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Why Save the City? The story of Funny Munny

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Where does money come from? You might think, as I used to, that money comes from governments and central banks. They are the only people who can print money, aren’t they? WRONG. We aren’t working with REAL money any more. It’s fantasy money, made-up money, free lunch money, money that grew on trees.

Rebuilding Society from the ground up

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The recent riots were shocking, but they were not a surprise. They were waiting to happen. This is not for one simple reason but for several complex ones. But it is not the reasons that should be central here, except in what they tell us about what is now needed.

Evolutionary Enlightenment, Oneness and the Paradox of Good and Evil

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

I invite you to enter with me into one of the deepest areas of human difficulty with the promise that by the end I will offer a possible way out. This journey is triggered by recent dialogues involving Andrew Cohen at the EnlightenNext Midsummer gathering and these will be present in the coming story.

Creating an Integral Culture

Monday, July 11th, 2011

In my view there is a coming together that we have yet to achieve, which represents our ability to support the world through a difficult transition. For me that will be a sign of our maturity, and of our ability to take these wonderful maps and brilliant theories and apply them.

Pensions – Do we laugh or do we cry?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

…. the idea that you might turn even a 10% working lifetime pensions contribution into a 25% pensions income is pure fantasy. There are no free lunches and even meals on wheels have been axed. Time to reconsider your future!

F£$k the Greeks (and praise the IMF)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The rescue packages for Greece come from European governments supported by the IMF, riding over the hill like the cavalry in a black and white Western movie. And if you listen carefully to what is being said, you will hear that this is a stop-gap. In a year’s time we will be back here, but by then the German taxpayers will be shouting “enough”. But in the meantime, the loans will have been pumped back out to the banks and investors. Just like Indonesia, the Greeks can then go to hell.

Elza Maalouf :The Missing Piece From the President’s Speech

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Instead of writing my own piece this week, I want to bring your attention to you this copy of Elza Maalouf’s recent excellent contribution to the Hufington Post. Elza has recently returned from sharing a platform in Oslo with Don Beck and former South African President deKlerk at an event at The Oslo Peace Center recently where Deklerk reminisced with Don and asked him to write a speech for him. Parts of the strategy for the transition from Apartheid which were revealed by DeKlerk are quoted in Elza article.

One, two, three – what are we voting for?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It would be easy to think that proportional representation is something new. But in 1867 you could have found John Stuart Mill promoting the Single Transferrable vote system. This was back in a time when the major debate was over a parliamentary reform which would for the first time grant any vote at all to a significant number of the working class, and half a century before that right extended to women.

Does Culture eat (change) Strategy for breakfast?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

So where do these patterns derive from? And what brings about change? I see this as critical to the success of a change initiative. Some people seem to think that successful change is a “people problem”. If it doesn’t work it is because we haven’t either persuaded people or coerced them into doing the right thing.

Which NHS shall we save?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I am seeing some severe limitations to this e-democracy. So what have these tens of thousands of people actually agreed to? Do they all have the same view of what it means to “save the NHS”? Is there a shared vision of what the outcome is intended to be? I doubt it.
So – hands up who thinks that the NHS is perfectly alright as it is, and needs nothing done to improve it?