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EDA JANUARY NEWSLETTER - In With the New
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THIS MONTH IN EDA NEWS
•  2018 - Our Year in Review
•  2019 - Our Plans For a Big Year
•  JOIN OUR WEEKLY VIDEO CALLS - Holding the Spirit of Economic Democracy
Dear <<First Name>>,

For the sake of old times and vigorous beginnings, EDA wishes a very Happy New Year to all our members and supporters.

In this month's newsletter, we reflect on where we were in 2018 and where we're traveling in 2019. We've placed a lot of yule logs onto the fire for the next year – advocacy training, outreach and annual conference – while other projects are still burning brightly from this past year, including our Inquiry Group meetings which are open to everyone. 

If you haven’t done so already, please join us in this deeply regenerating work.
– 2018: OUR YEAR IN REVIEW –
Should Old Times Never Be Forgot
2018 was an exciting year for EDA. We developed an engaging study group on economic democracy and an insightful report on agricultural sustainability in the San Francisco Bay Bioregion. These projects were greeted with acclaim both within and outside the organization.
EDA’s Cooperative Charter, which took many months to develop, was ratified at our second conference in June in Philadelphia. Since then, our Charter has been lauded by diverse groups, from the Global Thresholds and Allocations Council and KPMG to the Peer-to-Peer Foundation and Proutist Universal. Twelve months ago, we couldn’t have anticipated rousing such an important audience for our humble work.
READ ME: BEYOND SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Managing Director James Quilligan's keynote talk at the Global Thresholds and Allocations Council in Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 2018. 
Perhaps more importantly, during the past year EDA transformed itself from a group of volunteers under the management of appointed officials to an elected organization with the beginnings of a professional executive structure. Through a strong commitment to building our own democratic process, including a mediation team for resolving disputes, we have now built a solid foundation for future activities.

In addition, we recently attained 501(c)(3) status to go along with our charitable 501(c)(4) status — so EDA is now in a position to accept tax-deductible donations.
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– 2019: OUR PLANS FOR A BIG YEAR –
We'll Raise a Cup of Kindness Yet!

2019 will see the birth of our core project: Advocacy. The Advocacy Committee is developing an Advocacy Training Program which will be rolled out for the first time at EDA’s annual conference in Oakland next October. We’ll be training activists to approach their elected representatives on legislative issues that involve economic equality and sustainability.

JOIN THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

In support of this work, EDA is also developing a map to target advocacy training across the United States; writing and producing a feature-length video on economic democracy; building a comprehensive new website to expand our outreach; creating a branding protocol to make our messaging consistent; opening a new program for younger people; and embarking on an ambitious fundraising plan.

To build this capacity, we’re having a regular Inquiry Group discussion on Creating the Story of EDA so that all of us can embody the meaning of economic democracy.

– WEEKLY VIDEO CALLS OPEN TO ALL –
Holding the Spirit of
Economic Democracy
Since launching the Inquiry Group in late October, the members of EDA have engaged in lively discussions about many topics that affect our times. Not only are we learning about the economy, we're sharing our perceptions, opinions and understanding of economic democracy while developing EDA's unique identity and message. Here are a few topics we've covered so far:
  • Why is Economic Democracy so critical today?
  • What is the new cultural story of human need?
  • Why is the old story of individualism failing?
Starting January 7, 2019, we will continue our Monday 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific video calls and welcome anyone who wants to take part. Here are the topics for January:
  • What happens as world resources and energy decline?
  • Who is the target audience for EDA's message?
  • How do people put their knowledge into practice?
  • How will society manage economic contraction? 
JOIN THE INQUIRY CALLS
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