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News and Analysis

Revisiting the Stiglitz Commission Report

The Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly President in 2009, chaired by the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, presented its report to the UN but little of its recommendations were followed up. Below is an extract of a paper that summarises and comments on the Commission’s report, by Yash Tandon.

Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities

If people cannot freely use the public and supposedly “common” spaces of the city, then it is critical that movements emerge to liberate those common spaces for their participation. Such movements can provide a vital opening for a broader common politics, explains David Harvey in an interview with Chris Carlsson.

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative - Oxford Declaration

In a declaration from the GCGI's 10th Annual Conference, 'Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Reclaiming the Moral and Spiritual Roots of Economics and Capitalism', a group of activists, economists, academics and members of the business community unanimously agreed on the urgent need to create an equitable and sustainable world for the common good of all.

Degrowth or Decadence

Thinking in terms of degrowth does not mean breaking with growth, but rather with the ideology of accumulation. Degrowing means a decision to revalue things and our relations with our surroundings. It's worth asking ourselves which we would choose: a calm degrowth or an unsustainable social pressure? By Ramón Alcoberro.

Can Trust Systems Build a New Economy From Ruin?

As the consumer economy peaks in both economic and environmental terms, the sharing economy offers a more hopeful prospect. Yet a fundamental problem must be addressed for it to achieve scale: in an economy where we share houses, cars, money, and work with strangers, how do we decide who to trust? By Paul M. Davis.

Civil Society Statement of Concern on 2nd Global Conference

Civil society organizations from around the world raise concerns with the objectives of the 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, 3-7 September 2012.

7 Ways to End the Deficit (Without Throwing Grandma Under the Bus)

A new study suggests that ending the deficit doesn’t have to hurt, just as long as we cut in the right places. Here are seven places where budget cuts in the US can create a more just, more secure, and more sustainable country. By John Cavanagh

Social Innovations for Economic Degrowth

We need a great social transformation in order to deal with the deep ecological crisis facing humankind. But we can already find social innovations that might function as the basic units of this transformation - as evidenced in the solidarity economy and the commons, write Andreas Exner and Christian Lauk.

The Quebec Student Protest Movement and the Power of the Radical Imagination

To understand the shared concerns of youthful protesters and the global nature of the forces they are fighting, it is crucial to situate these diverse student protests within a broader analysis of global capital and the changing nature of its assaults on young people, says Henry A Giroux.

Paradigm shift in food security thinking at World Water Week

At the World Water Week conference in Stockholm, some organisations put forward a new vision for achieving food and water security. This represents a shift in the paradigm that food production must be increased at all costs, and instead focuses on food waste and sustainable diets.

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