Forum Reports 2001-2010

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Forum Reports 2001-2010 2017-05-01T14:27:39+00:00

From time to time from 2001 to 2010 I sent out a personal reflection and report to the PCDForum board, advisers, and newsletter subscribers. These track the progress of the Forum’s work and my thinking from the build up to 9/11 through the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crash and the early days of the Obama administration. These reports are part of the Forum’s historical record.

July 2010 Reflections on progress toward building a new economy movement, a positive policy agenda, and a strategy for advancing economic transformation.

May 2010 Reflections on how government saving Wall Street with a bailout while leaving Main Street to flounder creates a situation that can tilt either to authoritarianism or toward citizen action to create a world that works for all.

July 2009 Reflections on the opening for public dialogue created by growing public outrage at Wall Street in the midst of Wall Street efforts to convince the public that markets will fix Wall Street if government will just stop interfering.

February 2009 Reflections on the need for and early efforts to advance awareness that the challenge is not to fix the dysfunctional Wall Street economy, it is to replace it. And a brief overview of our early effort to advance that discussion.

November 2008 Reflections on the 2008 financial crash, our hopes for an Obama presidency, and efforts to frame a policy agenda for a new economy based on living system principles that moves the U.S. beyond its imperial agenda.

February 2006 Reflections on the launch of the Forum’s Great Turning initiative, our attempt to connect corporatism and militarism in a deeper historical frame of a 5,000 year Era of Empire and the possibilities of a new Era of Earth Community.

May 2003 Reflections on the focus on resisting U.S. imperial intentions driven by military force, the manipulation of public opinion by the Bush administration, and the need to replace a politics of fear and hate with a politics hope, love, and healing.

March 2002 Reflections on the Bush administration vision of global peace and democracy imposed by U.S. military power, the regrouping of global civil society around war resistance, and the simultaneous pursuit of a positive vision of human possibility.

September 2001 Reflections in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration attack on dissent, and preparations for an unnecessary and tragically destructive war.

May 2001 Reflections on the burst of citizen activism building on the success of the 1999 Seattle WTO demonstration and the Forum’s response.