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Introducing IMMR International Coordinators!
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Dear <<First Name>>,

The IMMR has an exciting new development to share with the community: last month we brought on board two part-time International Coordinators, Brandi Geurkink and Nasso Vikos! Many of you have heard from Brandi and Nasso already, but for those of you who haven't, you can meet them here!

Introducing IMMR International Coordinators!


Brandi comes from the United States and has been interested in money reform since she got involved as an activist in the Occupy movement. Since then she has worked on movement and community building around a variety of issues including defending foreign aid in the US and defending democratic freedoms globally. Nasso is South African and has over 10 years of experience in providing technical support to companies, organisations, and movements, including Firstsource Money in South Africa. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on digital tools for movement building and website development! 

Some of their initial plans for working with the IMMR include revamping our external communications through this newsletter and the IMMR blog, developing a new theme for the IMMR website, fundraising for the movement, and exploring new internal communication platforms to foster a sense of community and collaboration between member organisations!
We thought that the addition of Brandi and Nasso to the team is the perfect opportunity to give a quick update on the current governance structure and activity of the IMMR:

-In their roles as International Coordinators, Brandi and Nasso will manage external communications on behalf of the IMMR, provide support to member organisations, and help to recruit and onboard activists who want to start new money reform organisations in their countries. 

-Brandi and Nasso work closely with and report to the IMMR Core Group, comprised of Lino (Germany), Lucija (Croatia), Luuk (Netherlands), Stavros (Greece), Redge (South Africa), Lars (Sweden), and Sigurvin aka ‘Vinnie’ (Iceland). The IMMR Core Group sets the overall direction for the movement and carries out projects that impact the current IMMR members, such as the 2018 IMMR meeting, guidelines for accepting new members, and the IMMR Manifesto.

If you have any questions about IMMR governance or just want to welcome Brandi & Nasso to the team, you can email them at brandi@moneyreform.international and nasso@moneyreform.international.

Upcoming Event:
Our Money, Our Banks, Our Country

In Switzerland, a conference called “Our Money, Our Banks, Our Country”, hosted by the Global Interdependence CentreCFA Society Switzerland and The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), will take place at GDI in Rüschlikon near Zurich on 5th February 2018. The main theme of this will be Sovereign Money. Over the course of one day world-renowned international and Swiss experts will give presentations and debate the problems and possible solutions to our ailing banking and money systems. 

The list of speakers (including Martin Wolf of the Financial Times) and the full program are on the GDI website, and registration is via the GDI website.  The conference will take place in English with German and French translation.

What have IMMR members been up to?

Former governor of the Bank of Spain praises money creation by public institutions

This month Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, former governor of the Bank of Spain, made a public statement in favour of money being created by public institutions instead of private banks. Read the article »

The Swiss Sovereign Money Initiative: Five Questions & Answers

Thanks to the hard work of Monetäre Modernisierung (MoMo), in 2018 Swiss citizens will get to decide on the Vollgeld Initiative, which advocates for money creation by the National Bank alone. Read the article »

Fair Money Australia helps launch Right2Work Coalition to promote full employment

Fair Money Australia collaborated with members and supporters of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) and Australian Workers Party (AWP) to create a conference to launch the Right2Work Coalition advocating for full employment by using a federally funded job guarantee (JG) program. Read the article »

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