Lots has been happening — including our Blue Mountains region gearing up for lots of projects and energy into constructing a peak everything alternative — and I've neglected this blog for a couple of weeks so this post makes a few different points.
Firstly, have you caught up with the great article 'Treating food like stocks and shares is a recipe for disaster', on how financial sector transactions are impacting on food prices? It's by Heather Stewart and appeared in the 14 October issue of The Observer. It provides leads to other useful articles and links.
Secondly, take a look at our U-Tube video of extracts from the 30 May forum on Life Without Money in London. Derek Wall (Green Party councillor, former Principal Speaker for the Green Party and author of Babylon and Beyond and The Rise of the Green Left) was in conversation with me and Life Without Money contributor Adam Buick (regularly published in the Socialist Standard) at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London. That night around 40 people participated in a stimulating discussion on why we, as a society, need to go money-free and how we might do it. We'd already posted a transcript of Adam's talk here (below).
Thirdly, each year the Postgrowth Institute leads a Free Money Day in mid-September, which seems to be more of a consciousness-raising event than anything else. This report again leads and links to further material on this year's activities.
Fourthly, just to report that at least 20 people turned out to chat about themes in Life Without Money on Thursday 11 October at 6.30 pm when Anitra
talked with Clair Woods to over 20 people at one
of the In Conversations series held regularly at Travellers Bookstore in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. The main focus was experiences of daily life in two
remarkable North American intentional communities, Twin Oaks (Virginia)
and Ganas (NYC), and in Spain exploring squats (such as Can Masdeu,
Barcelona) and a 'post-industrial village', Ca La Fou. The event was For more details
email Claire Woods at email@example.com or phone (03) 9417 4179.