Vermont Peace Conference 2018: Economic Revolution - Five Systems to Change
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The heart of the war machine beats to the drum of the economic elite – the economy needs to change substantially to build a world beyond war. Yet most of the economic systems that drive the problems we face are invisible to most of us – they operate in an unconscious and deliberately hidden world, protected by the guardians of the dominant paradigm.
This workshop breaks down these systems into their component parts – Ownership, Money, Markets, Management, and Metrics – and illustrates how all over the world there are creative alternatives rising up through the cracks of the old system that point to a better future.
Co-ops, community land trusts, public banks, complementary currencies, new markets for reformulated products, socially conscious business practices, gross national happiness, and genuine progress indicators are just a few of the alternatives that are already at work to transform the economic system to make it more just, sustainable, and happy.
The workshop features a short skit about public banks, a game that reflects how some community currencies work, and a lively discussion about how to go about making the change we need.