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EDA Newsletter - March 8, 2017
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Dear <<First Name>>,

The basic question is this:

What lines of action will serve our country and our planet best going forward?  

At EDA we have arrived at a dual answer to the question.

  1. Education: Learning about and then gradually disseminating the best strategies for preserving all that we need for a dignified, peaceful future.

  2. Advocacy: Pressing our local, state and national legislators to enact policies that serve all people in a sustainable manner.  

And the only way to successfully do this is as a team within which all are welcome to contribute and every voice is heard. We are dedicated to this principle and these lines of action, and we want to work with you!

This edition of the EDA Newsletter includes a significant update to our May Conference, as well as exciting news about our Learning Calls

Memorial Day Weekend Conference UPDATE

This gathering will serve as the final step in the launch of EDA.  

It will be informative.
The list of presentations include:

  • talks on PROUT by experts who have been with the movement for decades  
  • a look at various factors standing in the way of a more equitable society
  • and a survey of Commons-based systems that have shown promise
  • optimal ways to communicate in difficult times 
  • a major address on assessing the carrying capacities of our many bioregions by economist James Quilligan

It will be participatory. 

  • We will invite active engagement with all that is presented
  • We will ask all attendees to bring issues from their locale that pertain to vital resources 
  • We will build positive working relationships and create effective teams
  • We will identify specific projects that we as a group want to support going forward

Our overall goal is to build a team that will be the core of a long, sustained effort to influence our society toward a positive future for everyone. We’d love you to be a part of it.  

If you can come and have not yet registered, please click here. Don't delay: registration closes April 23.

Join us for EDA Learning Calls: (open to all!)

Part of staying sane and effective in discouraging times is having a vision of where we might eventually go. As we recalibrate our timelines for the world we want, we can also refocus our understanding of what might be.
 
As we previously announced, we are offering a series of “learning calls” to read and dialogue, to lift our vision to potential futures that could work for all people. Our current economic system is an extreme experiment in individual freedom and the power of capital. It certainly went well until about 40 years ago when we began to realize that resources are limited, pollution is problematic, and many people are being left behind as some become incredibly wealthy. 
 
So what can we do? 
 
Get educated in alternative approaches that might work better. It will be a slow process for these ideas to spread into our country, but we can do our part by studying them, discussing them amongst ourselves, building a community of knowledge and conviction, and then gradually bringing the ideas that seem most relevant out to the larger community. 
 
We will begin by reading a wonderful summation of PROUT written by a group of long term students of this remarkable vision. Download the Study Guide here
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To participate in the Learning Calls, register here. 

On our first call, March 21st from 5:00-6:00pm Pacific Time, we will be focusing on the following sections*:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 3: Proutist Economics
  • Chapter 4: Agriculture, Industry and Services  

(*If you have time to read the whole guide, please feel free!)

As you read, please note the parts that seem most important to you as well as those you have questions about. 
 
The Introduction ends with this:
“We encourage the formation of Study Circles to “study” the requirements of a benevolent society. It cannot be created by merely mouthing philosophy. It requires that we first transform ourselves. This is accomplished through spiritual practices, and by studying and working together for the greater good we put meaning into our lives.”   

Heartily agreed!

Evolutionary Voices with Lisa VanderBoom

Wayne Wilson, President and one of the founders of Economic Democracy Advocates (EDA), is in dialogue with Lisa VanderBoom of Evolutionary Voices, discussing the mission and vision of EDA – “economic empowerment and justice by, for and of the people.” Wayne explores how basic human needs–water, food, and energy, in particular – are in jeopardy and need our management.

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The interest in growing plants vertically was put in high gear in Milan, Italy  in 2011 with a project that was conceived by architect Stefano Boer to build a vertical forest.  He incorporated trees into the design of his high-rise residential towers.  His buildings were completed in 2015, and launched an interest in vertical farming concepts like the one pictured above, also from Milan.

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In the last 20 years, Nestlé’s bottled water sales in the United States and Canada has grown tenfold from $400-million (U.S.) to approximately $4-billion. Nestlé has aggressively acquired water resources in communities all over North America. They either have direct ownership, leases, easement or other arrangements that allows them to extract water in 75 springs across North America, in 40 locations. 

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This article offers us a beautiful look at the concept of Bioregions, and their importance in our collective future. Originally published by John Thackara in April 2015. His focus on stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize sustainable future is clearly reflected in this piece we share with you. Giving us an introduction to the notion of bioregions, and the interwoven connections that are...

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