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Economic Democracy conference in Maine, USA

70 people participated in the landmark conference at the University of Maine. Talks and workshops covered topics such as cooperatives, the biopsychology of cooperation, healthcare, decentralized energy, food sovereignty, financing economic democracy, indigenous rights, fair trade, cooperative housing and land care, ecology-based economy and timebanking.

Economic Democracy Seminar, New Delhi

A seminar on the theme of Economic Democracy was organized by the Proutist Forum on 7th October at the Nehru Yuva Kendra in New Delhi. As a result of the program requests came to arrange similar programs and presentations on Prout in various parts of the country.

Prout Norway Marches for the Promotion of Local Fodder in Agriculture

by Ole Morten Lyng and Edvard Mogstad PROUT Norge (Prout Norway) participated in the demonstration they had catalyzed, to raise consciousness about the use of imported soy from Brazil as feed for livestock and fisheries. Soy imported from huge farms in the Brazilian savanna of Mato Grosso, now comprise 50% of the ingredients in the power feed that has been developed to replace traditional local animal fodder.

Sarkar on Afghanistan and the Status of Women

By Nada Khader It has been heartbreaking to watch over the past few weeks scenes of desperation amongst ordinary Afghan civilians who are horrified to see the Taliban back in power in their beloved country. The younger generation in the capital city Kabul had grown up with freedom of movement, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of dress and the right to an education that…

Population Myths – Islamophobia and Depopulating World

JUNE 14, 2021 Population Bomb Myth: The family planning initiative during the Emergency of 1976 by the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was at the behest of IMF and World Bank, which viewed with alarm the rise in India’s population levels. During the Emergency, suspension of democratic rights encouraged the regime to launch forced sterilization to appease the global Loan sharks. It was hugely unpopular…

“AmaZen” is not a solution to Amazon’s worker exploitation

By Shriraksha Mohan Amazon recently announced the idea of equipping its workspaces with ‘AmaZen’ – small, enclosed cubes in which employees can enjoy quiet and peace to “focus on their mental wellbeing”. These pods come with interactive kiosks inside, where workers can watch videos on mental health and mindfulness. Amazon, a company which catapulted its founder, and soon-to-be ex-CEO Jeff Bezos to the status of…

The Invisible Hand Or Inclusive Flow? The Futures Of The World System

This essay is based on two speeches. First, for the Systems Change Alliance conference on the Beyond the Great Reset on May 16, 2021, and second for the International Conference on the World in 50 Years to honour Sakharov, June 4th, St. Petersburg. This essay first articulates the current planetary crisis. Then four alternative futures are developed. The first is the no change scenario, in…

Why should leaders care about Philosophy?

As leaders we are sometimes faced with big questions about life, direction, right and wrong etc. But if we just draw on our experience alone, we may not see the full picture. It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of philosophy to help guide us in the deeper questions we might want to ask in order to develop the best way forward For example, an…

Ethical and moral tests to help leaders stay on track

Happy societies are dependent on the degree of ethics present. The more a society tolerates corruption, the more unhappy it is (1).  Societies with a good ethical base have leaders and systems that promote ethical behaviour and therefore can achieve greater happiness. Morals and ethics are related to the standard of behaviour that is allowed within a particular group or by a particular person and there are subtle…

The Bank that Broke Britain by Ian Fraser

Unlike many books that have been written about the 2007 financial crisis from an American perspective, this one takes the British angle through its story of the rise, collapse and bailout of the Royal Bank of Scotland. In his review, Tyler Shanks reveals why there is much more to the book than simply this narrative.
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