On a cold Saturday evening the weekend before Christmas, I left my friends enjoying mulled wine at Winterville and headed towards Parliament Square to give a workshop at Occupy Democracy that was taking place that weekend.
The 2015 general election will take place nearly seven years after the financial crisis of 2008, yet the root causes of the crisis have barely been addressed by mainstream politics. This week the leading civil society groups working on transforming finance are calling for this to change.
Banks create money out of thin air - we know it, you know it, but most people on the street still have no idea! They have even less understanding about how the current monetary system contributes to high levels of debt, unaffordable housing, inequality and environmental breakdown.
Being involved with both Friends of the Earth and Positive Money local groups in Bristol, I was keen that we put on an event that would raise the profile and understanding of key economic issues, and give the local MPs encouragement to research them and a chance to engage with their constituents.