Synopses & Reviews
Schumacher Briefing No 9
Our industrial activities have dangerously destabilized the Gaian system, and if humanity is to avoid disaster, we need to make changes now. In this new Briefing Roy Madron and John Jopling argue that we have no chance of achieving the necessary changes while our democracies exist to serve the "Global Monetocracy," which is engaged in the relentless pursuit of economic growth in order to sustain a global debt-money system for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful.
Gaian Democracies shows how to create a global network of just and sustainable societies that could co-exist symbiotically with Gaia. The authors stress the systems framework on which they have based their proposals and draw on real-world examples such as the Mondragon Cooperatives of Basque Spain, Visa International, the Semco Corporation, and the hundreds of participative budgets initiated by Brazilian Workers' Party.
About the Author
Roy Madron spent fifteen years as a TV reporter and producer and is now a consultant in systems improvement and participatory planning. John Jopling has helped to establish the Sustainable London Trust and World Wide Democracy Network.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr. Samir Rihani
Summary and IntroductionChapter 1: A New Language of Change
Some Basic System Concepts
Complex Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems
Purposeful Human Systems
More Advance Systems ConceptsChapter 2: Humanity in a Vicious Spiral
Humanity's Assault on Its Own Environment
The Sickness of Societies
Prospects for Gaia
ConclusionChapter 3: The Global Monetocracy
The Global Monetocracy
Main Components of the Global Monetocracy
ConclusionChapter 4: A Political Vacuum
The Resilience of the System
Working with and within the System
The Civil Society Movement
Defense vs. Change strategiesChapter 5: Gaian Democracy
Giving "Democracy" a New Meaning
From Youthful to Mature Systems
A New Paradigm
ConclusionsChapter 6: From Principles to Practice
The Essentials of Successful Change
Widespread Dissatisfaction with the Global Monetocracy
Are we Capable of Co-Creating a Global Network of Gaian Democracies?
Making Rational and Realistic Choices
Can the Gaian Democracy Work in the Real World?
How Competent Will Gaian Democracies Be?