At the heart of the world’s problems lies an unsustainable economic system based on self-interest and competition that has failed to secure universal human rights for the majority world, and continues to inflict irrevocable harm on the environment. The international community must now unite around universal solutions based on the principles of cooperation, sustainability and economic sharing.
It is time to draw lessons from the world's interrelated crises, to look beyond conventional development concepts and goals and to rethink fundamentally the models and measures of development and social progress – in the North and the South. A report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives.
The burgeoning movement for local, cooperatively owned and
community-oriented banks is blazing the trail toward a new, sustainable
form of banking. The results may not yet qualify as the Golden Age
prophesied by Hindu cosmology, but they are a major step in that
direction, argues Ellen Brown.
What would a steady-state
economy look like? What are the changes that are needed to walk the talk
of sustainability? Here is the steady state vision for Australia, which
also speaks to other nations. By Geoff Mosley.
If some of the most important
corporations have a disruptive and costly impact on the economy and the
environment—and if regulation and antitrust laws in many areas are
likely to be subverted by these corporations—a public takeover is the
only logical solution, argue Gar Alperovitz and Thomas M. Hanna.
How can we end our addiction to economic growth, but increase employment even when the economy stagnates? One solution is to loosen our grip on the relentless pursuit of productivity, and create jobs in what
are traditionally seen as “low productivity” sectors, says Tim Jackson.
The School of Commoning recently coordinated a series of 12 seminars on the commons, hosted in London by the renowned commons theorist James B. Quilligan. Here George Pór and Quilligan share some thoughts on what happened during this unique event, and where next for the commons community.
If the human species is to overcome the many interconnected ecological
catastrophes now confronting us, this moment in history requires that we
entertain some bold modifications of our legal structures and political
culture. An essay by Burns Weston and David Bollier.