respected journalist, author and much more, including earlier experience in local government, retweeted a link to this message from David Clarke – a real accolade

Ben Dyson’s colleague wrote:

After the Conservatives’ shock victory in the UK last Thursday, the nation is left wondering – what can we expect from the new government over the next five years?

Much of the post-election analysis has pointed towards the Tories’ handling of the economy as a key factor in the party’s electoral success. But beneath the headline economic indicators is a far more complex picture. For millions of people, the recovery has barely been noticeable and the ratio of household debt to income will soon surpass its pre-crisis level.

The new government will only be able to bring about a sustainable recovery if it finds policies that will allow the level of household debt to start falling. As we have long argued, this is simply not possible in a system where the supply of money depends on increasing bank lending, the large part of which goes towards the property market.

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In the next Parliament we will campaign for Parliamentary monetary commission to be set up to analyse the role of money within banking. However, right now we are getting ready to head to 10 Downing Street.

We are taking our message, that money creation should only be used in the public interest, to David Cameron. Next Tuesday 26th May, members of the Positive Money team and supporters will deliver this petition (signed by almost 12,000 people) to 10 Downing Street. You are welcome to join us! Email dora@positivemoney.org to find out how.

Can you help us reach 15,000 signatures before next Tuesday?
Share our petition: http://www.positivemoney.org/petition/

(Also covered on https://thomasattwood.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/no-10-petition-positive-news-retweeted-by-paul-gosling-a-real-accolade/)

Farming Today: news of the Ecological Land Co-operative chaired by Shaun Chamberlin

elc small farm This may be heard by going to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tbf5c

Shaun writes in depth about the Ecological Land Co-operative, which exists to overcome the two great barriers to land for those wishing to establish ecological businesses and smallholdings here: soaring land prices and simple legal permission:

As we look around the world we see (an enormous army), from the 1.5 million strong Landless Workers’ Movement in Brazil and the vast international peasant’s movement La Via Campesina (representing 200 million farmers), to the tens of thousands of Greek families who deserted the cities’ collapsing financial economy to return to any land they could access, and the one hundred thousand who joined the 350km Ekta Parishad land rights march to Delhi in 2012 and won a new Land Acquisition Act from the Indian Government . . . (covered on a sister site here)

If that pressure is to lead to a better society, rather than simply widespread frustration and anger, we also need inspiring lifestyle examples for the mainstream to follow, alongside the slow work of developing alternative legal and organisational forms that allow land to meet the pressing needs of the people . . .

The landless workers in Brazil can draw on a national constitution that requires all land to “perform a social function,” but we have no such protection. Accordingly, we must adopt different strategies, as they have in Wales, which approved a “One Planet Development” policy in 2010, making it easier for exceptionally eco-friendly land-based projects to secure planning permission. Or in France, where last autumn a new law was passed committing to agroecology on 200,000 holdings by 2025, to training future farmers accordingly, and to the allocation of land to young farmers to help them get started . . .

Having developed our first cluster of three smallholdings at Greenham Reach, Devon we are now seeking to fund the development of our next site via withdrawable community shares . . .

Read in full here: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-04-28/the-law-of-the-land

News from Helena Norberg Hodge

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For more information about the first event, go to: http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/small-is-powerful

For more information about the Embercombe residential course, go to: http://embercombe.org/explore-our-programmes/personal-development/the-economics-of-happiness/

For more information about the Schumacher course, go to:  https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/short-courses/local-economies

Election news from John Bunzl and the Simpol website

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The International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (Simpol) has been selected as one of the Top 500 NGOs in the world in an annual survey conducted by The Global Journal, a publication focused on global governance.

Yesterday, John wrote:

Unemployment. Austerity. Climate Change. Tax Regulation. Every year, millions of voters take to the polling booths to put their faith in political leaders to solve the problems that matter most.

Simpol invites citizens around the world to use their votes in a powerful new way to encourage politicians to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice.

Simpol offers us a way to take action on global problems; problems individual governments cannot resolve by acting alone.

