Ever since the crash several years ago, Americans have felt precarious about the nation’s economy and the value of its currency. Money seems to take inconceivable, abstract, and even magical forms, traveling around the world at lightening speed with little oversight and obvious mismanagement.
We have little control over it — the value of our currency is tied to conditions well beyond our control. It moves in directions that most of us are vehemently opposed to. We trusted that the banks, Congress, the Federal Reserve, corporations and Wall Street are managing money responsibly on our behalf, particularly with retirement funds and mortgages, but lately that trust has been broken. In response, local currencies have drawn interest from Occupy and other economic resistance groups to create an alternative to state-controlled money.
For the past year, Catrina Pickering has been Transition Network’s diversity coordinator, contributing to all aspects of Transition Network’s work with the objective of helping Transition Initiatives to better embed diversity and inclusion in their efforts. The funding for Catrina’s post recently came to an end, and her last piece of work was to distil her learnings and accumulated wisdom into a guide for embedding diversity and inclusion into your Transition Initiative or community project. It’s 25 pages, free and in pdf form.
Asia Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting For Rio+20 releases Women’s Major Group Statement
We, the Women’s Major Group representatives at the Asia Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for Rio+20 call on governments to reaffirm their commitments to Agenda 21 and the Beijing Platform for Action, and fulfill their obligations to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
On the road to Rio+20, we invoke the principles enshrined in these instruments – especially non-discrimination and substantive equality and their linkages to gender, economic and ecological justice. We assert the need for a radical change in mindset necessary to steer humanity off the course of repeated crises and self-destruction. To this end, we make the following six points…