Deirdre Kent is a co-founder of Living Economies Educational Trust and the author of Healthy Money Healthy Planet – developing new money systems for sustainability (Craig Potton 2005). After years in community work and teaching, in the eighties she was best known as the Director of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) She lives in Otaki and has been active in the formation and activities of Transition Town Otaki and the Otaki Timebank. She believes that efforts towards local resilience can only go so far without the right signals and the right policy decisions at national level. "I am doing this so that my grandchildren will themselves be able to have children and know they will be born into a future with hope".Email: deirdre dot kent (at) gmail dot com
Phil Stevens, a Living Economies trustee, emigrated from the US in 2005 and lives in Ashhurst. He brings his expertise in technology and a wide range of pursuits from hands-on sustainable practice to examining socioeconomic models and theories of effective governance. Projects Phil is active in RECAP and LOAVES, a transition community organisation and a local currency; Community Forge, an open-source platform for complementary currencies and exchange; researching and promoting low-input food, fuel and finance; and general awareness raising. email@example.com
Nicole FossSenior Editor of The Automatic Earth website, Canadian Nicole Foss lives in Motueka and is in demand as an international speaker on finance, energy and resilience.Nicole is former Editor of The Oil Drum Canada (canada.theoildrum.com). She used to be a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for energy Studies in the UK and used to run the Agri-Energy Producers' Association of Ontario in Canada. Her formal background is in science and law. Nicole says she aligns with the New Economics Party idea that the global financial crisis is far from over. “The recent credit bubble was the biggest ponzi scheme the world has ever experienced and it’s not yet unwound.” The bailouts now add up to at least $4.6 trillion or $4,600,000,000,000. Foss says the bubble is leading us into a very long and painful depression.
Miles Thompson is a social entrepreneur and computer programmer. Former CTO of a New York financial research company now living and working in Paekakariki, New Zealand. Working on open source resilience and crisis management in social media. Holds a BA in Sociology and a BSc (Hons I) in Math. He is currently working in the timebank movement.
Amanda Vickers has previously been an active member of Transition Towns Kapiti, including organising events promoting awareness about the increasing money supply, exponential growth and the energy predicament we face. Amanda is passionate about addressing these problems at their core and that is what led Amanda to the NEP. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with first class honours in Physiology, and a Veterinary Science Degree. She works at the SPCA and has a cattery at their property near Waikanae. She is married to Alistair and is raising their two boys, and a 17 acre lifestyle block in Reikorangi. This is being run on permaculture principles and their dream is to be self firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorn Bettin emigrated to New Zealand in 1997. He grew up in Nigeria and Pakistan, and studied mathematics in Belgium and Germany. Jorn is a partner at S23M, a consulting firm with a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration. Currently based in Melbourne, he regularly returns to his home on Waiheke Island. Jorn loves to use visual mathematical representations to explain and reason about complex value cycles. He is passionate about co-creating resilient economic systems that are not only equitable, but also understandable by future generations of humans and open source software tools. Jorn has co-authored several books on Model Driven Engineering.