Everyday economy: fairtrade and moving your money

By Simon Barrow
August 3, 2013

One of the focuses of the Just Festival's programme for Saturday 3rd August is the linkage between everyday life and money.

For instance, Fairtrade is now a well-recognised and trusted label, putting pressure on international corporations to be ethical. Yet, are the public well-informed about the current Fairtrade standards? How are the fairtrade businesses addressing their international impact? And, in what way are Scottish and other businesses affected by continuing unfair trading practices? Followed by an open discussion.

A discussion of these issues takes place from 14.00-17.00 in the hall at St John's (£6), in partnership with Scottish Fair Trade Forum (http://www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk/), Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative (http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20103/fairtrade/1235/edinburgh_fairtrad...), MADE in Europe (http://www.madeineurope.org.uk/), and Zaytoun (http://www.zaytoun.org/).

The speakers are: Senga Gall - Equal Exchange, Rachel Farey - Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative, Mohammad Zaman - MADE in Europe. Chair: Helen Rothwell - Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

Meanwhile, 'What's Your Money Doing While You Sleep?' is the question being asked by Move Your Money UK (http://www.moveyourmoney.org.uk/) in St John's Church hall from 16.00-17.00 (donation).

A myopic financial system leaving crises and scandal in its wake. We’re fed up, but what can we do about it?

Set up in response to growing public frustration with the banking system, the Move Your Money campaign works to promote positive alternatives and exercising consumer power in building a better banking system.

This interactive talk from the founders of the UK movement looks at the problems we face, the alternatives out there and the citizen response to shaping financial systems.

The Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

It is supported by civic, educational, church and faith groups (including the thinktank Ekklesia), and also by the Scottish Government and European Parliament. Some 30,000 people are expected to take part over the month.

* For more information on Just Festival, visit http://www.justjust.org and http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.com

* Ekklesia is a sponsor of Just Festival. Our news, reporting and comment is aggregated at: www.ekklesia.co.uk/justfestival

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© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia and a media adviser for the 2013 Just Festival.

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