Today, it seems that the idea of sharing is being discussed in almost any context except the political economy. This may be understandable, but if we're serious about ending poverty and healing the environment perhaps it's about time that we all start talking about global sharing.
A new report by Share The World’s
Resources demonstrates how governments could mobilise over $2.8 trillion every
year to bolster the ‘global sharing economy’ and prevent life-threatening
deprivation, reverse austerity measures and mitigate the human impacts of
The very basis of the sharing economy is being eroded in
countries where austerity measures are dramatically reducing public
spending on social welfare and essential services. But governments could collect and redistribute huge
quantities of additional finance for critical human needs, argue Rajesh Makwana and Adam Parsons.
What would the world look like if money embodied our values, if the best business decision was the best
decision for society, and if wealth was defined by how much we give, not how
much we have? Charles Eisenstein shared his insights during a workshop attended by STWR's Adam Parsons.
Following the ‘hoax summit' and failure of
political leadership at Rio+20, it is clear that the
responsibility for change rests with ordinary, engaged citizens to forge
a united and informed world public opinion that is stronger than any government
or vested interest, writes Adam Parsons.
Da sich die
Wirtschaftskrise verschlimmert, ist es die allererste Pflicht der Regierungen,
das politische und ökonomische System dahingehend neu zu gestalten, dass kein
Mensch mehr an Hunger stirbt. Dies wird aber ohne eine beispiellose
Unterstützung der öffentlichen Meinung
nicht möglich sein, sagt Mohammed
The World Bank's latest data suggests a decline in global poverty throughout every region of the developing world, as well as the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goal on halving poverty well ahead of schedule. But is this really the 'good news' that we are led to believe? By Adam Parsons.
The experience of Iceland, as
highlighted in the film ‘Future of Hope', presents movements for social justice
with a vision for creating change on a global scale. Central to this process is
the need to replace self-interest, competition and greed with values that promote
the development of a sustainable and equitable world - such as sharing and
cooperation, argues Rajesh Makwana.
Devant la crise
économique qui s’aggrave, la réponse correcte des gouvernements serait de
concevoir nos systèmes politique et économique de manière nouvelle de sorte que
personne ne meure plus de faim. Mais, cela ne se fera pas sans une montée
sans précédent de soutien populaire, déclare Mohammed Mesbahi.
As the economic crisis worsens, the foremost responsibility
of governments is to redesign our political and economic systems so that no-one
hunger. But this will never happen without an unparalleled uprising of public
support, says Mohammed Mesbahi.