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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.