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New economic paradigms

In response to high demand, STWR have published an updated book version of our perspective on a universal basic income (UBI). The new book release is timely considering the sudden upsurge of interest in UBI policies, with many governments across the world making direct cash payments to citizens during the...
A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy. By Thomas Hanna and Mathew Lawrence. As we enter the second decade of the new century, signs of crisis are all around us. Climate change, rising economic inequality, assaults on...
The Earth Charter recognises that achieving social and economic justice will require both ensuring ecological integrity, as well as the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly etcetera. It is a covenant that defines an overarching way of life and answers the question of how to construct our...
In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das Ausmaß...
After centuries of enclosure, privatisation and colonisation, it's time that the commons were returned to all of us, writes Guy Standing in openDemocracy. The commons are part of our culture and constitution, and in Britain have been so since the Charter of the Forest was sealed in November 1217 alongside the Magna...
In conventional economics, growth is recorded as a good thing in itself, even if it comes at the cost of social and environmental breakdown. If we considered growth to be a means to an end, what would that end be? What would we call it, and what comes after it? These are the questions Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy...
Instead of endless growth, can we put human health and welfare at the heart of the global economy, the prime policy goal of governments and business alike? By Ben Martin for the Green Economy Coalition. What does the environment have to do with your health? Well, more or less everything, as it turns out. The planet...
A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world’s financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030. The 2019 Financing for...
A Special Rapporteur of the United Nations held a panel discussion on universal basic income and the future of human rights on June 8, 2017, in which the prospects for achieving this progressive policy were discussed alongside prominent supporters. Organized by Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur...
A new primer explains the origins of the commons and P2P, how they interrelate, their movements and trends, and how a Commons transition is poised to reinvigorate work, politics, production, and care, both interpersonal and environmental. Co-published by the P2P Foundation and the Transnational Institute. The Commons...
We must build the case for a new social commons, and urgently, because we’re in danger of losing what we’ve taken for granted for half a century. The old order of politics, including the post-war welfare settlement, is crumbling. So can we envisage a social commons that people shape and control democratically, based...
The hegemony of the growth-based model often prevents people from questioning its core assumptions. But the building blocks of a new economy are within reach, central to which is the need to decouple growth from prosperity, explains Tim Jackson in an interview with Allen White. Reposted from the Great Transition...
We are unable to seriously envision a new economic paradigm for managing the earth’s shared resources, unless we first contemplate the need for a psychosocial transformation across the world, whereby the awareness of the average person is expanded to embrace the common good of humanity as a whole. For humanity is also...
It’s time to write a new economic story fit for this century – one that sees the economy’s dependence upon society and the living world, writes Kate Raworth for openDemocracy. No one can deny it: economics matters. Its theories are the mother tongue of public policy, the rationale for multi-billion-dollar investments...
We now need transformative policies able to open a new horizon, without poverty, with less inequality, without destroying our natural environment. Our new situation requires an urgent reflection on power relations and concrete alternatives, central to which is the reconceptualisation of social protection in terms of...