The seed freedom movement
is an inspiring example of how the principle of sharing is central to resolving
the crisis in agriculture, and highlights the urgency of resisting the powerful agribusinesses that seek to eliminate biodiversity and criminalise the saving and sharing of seed.
In order to stimulate further public engagement and activism
on global issues, it is important for those promoting the sharing economy to
place far greater emphasis on the environmental and social benefits of sharing
rather than any purely personal benefits, such as financial gain.
According to a growing body of psychological research, promoting intrinsic values can lead to better outcomes for the environment and society as a whole. Can a call for greater economic sharing help promote these values and unite progressives in a common cause that spans diverse cultures and multiple issues?
Campaigners have long proposed measures to reduce extreme inequality, but policymakers remain fixated on an economic model that threatens to undermine the fabric of society. When will the political elite heed the growing demands for redistribution that are being voiced in countless reports, books and public protests?
Land value taxation embodies the principle that natural resources are the creations of nature and should therefore belong to society as a whole, not individuals – and as STWR acknowledges, the ramifications of this conceptual shift for a more just and sustainable world are potentially immense.
In a webinar scheduled for 18th February 2013 at 19.30 (GMT), STWR will present their ideas on how policies based on the principle of sharing can help address the immediate crises facing humanity, as well as guide – given sufficient public support – the many structural reforms to the global economy that must follow.
There are many policies that governments could implement to raise the
finances needed to reverse austerity measures, tackle climate change and
prevent needless poverty-related deaths. But we cannot rely on governments to change the current world direction - the only hope is a huge groundswell of popular support in favour of global sharing.
Oxfam's chief executive makes some thought-provoking observations about transitioning to a sustainable and just world, and points towards an important question: what will it take to spur a
mass engagement of ordinary people around the need to end poverty
and social injustice?
The recent climate talks in Doha were held as if in an alternative reality to distressing developments across the world. But there still remains hope and optimism because there is no possibility of preventing runaway
climate change without global sharing and justice.
In the last newsletter of 2012, STWR highlights some recent events and discussions on rethinking the global economic order and scaling up sharing in our societies, and stresses the importance of everyone getting involved in the emerging debate around global sharing.