Few people within the sharing economy movement are considering the
application of this important concept to the most pressing global issues of our time. So
it’s very encouraging to see an article that asks if sharing can solve global hunger – although a comprehensive answer deserves much more
research, insight and consideration.
A new project by the Post Growth Institute is exploring the prospect of a mainstream shift toward not-for-profit enterprise as an alternative to the growth-based model of business and finance. Could this form a crucial plank in the vision for a new economy based on sharing and cooperation, rather than competition and endless consumption?
The idea of
sharing food has taken root in recent years as a response to our broken food systems, but does it make sense to talk about
food sharing on a global basis? Perhaps it does, as long as we advocate a true
form of economic sharing that addresses the power structures and politics
underlying our unjust globalised food economy.
The social, environmental and economic crises that continue
to reap havoc across the globe provide a critical opportunity for ordinary
people to demand economic reform and political transformation says STWR's director, Rajesh Makwana, in an interview with John Habets & Henk Gloudemans.
Discussions and events that focus on sharing are becoming ever more mainstream in 2013, but the
broad conversation that encompasses the sharing economy also poses some challenges - especially when we consider what sharing means in international terms.
Read about STWR's work in 2012 and some of our planned participation at events over the coming year in the newsletter for March, which includes a run-down of recent articles and posts as well as an overview of our upcoming research priorities and a website redesign.
Governments must accept
that the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change will never be
addressed without substantial reforms to the global economy. In the meanwhile,
the post-2015 development goals need to be much more ambitious about preventing
avoidable poverty-related deaths within an immediate timeframe.
Our latest Annual Review provides an overview of STWR’s key activities
over the course of 2012 as well as an insight into our plans for 2013, which
include a website redesign, the publication of further reports and our involvement
in a number of upcoming events.
In a recent webinar discussion STWR presented an overview of
what sharing means in economic and political terms, and outlined how the
principle of sharing could act as both a guide for policymakers and a rallying
platform for civil society in the urgent process of world reconstruction.
In a guest post on Friends of the Earth's Green Blog, Benita Matofska of The People Who Share says that a new model is emerging for how the world
could operate, and argues that the simple
solution to our most complex global problems is the sharing economy.