We’re looking for the next full-time member of the Positive Money team. Can you help us to find them, or to fund the work they will do?
We’ve made huge progress since we last added someone full-time to the team (Our executive director Fran Boait, back in November 2012).
We’ve reached the point where even the Bank of England is tweeting that banks create 97% of the money in the economy. Adair Turner, the former head of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, has said that this is “one of the most fundamental things that needs to be taught to economics undergraduates”. The book that we co-authored with the colleagues from the New Economics Foundation is now on the reading list in five UK universities. Over 49,000 people shared David Graeber’s Guardian article about the way that money is created by banks. And our conference 4 weeks ago attracted 240 people (40 of them flew in from outside the UK).
What We Need To Do:
We don’t need to argue with people about whether or not banks create money any more; the Bank of England has helpfully settled that debate with their recent paper, “Money Creation in the Modern Economy”.
But now we need to show everyone how allowing banks to create money has led to the highest-ever levels of personal debt and an ever-growing gap between the very richest and the rest of us. It has made housing unaffordable, while providing subsidies and safety nets for the big banks.
We need to show that we can have a money system that works for society and not against it.
That means taking all the energy of the thousands of us involved in this movement and making sure we’re working in the same direction.
So we’re looking for a network coordinator who will deal with the many supporters, activists and professionals who want to contribute to the movement.
There are two ways you can help:
1. Help us find this person, by sending them the text and link to the job description below, or
2. Help us make sure they get paid! (See below)
1. Help us find the right person:
We’re keen to find the right person. If you have friends who might be suitable, you can copy the following text and send it to them (or just forward this whole email):
Positive Money is looking for a full-time network coordinator to work with the PM team, supporters and professionals to grow the movement for a money system that works for society and not against it.
Look at the full job description and application page here.
Why this is so important:
The movement is growing rapidly. We currently have 18 local groups around the UK, and another 12 forming right now. Positive Money supporters have set up sister organisations in 17 different countries, and we’re trying to give them support and guidance whilst they grow. Members of political parties want our advice on how to get monetary reform into party policy. And we have people from the finance, banking, debt advice, and business sectors who want to use their expertise to strengthen the movement for reform of money and banking.
That’s already more than the three of us can handle right now. So the new ‘Network Coordinator’ will work with us to take up more of the opportunities that are coming our way and ensure the movement grows as quickly as possible.
2. Help us fund this essential role
Now that Andrew (our Chief Economist since 2011 and author of Where Does Money Come From? and Modernising Money) has moved on to start a full time PhD with Professor Tim Jackson, we’ve freed up some of the budget to help pay for this new member of the team. But we’re still short of the full amount, so anything you can donate will help.
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Thank you for all your support,
Fran Boait, Mira Tekelova, Ben Dyson and our volunteer team