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This ‘Planetary Pause’ is a time to reflect and inquire

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Sonoma Valley Sun

When we emerge from this crisis, will our consumer patterns change to address the looming climate crisis? Will we cooperate more and work together in living more sustainably on the planet?

Georgia Kelly, of Sonoma’s Praxis Peace Institute, chooses to see this period of shelter-in-place a “planetary pause” to reflect, inquire, and plan more conscious ways to live.

Praxis is launching an online series — April 10 and 17, via Zoom —  to present enlightened ideas, and Kelly says, “and forward-looking models for how we can use this time constructively and emerge with a new sense of purpose and resolve.” 

Although these events have ticket prices, no one will be denied access if he or she is unable to afford the price. Below are the first two programs in the Praxis Planetary Pause series

 

Beyond Money, with Tom Greco. April 10, 2 p.m. Live from Tuscon, AZ

Greco is the author of The End of Money and the Future of Civilization. Greco is a community and monetary economist, writer, and consultant. His innovative ideas about money and prescriptions for reclaiming the credit commons and creating a new “butterfly economy” are more relevant than ever, and their implementation is becoming more urgent. A former engineer, entrepreneur, and tenured college professor, Greco is a sought-after advisor and lecturer internationally. His previous books include, Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender, and Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis.

His special expertise in monetary and financial structures has led to innovative designs for private community currencies and payment systems. He spoke at the 2009 Praxis Conference in Sonoma.

A Zoom link will be sent upon registering for the event and again on the day of the event. Tickets: $20 general, $15 for Praxis Members. The series of six is also available for a discount until April 9th for a total of $80. After April 3, it will be $90 for the series.

Fred Freundlich, April 17, 11:30 a.m. Live from Guernica, Spain 

Topic: The Mondragón Cooperatives in Spain, the Largest Complex of Worker-Owned Businesses in the World. Freunclich is a Professor of Business at Mondragón University, SPAIN, and associate at the Institute for Cooperative Research at  Mondragón University. 

The Mondragón Cooperatives were formed in the mid 1950s in the Basque region of Spain. Starting with a small worker-owned business consisting of five people, today the Mondragón Cooperatives include over 100 small to large businesses, a banking system, a university complex, a culinary arts center, and the largest research and development complex in all of Europe. Mondragón is an extraordinary achievement and a beacon for demonstrating what humanity is capable of accomplishing.

A Zoom link will be sent upon registering for the event and again on the day of the event. Tickets: $20 general, $15 for Praxis Members. The series of six is also available for a discount until April 9th for a total of $80. After April 3, it will be $90 for the series.



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