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
Cooperatives by their definition and purpose seek the best benefit for their members, staff and owners. It’s all the better when these intentions are extended to the well-being of the wider community and the planet. These shared ideals are woven into the fabric of the Shi Jian Yun Shu (Sustainable Food) Consumers’ Cooperative in Hualien on the Eastern coast of
Just before Covid restrictions locked down Portugal, the Portuguese Prout Research Institute partnered in organising a systems change conference focused on the future of the EU. Speakers included economist Erik Reinert and Helena Norberg-Hodge from Local Futures.
A discussion on PR Sarkar’s Economic Theory in reference to present economic systems was held on the 3rd May, 2019 at the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Mumbai.
Speaking on the subject were Dr. Dolly Sunny, Ac. Divyachetananda Avt. and Rajesh Singh.
The Porto chapter of PAN (People – Animals – Nature), an environmental oriented party in Portugal, invited the Prout Research Institute of Portugal to share Prout´s vision of society. The program, held on 5 April. was part of an ongoing series entitled ‘Atlas of Utopias.’