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Introduction, Workshop 7: Imagining a Transformed World

In "The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life," a Tapestry of Faith program

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead

This workshop explores innovative models for economic relationships. We all know that material deprivation and economic inequality persist, even in a world of abundance. This workshop invites participants to think of persistent inequality and deprivation not as a failure of human goodness or commitment, but rather as a call for greater imagination and willingness to enact new ways to connect people in meaningful and just economic relationships across social and geographic boundaries. Participants reflect on individual and collective economic deprivation through an understanding of need and interdependence, thereby opening the door to creative individual and collective economic solutions. Hopeful stories highlight economic systems and models serving people and communities better than have our inherited systems and models.

Three creative economic models are presented in this workshop: Microfinance (Activity 3), Resilience Circles (Activity 4), and Crowd-funding (Alternate Activity 1). In a 90-minute workshop you can explore two of the three. Read the entire workshop in advance and decide whether to substitute Alternate Activity 1 for Activity 3 or Activity 4, depending on the needs and interests of participants.

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Last updated on Friday, November 22, 2013.

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