LETS Chronicles: Pauline & Sabine & The Queen Date: Thu Feb 27 07:18:31 1997
Chronicle #1 Date: Wed Feb 19 20:15:37 1997 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Pauline has arrived in London
Hi! We spent most of the morning and afternoon in Hampstead Town Hall (London, England), where the London Arts Conference hosted a programme of performance and speakers. We re-met with David Edmond and other LETSers and sowed the seeds for LETS at InterChange, the community centre that will move into Hampstead Town Hall over the next few months.
We also spoke with the Director of their Weekend Arts College in view of creating a drama / show on LET'S DEAL WITH MONEY.
I called David Williams, the Labour LETSer who was not available, and Jonathan Cole who has been commissioned by the Gulbenkian Foundation to write a book on LETS but we will meet only next week.
Finally, we spoke with David Pidcock, the leader of the Islamic Party of Great Britain who is happy to organise a press conference tomorrow with the aid of Party Secretary Sahib Bleher. Guess where: at the Global Cafe of course - with London's fastest access to the Internet!
Finally, we blew the trumpet for 'Community Net Access' as the 'must' for InterChange at the Town Hall. After all, the Secretary of State, Virginia Bottomley said: We have to make computer networking accessible to ALL!!! LET's help her!...
In a nutshell: the combination of LETS and the Net is what's worth living for - for both Pauline and myself! Until the next chronicle... Love from Pauline and Sabine -------------------------------
Chronicle #2 Date: Thu Feb 20 16:21:26 1997 From: email@example.com (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Today's Activity Report from Pauline & Sabine #2
Hi! Our private meeting with David Pidcock, the Leader of the Islamic Party, was most empowering due to new perspectives on the 'Satanic Purses' and the 'History of the Abuse of Money' - the title of the book that he is working on.
You may quote us as saying that "the Islamic Party of Britain, not having a candidate standing in the Wirral by-election, encourages all its supporters and all Muslims in the constituency to vote for the candidate advocating the introduction of a LETS scheme, as this is a policy directed against the evils of an interest-based economy, and therefore an issue that has our full-hearted support. We will also make it a criteria of our support in the forth-coming general election whether a candidates policies promise to do something about the greatest injustice of our times, the exploitation of our people by a fraudulent interest-based monetary system."
We find it also interesting to learn about the difference between Islam and Muslims, i.e. the truth of the principles and the reality of lipservice...
Tomorrow we will meet with Sarah Ryle, the journalist who wrote the article on 'Election Battleground' for The Guardian on Jan 6.
On Saturday, we have arranged for Jerry Vahrman to demonstrate his software at the Global Cafe at 2.30pm. (15 Golden Square, exit 1 from Piccadilly Circus tube)
We also spoke with the Wirral South Campaign Office for the Lib Dems and with Jo Pemberton. We are still looking for the best LETS contacts in the area. Can anyone help???
And we will connect with LibDem candidate Flo Clucas tomorrow. While the politicians are dung flinging, we are creating the LETS Coalition as a constructive pressure group! With all our commitment, connectivity and enthusiasm, Pauline & Sabine -------------------------------
Chronicle #3 Date: Fri Feb 21 17:47:28 1997 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Day 3 of 'LETS on the Political Agenda' To: email@example.com
Hi again, Today began with Sarah Ryle NOT showing up due to a press conference with government offices but she is happy to reschedule. We used the time to surf the web and fly on the Net in the Global Cafe by
-- making links between LETS, Agenda 21 and the Electronic Forum of the Earth Council (Para 33 of Agenda 21 calls for 'innovative financial mechanisms')
-- emailing to publishers of related websites
-- searching for contacts of candidates in Wirral
-- looking for LETS contacts in the Wirral area.
We then met Princess Helena and visited our clinic PURE BALANCE before having sumptuous tea with her. Three years ago, I had arranged for the princess to host a tea for Michael Linton and she enjoyed meeting Pauline now as one of the major funders behind the scene.
A quick stop at home to call the Wirral Campaign Office where a Canadian was helpful and off we went to a cocktail party of AGEPOWER, the organisation that Bernice Weston started, who created Weight Watchers in Britain. To AGEPOWER members we spoke not only about LETS but also about the power of the Internet and LIFE IS A GAME - a way of using gambling as a metaphor and a reality for LETStype money...
