Creating global prosperity without economic growth

BubblesFrom the moment you were born, you have been accumulating an incredible array of assets. No matter who you are – your passions, knowledge, skills and access to resources are truly vast.

Beginning every project, program design, team meeting, volunteer onboarding, feedback process, article or speech by reviewing the associated strengths is a method known as taking an asset-based approach. When applied to social projects, this approach is referred to as Asset Based Community Development.

I once attended an introductory psychology lecture where the professor split the room into two. The left side of the room read a story about Jim, the right side read a story about Joe. Both were allowed to read their story only and then had to rate the character presented on a crude, subjective scale of 0-10 in terms of his ethical nature as a human being: 0 being the most unethical and 10 being the most ethical. While each story was longer than the ones below, I’ve found these abridged versions work with the same effect.

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The Basic Theme

by John Ross on 26th August 2014

As a change from our usual blog content we’re pleased to bring you some post-growth poetry. The poem is a part of the author’s collection of literary works called, If Saving the Earth. Are you a poet, creative writer, or artist whose work is post-growth themed? If so, please share a link to your work […]

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Keeping Voluntary Work Sustainable

by Michelle Glass on 19th August 2014

Creating true global prosperity, even starting on a much smaller scale, can only be achieved through the ongoing investments we make in time, energy, and creative collaboration. While it’s true that we have incredible collective resources with which to solve problems and create beauty, it is equally true that the deep investments required to create […]

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Degrowth Downunder: A Movement Gathering Momentum

by Kari McGregor on 12th August 2014

Editor’s note: This article, which offers a view into the Australian degrowth/post-growth landscape was originally published on the website for the 2014 degrowth conference that will occur on September 2-6 in Leipzig, Germany. Check out the conference here! Australia’s two-speed economy, in which those engaged in mineral extraction flourish while the rest flounder, seems to […]

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The Circular Economy and The Access Economy

by Sharon Ede on 30th July 2014

What happens to resource efficiency, recycling and waste management in a world where disownership is becoming the new normal? As much as it may seem that the nuts and bolts of resource and waste management is about sorting machinery, storage, bins and collection systems, it is really ultimately about people. We know that if people are […]

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Pioneers of Workplace Democracy

by Jeremy Williams on 26th June 2014

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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What We’re Reading – June 2014

by Jen Hinton and Fernanda Tomaselli on 18th June 2014

The Politics of the Earth – John Dryzek The Politics of the Earth by John Dryzek is a must read for people interested in narratives related to sustainability and the environment. Although it’s not exactly an easy read, it’s a very well written and a fairly engaging book that will take you with great detail […]

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Climate Change: The Bigger Picture

by Charles Eistenstein on 12th June 2014

  I’ve noticed some parallels among three defining institutions of our civilisation: money, war, and mainstream religion. All three demand, in one way or another, the sacrifice of the immediate, the human, or the personal in service to an overarching ulterior goal that trumps all. Disciplined by economic exigency, millions of people sacrifice time, energy, […]

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Green Growth vs Postgrowth – Where the Twain Can Meet

by Andre Reichel on 4th June 2014

In the discussions on the future of economic growth, business as usual is not an option. That alone can be regarded as good news. When the modern narrative of growth is evoked in policy debates, it is always green growth that is summoned. Green growth is sought to be resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially inclusive. Green growth is the […]

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