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
by R. Green
Roar Bjonnes, co-author of the ground-breaking book Growing A New Economy visited Lisbon and Covilha, Portugal, to present his findings on practical and comprehensive solutions to today’s problems and to strengthen contacts with local community leaders and thinkers.
by Howard Nemon and Dada Maheshvarananda
At a recent gathering of Spiritual Activists in Ojai, California, participants were challenged to bring Prout into the midst of public debate by creatively exploring how its principles could be applied to important current social, economic and political issues.
By Ravi Singh
In December 2018, the Proutist Bloc of India staged a rally in the city of Nagpur. The protest highlighted the plight of poor people in the region and demanded that it be given statehood as a first step toward addressing the huge levels of debt and desperation impacting local farmers.
by K. Subramaniyan
Around 40 social activists participated in a 2 day workshop organized jointly by the Yusuf Meherally Centre and Proutist Forum, which was held in Puri, Odisha in January, 2019.
Presentations were inspired by the failings of the present economic model; Oxfam’s most recent report on inequality; and the Prout model of economic democracy and decentralization.
The coastal city of Oroquieta, Philippines is developing a more vibrant and resilient local economy thanks to implementing Prout principles. The new initiatives have led to an increase in local organic food production, small scale industries, employment, and the formation of cooperative enterprises in a way that protects and preserves the natural environment.
In collaboration with local farm, Centro Madre, the Prout Research Institute Venezuela has established initiatives that support local people to become more self-sufficient in producing their own food in the midst of the country’s economic crisis.
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