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Leonie Humphreys



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:16 pm    Post subject: FEMININE VALUES, ECONOMICS & THE ENVIRONMENT Reply with quote

It is increasingly apparent that values that may be referred to as 'feminine', such as cooperation, nurture and 'care' (for the environment for example) have historically been left out of economics and that more 'masculine' values, such as competition, and (indiscriminate) 'use' of the environment (for example) have provided some of the foundations of economic doctrine and practice for hundreds of years. It is no coincidence that the theory of economics has been developed by a long list of men, with no female voices. This topic is an invitation to you all to address this issue in search of new ways of managing the economy, based upon social equity (enhanced through cooperation) and environmental protection.

You may also like to consider new ways in which society as a whole can embrace such feminine values and how these can be balanced with masculine values. How for example might more 'feminine' leadership be encouraged? How can more women get involved at the political level as well as in other areas where the need is urgent to work towards social equity and protection of the environment, such as in economics, law etc?

I will add more information in due course but invite comments and observations on this topic at this difficult time of economic, social and environmental problems which herald the new year - 2009.
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Leonie Humphreys



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:30 pm    Post subject: WISE WOMEN Reply with quote

Those interested in women's action particularly related to the environment may find the following website of interest. Wise Women: www.wisewomen.me.uk
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:52 am    Post subject: Good Childhood report Reply with quote

This seems to be very much in tune with what is coming out from the Good Childhood inquiry backed by the Children's Society. "Out" are excess competitiveness and individualism, "in" are contributions for the good of others.
The co-authors being Richard Layard (the "happiness" economist) and Judy Dunn, wholesome values should be well represented.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following is taken from a message received from The Great Rethinking/Prophets Conference at: www.greatmystery.org. It speaks of the harmony of a ‘unified earth’, a ‘new consciousness’ and also of the relationship between the masculine and the feminine, all in relation to how humanity may move forward at this time. I hope it is useful:

‘Today, as we all see about us a fundamental unravelling of civilization, many people, often motivated by fear, are looking to find something new. Out of confusion something that truly works is being sought. Religions, economic systems, and social institutions are simply wearing out. Societal dumbing down and personal denial are beginning to lose their power. Materialism is losing some of its ability to control hearts and minds. It appears that on a massive scale people are beginning to ask some fundamental questions, and perhaps out of today’s clamour and chaos the stage is being set for the appearance of a new foundational vision upon which to build a spiritually evolved more conscious and coherent civilization.
"The old gods are dead or dying and people everywhere are searching, asking: What is the new mythology to be, the mythology of this unified earth as of one harmonious being?"
— Joseph Campbell

"The horizon behind us is littered with the rubble of civilizations which have failed to renew themselves, have failed a challenge somehow to transcend their opposites in something that will combine in balance both the masculine and the feminine and, in their union, create something greater than the sum of their parts."
— Laurens van der Post

‘We have all heard time and again the solid, basic, indisputable conclusion that the human being is by nature aggressive, competitive, mean-spirited, greedy, and essentially beyond redemption and reform - that our species’ history is proof of our innate inability to embrace harmony and coherence. This conclusion of course is simply another underlying lie about who we are, a lie perpetrated by the dominators of thought and writers of history who have held sway too long.

But, there is another story - a wonderful story – one which has come to light and is solidly documented in fact, a story about a pre-historical time thousands of years ago when people lived in peace, harmony and understanding, the time of The Goddess on the Earth. The Goddess was the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world. She was a symbol of the unity of life in nature, and the personification of all that was sacred and mysterious on Earth.’

"The Mother Goddess, wherever she is found, is an image that inspires and focuses a perception of the universe as an organic, alive and sacred whole, in which humanity, the Earth and all life on Earth participate as ‘her children’. Everything is woven together in one cosmic web, where all orders of manifest and unmanifest life are related, because all share in the sanctity of the original source."
— Anne Baring

In writing about the thousands of years of harmonious ancient civilization, mythologist Joseph Campbell states, "One cannot but feel that…there is an evident relevance to the universally recognized need in our time for a general transformation of consciousness. The message here is of an actual age of harmony and peace in accord with the creative energies of nature which for a spell of some four thousand prehistoric years anteceded the five thousand of what James Joyce has termed the ‘nightmare’ (of contending tribal and national interests) from which it is now certainly time for this planet to wake."

Futurist Riane Eisler tells us in her important book The Chalice & The Blade: Our History, Our Future:
"Willis Harmon, who has headed major futurist studies at the Stanford Research Institute, writes that what is needed—and evolving—is a ‘metamorphosis in basic cultural premises and all aspects of social roles and institutions.’ He describes this as a new consciousness in which competition will be balanced with cooperation and individualism will be balanced with love. It will be a ‘cosmic consciousness,’ a ‘higher consciousness,’ which ‘relates self-interest to the interests of fellow man and of future generations.’ And it will entail nothing short of a fundamental transformation of ‘truly awesome magnitude.’"
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:19 am    Post subject: That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into! Reply with quote

That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into!

Here is a quote from an article in the RSA Journal (Spring 2009) which may amuse you:


‘The fairer sex?

Women have been recruited to rescue Iceland. In October the Icelandic government nationalised two of the country’s desperately over-leveraged banks. The male bosses were slung out and replaced by women. Before they crashed, these banks had one woman executive between them. There wasn’t enough ‘femininity’ in their boardrooms, the Financial Times reported. “Now women are taking over,” a government minister commented. “It’s typical, men make all the mess, then women come in to clean it up.” ‘


Is this a sign of more to come – on the environment for example?!

Boys – you need to find the balance with the ‘fairer’ sex, and get on with making the changes towards justice and sustainability, or it may swing the other way.......!

Any comments........?!

The full article can be viewed at: http://www.thersa.org/fellowship/journal/features/features/the-fairer-sex
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