Degrowth listed in the top 10 successful movements (Shift magazine)

From Daniela of the Research and Degrowth group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Degrowth listed in the top 10 successful movements. Not sure however who writes and reads this blog which includes Syriza together with climate justice and La via Campesina.

1. Degrowth

So we may be a little biased in listing degrowth as our #1, but we can’t help but feel proud of the poetic irony of a rapidly growing movement for degrowth!

Who are they? A loose-knit alliance of organisations, groups and individuals working toward economic degrowth via various practical projects and educational initiatives.

What do they want? The downscaling of material production and consumption to within sustainable limits.

The means of achieving degrowth tend to be celebratory and inclusive rather than martyrdom through sacrifice. Participation in degrowth can take many forms, including the sharing economy, downshifting, tiny house living, locavorism, and the joys of living simply. The ongoing goal is to shrink one’s own ecological footprint, and to join with communities that proactively do more with less.

Who/what are they fighting? Environmental destruction and social inequality, which are both products of today’s dominant economic growth-at-all-costs paradigm.

Resource depletion and environmental destruction result from our increasing ecological footprint in the face of limits to growth. Degrowthers recognize that since one cannot fight the limits mother nature imposes and expect to win, our systems of production and consumption that are currently growth-dependent need to change.

How do they organise? Degrowth is organised on many different levels, from individual actions to participation in practical group activities and educational events, to large-scale international conferences for collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas and projects.

Success stories: Degrowth is still evolving as a movement that is gaining traction against the economic growth ideology primarily among laypeople, rather than from within the political arena. Although still in its infancy, it is quite possible that many of the successes of the degrowth movement will come from being inclusive, proactive, and prepared for the inevitability of deep social and economic adjustments to environmental limits that will have to be made one way or another.

Find out more here & here…

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The War on Cash

A well written thoughtful article

Brett Scott is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money

Unlike a battle fought using violence, hegemony is the assertion of power by getting people to believe in it, to see it as inevitable, unassailable and normal. Visa’s four-year plan is one such exercise, and once we’ve internalised it, we’ll choose to build their power…. So, let’s prepare for the War on Cash. Remember, this is not about romanticising the £10 notes with the Queen on them. This is about maintaining alternatives to the stifling hygiene of the digital panopticon being constructed to serve the needs of profit-maximising, cost-minimising, customer-monitoring, control-seeking, behaviour-predicting commercial bureaucrats.

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XES: the Solidarity Economy Network of Catalonia | P2P Foundation

The Xarxa d’Economia Solidària de Catalunya, commonly referred to as “XES”, constitutes essentially the most important community organization for the social and solidarity economy in Catalonia. Operating since 2003 as a non-profit association, it forms a network that connects a multitude of solidarity economy projects (including the Catalan Integral Cooperative) with the aim of strengthening and fostering the social and solidarity economy. This networking is achieved through the local and sectoral networks set up by XES for its 160 member-organizations in Catalonia, as well as through Fira FESC, the trade fair it has been organizing in Barcelona for the last four years, which is attended by more than twenty thousand visitors.

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Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’ |

There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies. Many of them have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. The research project TRANSIT highlights four prominent strands of new economy thinking in state-of-the-art discussions: degrowth, collaborative economy, solidarity economy, and social entrepreneurship.

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The Role of Technology in Civilizational Transformation | P2P Foundation

A discussion by Michael McAllum, on Disruptive and Revolutionary Technology, from the PHD thesis, “Making Sense of Rifkin’s Third Industrial Revolution”

“Technologies can engender revolutionary effects. Technology that is disruptive at a civilisational scale, occurs when particular technologies (in the contemporary situation networking, robotic and energy technologies) reorder, replace and integrate, certain dimensions of human life, while excluding others previously used to establish ‘meaning’; how we connect, organise, express culture or enable power. Consistent with this disruptive characterisation Castells postulates, what these networks are doing is redefining cultural and social meaning, in ways that hitherto have been defined by ‘place’ on the one hand and the ‘functionality of wealth and power flows’ on the other.

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CIC’s autonomous projects of collective initiative #5: Calafou | P2P Foundation

Richard Swift & I visited Calafou in September 2013 and some of the interviews in his CBC Ideas documentary on degrowth were done there.

“One of the most interesting autonomous projects associated with the Catalan Integral Cooperative (CIC) is Calafou, the self-proclaimed “post-capitalist colony” which settled in 2011 in the ruins of an abandoned industrial village in the Catalan county of l’Anoia, about 65km away from Barcelona.

“The colony was set up with the participation of several CIC members with the aim of becoming a collectivist model for living and organizing the productive activities of a small local community based on the principles of self-management, ecological sustainability, free culture and technological sovereignty. At the same time, it represents an example of the form that former industrial villages could assume in a post-capitalist era.”

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Rights of Indigenous Peoples ‘Critical’ to Combat Climate Change | Other News

ROME, Jul 25 2016 (IPS) – No longer it is about restoring the legitimate rights of over 370 indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide, many of them living in dire situation, but now about their central, critical role in combating climate change.

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