As labour productivity increases, we seem faced with a choice between environmental disaster or massive unemployment. Is the solution to slow down the economy by reducing working hours and sharing the work? An exchange between John de Graaf and Wendell Berry.
Supporters of the commons are growing into a powerful movement to reshape how people think about the nature of ownership and the importance of collaboration in modern society, promoting a vision of a society where 'we' matters as much as 'me'. By Jay Walljasper.
As 2010 ends, activists, psychologists, scholars and many others continue to research and promote altruism and compassion as our most important shared human values. This groundbreaking work is challenging the basic assumptions behind our failing economic system, writes Rebecca Solnit.
Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce their vulnerability to a volatile global economy. By organising around the principles of ecological balance, equitable distribution and ‘living democracy’, people are building viable alternatives to ‘business as usual’, write Robin Broad and John Cavanagh.
Society would collapse if it weren’t for the human tendency to cooperate and collaborate. So why do so many thinkers persist in using evolutionary theory to argue that competition is the only path to success? By Mary Midgley.
Exposing the mismatch between the real world and the abstracted economic theories that currently guide policymakers can begin a transition to a fairer and more sustainable future - a process that thousands of pioneering academics, activists and independent media organisations have already begun, writes Hazel Henderson.
Around the world, people are establishing new forms of economic exchange, business management and democratic decision making based on the principles of empowerment and mutual collective benefit. Could so-called ‘solidarity economics’ offer a third way between capitalism and communism? By Kevin Karner.