Pauline is in total awe of the many powerful connections made of people who already know of LETS, approve and are willing to help spread the word, such as a lawyer in Bath and an economist (this is no joke), PR consultant and travel agent.
We have set the stage for our Palace appearance tomorrow: Pauline will be aided by Robin Johannsen, David Edmond and Ben - with video camera - how appropriate for John's birthday!
Tomorrow will be another day at the Global Cafe where we will host Jerry Vahrman and promote his Windows software for LETS trading. It has been suggested that UKP40 would be a more appropriate price but maybe we can actually also use some UK green pounds in a National LETS???
I now also have hope that one of the outcomes of Pauline's visit will be the establishment of the most effective and innovative LETS in Central London - which is a great addition to our efforts of educating politicians. Last but not least: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, John, and many thanks for sending Pauline!
Thanks, Malcolm, for crossing techno-boundaries to CIX! And thanks, Kevin for your input for Sarah! We will be dutiful messengers! Until we e-chronicle again, Sabine -------------------------------
Chronicle #4 Date: Sun Feb 23 07:48:39 1997 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: LETS on the Political Agenda - Chronicle No 4
Greetings from Pauline (Ottawa) and Sabine (London)! Our LETS communications began with a phone call to Liz Shephard (LETSLINK UK). She had a TV spot on Channel 4 but unfortunately we had not seen it. Once again she was visibly out there promoting LETS selflessly.
We then made a few more calls to let people know that Jerry Vahrman from Bristol would demo his LETS software (LOIS) at the Global Cafe.
When we got there, David Edmond was already there with the Technical Director who has strong connections with Bristol, and we could make that link with Jerry when he arrived. David Payne from Brixton LETS, Brian from North London LETS, Christopher Sagajllo who is an expert in the mathematical patterns of the stock exchange and Robin Johannsen who is creating a documentary video on LETS for his College, formed the audience for a gooddemo of good software.
I then showed Jerry the other software available on the web: LETS TRADE from Godalming LETS and TALENTE from Renato in Switzerland. His is 'bigger/better' as it is purpose written and not just an application of Microsoft Access. He has sold it already six times which includes LETS in Australia and Councils in Britain and has accepted to co-ordinate information available about software.
All in all, a great achievement thanks to the Global Cafe, its ambiance, company attitude and facilities where we now are able to host councillors and politicians.
We also looked into the LETS Room - the first Web Conference on LETS which has been visited by 43 users - without much advertising at all.
David and I are now having to learn more about the management of that conference to link LETS with Agenda 21 (the document signed by all governments in Rio in 1992) as paragraph 33 asks for INNOVATIVE FINANCIAL MECHANISMS. LETS is clearly the best banking mechanism invented as it is interest-free.
The dramatic highlight of the day was a visit to Buckingham Palace where David, Christopher and Robin assisted Pauline in a photo op presenting 12,000 LETS Dollars to the Queen. They learned that the Queen can be approached by the Lord Chamberlain but in the end they chose the Post Office in Trafalgar Square which ensured delivery by Tuesday.
However, a display of the ABOLITIONIST PARTY of CANADA banner with a huge LETS disk - with the Palace as background - was captured both on photo and video for future visual education.
Until we report again, LET'S focus on COMMUNICATING! -------------------------------
Chronicle #5 Date: Tue Feb 25 19:07:39 1997 From: email@example.com (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Chronicle 5 - Contact with Candidates
Hello LETSers! Three days to report on: Sunday: a three-hour lunch with Princess Helena made us explain to Her what LETS could do for her and her beautiful home as a possible meeting place for people willing to trade for LETS. Wouldn't it be nice if she, in her commitment to spirituality, became the catalyst for LETS as the link between the rich and the poor...
Monday: after receiving the addresses of all 12 candidates from the Wirral Electorate Office, we put together for them, on behalf of the Abolitionist Party of Canada, the Guardian article and a cover letter - beautifully designed with LETS on a disk image - once with a pound and once with a dollar sign.
The three bullet points for them were that they could be the first to 1. use LETS to alleviate unemployment and poverty in their constituency 2. secure DSS benefits to LETS members through legislation 3. help establish a National LETS.
