Creating global prosperity without economic growth

This article was originally published on sharing.org.

The real crisis is not the influx of refugees to Europe per se but a toxic combination of destabilising foreign policy agendas, economic austerity and the rise of right-wing nationalism, which is likely to push the world further into social and political chaos in the months ahead.

Refugees welcome compassion Refugees welcome rally in Leipzig, 2014. Photo by Caruso Pinguin (Creative Commons).


Razor-wire fences, detention centres, xenophobic rhetoric and political disarray; nothing illustrates the tendency of governments to aggressively pursue nationalistic interests more starkly than their inhumane response to refugees fleeing conflict and war. With record numbers of asylum seekers predicted to reach Europe this year and a morally acceptable humanitarian response nowhere in sight, the immediate problem is more apparent than ever: the abject failure of the international community to share the responsibility, burden and resources needed to safeguard the basic rights of asylum seekers in accordance with international law. 

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What Does the New Economy Look Like? Here’s What Our Artists Did With Your Ideas

by Kate Aronoff on 8th February 2016

Pictures of windmills and farmers markets are great, but they don’t capture the diversity and radicalism of the new economy movement. Here are a couple of artists’ visualisations of the movement, based on reader’s ideas submitted to YES! Magazine. The results are beautiful.

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A new era of global protest begins

by Rajesh Makwana on 16th January 2016

The last few years have seen a growing wave of protest, civil dissent and activism all over the world – could this be the stirrings of a new democracy?

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Post-Growth for the Climate

by Tegan Tallullah on 17th November 2015

Post-growth is about meeting humanity’s needs in a way that achieves high wellbeing for all while respecting the limits of our bountiful yet finite planet. There are so many reasons why the transition to a post-growth world is necessary and desirable. But the reason that really lends it a sense of urgency is the climate […]

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#GlobalGoals? The truth about poverty and how to address it

by Rajesh Makwana on 12th November 2015

This article originally appeared on Sharing.org. It’s high time UN agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

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Post Growth Economics in STIR Magazine

by Tegan Tallullah on 27th October 2015

An extract of Tegan Tallullah’s recent article on post-growth, development and global justice published in STIR magazine.

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The ‘new vision’ is not so new: Let’s act on it

by Janet Newbury on 9th October 2015

This article was originally published on Policy Note. David Suzuki recently asserted that we have failed “to imagine a better way” than our current economic paradigm. He criticized all candidates in the upcoming federal Canadian election for making economic promises that continue to rely on growth. And he cited numerous reasons for calling this approach […]

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Make the right choice when economy and sustainability collide

by Robert Hoglund and Erik Pihl on 1st October 2015

Written by Robert Hoglund and Erik Pihl, this article was originally published in Swedish in the national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. ~ The UN’s new development goals that will replace the millennium goals were put into place last Friday by the UN member states. The goals will be guiding the whole world’s development work for the next […]

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Energy, Climate Change and the Economy

by Gerry Greaves on 17th September 2015

I began my climate change journey in the year 2000. I was working as an engineer on the energy saving effects of cool roofs on buildings.  Soon the discussion changed to their effect on what was then called global warming.  I had heard about it of course, but didn’t really understand it.  After some digging, […]

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