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New economic paradigms

Contents: Editor’s preface The cry for justice Commercialisation: the antithesis of sharing Uniting the people of the world A discourse on beliefs, ideologies and ‘isms’ An enquiry into the meaning of sharing food Rise up America, rise up! Christmas, the system and I Endnotes A printed book version of...
In a forum discussion by The Great Transition Initiative, two panels debate the question: Should a UBI be a central element of strategies for transformation? The following is a contribution from STWR, titled: Toward Global Sharing.  Guy Standing's opener lays out a cogent case for a universal basic income (UBI)....
'Amid a pandemic that has taken over a million lives, we urge the same level of imagination as the drafters of the Universal Declaration over seventy years ago.' By Gabriela Bucher and Olivier De Schutter. And so our world, scarred by human tragedy, came together. Leaders across the world agreed “to reaffirm faith...
A new book lays out a progressive agenda for the post-COVID era, which relies on a global Green New Deal, a serious shift of resources from the military to human needs, a major upgrade in international cooperation, and a significant commitment to economic equity. By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. If the...
The immediate introduction of a Temporary Basic Income for the world’s poorest people could slow the current surge in COVID-19 and enable close to three billion people to stay at home, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme. Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable...
How can we stop the overshoot of our planet’s capacity and reach fair sharing at the same time? The Dutch Footprint Group present their proposal based on equal rights for all, written by Jan Juffermans for Resilience.org. In 2016 I was invited to deliver the Domela Nieuwenhuis Memorial Lecture in the city of...
With Europe facing the greatest social challenge in its history since the second world war, ministers from Spain, Italy and Portugal are calling for a common EU approach to a minimum income. It’s been proposed, probed and pushed to the margins of the European Union for more than two decades. Now, as Europe reels...
What is happening during this pandemic is not degrowth. Our real goal is to purposefully slow things down in order to live meaningfully through commoning, sharing and working less in more equal societies, write Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria for openDemocracy. The pandemic has...
Now is the time for citizens to ensure that world leaders forcefully respond to the COVID-19 crisis in accordance with human rights, write Isabel Ortiz and Walden Bello. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented human and economic crisis. Governments are taking strong actions, enforcing...
We need global action now. Only a mighty response by rich, powerful countries will stop the pandemic and prevent a global economic collapse, writes Chema Vera. “The virus will starve us before it makes us sick.” That text message, which a colleague of mine in Nairobi received from Micah, a taxi-driver friend,...
The coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call to stop exceeding the planet’s limits, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Kate Raworth. The COVID-19 coronavirus has forced entire countries into lockdown mode, terrified citizens around the world, and triggered a financial-market meltdown. The...
The coronavirus has brought our economy to a standstill. But instead of rebuilding a broken system, we must explore how we can build back better, write Amanda Janoo and Gemma Bone Dodds for OpenDemocracy & WellbeingEconomy.org. As world leaders scramble to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save millions of lives...
In response to high demand, STWR have published an updated book version of our perspective on a universal basic income (UBI). The new book release is timely considering the sudden upsurge of interest in UBI policies, with many governments across the world making direct cash payments to citizens during the...
A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy. By Thomas Hanna and Mathew Lawrence. As we enter the second decade of the new century, signs of crisis are all around us. Climate change, rising economic inequality, assaults on...
The Earth Charter recognises that achieving social and economic justice will require both ensuring ecological integrity, as well as the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly etcetera. It is a covenant that defines an overarching way of life and answers the question of how to construct our...