Over the last few weeks, with your help, we’ve contacted all of the UK’s political candidates to sign our Pledge for Global Cooperation – a pledge to work together with other political leaders across international borders to solve our problems.

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We’ve had an overwhelming response – with over 600 candidates signed to our Pledge! These are the politicians who recognise the value of our approach.

Now it’s up to you to #VoteGlobal. We’ve compiled a list of all those candidates so you’ll know who to give preference to on polling day. In an age of political mud-slinging and one-upmanship, ours is the only list of candidates who recognise we are all connected and in this together.

For more information go to http://www.simpol.org/index.php?id=8

News from Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun recently lead authored a peer-reviewed academic paper on David Fleming‘s TEQs (Tradable Energy Quotas) system, which was published earlier this month.

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He is delighted to let all know that the right ‘home’ for David’s work has been found: Chelsea Green, who published Shaun’s Transition book some years ago, have just signed a contract to publish David’s Lean Logic in full and will also be simultaneously publishing a paperback ‘abridged version’ that Shaun has edited into a more conventional read-it-front-to-back format.

As editor Shaun now has a lot of work to do ahead of delivering the manuscripts in August. The publication of both new versions is anticipated for somewhere around the end of this year, and he hopes might even be as soon as the fifth anniversary of David’s death, at the end of November, commenting: “ Experience teaches though that this may be pushing it!”

Lean LogicSome of David’s closest friends and family arranged a self-published edition (left) in the summer of 2011, but Shaun hopes that this new version will do full justice to David’s vision for the book, with the benefit of careful editing and with an established publishing house who are excited at the project putting their full efforts behind its production and promotion.

He is also hopeful that the paperback version may prove more attractive to ‘Fleming newcomers’ (as publishers had suggested to us might be the case) and hence generate a wider audience for the full work.

The earlier self-published version may well come to be seen as a collector’s edition, and the royalties from all the books will continue to flow to David’s estate and be used in support of his work and legacy.

Shaun asks readers to spread the word (Chelsea Green’s own promotional efforts will kick in later in the year).

News from Christine Parkinson

Christine is dividing her time between the Doula community health project in Birmingham UK and fundraising for the Butterfly Project in Uganda, which was co-founded by her son Ben.

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Working through those children from rural areas and urban slums who have a selfless attitude and ideas for their community, an evolving and reliable mechanism for change in the villages is being developed.

The Millennium Development goals, with poverty and human rights are at the top of the agenda. The young people are trained in a whole range of subjects – social enterprise and entrepreneurship, ethics, international citizenship, ICT, problem-solving and much more, while they attend the Chrysalis Centre.

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Each member must undertake a project of their own, both in the local slum district and in their home village, so that they gain experience of leadership and practical problem-solving.

Ben writes:

In December we sent 18 young people to Nairobi, to be part of the Ashoka Changemaker Youth Conference. This included three children from remote villages, who had never travelled outside their local area, but were already running their own local changemaker projects:

  • Sharon(14) has set up a large dance project for girls.
  • Beckham (12) has started football training for children who don’t go to school to help them avoid crime
  • Daniel (12) is starting a poultry farm to help build more latrines in the village.
  • Gilbert (19) has set up a Slum Cookery Business involving local girls and a few boys who will learn how to cook different things, develop their knowledge of food and evolve a local business to generate income for the participants.

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News of Ben Dyson and colleagues – cross reference

News about Ben is often placed on the Attwood website. The kernel of the latest message:

In the UK, the general election is only weeks away and no-one can predict the outcome. Politicians are keen to tell how they will tackle the pressing issues society is facing. But as we know, whilst the power to create money rests in the hands of the banks, their hands are tied.

We need to make sure money creation is on the political agenda. To do this, we need your help. Soon after the election, if we reach our target, Positive Money supporters are going to deliver the petition to 10 Downing Street, home to the new Prime Minister. We have over 9000 signatures so far. Our target is to double that.

To read this and search for other news about Ben’s work go to:
https://thomasattwood.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/a-message-from-dora-meade-positive-moneys-network-coordinator/