Bye Bye GDP

One of the proposals for the future WE want is abolish GDP. Here are some alternatives:

The currently used measurements of how well our countries are doing are very limited. The question that we should ask ourselves is: what is Wealth anyway? Continue reading

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Living Beyond the Line

1.4 Billion of people live of less than 1.5 Dollar a day. Wanna try?

The Live Below the Line project challenges people around the world to step into the shoes of the poorest and live on less than 1.5 Dollar a day for five days. This year it will take place from May 7th until May 11. Continue reading

What Kuznets and his Followers Failed to Understand

Many Economists like to believe that things get better in the long run. Here comes the truth. – A Guest-Post by Laura Schnurr.

In 1955 Simon Kuznets wrote an influential piece about the relationship between economic growth and income inequality. Continue reading

Silence in St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, “gay” is possibly about to become an unspeakable word.

“They did it. Conservative lawmakers in Saint Petersburg just passed the notorious “propaganda” law to silence any reading, writing, speech or debate on anything ‘gay'”, the social movement AllOut.org reports. Continue reading

Open the Borders

The question is: how far are we willing to go to make the world better for everyone?

That is always and definitely a good basis for discussion. If you want to make the argument even more heated, introduce this idea to your next talk: eradicate poverty by eliminating borders. Continue reading

Equality is Better for Everyone

Let’s imagine for a moment that there is a simple solution to most of the problems our societies have these days. Let’s call this solution equality.

It’s not my idea really, even if it does seem quite logical to me. It is however the main idea of a booked called The Spirit Level. Who is behind the book? It’s the same man who said that if Americans want to live the American dream, they better move to Denmark.

The New York Times has been asking this week: “Is the US still a Land of Opportunities”?

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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

Progress All Around

Things are getting better for the community of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queer and Intersex – and now we also know why this usually goes as lgbtqi.

President Obama is showing himself from a very pro-lgbtqi angle by publishing his agenda for lgbt rights. As Care2 points out, he has done many outstanding commitments to the community like hosting the “first ever LGBT Pride reception at the White House” or repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – policy. Continue reading

No Country for Women

If you are a woman – or ever plan on living with one – read carefully. This might influence your future.

We all know that there is no real equality between men and women in today’s world. What is also sure, is that there are countries which are a little closer to achieving equality than others. Continue reading