Creating global prosperity without economic growth

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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 […]

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“Good jobs! Clean environment! Green economy!” That is the rallying cry of the BlueGreen Alliance, an impressive coalition of environmental organisations and labour unions in the US, with over 15 million members. Their existence is part of a growing synthesis between the labour and environmental movements, which is based around two core ideas: 1), that […]

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The 4-Day Week?

by Tegan Tallullah on 24th December 2014

This article originally appeared in slightly edited form here on earthbabyblog.org.   The standard work week in Britain is 38/40 hours long. In America, China and many other countries it’s even longer. We spend so much of our time in paid work because a) we need/want the money, b) our employer might not offer part-time […]

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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.

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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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Transforming Research

by Amelia Bryne on 7th February 2013

If our assumptions aren’t true… Most of us today have grown up surrounded by a culture that believes that the earth has an unlimited capacity to provide us with whatever we humans might desire – more cars, more electronic gadgets, cheap meat, and so on. Not only that, but we have organized the way that […]

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Notes on a Greener Economy

by Carl Schlyter on 20th November 2012

In this text Carl Schlyter, Member of the European Parliament for the Green Party of Sweden, offers some thoughts on policy actions that could lead to a greener and more liveable economy, including shorter working hours, more thoughtful subsidies, and better investments. The Uneconomic Economy Standard economic theory follows the logic of growth. Growth creates jobs, […]

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The problem is unemployment; only growth can create the jobs. Schools and hospitals are underfunded; the answer is faster growth. We can’t afford to protect the environment; the solution is more growth. Poverty is entrenched; growth will rescue the poor. Income distribution is unequal; the answer is more growth. If the answer to the problem […]

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