Creating global prosperity without economic growth

Food Waste Collective

This is part of an ongoing series in which we will feature ways Post Growth is in action already.  The intention of this series is to inspire ideas about how to engage intentionally in our communities.  Please visit our Post Growth in Action web page for more.

 

 

One of the many fantastic initiatives going on in my city which I consider to be forerunners of the post-growth economy is the Brighton Food Waste Collective. This community group collects surplus food from wholesalers and other businesses, holds free public feasts and other community events, and donates the food to charities which tackle food poverty. In the UK, we have an insane situation where on the one hand 3.5 million tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away every year, while on the other 2 million Brits are malnourished, with 500,000 now reliant on food-banks, and that number is rising. The Food Waste Collective helps people in need, diverts food from going to landfill (meaning less emissions from agriculture and landfill) and helps build a stronger sense of community in the process. It’s really a win on all fronts.  [Read more…]

Listen

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

Reframing Progress

by Tegan Tallullah on 9th December 2014

“…Progress is one of the most powerful notions in the modern world” writes John Dryzek in The Politics of the Earth. I’m inclined to agree with him. Progress acts as a kind of meta-narrative, an incredibly potent and pervasive trope that is woven through stories ancient and contemporary, and forms a core part of our […]

Read the full article →

A Smart Phone with Social Values

by Jeremy Williams on 2nd December 2014

How Fairphone made ethical electronics possible.

Read the full article →

Transactional Sharing, Transformational Sharing

by Sharon Ede on 26th November 2014

What’s the difference between ‘transactional’ and ‘transformational’ sharing?

Read the full article →

The Not-for-Profit World beyond Capitalism

by Donnie Maclurcan and Jen Hinton on 26th October 2014

This article is a modified version of an article previously appearing in The Guardian. Beyond capitalism lies the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Beyond capitalism lies the Not-for-Profit World. At the heart of the failing capitalist system is the ‘for-profit’ ethic. Based on the myth that humans are mostly selfish and competitive, […]

Read the full article →

‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’

by Julian Agyeman and Duncan McLaren on 16th October 2014

These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive. But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation […]

Read the full article →

Call to Action: Reclaim the Climate Movement

by Kari McGregor on 21st September 2014
Thumbnail image for Call to Action: Reclaim the Climate Movement

I’m sure you’ve heard that everyone – or, at least, everyone who cares – will be marching for the climate this weekend. If you’re not marching, then you’re not doing anything at all, or so we’re told. False dichotomies aside though, I won’t be marching this weekend. I’ll be taking action instead.

Read the full article →

What We’re Reading – September 2014

by Sarah Reibstein on 16th September 2014

  This is part of an ongoing series highlighting what our members are currently reading (and watching!) in the Post Growth and sustainability realms. The Bees, Laline Paull Moving beyond existing economic and social frameworks to post-growth ways of living requires immense creativity. When we’re able to see the world from a radically different point of view than […]

Read the full article →

The Power of Asset-based Approaches

by Donnie Maclurcan on 9th September 2014
Thumbnail image for The Power of Asset-based Approaches

When we start by exploring people’s strengths, we value people as human beings. When applied to community development, the asset-based approach is one of the most powerful ways to mobilize for social change because it proposes that everyone has something to offer and therefore everyone is needed.

Read the full article →