Congratulations to Ann Manning, Vicki O’Day, Teddie Potter, and Katy Gaynor: four Certified Caring Economy Conversation Leaders who played key roles in organizing this watershed event!
After 18 months of intense planning the 2014 Women’s Congress for Future Generations, held in Minneapolis Nov 6-9, 2014, was an amazing success. Nearly 500 women and men gathered together to hear elders Riane Eisler, Mary Pipher, Sandra Steingraber, Carolyn Raffensperger, Sonia Davila-Poblete, Sharon Day and many other remarkable women. We listened to each other and to the voice of water through participating in a Caucus of All Waters in preparation for drafting a Bill of Rights for Water during the Congressional Session.
This gathering was a labor of love combined with the willingness to take a risk, to ‘go out on a limb’ believing the resources would manifest and the people would come. So many women and men, telling us how inspired they were and how much they learned about the true state of Mother Earth, seeing how each of us have a part in changing the story, have rewarded us for our trust and belief that the time is now.
This is the second Women’s Congress for Future Generations and a major theme was to lift up the connections between the ecological crisis and the economic system that does not honor women, caring or Mother Earth. We knew the Caring Economy work was essential.
Riane’s talk, Creating a Caring Economy: What’s Good for Women is Good for the World was enthusiastically received. One of the organizer’s of the Congress, Barbara Arney said, “Riane brings her own personal story to the work and is able to weave the story of a caring economy into whole cloth without a single note. She is so profound and credible and gives credence to what mothers know from their life experiences. Her work illuminates with dignity and respect the life-giving work of caring, lighting a way forward for all of us.”
Initiative Director Ann Manning writes, “thank you, Riane, for assisting all of us in imagining a new world, a caring world, waiting to be born if we each do our part”.