A New Socio-Economic System
Meeting the Needs of Both People and Planet
The Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) was formulated in 1959 by P. R. Sarkar, an Indian social thinker, activist and philosopher. Recognizing the deficiencies of existing social and economic models, Sarkar proposed a new socio-economic system dedicated to meeting the needs of both people and planet.
The vision of the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT) is to create a society where every individual can fulfill his or her potential and where all resources are utilized in an efficient and sustainable manner. The PROUT model offers an integral approach to social change and justice, including people-centered economics, environmental sustainability, and a new model of prosperity.
The Prout economy favors cooperation and a strong ethical leadership, placing the vital needs of people and planet ahead of corporate and individual profit. Prout’s socio-economic system is community focused, decentralized and sustainable, while also embracing the challenges of globalization. Prout’s economic development model aims at turning corporations into worker-owned cooperatives, while maintaining a thriving small business sector as well as an efficient government serving the needs of people and the environment. [Learn More]
Prout advocates a new and unique approach to decentralization based on the formation of socio-economic units throughout the world.
Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
A discussion on PR Sarkar’s Economic Theory in relevance to present economic systems was held-3rd May, 2019 at the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Mumbai.Speaking on the subject, the contemporary relevance of economic ideas of PR Sarkar, Dr. Dolly Sunny, Professor and Director, presented the Prout philosophy. Parallely, she described the salient features of Prout and indicated she
The Porto chapter of PAN (People – Animals – Nature), an environmental oriented party in Portugal, invited the Prout Research Institute of Portugal (PRIP) to share Prout´s vision of society. The program, held on 5 April. was part of an ongoing series entitled Atlas of Utopias. Entitled ‘Economic Democracy – Prout´s Vision, PRIP´s presentation by Francisco Dinis was followed by
By R. Green In January, Roar Bjonnes of the United States, and co-author of the ground-breaking book Growing A New Economy (https://www.growinganeweconomy.com/), visited Portugal to present his findings on practical and comprehensive solutions to today’s problems and to strengthen contacts with local community leaders and thinkers. The Prout Research Institute of Portugal (PRIP) organized programs for Mr. Bjonnes in Lisbon
by Howard Nemon and Dada Maheshvarananda When recommending anything new and unique, the burden of proof always falls on those proposing the new answer or solution. And this task becomes particularly difficult when there are no existing examples or models that can serve as evidence. Proutists around the world face this challenge. One approach for presenting Prout to the public
By Ravi Singh In India’s central Vidarbha region, in the state of Maharashtra, up to 95 percent of farmers face huge levels of debt and desperation, due to low return for products, climate change impacts, lack of support from banks and law-makers, as well as market fluctuations and other impacts. This has resulted in high rates of farmer suicides, across-the-board
By K. Subramaniyan A two-day workshop, organized jointly by the Yusuf Meherally Center and Proutist Forum, was held in Puri, Odisha on January 21 and 22, 2019. Approximately 40 participants were engaged in presentations analyzing the failings of the present economic model and its broader political system as well as Oxfam’s most recent report on inequality and the Prout model