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
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.
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.
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.
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So inspiring, what the focused moral force of a group of people can do. Conscientious citizenry is the bedrock of a good society. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret MeadRead More
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