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  September 5, 2006    

Expenses Falling = Equity Rising

People often ask me if a personal movement to self-sufficiency is compatible with Solari's philosophy. My answer is: you bet! My Quaker ancestors taught me well that one of the practices of building equity is lowering expenses. Another practice is lowering the risk that your expenses could rise unexpectedly outside of your control. A third is investing in the relationships and networks that keep your skills growing, your expenses low and your risk down. This is all part of building community and networks of trust. These are at the heart of living simply and building real wealth.

Our current financial system encourages non-sustainable consumption. Part of changing how money works is making it financially sustainable for investors to help communities make those changes which lower consumption and expenses. As lowering our expenses helps us preserve and nurture our retirement savings and intergenerational covenants in a way that creates new businesses and jobs, the shift to sustainability will accelerate in remarkable ways.

      -- Catherine Austin Fitts          

Dale Allen Pfeiffer's

One of the best sources on the "how-to's" of building a more sustainable lifestyle is Dale Allen Pfeiffer who lives in Appalachia in Kentucky. Dale has just launched a section on his website, Mountain to point to his recommended sources. This is a treasure chest -- a lifetime of learning from Dale and his wife Elizabeth.

The Freecycle Network
The Freecycle Network is a tool that helps you give things away to your neighbors. See if there is a list for your community. Start giving away all the things at your house that are unused and wasting space. You will be amazed how many neighbors you have who can use them. Then when you need something, let folks know and see what emerges. Over time, this type of barter creates liquidity and relationships in a community.

Some of my Freecycling neighbors in Tennessee realized that they also had lots of things that they would be delighted to part with for a small amount of money, although not for free. So they created a listserve called Cheapcycle. Between the two lists, there's lots percolating that is too small and too local to go through E-Bay.

I don't mind the occasional flood of e-mails. Full of lore and liveliness, they remind me that the American "can do" spirit is alive and well.

This summer I visited the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon -- a reminder that nobody goes to the heart of the matter like the Bard.

What! a speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad.
A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop;
a black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald;
a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow;
but a good heart, Kate, is the sun and the moon;
or, rather, the sun, and not the moon;
for it shines bright and never changes,
but keeps his course truly.

- Henry V, Act V, William Shakespeare

Is there an arts council or local theatre in your area? Remember, it is the artists who lead in the creation and teaching of new ways, sometimes using old masters to do it!

Join Us in Auckland, New Zealand

Navigating the Shift to Sustainability

Mary Evans and David Hoskins of Heron’s Flight Matakana, would like to invite you to be part of a discussion on the nature of ethical and sustainable investment.

Between 10.00 and 1.00 pm on Friday September 15th, 2006; at the Rotary Hall War Memorial Park, State Highway One in Silverdale.

We are hosting a presentation by Catherine Austin Fitts of called Navigating the Shift to Sustainability. Workshops will be held at on Friday afternoon, evening and all day on Saturday at Heron’s Flight Vineyard Café in Matakana, where you are most welcome to join in with dialogue and discussion.

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The permaculture students at the Kinsale Further Education College in Kinsale, West Cork, Ireland (pop. 7000) put together a plan to shift their community to much greater food and energy self sufficiency. Brilliant ally Harry Blazer calls it one of the best he's seen.

Wikipedia on Permaculture

Keep Your Eye on M1

The cash flows around us often tell a lot about why people are happy or sad, concerned or confident.

Shrinking M1 Money Supply

My recent comment on this chart will be posted at From the Wilderness this week.

Wikipedia on Money Supply & M1

In this seminar, Franklin Sanders helps us see the difference between chasing "money profits" in a political economy and enjoying financial prosperity by growing real wealth.
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Catherine and host Harry Blazer introduce a unique new matrix integrating liquid and non-liquid investment strategies that are both local and global, place-based and people-based.
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Catherine will be visiting New Zealand from Aug. 19 through Sept. 29th. New Zealanders wishing to meet with Catherine can post a message at Communicate with Catherine.

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© Solari, Inc. 2006

Nothing in this Solari Update should be taken as individual investment advice. Anyone seeking investment advice for his or her personal financial situation is advised to seek out a qualified advisor and provide as much information as possible to the advisor in order that such advisor can take into account all relevant circumstances, objectives, and risks before rendering an opinion as to the appropriate investment strategy.