finance

Blaming the bankers? Understanding mass perceptions and mass emotions

This article is not primarily about economics. It is meant to be more philosophical, but philosophical in a sense that has political and economic implications for action. As the markets plunge and economic turmoil engulfs the global economy I've noticed that amid the many interpretations, there are quite different attitudes to what is going on in regard to the propensity to explain or to blame. I have described these two attitudes perhaps in an exaggerated form to bring out their differences.

Designing Financial Institutions for a Shrinking Economy – Richard Douthwaite

This event forms part of the day-long seminar “Investing in Ourselves: Realising Jobs and Capital for Communities”.

Date and Time: 10.00 – 16.00 on Tues 1st June 2010. (€30)

Venue: St Kieran’s Hall, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

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Barcelona Degrowth Conference

Date and Time: 26th – 29th March 2010

Venue: University of Barcelona, Plaça Universitat, Barcelona, Spain

Details at http://www.degrowth.eu/v1/

Feasta members conducted three workshops at this conference. They were on non-debt money systems, on financing arrangements compatible with a static or shrinking economy, and on economic democracy. You can download the steering papers for their workshops by clicking on the underlined words. The slides Richard Douthwaite showed during his talk are here.

Living in the Cracks

by Nadia Johanisova

Living in the CracksA Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic

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Living-and often thriving-in the cracks between the business world and the state system is an amazing variety of organisations which, according to some economists, theoretically shouldn't exist. That's because their goal is not to make profits but to meet social needs which both the market and government either can't meet nearly as well or have totally ignored.