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New economic paradigms

How can we stop the overshoot of our planet’s capacity and reach fair sharing at the same time? The Dutch Footprint Group present their proposal based on equal rights for all, written by Jan Juffermans for Resilience.org. In 2016 I was invited to deliver the Domela Nieuwenhuis Memorial Lecture in the city of...
With Europe facing the greatest social challenge in its history since the second world war, ministers from Spain, Italy and Portugal are calling for a common EU approach to a minimum income. It’s been proposed, probed and pushed to the margins of the European Union for more than two decades. Now, as Europe reels...
What is happening during this pandemic is not degrowth. Our real goal is to purposefully slow things down in order to live meaningfully through commoning, sharing and working less in more equal societies, write Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria for openDemocracy. The pandemic has...
Now is the time for citizens to ensure that world leaders forcefully respond to the COVID-19 crisis in accordance with human rights, write Isabel Ortiz and Walden Bello. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented human and economic crisis. Governments are taking strong actions, enforcing...
We need global action now. Only a mighty response by rich, powerful countries will stop the pandemic and prevent a global economic collapse, writes Chema Vera. “The virus will starve us before it makes us sick.” That text message, which a colleague of mine in Nairobi received from Micah, a taxi-driver friend,...
The coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call to stop exceeding the planet’s limits, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Kate Raworth. The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced entire countries into lockdown mode, terrified citizens around the world, and triggered a financial-market meltdown. The...
The coronavirus has brought our economy to a standstill. But instead of rebuilding a broken system, we must explore how we can build back better, write Amanda Janoo and Gemma Bone Dodds for OpenDemocracy & WellbeingEconomy.org. As world leaders scramble to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save millions of lives...
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...