Pathways to Community Resilience
Living Economies Educational Trust is an educational network promoting systems of exchange that foster community wellbeing. We aim to strengthen and help sustain regional economies by promoting interest-free means of exchange - currencies based on and respecting the living systems of our planet - to complement money in local communities.
The Trust welcomes enquiries about currency models and resource materials, and provides support for those wishing to explore and implement currency systems appropriate for their communities.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Helen Dew's awareness of the potential of complementary currencies for environmental, social and economic wellbeing began in 1991 when she joined the Wairarapa Green Dollar Exchange. In 2002 she became a founding member of the Living Economies board and the New Zealand distributor of Margrit Kennedy’s Interest and Inflation Free Money, the first of a growing list of titles now available through the Living Economies online bookstore.
Margaret Jefferies has been the Chair of Project Lyttelton for over ten years, working to create a vibrant sustainable community. Living Economies introduced Margaret to the ideas of complementary currencies and to the direct role our current monetary system has in causing many of today’s global issues. She has been a member of its board since 2003.
Phil Stevens has spent years as a professional musician, recording engineer and producer, computer systems and network engineer and avid do-it-yourselfer. He grew up in the desert Southwest US, a region which instilled a profound respect for the constraints imposed by the natural world, and emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 2005 to pursue a more self-sufficient lifestyle and develop community networks.
Murray Stentiford, with an education and professional work experience in science, engineering and IT, has also been a professional musician in several genres. He has had a long involvement in holistic education programmes, holding several positions of responsibility in voluntary organisations. He is a keen student of processes that enhance communication and wellbeing, such as NonViolent Communication and Coaching.
Warwick Mather has had a lifetime interest in movements for social justice and environmental responsibility, involvement in organic agriculture, natural foods and healing and in moves to strengthen community resilience. More recently he has become involved in the establishment of savings pools and alternative/complementary currencies.
Bryan Innes has been a permaculture design certificate teacher since 1996. He and his partner Jo mounted the four Ecoshows initiating the launch of Transition Towns NZ and the 2012 Permaculture Convergence.
Nicole Foss is an international speaker on energy and global finance. She is Senior Editor of The Automatic Earth, a big-picture website chronicling and interpreting the on-going global credit crunch as the most pressing aspect of our current multi-faceted predicament. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and realpolitik in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it.