Roy Madron and John Jopling argue that the main purpose of our Western democracies is to satisfy a global debt-money system through the pursuit of economic growth. This 'Global Monetocracy' is a hugely powerful system that is imposing social injustice, economic incompetence and ecological disaster on the human family. Madron and Jopling make the case for a very different system of globalisation. They describe this alternative system as 'a global network of Gaian Democracies'. This book describes the operational and ideological components of a very different moral, ecological and 'soft-systems' approach through which a global network of Gaian Democracies could achieve its very different aims. The concepts, insights and tools of Gaian Democracy have already been used to successfully reconfigure organisations and communities in tough situations.
Roy Madron spent fifteen years as a TV reporter and producer. In 1980, as a research fellow of Manchester Business School, he conducted a long-term study into the use of participation strategies for improving the performance of social or business systems. He has since built on that research in his own practice as a consultant in systems improvement and participatory planning. After practising as a barrister for thirty years, John Jopling has helped to establish numerous organisations seeking to contribute to a more just and healthy world. These include FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), Feasta (the Dublin-based foundation for the economics of sustainability) and the Sustainable London Trust. SLT is the lead organisation in the World Wide Democracy Network, founded by John Jopling and Roy Madron.