The Future of Global Education in Europe

On September 27 and 28 the 2. European Congress on Global Education took place in Lisbon: Education, Interdependence & Solidarity in a Changing World.

In 2002, at the first congress Global Education had been defined as “Education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the world, and awakens them to bring Continue reading

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Doing it Right

Moving gives you an amazing opportunity to finally do all the things you wanted to. 

Our new life in Spain started yesterday and it makes me think about how wonderful it is to get a chance to start over. This time, we will try to do things right from the start.

You know how you always think: “I should really recylce more thoroughly” or “I should buy my groceries at the farmer’s market”. A new start gives you the opportunity to get these things right in the first place. Continue reading

Economists Going Against the Tide

Can economists ever leave the market-glorifying paradigm behind?

If we look at the prescription of greening the system, we might as well think nothing really changes. But slowly but surely, different voices emerge in the academia. Continue reading

Peter Panism for our Economy

Whenever somebody asks me: “So what else?” when I voice critique on the neoliberal system, I find it hard to respond. It is time to learn more about alternative systems.

Oil is running out, the planet is suffering, nature and human beings are sick and it’s all thanks to one part of the planet – where people really are only concerned about buying the newest gadgets.

All of this calls out for the fight on progress. It is time for a new paradigm: degrowth. Continue reading

More Than Nothing

Today I would like to introduce you to Raj Patel, who calls himself writer, activist and academic (in that order). Others even call him the Antichrist, which sounds even more appealing, doesn’t it?

So who is Ray Patel? He says about himself that he “has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world.” Which to me already makes him an interesting figure. He has studied in England and the United States and has written several books. His books talk about the poor and the world food system which starves people on one hand and makes them obese somewhere else. Continue reading

Think Bank

Are you like me, thinking that banks are part of the dark side? Luckily it does not have to be that way.

There are quite a lot of alternative banking solutions. Have a look at Triodos Bank, for example. Your money is going to be invested in environmental and organic businesses, social entreprises, microfinance, culture and ethical businesses. Does it sound good? Continue reading