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A New Renaissance of Local Farms, Local Food, and Local Economies

By Roar Bjonnes  At 66, I am old enough to remember when the local economy was still thriving. I grew up in an extended family on a small island in Norway. All the apples, berries, pears, and cherries we ate, especially during fall and winter, had been cultivated in our own garden. In the fall, the whole family—including my grandmother and grandfather—picked mushrooms, blueberries, and…

How Economic Sanctions on Russia Could Crash the Monetary System

By Tim Shanks The use of economic sanctions as a weapon is an ancient practice. The first recorded instance was in 423 BC, when Athens banned traders from Megara to strangle the rival’s economy. However, it was only in the 20th century that economic sanctions became a regular feature of international relations. After World War II, the predominant architect of economic sanctions was the United…

Solving the Inequality Gap: Progressive Taxation or Economic Democracy?

By Roar Bjonnes When editor-in-chief of multinational business magazine Fortune, Alyson Shontell, asked in its June/July 2022 issue if it’s time for a maximum wage, she got my attention. Back in the early 90’s, when I was editor of Prout Journal, I published an article by Sam Pizzigati, co-editor of Inequality.org, which emphatically proclaimed that it is indeed time for a maximum wage. Does this…

The New Economy Movement Comes of Age

By Michael Towsey  May 2022 The publication of Growing a New Economy by Roar Bjonnes and Caroline Hargreaves[1] was a milestone in the history of Proutist literature because it was the first comprehensive introduction to Prout economics that firmly situated the Proutist agenda within the emerging New Economy Movement. The term New Economy Movement (NEM) is a rather loose description of a growing literature that…

The Ukrainian War, Strategic Interests and Monetary Systems

Written by Liila Hass, Jyotirmaya Hull-Jurcovic, and Roar Bjonnes The Russian invasion of Ukraine On February 24 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine with devastating consequences for the country and the civilian population. In this David versus Goliath struggle, Russia mobilized over a hundred thousand troops against a much smaller Ukrainian force. Russia has about four times as many soldiers as Ukraine, twice as many…

DISRUPTING THE COW: THE TRANSITION TO CELLULAR AGRICULTURE

The transition from meat to cellular agriculture: what are the possible impacts on health if by 2040 if 50% of all protein in the region is from lab meat and alternative meat? by Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana Milojevic This article is an excerpt from Inayatullah and Milojevi? (2022). The End of the Cow and other Emerging issues. Metafuture and CFAR. While it has been over…

Cooperatives Promote Local Economic Diversity and Economic Decentralization

By Nada Khader A major tier of a Proutistic economic system is worker-owned and operated businesses. This model is in contrast to the current “chain store” phenomenon that we see in much of the world today, where capital has been concentrated privately and allowed to accumulate in the hands of fewer people, and where business owners have turned their businesses into major corporations, often crowding…

Europ assistance, new headquarters in Assago and 3 days of smart working per week

By Cristina Casadei The office age is over, all 820 employees will work in open spaces. Night and bank holiday shifts can be carried out from home and there will be particular attention to parents, those who care for elderly relatives or the frail. For the workers of Europ Assistance, a company controlled by Generali (insurance corporation), a new office arrives, in the “Offices in…

Becoming futures proof through platform cooperatives:

Scenarios of teaching and training in a changing world 1          The Challenging Forecasts A World Development Report “asserts that 68.9% of jobs in India are at high risk – and that number remains at 42.6%, even if adjusted for a lag in technology adoption.” (Verick, 2017). In the United States, economists Carl Frey and Michael Osborne concluded 47% of jobs are at high risk of…

The issue of pension provision

The issue of pension provision is becoming increasingly important for our ageing society. How can a stable pension be secured in the long term, even if more and more older people have to live off fewer young people? The pension system is based on the so-called intergenerational contract. This term refers to something very natural: the working generation provides for the retired generation and thus…

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…

The Pawn That Roars, Selfies And Amusement Parks, Or Localism and Soft Islam: The Futures of Afghanistan

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies at the Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Technology, Malaysia.Jose Ramos is the Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies, Taiwan.Roar Bjonnes is the co-founder of the Systems Change Alliance, London, UK.Satya Tanner is a former Squadron Leader of the Royal Australian Airforce. She is both a leadership development consultant, and currently works on offshore wind…