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Professor Ray Kinsella – Ireland should pre-empt a break up of the euro-zone and leave on its own terms

Oct 17, 2011 Comments Off on Professor Ray Kinsella – Ireland should pre-empt a break up of the euro-zone and leave on its own terms
Ray Kinsella received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Econ.) from the University of Hull and PhD from Trinity College Dublin (TCD. He worked as an Economist in the Central Bank of Ireland, and Economic Advisor to the Department of Industry and Commerce. [...]
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Charles Goodhart – Dual currencies: learning from the Californian solution

Oct 17, 2011 Comments Off on Charles Goodhart – Dual currencies: learning from the Californian solution
Charles Goodhart, CBE, FBA is a member of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics, having previously, from 1987-2005, been its Deputy Director. Until his retirement in 2002 he had been the Norman Sosnow Professor of Banking and Finance at LSE since 1985. [...]
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Bernard Lietaer – The role of regional currencies in a wider currency union

Oct 16, 2011 Comments Off on Bernard Lietaer – The role of regional currencies in a wider currency union
Bernard Lietaer, the author of The Future of Money , is an international expert in the design and implementation of currency systems over 30 years as a Central Banker, fund manager, a university professor, and a consultant to multinational corporations, and community organizations. [...]
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Prof Terence MacDonagh – The introduction of a parallel currency will not assist Ireland’s economy

Oct 16, 2011 Comments Off on Prof Terence MacDonagh – The introduction of a parallel currency will not assist Ireland’s economy
Prof. Terrence McDonough's undergraduate degree is from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont and his Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before joining NUI, Galway in 1995, other appointments were at the Institute for Industry Studies, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, at Canisius College, Buffalo, and at Dublin City University. [...]
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David Korowicz – Assessing Ireland’s strategic options and managing the risks

Oct 16, 2011 Comments Off on David Korowicz – Assessing Ireland’s strategic options and managing the risks
David Korowicz is a physicist and human systems ecologist. He is on the executive committee of Feasta and is director of Risk-Resilience, a risk management consultancy specialising in large-scale systemic risk. He is also on the board of Comhar, Ireland's Sustainable Development Commission. [...]
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It’s not the economy, stupid! – October 21 2011

Oct 12, 2011 1 Comment
Contemplating the financial collapse and flipping the fear FRIDAYS@THE LIVING ROOM present a conversation with David Korowicz of Feasta and Dr. Francis J Valloor, clinical psychologist.
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On the cusp of collapse: complexity, energy, and the globalised economy

Oct 08, 2011 Comments Off on On the cusp of collapse: complexity, energy, and the globalised economy
By David Korowicz, from Fleeing Vesuvius. The systems on which we rely for our financial transactions, food, fuel and livelihoods are so inter-dependent that they are better regarded as facets of a single global system. Maintaining and operating this global system requires a lot of energy and, because the fixed costs of operating it are high, it is only cost-effective if it is run at near full capacity. As a result, if its throughput falls because less energy is available, it does not contract in a gentle, controllable manner. Instead it is subject to catastrophic collapse.
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Enough: a worldview for positive futures

Oct 01, 2011 Comments Off on Enough: a worldview for positive futures
by Anne B. Ryan, from Fleeing Vesuvius. While the adoption of new technologies is crucial, so too is the need for a new, self-limiting worldview recognising that “enough is plenty”. This philosophy of “enough” is about the optimum — having exactly the right amount and using it gracefully. Adopting such a worldview would nourish a culture of adapted human behaviour in which social justice could prevail and at least some of the Earth’s ecosystems would have the chance to renew themselves.
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Liquidity Networks: local trading systems using a debt-free electronic currency

Sep 23, 2011 Comments Off on Liquidity Networks: local trading systems using a debt-free electronic currency
by Graham Barnes, from Fleeing Vesuvius. No currency will work unless people accept it from each other so this novel money will be put into circulation as a way of rewarding those who are accepting and spending it most.
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Submission to the consultation on Rio+20

Sep 17, 2011 Comments Off on Submission to the consultation on Rio+20

Feasta has made a submission to the consultation on the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development which you can download below.

Feasta Consultation on Rio +20

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National strategies for dealing with Ireland’s debt crisis: exploring the options – September 22-23 2011

Sep 17, 2011 Comments Off on National strategies for dealing with Ireland’s debt crisis: exploring the options – September 22-23 2011
Feasta’s Autumn conference examined measures that this country could adopt to secure its economic future which would not leave it reliant on external factors largely outside of its control. Scenarios explored included the potential collapse of the eurozone. The conference featured prominent international and Irish economists and was aimed at economists, politicians, policy-makers, business people, social partners, and other key decision-makers. Conference videos Conference programme (pdf)
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Climate governance – a new paradigm

Sep 17, 2011 Comments Off on Climate governance – a new paradigm
This paper, prepared by members of Feasta, asserts that the climate crisis demands a new paradigm of global governance. It was written with specific reference to a project currently being undertaken by the World Resources Institute which arose out of an initiative by members of Feasta and the United Nations Environment Programme and is supported by the Government of Ireland. The WRI project "aims to highlight the best proposals for the institutional design of an international climate change regime".
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Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them

Sep 16, 2011 Comments Off on Busy doing nothing – seven reasons for humanity’s inertia in the face of critical threats and how we might remove them
from Fleeing Vesuvius, by Mark Rutledge and Brian Davey. Seven reasons why humans have failed to curb their excessive resource consumption are outlined here, some of which are systemic, others the result of the way humanity evolved. Our best chance of counteracting them will come when the crisis pushes us out of our comfortable ruts.
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