This was only possible because Geoff and Kay Hyman, long-standing computer communicators and members of NetReach, welcomed us after 11pm to scan the disk image for this historic letter...
The highly efficient use of our two computers and four hands allowed us to post 26 personalised letters and photocopies by lunch time. On top of it, we wrote to three journalists whom we know to be sympathetic.
In the afternoon we met Diana Schumacher, extremely well-known as an avid networker in the environmental movement, who has developed the concept of Local Trading Bonds to regenerate the business community. In her capacity as an international public lecturer, she uses every opportunity to promote LETS as the way for local communities to organise themselves. But she also suggested that Cuba would be a good place for LETS... daughter-in-law of E F Schumacher who has become famous for his book 'Small is beautiful'.
Furthermore, she mentioned to us that PASSING THE TORCH will be a major event organised by the Fabian Society and The Guardian for the 'Centre-Left' this Saturday and Sabine will join their sessions on 'Strengthening Communities' and 'Creating Unities of Interest between the poor and the rest' after the Plenary with Tony Blair, John Gray and Lord Jenkins. All this only thanks to the Abolitionist Party of Canada and their f(o)under John Turmel!!! In this case, Sabine and Pauline splitting forces means becoming more effective in advocating LETS as the Big Idea that can unite across all sorts of factions in Crewe (Pauline) and in London (Sabine).
In the evening, we met at Mandeer, the weekly melting place for all progressive ideas relating to the health of the person and of society.
Today, Tuesday, Pauline hit the phones with follow-up calls to the candidates. Most had received our package. But due to the fact that the Labour candidate could not avail himself for All-Candidate meetings, no such meetings could take place - policy being in Britain: if one of the mainstream parties is not available to attend, then all such meetings are cancelled. Therefore, the candidates have to hit the campaign trail and get their message out by knocking on doors.
Three of the twelve candidates did return calls and all were positive about LETS: Natural Law Party, Geoffrey Mead, who was aware of LETS and had even attended LETS meetings would definitely encourage it. Independent Tony Samuelson encourages everything that will give dignity and employment to people. And Colin Palmer, 21st Century Independent Foresters, was very enthused since he himself had already made headlines with a large cardboard penny as a symbol for another currency. Colin will fax us news clippings and LETS information that he already has and will meet with Pauline at the Crewe Conference which he was delighted to learn about.
In parallel action, Sabine made Internet and personal connections with the New Economics Foundation and Agenda 21 at the Global Cafe, making sure that disks and computers are together while Pauline did the same for body and home...
Onwards and forwards to more unknown realms of communication... or: rolling, rolling, rolling - keep them doggies rolling... -------------------------------
Chronicle #7 Date: Mon Mar 3 05:57:30 1997 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Chronicle 7 - Pauline and Sabine in Crewe
After two days of separation, we are united to meet with the core of the Christian Council for Monetary Reform in Cheshire. Friday was eventful on the Net. I discovered Brian Zisk in San Francisco as he had visited our LETS Room on the web thanks to global co-networker David Edmond. His site transaction.net is a model in terms of information and communications forum! It's ALL there about alternative money systems! Let's make it truly global now!
Saturday was the day of PASSING THE TORCH at the London School of Economics. Labour leader Toni Blair in his inimical sunny boy style seemed to have mainly his values to offer as his political agenda. But if the LibDems can produce a policy statement on LETS, maybe Labour can, too! The Welfare to Work Committee may be one route, and I am sure I will discover more. The Global Cafe is certainly a great place to invite people to and showing them transaction.net to open their eyes will be my great pleasure! Maybe I can invite all of the PASSING the TORCH participants since the organisers Nexus are also active on- line...
After the plenary I attended a session on poverty organised by The New Policy Institute. When I asked, half the audience had heard of LETS and the Labour MP from Scotland had read the Guardian article. He was interested in receiving written material from me. And a lady from Channel 4 asked me for details so she can invite me when they want to cover the election. I also met a Councillor from Hampshire who was extremely LETS literate and I ran into Diana Schumacher again. She was going to cover the session on citizenship in the afternoon while I went to one organised by The Reformer, the magazine of the LibDems. However, I did not last long but went home to have a nap before hitting the road North to Crewe.
There I met with Pauline, Richard Kay, Sister Dorothy and Ken Palmerton, eminently knowledgable in the history of the politics of money. What a mountain and fountain of know-how of the past with which to build the future!
