Creating global prosperity without economic growth

Editor’s note: On the Post Growth blog we regularly feature local, often small-scale ways of making change. Change on the larger scale – to our political, economic, and legal structures, is of course important too. In this article the author shares with us a European initiative that aims to do just that. If you happen to be near Stockholm, Sweden this weekend, check out the Ending Ecocide conference on 26 April, 2014, and learn about other related talks and events here.

half the world brown, smoking, destroyed; half green, healthy, abundant

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How do we stop the destruction of the Earths’ living systems, the glaring result of the industrial growth society? From rainforests turned to palm oil plantations, to seas deprived of many fish species, to mines opened in ancient lands of indigenous peoples – like the Sami in Sweden: the story repeats itself all over the world.

I recently met lawyer Pablo Fajardo, a former oil field worker who completed his law degree by correspondence course and is now the lead attorney for 30 000 inhabitants of Amazonian Ecuador in a lawsuit against the oil giant Chevron, who have refused to take responsibility for their oil operations over the course of three decades. While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco (now Chevron) deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor.

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OuiShare Fest 2014 – The Age of Communities

by Sharon Ede on 15th April 2014

OuiShare is a non-profit organization and global community empowering citizens, public institutions and companies to build a society in which every person has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. OuiShare believes that an economy based on community principles such as sharing, collaboration and openness can solve many of the complex challenges the […]

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Sharing Cities Network Launches Online Hub with Over 30 Cities

by Mira Luna on 8th April 2014

Editor’s note: Shareable has announced a new resource to support local sharing initiatives, co-created by leaders from around the world – the Sharing Cities Network. Read on and learn more! We are proud to introduce a new resource to support local sharing initiatives, co-created by leaders from around the world. Welcome to the beta version […]

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How Increased Labour Efficiency Drives Resource Consumption

by Gunnar Rundgren on 1st April 2014

Recently, I visited the Moroto District in north-east Uganda, home of the (in)famous Karamajong pastoralist. These number half a million people and are isolated geographically, economically and politically, and are widely despised by their compatriots as violent and underdeveloped.  There have been efforts to settle the Karamajong in villages, get children to school and make […]

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What We’re Reading (and Watching)! March 2014

by Fernanda Tomaselli and Jen Hinton on 26th March 2014

This is part of an ongoing series highlighting what our members are currently reading (and watching!) in the Post Growth and sustainability realms. Ecomind – Frances Moore Lappé Ecomind by Frances Moore Lappé is an engaging book that talks about the importance of changing our way of thinking and the way in which we frame and communicate […]

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Local Spotlight: Reading, PA, US

by Brian Kelly on 19th March 2014

This is part of an ongoing series featuring ways in which Post Growth is already in action. The purpose 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.  Reading, Pennsylvania I am constantly on the lookout for initiatives around the globe that exemplify […]

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How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

by ErinMcCoy on 11th February 2014

This article was originally published in YES! Magazine on 13 January, 2014 Bob Fedyski was adamant: his friend, Chef Matt Rapposelli, needed to check out the Chesterhill Produce Auction. But for a while, Rapposelli stalled: he didn’t believe an auction in rural, Appalachian Ohio could provide nearly enough produce for his needs—after all, as executive […]

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The Power of Three Words: ‘Not-for-Profit’

by Jen Hinton and Donnie Maclurcan on 30th January 2014

Ever since we started writing and speaking about our current book project, How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit World by 2050, we have been amazed by one phenomenon in particular. When we have a chance to explain to people what not-for-profit (NFP) enterprise actually is, we get an incredible response from all sectors and […]

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Post Growth Institute – 2013 Year in Review

by Oliver Lovell and Donnie Maclurcan on 23rd January 2014

2013 was a fantastic year for the Post Growth Institute. We consolidated our working procedures and processes, started developing our biggest project yet, and began laying the platforms for huge impact in 2014. Major Projects: Last year saw us commence writing our forthcoming book, How on Earth: Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit World by 2050. Our […]

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