Further resources on sharing

A list of further resources including organisations, campaigns, books, reports, articles and videos that relate to the key themes explored in STWR's work. 

Contents


Sharing in action

Organisations and campaigns

  • On the Commons (OTC): a commons movement strategy center founded in 2001.
  • Transition Network: an organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model.
  • Global Commons Trust: a growing group of individuals and organizations who believe that shared resources should be held in trust for the commonwealth of the planet.
  • School of Commoning: education and research for a commons culture and social renewal.
  • Earth Rights Institute: a U.S. organisation that promotes policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources.
  • Alternatives: a Canadian organisation for solidarity, justice and equality around the world.
  • Seed Freedom: a global movement to defend the farmers right to share and save seed.
  • Resurgence: informed and original perspectives on environmental issues, engaged activism, philosophy, arts and ethical living.
  • Shareable: an online magazine about the growing sharing economy movement.

Recommended reading and resources


Ending poverty

Organisations and campaigns

  • Global Social Justice: an initiative aimed at producing, collecting and distributing information about global social development and redistribution
  • Inequality.org: a portal into all things online related to the income and wealth gaps that so divide us, in the United States and throughout the world.
  • War on Want: fighting poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation.
  • /The Rules: a global movement to bring power back to people, and change the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world.
  • ActionAid: working for a world free from poverty and injustice.
  • Christian Aid: working globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all.
  • World Development Movement: campaigning against the root causes of poverty and inequality.
  • Global Marshall Plan Initiative: advocating for industrial countries of the world to use their resources to eliminate, once and for all global and domestic, poverty, homelessness, and hunger; provide quality education and health care for all; and repair the global environment.
  • The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD): aim to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice.
  • Social Watch: an international network of citizens’ organizations in the struggle to eradicate poverty and ensure an equitable distribution of wealth.

Recommended reading and resources


Environmental stewardship

Organisations and campaigns

  • Friends of the Earth International: the world's largest grassroots environmental network campaigning on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.
  • Greenpeace: a global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace
  • Gaia Foundation: working with partners to address the root causes of today's most pressing ecological, social and economic injustices.
  • Grain: a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
  • Contraction and Convergence: an independent organisation campaigning on climate change that promotes a "Contraction and Convergence" solution.
  • EcoEquity: working to influence climate change negotiations by emphasizing the importance of equity principles in all aspects of the policy response.
  • Feasta: aims to identify the characteristics of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP): working locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
  • srfood.org: reports by Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
  • Simplicity Institute: an education and research centre dedicated to showing that lifestyles of reduced and restrained consumption are a necessary and desirable part of any transition to a just, sustainable, and flourishing human community.

Recommended reading and resources


Global democracy

Organisations and campaigns

Recommended reading and resources


Peaceful international relations

Organisations and campaigns

  • Demilitarize.org: Website resources and organizing for the annual Global Day of Action on Military Spending that coincides with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI) new annual figures on world military expenditures. 
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.
  • The Five Per Cent Campaign: a proposal by Tipping Point North South to redirect excessive military spending to global social needs via the ‘5% formula’ – a feasible formula for delivering deep, sustainable cuts to excessive global military spending applicable by civil society across the globe.
  • The '25 Percent Campaign: A coalition of community and peace groups in eastern Massachusetts, USA, who campaign to fund jobs and community needs by cutting total military spending by 25%. <www.25percentsolution.com>
  • Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT): A UK-based campaign to end the deadly and corrupt business of the international arms trade. <www.caat.org.uk>
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament: Working to secure an international Nuclear Weapons Convention which will ban nuclear weapons globally, among many other campaigns. <www.cnduk.org>
  • Control Arms: A global civil society alliance campaigning for an international legally-binding Arms Trade Treaty that will stop transfers of arms and ammunitions that fuel conflict, poverty and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. <www.controlarms.org>
  • Economists for Peace and Security: An international network of organizations promoting economic analysis and appropriate action for peace, security and the world economy. <www.epsusa.org>
  • Peace Action: A US-based grassroots organization committed to organizing a citizen movement around a vision of world peace.
  • War Resister's International: Promotes nonviolent action against the causes of war, and supports and connects people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. <www.wri-irg.org>

Recommended reading and resources


Reforming the global economy

Organisations and campaigns

  • The International Forum on Globalization: a research, advocacy and action organization founded in 1994, focused on the impacts of dominant economic and geo-political policies.
  • Tax Justice Network: Formed in 2003, TJN promote transparency in international finance and oppose secrecy through high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of tax and regulation. 
  • Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE): working to advance the steady state economy, with stabilized population and consumption, as a policy goal with widespread public support.
  • Focus on the Global South: see the campaign on ‘deglobalisation' for new ideas on global economic reform.
  • South Centre: see the programme on global governance for development for the many reports and recommendations on reforming international financial institutions.
  • Transnational Institute: an international network of scholar activists aiming to provide intellectual support to worldwide social movements, with extensive research on global economic justice and international finance.
  • European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad): a network of 48 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 19 European countries working on issues related to debt, development finance and poverty reduction.
  • Focus on the Global South: challenging neoliberalism, militarism and corporate-driven globalisation while strengthening just and equitable alternatives.
  • The “Our World is not for Sale” (OWINFS) network: a loose grouping of social movements fighting the current model of corporate globalization embodied in the global trading system.
  • Green Economics Institute: aiming to reform economics and finance and also to create a climate where economics and the economy create a more inclusive world, where caring, sharing and supporting each other is the norm and accepted as the way to be.

Recommended reading and resources


Sharing as human nature

Organisations and campaigns

  • Common Cause: a network of people working to help rebalance cultural values to create a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society.
  • Real-world economics review: the home of the Post-Autistic Economics movement for a new paradigm in economic theory, active since 2000. Read the blog here.
  • Post-Crash Economics: a group of economics students who believe that the content of the economics syllabus and the way it is taught could and should be seriously rethought.
  • Happy Planet Index: The HPI measures what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them. A project of the New Economics Foundation.
  • Degrowth in the Americas: the third international conference held in Canada, May 2012.

Recommended reading and resources


The people’s voice

Organisations and campaigns

  • World Social Forum: an annual meeting of civil society organizations that comprise the global justice movement.
  • OccupyWallSt.org: the unofficial de facto online resource for the growing occupation movement happening on Wall Street and around the world.
  • Strike Debt: an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, Strike Debt initiatives – like the Rolling Jubilee - are a growing collective resistance to the debt system. 
  • 15-M Movement/The Indignados: a grassroots protest movement in Spain.
  • The Widening Circle: a campaign for advancing a global citizens movement.
  • The Johannesburg Compass: an international conference that aimed to assist in the creation of a global citizens movement, held in Johannesburg in November 2013 in collaboration with CIVICUS and GCAP.
  • The Global Citizens’ Initiative (TGCI): an effort to build a network of people who see themselves as global citizens and want to build a better world.
  • La Via Campesina: an international peasant's movement that defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.
  • Landless Workers' Movement: one of the social movements in Latin America that fights for access to the land for poor workers.
  • Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI): a network of community-based organizations of the urban poor in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Recommended reading and resources

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