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Women and the Underside of Meetings

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Women and the Underside of Meetings
"Mistresses of the Universe"?
Gendered financial trading
Role of women in sustaining dialogue
Sexual behavior at conferences
Symbolism
Asystemic strategies
Metaphoric impoverishment
Dysfunctional compensation
Challenging complementarity
References

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Produced in recognition of the under-representation of women in the G20 Summit initiative (London, April 2009) to reform the global economic system. Originally distributed as a section of Engaging with Globality through Cognitive Realignment (2009). The title celebrates the pioneering initiative of the feminist scholar Elise Boulding (The Underside of History: a view of women through time, 1976)
Introduction
"Mistresses of the Universe"?
Gendered financial trading
Role of women in sustaining dialogue
Sexual behavior at conferences
Symbolism
Asystemic strategies
Metaphoric impoverishment
Dysfunctional compensation
Challenging complementarity

References (separate document)


Introduction

The following commentary complements the challenges posed by the so-called Masters of the Universe, notably in relation to the collapse of the financial system, its economic consequences and their involvement in reforming the economic system -- with little consideration of the perspective of women. The problems created by the mindset of the Masters of the Universe are discussed in Engaging with Globality through Cognitive Realignment (2009) which includes annexes premised on the assumption that sustainable governance is necessarily sexy -- and if it is not then it is unlikely to be sustainable.

The nature of the involvement of women in the process of rethinking the future is considered symptomatic of the inadequacy of the thinking brought to bear upon the challenges faced by humanity as a whole -- as further discussed in Framing the Global Future by Ignoring Alternatives: unfreezing categories as a vital necessity (2009).

Symptoms of denial: gender and the underside of meetings Strategic implications of denial
-- "Mistresses of the Universe"?
-- Gendered financial trading
-- Role of women in sustaining dialogue
-- Sexual behavior at conferences
-- Symbolism
-- Asystemic strategies
-- Metaphoric impoverishment
-- Dysfunctional compensation
-- Challenging complementarity

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