Creating global prosperity without economic growth

This article was originally published by Humanosphere and is reposted with permission from the authors


The annual public letter from Bill and Melinda Gates has become a much-celebrated event in the global development calendar. But lost in the excitement around this year’s letter is the fact that it uses 6,000 words to paint a picture that is so selective in its use of facts that it amounts to little more than propaganda for a failing aid and development industry, and indeed a failing ideology.

shantytown wealth inequality

(Skyscrapers stand beside a shantytown in Brazil. Image credit: Alicia Nijdam, CC BY 2.0. “Rocinha Favela”)

And the 2017 letter is especially striking for just how out-of-sync it feels with the zeitgeist. [Read more…]

{ Comment | Email This | Digg This | Del.icio.us | Stumble It | Tweet This }

Trump, Sanders, and the Collapse of the American Oligarchy

by Sally Goerner on 19th November 2016

This article was originally published by Capital Institute  “The collapse of urban cultures is an event much more frequent than most observers realize. Often, collapse is well underway before societal elites become aware of it, leading to scenes of leaders responding retroactively and ineffectively as their society collapses around them.” – Sander Vander Leeuw, Archaeologist, […]

Read the full article →

Egalitarian alternative to the US mainstream: Study of Acorn community in Virginia, US

by Katarzyna Gajewska on 11th October 2016

This article was originally published on Bronislaw Magazine, under a Creative Commons License.  Acorn community is composed of 30 adults running an enterprise and sharing land and income. This essay describes the personal experience of living in this commune that wants to change the basic tenets of capitalist economic system and work organization. “Relationship represents […]

Read the full article →

Happier People, Healthier Planet

by Teresa Belton on 20th September 2016

This is a guest post by Teresa Belton, originally published by Action for Happiness It was a beautiful day and I was enjoying riding my bike along a quiet cycle track, with trees and hedges on either side and birds singing. Suddenly, a thought came to me: most of the things that really make us […]

Read the full article →

The global refugee crisis: humanity’s last call for a culture of sharing and cooperation

by Rajesh Makwana on 24th March 2016

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.

Read the full article →

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.

Read the full article →

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?

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

#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.

Read the full article →