Jul 19, 2013 1 Comment
This paper by David Korowicz provides an overview of the effect of a major pandemic on the operation of complex socio-economic systems using some simple models. It discusses the links between initial pandemic absenteeism and supply-chain contagion, and the evolution and rate of shock propagation. It discusses systemic collapse and the difficulties of re-booting socio-economic systems.
Jul 12, 2013 No Comments
Jul 05, 2013 No Comments
Governments aren’t tackling the climate crisis – so what can be done? That is the question that Feasta climate group members sought to answer in two cutting edge workshops in Winchester at the end of June. Uniquely, the two day workshop brought together lawyers, social scientists, ecological economists and climate change activists who were briefed on the science of sea level rise and extreme weather events by two leading climate scientists.
Jun 06, 2013 No Comments
This short presentation was prepared by Brian Davey for a side event at the recent “Economics and the Commons” conference held in Berlin. It provides practical suggestions for the formation of a global commons partnership of participants and practitioners in existing commons, in order to help defend them and to develop new commons-based projects.
May 24, 2013 No Comments
May 10, 2013 No Comments
Small countries without significant vested interests dominating their relationship with others, such as Ireland, have a particular opportunity to contribute positively to the search for a resolution to climate change at an international/global level. In this submission, made on April 30 2013, we therefore urge the Irish government to follow up its recent UNEP study with further consideration of proposals and to explore all possibilities including those proposed in Sharing for Survival. We also urge the government to make use of scenario-based analyses when forming climate change policy.
Apr 17, 2013 3 Comments
Basic financial security should be a right for all members of society, yet our present social-welfare system does not adequately support this right and has many other serious flaws. Anne Ryan explains how a universal basic income would increase everybody’s capacity to cope with financial shocks and uncertainties far more effectively than the current system and how it would also improve general quality of life, while supporting many different kinds of work, with or without pay.
Apr 09, 2013 1 Comment
This book presents the argument that most of the world’s major religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism – took their forms in reaction to injustice and that their powerful messages could be harnessed now in order to help address the numerous challenges we are facing today, including severe economic instability and the ecological crisis.
Apr 01, 2013 1 Comment
Financing of renewable energy projects is hampered by two systemic economic effects – market ‘externalities’ that make them appear less attractive (versus fossil fuel development) than they should; and the effect of embedded interest in the cost of capital. Graham Barnes describes some creative methods for overcoming these hurdles.
Mar 25, 2013 3 Comments
Could a small peripheral state be a pioneer for adapting to degrowth? Brian Davey comments on two articles on the economy of Croatia that were recently published by the Green European Journal. The first article by Igor Matutinovic calls for green growth while the second, by the left-green Group 22, argues that we need to move away from the growth-based economic paradigm. Brian reflects on the two sides’ arguments and suggests policies to help promote a paradigm shift in the Croatian economy.
Mar 19, 2013 5 Comments
In this presentation given at Maynooth last week, John Jopling explains why governments cannot be expected to adequately address the climate crisis and instead proposes a commons-based approach that would involve a wide range of non-governmental organisations in a cooperative and participatory process.