24th March 2023: 2.00pm
System Change to create a more democratic economy: Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway!
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminister Fuller
Everywhere people are realising that our current economic system is not working for people or planet. Rather than just resist the system they are actively working to create a more democratic economy. Join Collaboration for Change for an interactive workshop with some of these activists who will talk about their wide-ranging work in Community Wealth Building, the real living wage, mutual banking, the circular economy, food, technology and more. Learn how their respective projects are contributing to system change, offering long-term solutions to entrenched wealth inequalities and the climate crisis.
The system as we know it has not been working for some time. While the current pandemic and the current crisis have worsened poverty and inequality, they had been bad for years. Those most keenly aware are, of course, those impacted by it and those working in communities. And it is mostly in communities where new ideas and innovation is happening. In this workshop we draw together a number of initiatives in the belief that small collective actions by the many have the capacity to create the change that builds a more peaceful, just and resilient society; and to shape an abundant future, within nature’s bounds, where there is enough for all life forms. To achieve change it is important that these alternatives are visible and are connected. The workshop will demonstrate that there are alternative ways of doing things and provide an opportunity for mutual learning and collaboration.
Presentations by: Cllr. Matthew Brown, Community Wealth Building, Preston City Council/ Democracy Collaborative; Louise Ferguson, The Larder Community Food; Bridget Meehan, Northern Mutual Bank Campaign; Mary McManus, Living Wage Campaign; Rabble, Software Development Co-op; Lee Robb, Positive Carrickfergus Community Led Regeneration ; Zero Waste North West, Circular Economy
Learn more: cfctogether.org