Economy for the common good and strategies for degrowth

The economy for the common good was positioned as an alternative to the current neoliberal capitalistic model, one where money it to be used as a means to an end and not an end in and of itself. In other words, money is to serve the common good. There seems to be a contradiction when…

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The Sardine and the Whale

What happens when a group of innovative Italians find their communities short of nothing but cash after the financial crash in 2008? Well, in the case of Giuseppe Littera and his community in Sardinia, it leads to the introduction of a mutual credit system – the Sardex. Sizewise, it may compare to the overall amount…

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Utopias, local value creation and the Inner Yes

On the last lecture day of the AEMS summer school 2020, the first topics that we dealt with surrounded utopias for the future, localism in a globalized world and the importance of an “inner yes”. These were topics we had not really touched before, and they required and promoted a very interesting shift of perspective….

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The Future of Food Systems in a Changing World

Following the exchanges in the first session of the day with Gwendolin Hallsmith and Alexandra Strickner where we discussed the importance of localizing economies and transforming them in a way that serves the interest of the many over the few, we started this second session of our last week with a discussion with Thomas Liedenthal…

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Insights on Economic Democray and Communal Politics

In recent times, money has become a powerful leverage point even though not just neutral means of exchange (it is private, debt-based, has positive interests and is part of a monoculture, it is an operating system whose functioning parts remain invisible) and controls most of the transactions, key values or unit of measure for the…

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