Meanwhile, Pauline had had a full day with another 3-400 people who had come to attend STRUGGLE & SURVIVAL in the WORLD of MAMMON, organised by Shrewsbury Justice and Peace Commission with the support of CAFOD, Christian Aid, Chester Diocese Justice and Development Education Committee, the Justice and Peace Commission of Liverpool Archdiocese and the Faith and Justice Commission of Lancaster Diocese.
She shall report in detail when she gets back to Canada, since she took 6 pages of notes. The energies of 400 people with the same goal who have also pulled some radical media moves was simply elating - actually bringing some people to tears. They joined in song and worship at the end of the day after she had attended the session on LETS with Angus Soutar from Manchester and his wife Krisha. She spoke briefly to that group about her LETS experiences in Canada and explained how organisations with large data bases of members would enable services such as insurance of all kinds.
The closing liturgy was a stunning chorus of the following song: We shall go out with hope of resurrection, We shall go out from strength to strength, go on We shall go out and tell our stories boldly, Tales of a love that will not let us go. We'll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted We'll dream our dreams of hurt that can be healed We'll weave a cloth of all the world united within the vision of a Christ who sets us free.
We'll give a voice to those who have not spoken We'll find a word for those whose lips are sealed We'll make the tunes for those who sing no longer vibrating love alive in every heart We'll share our joys with those who still are weeping chant hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief We'll leap and dance the resurrection story including all within the circles of our love.
Accompanied by guitars, the room vibrated with joy and excitement. And joining hands with neighbours, the closing prayer was aid before going went back to the monastery where the CCMJ held their conference in the conference.
Sunday morning began with laptop in bed and a mass about Jesus chasing the money makers from the temple...
The brainstorming session began with Richard Kay presenting LETS and Sister Dorothy painting a spiritual vision of the future based on visions of Mary by children in Spain and former Yugoslavia.
Pauline gave her lively report followed by Sabine's input and the resulting actions to be taken on behalf of CCMJ are: 1. Sabine to contact Donald Reeves for a pre-election event at St James's Piccadilly 2. Richard to bring an event together in summer and everybody having a great sense of direction and empowerment.
My direction was back to London to meet with Dr Vidya Anand in Conway Hall, an eminent place of radical history of the Society of Ethical Humanists. There I was introduced to an ex-councillor who recommended an MP to me so I am full of letters to write and calls to make besides emailing as best as Ican from home and the Global Cafe. LET'S SHARE in GIVING DIRECTION and EMPOWERMENT! -------------------------------
Chronicle #8 \letsuk\chron08.txt Date: Tue Mar 4 03:30:59 1997 From: email@example.com (Sabine Kurjo McNeill) Subject: Chronicle 8 - Pauline in Hebdon Bridge, Sabine in London
Hello, LETSers! Pauline called and faxed me from Hebdon Bridge where she is staying with Ken Palmerton, a most eminent historian in the matters of finance, economics and politics. As if by chance, he was asking about a Leamington Spa contact for LETS when I walked into the room and could re-connect him with Tom Holloway whom he knew from previous times... Pauline faxed me also the Guardian article by Sarah Ryle on the penalty for counterfeiting and a German article quoting many different definitions for money. The most interesting is maybe: 'Nobody knows where money ends any more'. Maybe that is another green light for people to dare to create their own! Credit creation is obviously the other side of the coin called usury! ABOLISH INTEREST RATES could be balanced with the positive ESTABLISH CREDIT CREATION MECHANISMS. I tried to contact MPs at the House and met the English disease of 'too much too soon' again. But I shall hang in there. Trust me. As Glenda Jackson is my MP, I shall at least meet her personally soon. Changing the world - one mind at a time. LET'S CONNECT MONEY, POLITICS and PEOPLE is the title that I am suggesting to Donald Reeves for a pre-election event at St. James's Piccadilly where I worked from 1982 - 1988. The path to god is a spiral of seven-year cycles, it seems... Meanwhile, Pauline met with Jonathan and Angie Simms who administer Calderdale LETS and Ken Palmerton put together follow-up contacts for Cambridge LETS and thus we continue to connect... With all our e-connectivity, Sabine - fired and supported by Pauline -------------------------------------
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