LETS CO-OPERATE
Exploring
Local Solutions to Global Problems
a Conference to be held on Saturday 16th October 2004
at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1
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Context of the Event

Developing the Programme

Planning the Logistics

The Economy of the Event

How to Participate

Venue Details

Accommodation

Registration

 

SOLIDARITY
VILLAGE

Alternative ESF

Official ESF

 

Topics
This is a draft matrix of proposed topics which is open to further input and is an ideas source for programme items which may be proposed and booked into particular spaces. The one-day LETS Co-operate conference, with its particular focus on Local Currencies and Co-operative Projects is being planned as an Open Space event within the Solidarity Village, which now has more than one venue and is developing a broader function to support the "horizontal" movement within the ESF. We invite all participating individuals and organisations to help to clarify and develop the whole programme - we particularly welcome contributions which describe practical projects - go to participate

MONEY -> ECONOMICS -> CAPITALISM -> MARKETS -> LIVELIHOODS - Economic Topics for the ESF Agenda: Local Poverty, Economic Justice and the Global South. Capitalism is the Problem! - Against Neo-liberalism and Privatisation, and For Co-operative Socialism - at LETS Co-operate, Solidarity Village, European Social Forum, London, 14th-17th October 2004

PROPERTY FINANCE INFRASTRUCTURE

LAND
• The Commons: Public/Private/Social Ownership
• Land and Buildings
• Land Value Taxation • Henry George Foundation • Fred Harrison • Don Riley - "Taken for a Ride"

MONEY
• Privately/ Publicly/ Socially Created • Endogenous Money (government-issued interest-free) - Rodney Shakespeare
• Citizen's (Basic) Income
• Guaranteed Employment
• Currency/Share Markets (Tobin Tax)
• Multinationals/Transnationals
PUBLIC SERVICES
Public/ Private/ Social provision of
• Water • Electricity • Gas • Transport
• Communications • Media
• Education • Health • Housing

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
• Access • Academic and Intellectual Freedom • Genetically Modified Organisms • Biological Patents • Open Source Software • Fair Use of Music & Video

DEBT
• Personal Debt
• Family Debt
• Corporate Debt
• National Debt
• Third World Debt (Jubilee 2000 - Ann Pettifor) • World Bank/ IMF (Bretton Woods Project)
• The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) - Susan Quick

QUALITY of LIFE
• Cultural Integrity and Diversity
• Open Access
• Life-long Learning
• Collaborative & Co-operative Structures
• Local & Global Stewardship
• Social Income (services free at point of use)

NATURAL RESOURCES
• Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy
• Carbon Taxes
• Food
• Water
• Clean Air
• Localisation (Environmental Economics, Tax and Localisation - FOE c/o Hannah Griffiths)

ETHICS
• Usury (Riba) • Loan Sharks • Banking Scandals • Limitation of Liability • Speculation • Monopoly • Corruption (Report of Research on Corporate Corruption - Jon Cloke)
• Poverty (Minimum Incomes Needed for Health Living - Budget Standard - Rev Paul Nicolson) • Slavery • Personal Responsibility • Feminist Economics

ECONOMICS EDUCATION
• Economics Teaching
(Post-Autistic Economics - Association of Heterdox Economists - Contre La Pensee Unique - Marxist & Post-Keynsian Economics - Radstats? - Alan Freeman)
• Money Education in the School Curriculum

STEWARDSHIP
Community Ownership & Co-operative Stewardship
• Self-managed Housing Co-operatives in Practice - Dagmar Diesner
• Co-operatives in Spain - Alan Freeman,
• Recuperation Initiatives in Argentina - Alan Freeman

SOLIDARITY ECONOMY
• Credit Unions
• Not-for-Profit Community Banking
• Micro-Credit Institutions
• Guarantee Societies
• Co-ownership
• Stakeholder Participation
• People's Pensions
COMMUNITY CURRENCIES
• Business Barter
• Local Exchange Trading
• Timebanks
• Benefits Disregards for LETS - Fiona Hoppe
• LETS representation on Local Strategic Planning Partnerships being run currently (mandatorily) by Local Councils - Steve Heigham.
• Research on
management styles in local and regional LETS - Mark Simnett, Colin Wilson

 

LINKS TO PARTICIPANTS