Listen to Martin Large on “Common Wealth” from Seeds: Talking Purpose in Podcasts. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds-talking-purpose/id1281908185?mt=2#episodeGuid=585386d61e1514366c61476037f2a712
On Tuesday 10th October, I had the privilege of a Talk and Conversation on “Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth? Free, Equal, Earthcaring and Mutual: Rebalancing Society.” at St Andrews on teh Terrace , a leading Presbyterian Church at the heart of Wellington, quie near the Parliament Building and near the central bank.
It was a privilige, but daunting as well, as there were many really well informed, active participants from the Churches, the Friends Meeting and people working locally.
Deirdre Kent gave me a copy of her great new book, The Big Shift (2017)(https://goo.gl/SvhJFh
She is rethinking money, tax, welfare and governance for the next economic system, given that we need to make a Big Shift in our thinking and action…..and that we are facing only a temporary respite from the GFC, and economists like Steve Keen who predicted 2007-8 are saying perhaps next year…
Here is an audio of the talk..
Here is the link to the page on the website http://satrs.org.nz/free-downloads/2017-courage-to-act/
And a link to the file directly http://satrs.org.nz/assets/Uploads/Audio/2017-10-10-Martin-Large.mp3
Peter Garlick of Motueka School writes that, ‘ Martin is a publisher, community land trust enabler for housing and farms, and founder of Hawthorn Press. Martin is in New Zealand on a lecture and study tour from Britain. He gave a public talk in Nelson and visited the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School and learned about the new farm school project. ‘
Martin’s talk in Nelson was titled “Shock Capitalism or Commonwealth”. He spoke about commercialism and the economic sphere and how it had captured the political and cultural spheres of society. Education, government and cultural life needed independence to flourish. Martin cataloged many problems in the cultural and political spheres that arose after neo-liberalism and market forces gained dominance.
Martin stated that the Market State has proved good for the few and bad for the many, and asked how do we transition to something better. “These are burning questions we all must face, if are to leave a more equal, free, prosperous, and earth caring world for those who come after us.” Martin’s next book, Free, Equal and Mutual is due out in December 2017.
Martin advocates for people to take back power and put strategic assets such as productive land into community ownership. He promotes Land Trusts, organic farming, co-housing and social business. He engaged the audience in his talk and identified local issues and encouraged other people in the room to get involved and help.
Her current main project is to ponder over holistic adult education, as an individual self created/self responsible life long learning journey that is well supported in community, as describe here:
Sarah Smuts Kennedy, an inspiring social artist, introduced me at a breathtaking pace to the ‘For The Love of Bees’, a bee social sculptural project that is animating bee life in Auckland. We went to the Bee School at the historic Campbell Free kindergarten at Victoria Park. This is a carbon reducing, biological and community art project to strengthen inner city living conditions for humans and our long suffering bee population.
Sarah Smuts Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa
For The Love Of Bees is a living social sculpture that imagines Auckland as the safest city in the world for bees. Our project offers opportunities for businesses, students, individuals, schools, community gardens, brand partners and beekeepers to collaborate and produce a vision that will live on through the city of Auckland for years to come. By working in collaboration with Auckland Council Parks and Activate Auckland we are creating an ecosystem that supports thriving beehive colonies by introducing hives and focusing on the quality and quantity of flowers throughout our city. Sarah animated a wide-ranging conversation, inviting a young teenage beekeeper along to teach children about bees, talking about the developing OMG partnership with CRL over leasing a ‘waste’ lot for a bee garden, education and organic pocket park, explaining the biodynamic peppering approach to deterring slugs and snails-and more included . Questions explored the scarcity of organic and biodynamic produce in NZ, how NZ communal land needed re-imagining, ‘some land is never owned’.;land access for gardening, allotments and community gardens and Maori views of the very notion of ‘ownership’ being problematic..guardian, or custodianship better?How to introduce more profound biological knowledge? How to rebuild models of collaborative action, and support others initiatives, but in a linked up way.
George Monbiot’s article, Dont let the Rich get even Richer on the assets we all share is a welcome article introducing the Commons- a resource such as land, water , air or minerals, research, software; secondly a community of people who have shared or equal rights to this resource, and organise themselves to manage it; third the rules, systems and agreements they develop to sustain and allocate the benefits.
What a privilege to be invited on a learning, research and lecture trip to New Zealand by Carolyn Hughes and friends. I am looking forward to learning exchanges and conversations with people and projects, as my impression of New Zealand is that there are very many positive things going on, like Lumio and coopocracy to start with! Here is the itinerary FYI.:
Auckland: Monday 2nd October: 7.30pm- 9pm.
“Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: How the UK Biodynamic Land Trust provides affordable farmland access to young farmers.” Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland
Tuesday 3rd October: 7.30-9pm. “Co-creating the Social Future: working towards Common Wealth.” Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland
Otane, Hawkes Bay: Wednesday 4th October: 6pm shared dinner (bring a plate). 7.30-9.00pm: “Farming for Life”: Regenerative farming and making farmland accessible for new entrant farmers.
Greg Hart, Mangarara Station owner/farmer and Carolyn will be co-speakers.
Venue: The Eco-Lodge, Mangarara Station- The Family Farm. 298 Mangarara Rd, RD2, Otane, Hawkes Bay. For map: www.mangarara.co.nz
Hastings: Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October: Both days 8.45am to 10.30 am. Martin Large is the NZ Anthroposophical Conference’s keynote speaker and panel member on the theme “Echoes from the Future: what is our response?” For more information and online bookings see www.anthroposophy.org.nz
Wellington: Monday 9th October. 5.30pm – 8pm. Talk and conversation on “Co-creating a Common Wealth Society.” At Enspiral Dev Academy, 275 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. Silvia Zuur is part of https://enspiral.com/
Tuesday 10th October: 12.30-1.30pm. Talk and conversation on “Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth? Free, Equal, Earthcaring and Mutual: Rebalancing Society.”
Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington. Details will be on
Nelson: Wednesday 11th October 7.30-9pm. Talk and conversation “Shock Capitalism or Common wealth? Creating the Future we want.”
Motueka: 12th – 13th October:
Lyttelton: Monday 16th October: Full day visit to Lyttelton hosted by Margaret Jefferies and Project Lyttelton (PL) www.lyttelton.net.nz/
Study visit to learn about PL’s projects eg the Time Bank, Farmers Market, Community Garden etc and how the early work they did to build the cohesion and resilience of the local community which was so important after the big earthquake.
6pm- 8pm: Talk and conversation followed by supper. “The Social Future is Breaking out Everywhere: Co-creating our Commonwealth society.”
Christchurch: 17th October: 11am a talk and conversation with ohu http://www.ohu.nz/
Depart NZ: Wednesday 18th