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|STWR Newsletter: December 2012|
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.
In 2003 STWR was founded as a politically unaffiliated, not-for-profit organisation with the specific aim of mobilising public opinion around the urgent need to share the world’s resources. At that time, very few organisations or campaigners were making a similar call for global sharing as the only way to end poverty, reduce inequality, heal the environment and foster world peace. For many people, especially those in policy circles, it may have seemed as if STWR’s campaigning position was too radical to make an appeal – based as it is on the need for governments to immediately secure basic human needs for all.
But a lot has changed in the world over the past ten years, and as we approach 2013 it’s as if the age-old concept of sharing has suddenly caught the imagination of millions of people in different countries. This is most notable in the burgeoning discussion around collaborative consumption in which ‘sharing’ has become the new buzzword of environmentalists, entrepreneurs, techies and community pioneers who are all experimenting with the different ways we can access and share resources rather than own them. The concept of sharing is also being recollected, re-learned and re-invented in other diverse fields as a means of dealing with the multiple crises of the 21st Century – from the commons movement to the gift economy, mutual aid societies, barter systems, time banks, and many other grassroots economic alternatives and people’s movements.
Our simple message at STWR hasn’t changed in the last decade, and now more than ever there is an urgent need for everyone to raise their voice for greater sharing in our societies. As the global economic system continues to break down while governments respond in entirely the wrong way to the world’s worsening crises, it has never been more important to scale up and strengthen systems of sharing and redistribution. STWR will continue working to inform and influence the emerging debate around sharing, in particular to highlight the importance of sharing in relation to poverty, inequality and environmental issues on an international level.
Some of our recent activities from the past month are highlighted below, which includes a presentation by STWR in Antalya, Turkey on the need to immediately end life-threatening deprivation and needless poverty-related deaths as a foremost global priority; a discussion at the House of Commons in Westminster on whether it’s possible to change the world through sharing; and various blogs posts and comments on the many and varied ways in which organisations, professionals and engaged citizens across the world are now calling for the Earth’s resources to be shared more fairly among rich and poor.
We’ve also continued promoting our latest report on Financing the Global Sharing Economy (now available as web-pages as well as a PDF), and started work on a new website that will focus centrally on our core message in order to provide visitors with a clearer understanding about global sharing and STWR’s campaign priorities/research activities. Look out in the new year for our upcoming publications on the principle of sharing from both philosophical and political-economic perspectives, as well as new research around the need for an International Emergency Relief Program to prevent life-threating deprivation and needless deaths, as previously outlined in much earlier writings by STWR.
Rethinking the Global Economic Order
Sharing at the House of Commons
The Sharing Economy: Our Sustainable Future
Imagining the Ultimate Global Sharing Day
Why Poverty? Because We Do Not Share Resources
Sharing and Cooperation in the Business World
Connecting the Dots in the Sharing Community
The Gaza Crisis, Giving Thanks, and More on Austerity...
The International Responsibility for Justice in Occupied Palestine
A Welfare State for America, and for the World?
Attention America: Welfare is Not a Dirty Word
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