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Connecting the dots

Post By gaia1 in TFD system


July 25, 2012

One of the recurring expressions at the DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn on September 2011 was the expression “Connecting the dots”. One of my half dozen public statements made the point that not dots are created equal. Some dots or realities are more important than others. Thus, I showed how the issue under discussion could be connected to a larger dot, emphasizing the need for an integrated perspective on the three dimensions of sustainable development.

It is this strategy of connecting the dots that I use in learning about new economic, social or environmental realities. Thus, the question in respect to the issue of Greece’s debt and the future of the Eurozone would become one of connecting it to the conceptual, institutional and strategic dimensions of  the TSN. In answering that question I would refer to the basic notions of the TSN, its institutional framework and its strategy as preliminarily presented in The Tierra Solution: Resolving the Climate Crisis through Monetary Transformation.



The Rio 2012 Summit and the TSN

Post By gaia1 in United Nations


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A month has passed since the concluding of the Rio 2012 Earth Summit on June 22. It is an appropriate time to evaluate the impact of The Tierra Solution (TSN) by considering its impact before, during and beyond the conference.

There were about a dozen interventions during the preparatory process of the Summit, both physical at UN meetings and conferences and electronic by the participation in various dialogues and listservs. Most notable physical interventions were 1. At the Stakeholder Forum’s (SF)May 2010 that  preceded the first PrepCom in New York and which, later on, resulted in having SF accept the TSN as one of its ten thinkpieces in its series of Sustainable Development Goals (its executive director Felix Dodds wrote the preface of the TSN Book ); 2. At the UNITAR/Yale conference on global governance of September 2011 where both my panel presentation and an accompanying flyer were made part of the proceedings; 3. At the DPI/NGO Conference of September 2011 in Bonn which resulted in line 265 of its Declaration where governments are asked to “rethink the international monetary system and a carbon standard”; 4. At two CoNGO committees in New York, i.e. the Sustainable Development Committee in May with its PowerPoint presentation on Monetary Justice in May resulting in recommendation 10 to considering monetary justice as the guiding principle for global governance and the Financing for Development Committee in June with its PowerPoint on Transformational Finance (TF) which resulted in an edited one hour video and several members interested in forming a TF Working Group. During the PrepComs, Intersessionals and Informals I generally produced a golden rod circular for each occasion specifically relating the topic at hand with the TSN. Thus, a circular was produced arguing for a 10th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) when civil society argued for 9 SDGs during the discussion of the green economy during the spring of 2012.

My main electronic engagement before the Summit was 1. The inclusion of the TSN as a global governance proposal into the Compilation Document of October 2011 which contained some 700 submissions of government, business and mostly civil society—it was the basis for the formulation of the famous Zero Document; 2. My participation in the Sustainability Treaty process by submitting the People’s Treaty on Monetary Transformation; 3. My participation with the Rio Dialogues, a worldwide process of determining solutions, organized by the Brazilian government and the UNDP. I participated in 3 of the 10 issue areas, several times making the point that a most important area was not included, i.e. integration of the issue areas or guiding principles. My main recommendation was that civil society support the G3 nations, some 4 dozen of them, in their proposal for a 2013 global governance conference that would also include the consideration of integrated sustainability approaches such as the TSN. It was also the main recommendation I made to the People’s Earth Summit, the more radical civil society group. The main outcome during the Summit’s Dialogues voting was focused on removing the subsidies for fossil fuels, an important element in the TSN’s decarbonization component of the Fee & Dividend approach; 4. The inclusion of the Rio challenge in the two online courses on climate and sustainable communities presented by the National Peace Academy together with Earth and Peace Education International.  

So far as I know now, monetary transformation at the Summit itself was only once brought up in public by the comments by Leida Rijnhout the executive director of ANPED (the Northern Alliance of NGOs) who was also instrumental in having the Bonn Declaration include the need for monetary transformation.

It was on June 20 that the publisher of The Tierra Solution: Resolving the Climate Crisis through Monetary Transformation officially launched the book at and it was a week later that I hired a publicist to reach her 5000 media outlets. In two weeks, about half a dozen responses were received, but none of the larger media (yet).

There are about half a dozen projects to connect Rio with the TSN. 1. A panel on connecting Rio (development) with Doha (climate) is being organized for the end of September with the former president of CoNGO together with the book launchings of the TSN and his book on values; 2. An online course on Monetary Justice has been scheduled for October 2012; 3. A PP presentation on monetary peace will be presented at the PJSA (Peace and Justice Studies Association) conference in October; 4. Several activities in preparation and participation at the UNFCCC Conference at  Doha in November/December, showing how the TSN is one of the few alternatives for an integrated global governance system that would bridge the development and climate realities; 5.  Working with The Widening Circle Campaign , phase 2, a major civil society effort to build a global citizen movement that originated in Rio; 6. Using the social media via the , particularly YouTube and LinkedIn networking group at 7. Finishing an article on “The Rio 2012 Earth Summit: Its problem and Challenge” emphasizing the need for a conceptual, institutional and strategic vision of  integrated global governance. 7. A publishing  strategy to highlight the TSN using topics such as  a) integrated global governance; b) transformational financing for development and climate; c) transformational decarbonization; d) monetary justice; e) the 10th Sustainable Development Goal, which would integrate the 9 SDGs of the Green Economy Coalition.