Last Saturday, early in the morning, the 100,000th signature was registered for the Citizens’ initiative to put money creation on the political agenda in the Netherlands. Positive Money’s Dutch sister organization Ons Geld launched this initiative in January 2015. See also this blogpost.
On Thursday 29th January at the Abbey Tavern in Kentish Town Road, a Camden and Islington group of the Positive Money organisation was launched. Most of the people there had come as a result of seeing the film ‘97% Owned’, which is available to view on the Positive Money website.
If we want an economy that benefits the health of us all, rather than a few, we need to know how it works, and that includes everything about money too. In a recent poll, over 70% of the UK's politician's didn't know how money is created - and as Fran Boait explains, it's mind bogglingly simple, but totally unexpected.
A few months ago we sent out a newsletter about what's happening in Switzerland, expaining how there will be a national referendum on introducing Sovereign Money ("Vollgeld") in Switzerland if our friends there can collect 100,000 signatures from the Swiss electorate by December 2015. (See www.vollgeld-initiative.ch). We thought you'd like to know how they're getting on:
At the next Occupy Democracy General Assembly demonstration on the 24th January, alongside someone from the Positive Money Team I will be putting forward Monetary Reform (Democratising Money Creation/Full Reserve Banking) to be included in our Provisional List of Demands. This follows on from the workshop given by Positive Money’s Fran Boait which took place whilst being evicted en-masse from Parliament Sq. Here is her blog describing it.