Background to the New Economy Group
Following the global crash of 2008, there was a re-statement of Quaker values in ‘10 Principles for a New Economy.’ In turn this statement led to the development of materials for local reading groups to study, with the aim of helping Friends to develop their understanding and to be more confident in speaking of economic matters. In Chichester, some members of the local reading group decided that they wanted to continue to explore how they might respond to what had been discussed and so the New Economy Group was formed. Group members have a range of experience including international financial markets, the law, psychology, education, social care and industry. We were aware of a whole range of national and international organisations working in economic concerns but decided, initially, to map some of the local activity which touched on our concerns, such as the local credit union, debt advice, transition towns.