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Economy – Resilience

Building a world of resilient communities

Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:13:55 +0000


Reducing Consumption and Local Exchange Better than “Sustainable Consumption”

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:57:02 +0000


While it is clear that global trade play a major role as a driver of destruction of biodiversity there is no way “consumers” in the US or other developed economies can be expected to take responsibility for the effect on biodiversity of their consumption.

Sustainability 4.0

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:53:09 +0000


Sustainability 4.0 implies the empowered co-creation of prosumers in order to re-shape economy and society towards social inclusiveness and ecological soundness.

Rescuing Chile’s Roots

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:07:46 +0000


Two Chilean initiatives are using luxury tourism to promote small businesses in rural areas and preserve indigenous cultural heritage.

Union Co-operatives: What They Are and Why We Need Them

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:21:27 +0000


Trade unionist Jimmy Reid described alienation as ‘the frustration of ordinary people excluded from the process of decision-making’. This frustration is endemic in contemporary neoliberalised economies…

The Solidarity Ecosystems of Occupied Factories

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:59:00 +0000


The workers of the recuperated VIO.ME factory in Greece are building towards more supportive communities and a stronger, less-fractured society.

An Update on Mineral Depletion: Do we Need Mining Quotas?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:24:24 +0000


To ensure that sufficient zinc, molybdenum and antimony are available for our greatgrandchildren’s generation, we need an international mineral resources agreement.

The Growthist Self: Growthism Part 3

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:11:20 +0000


It is according to the same sort of cultural changes and thus the change in the social roles of our heroes that we might notice the way we, in American, have replaced the explorer, frontiersman, aviator and astronaut with a new hero—one with a decidedly commercial bent.

Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:55:27 +0000


And these are troubled times. It’s getting harder and harder for everyday folks to pretend otherwise as carrying the weight of the self-delusions begins to exceed the cost of waking up and squaring oneself with reality.

Neoliberals know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:18:57 +0000


My father likes to say that some people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The same could be said of the neoliberals of the world, who–in case you missed my previous piece–are now transcendent in most policy circles across the world.

De-[Constructing] Growth: Decoupling Profits from Unsustainable Production*

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:10:00 +0000


While not offering a critique of the degrowth discourse, I throw some light on the debate by offering a deeper and more useful conceptualization that avoids the negative connotations of, and resistance to, “degrowth”

2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:51:02 +0000


Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me explain a few of the things I see.