Mari Werner recently retired from a career as an independent technical writer. She spent over 20 years producing instructional materials for companies that included Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Toshiba, and Kaiser Permanente. She has a passion for cutting through complexity and making obscure material understandable. The financial crash of 2008 and the illogical public explanations that followed it, inspired her to make an in-depth study of how money works in the U.S. Based on that study, she created the Workable Economics website (workableeconomics.com), which, since 2011, has been providing education on the fundamental flaws in the modern system of money and banking. She is also a published poet, and is the founder and co-host of Open Words, a monthly poetry reading in Claremont, CA.