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Economy - From Neanderthal to Life(s)Long Learning

Lifelong learning is a hot item in education, business and even in politics today! Especially learning children on financial literacy promoted in March every year during the Global Money Week, organized by OECD/INFE. To learn how to manage your necessities of life and how money reflects what you choose to buy or not to buy. To recognise all aspects of sustainability and responsibility, and so creating your life in harmony with the whole world around you.

When we were Neanderthalers in prehistoric times we already had to make those same choices on what we really needed and how we could divide all necessary labour to meet those needs. And although money did not yet exist by then, in our minds we were already perfect bookkeepers to recognise what should be reasonable or not. Today we should say: a reason-able income is a right, but in those times we had to do calculating in our mind to find the "true price" when exchanging labour against products.

Last year we introduced the MoneyManager360 as a toolkit for household bookkeeping and as an overview on all necessities of life. Especially useful for the individual consumer. This February we introduced it as a toolkit for classroom games on home economics, also meant as an eye-opener to understand local economies and world economy as well. By playing it in a group of twelve people to divide the work for making all necessary goods and services. Then we have the most direct way to learn and understand economy. Working in a group also gives a much deeper insight in all aspects of the twelve necessities of life, the seven aspects of trade and of all possible connections in between. And of course the overview where everything fits together in a most harmonic way! The game gives a lively picture of economy and finance, the moneymanager is the most simple and easy bookkeeping sheet or daily bankaccount when used in an app.

The classroom game can be played in a natural environment, in an open air museum or a museum for education, or in the classroom. First by talking about everybody's needs and about reasons and reasonabilty (round 1). Then everybody can make an offer to make a specific product or service based on his/her own expertise and capacity (round 2). The next round all aspects of trade can be discussed such as quality, quantity and delivery (round 3). Then all products and services can be translated into amounts of money representing the worth of it (round 4). Finally can become visible how everyone's income should be reason-able for the reasons to buy the necessary necessities of life (round 5). Lessons learned can be discussed in combination with possible options for product development, or efficiency.

Especially interesting is that we are always playing four different roles in the worldeconomy. Most of us as consumer/citizen and producer/service provider, some of us as trader /transporter or banker/bookkeeper. And by playing this game we can understand worldeconomy much better! The twelve necessities of life and the seven aspects of trade are the basic eye-openers for home economics, business, politics and the big picture of worldeconomy! The game will be further promoted this year and beyond. Our website contains all ingredients for lifelong learning!

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Toolkit360: Questions & Answers

GENERAL QUESTIONS (EASY QUESTIONS)
Which are the necessities of life? (12)
Which are the questions about trade? (7)
Which are the possibilties for payment? (3)
Who is deciding about what will be produced? (1)

HEAD / HEART / HANDS (QUESTIONS BASED ON THE THREEFOLD STRUCTURE OF ALL HUMAN ACTIVITIES WHICH NEED MORE LOOKING INSIDE)
Which necessities have to do with thinking and knowledge? (head)
Which necessities have to do with feelings and relations? (heart)
Which necessities have to do with willing and action? (hands)

MORE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS (ARGUMENTS FOR TAKING DECISIONS)
Quality is always the first question in all trade - what can you say about the many different degrees of quality and about development of quality (for instance: food, transport, housing, education, healthcare)
Quantity has to do with necessity but also with all questions about sustainability and recycling - In which necessities is sustainability a core issue?
Price is always based on true price for production and trade, and in the end of course with true income - what do you know about true price and fair trade?
Guarantees - which hallmarks do you know?

ISSUES FOR OWN THOUGHTS, OPEN QUESTIONS AND DIALOGUE
What about producers, service providers and advisers?
What about payment and delivery?
What about use or consumption?
What about the big picture?
What about our own role?

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Read all about all aspects of the consumer-overview on this website and on the worldwide web
Go into dialogue with your producers and/or service providers beyond membership or subscription
Make a copy of the smallest and smartest household booklet MoneyManager360 on this website
Start looking to your world from een ISS point of view (astronauts call it overview)
Consumer governance is steering yourself and the world as a whole towards the future you want!
Good Luck!

MORE QUESTIONS?
Send us an email consumer360.org@gmail.com.




ANSWERS ON GENERAL QUESTIONS
Necessities of life - 1 religion 2 art 3 science 4 education 5 healthcare 6 food & clothing 7 housing 8 money & banking 9 transport 10 communication 11 government 12 associations
Questions on trade - 1 quality 2 quantity 3 price 4 guarantee 5 payment 6 delivery 7 user guide
Possibilities of payment - 1 credit 2 cash 3 prepay
Who is deciding - that is you!

ANSWERS ON HEAD HEART HANDS
thinking and knowledge - 3 science 4 education 10 communication 9 travel ( to see the world yourself!)
feelings and interrelations - 2 art 5 healthcare 8 money and banking 11 government
willing and action - 1 religion 6 food and clothing 7 housing 12 asociations

ANSWERS ON SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Quality - food for instance (big agro / eco / bio dynamic)
Quantity - how much do you need without spilling? and/or is recycling possible?
Price - fair trade = true price = true income (simple isn't it?)
Guarantee - see www.iseal.org for all halmarks

ANSWERS FOR A POSSIBLE DIALOGUE
we are producers ourselves 40/168 of the week. consumer and producer have to do with division of labour
prepay is the most trustful way to start production or services
consumption is the purpose of all production and services
the 12 and the 7 can be found in the whole cosmos!
we ourselves are in the middle!

READ MORE
Read all about all aspects of the consumer-overview on this website and on the worldwide web
Go in to dialogue with your producers and/or service providers beyond membership or subscription
Make a copy of the smallest and smartest household booklet MoneyManager360 on this website

MORE ANSWERS FOUND?
Please let us know via email consumer360.org@gmail.com.
Thank you!