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 started thinking about politics and economics during my Values Party time in the seventies and it has taken me all this time to realise why economic growth is the mantra of politicians. The environment has deteriorated since then and the gap between rich and poor has widened. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.