Nov 12-14, 2004: Las Vegas, Nevada

A Radically Different World View is Possible

The gift economy inside and outside of Patriarchal Capitalism

Women and men from across the US are coming to hear international women speakers discuss a different point of view, one that will offset the negative and exploitative mentality of our times, while encouraging non violent activism to change the global Patriarchal Capitalist system. Proposing to unite the women's movement, the movement of indigenous peoples for social change, the movement against domestic violence, the movement for alternative spiritualities and many others with the anti nuclear and peace movements, the gift paradigm envisions total and long lasting social change stemming from an economic and cultural model based on women's practice. In these times it is not enough to vote Democrat or Republican. Whoever wins the presidential election, a mind shift that will stop producing violence, war and abuse must take place in this country. The conference will be held in Las Vegas because of the possibility of cheap flights and because of the need to be healing and constructive in the midst of chaos.

Genevieve Vaughan

You can hear the audios in streaming Real Audio 

Real Audio    

Luisah Teish: Opening    (available)

Genevieve Vaughan: Introduction (available)

Kaarina Kailo (Finland) The Global Rat Race Revisited; Ecospiritual and Activist Movements Reviving the Gift Imaginary (available)

Madu Auditore (Ivory Coast/Italy/Australia) For the Children of the World (available)

Susan Petrilli (Australia/Italy) Lady Welby: Semiotics and Mothersense (available)

Paola Melchiori (Italy) Epistemology and the Gift (available)

Louise Benally: "Big Mountain" (available)

Genevieve Vaughan (USA/Italy) Heterosexual Economics: Gift-giving and Exchange (available)

Yvette Abrahams (South Africa) The Social Structure of the Historical Khoekhoe as a Model for a Gift Economy (available)

Mililani Trask (Hawaii) Indigenous Women and the Gift Economy

Heide Gottner Abendroth (Germany) The Relationship between Modern Matriarchal Studies and the Gift Paradigm (available)

Rauna Kuokkanen (Finland/Canada) Enabling the Gift Logic of Indigenous Philosophies (available)

Debra Harry (USA) Indigenous Peoples and Biocolonialism: Conflicting Sovereignties and Worldviews (available)

Margaret Randall (USA) Endangered species:rhe lenguage of our lives (available)

Claudia Von Werlhof (Austria) Capitalist Patriarchy and the Struggle for a Deep Alternative (available)

Sylvia Shihadeh (Palestine/USA) The Gift of the Peace Movement in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict  (available)

Erella Shadmi (Israel) Can I Forgive Men (or Any Other Hegemony?) (available)

Peggy Antrobus (Barbados) The Gift and Caribbean Economies (available)

Rabia Abdelkarim (Algeria/Senegal) Solidarity Economics (available)

Dotti Chamblin (USA) Gift Giving and the Movement Against Domestic Violence (available)

Ana Isla (Peru/Canada) Sustainable Development and Poverty Creation (available)

Elisabet Sahtouris (USA) Crisis as Opportunity: The Biology of Globalization (available)

Corinne Kumar (India) Towards a New Political Imaginary

Leslene Della Madre (USA) Approaching Death from the View of Gift-giving  (available)

Vicki Noble (USA) She Gives the Gift of Her Body (available)

Patricia Pearlman (USA) The Goddess Temple of Sekhmet as a Gift Economy Project  (available)

Maria Jimenez (Mexico/USA) Gift giving across Borders (available)

Jeanette Armstrong (Canada) Whole Family Systems in Living Community on the Land and Sustainable Living (available)

Mechthild Hart (Germany/USA) The Bodiless Spirit of Patriarchal Capitalism, Real Bodies, and Corporeal Feminist Resistance  (available)

Sizani Ngubane (South Africa) Rural Women in South Africa Caring for Children with AIDS (available)

Tracy Gary (USA) Women's Funding Partnerships (available)

Marta Benavides  (El Salvador) Activism and the Gift Economy in El Salvador (available)

Carol Brouillet (USA) Facing the shadow of 9/11 (available)

Andrea Alvarado (Costa Rica) The Gift Giving  in the new communication technologies (available) 

Renea Roberts (USA)Gifting it at Burning Man (available)

Brackin Firecracker (USA) Activism: The Hopeful Gift of a Better World (available)

Frieda Werden (USA/Canada) The Gift of Community Radio (available)

Angela Miles (Canada) Linda Christiansen-Ruffman (USA/Canada)Women's Giving: A new Frame for Feminist Policy Demands (available)

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