Creating global prosperity without economic growth

How Fairphone made ethical electronics possible.

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What would happen if your workplace stopped keeping track of how much holiday people took, and just let employees take as many days off as they wanted? Imagine if there were no schedules, no deadlines, no assigned projects. You could work on whatever you wanted. And what if the accounts were open to anyone, and […]

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Last month the (En)Rich List was unveiled here at PGI. Coming out on top was E F Schumacher, one of the most influential men of the 2oth century. But who was Ernest Fritz Schumacher, and what makes him so important? Fritz Schumacher was born in Germany 1911, in time to spend his childhood in the […]

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Good News and Bad News

by Jeremy Williams on 12th October 2011

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve read a series of good news stories that were accidentally written up in the business section as bad news.

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UK public debt

What if most of Britain’s economy was incapable of contributing anything more towards the country’s growth? What if Britain has already entered a postgrowth state?

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We have Millennium Development Goals for the poor, so why not Millennium Consumption Goals for the rich?

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In March 2011, Mitch Epstein was awarded the Prix Pictet, an annual photography prize for work that highlights social and environmental issues, with this year’s theme being ‘Growth’. Epstein’s winning series of photographs is called ‘American Power’ in which he documented ‘a consumerist society inured to the consequences of unbridled consumption where growth no longer meant progress, but self-destruction.’

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Jenga Economics

by Jeremy Williams on 23rd February 2011

The economy must grow. The tower must get taller. It doesn’t matter than it gets less stable with every round, and that it can really only end in collapse. That’s the way the game is played – welcome to the Jenga economy.

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The world already has a post-growth society, albeit an unintentional one: Japan hasn’t grown for the better part of twenty years.

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