Event: launch of post Brexit & Trump report commissioned by MEP

The Brexit vote and the election of Trump have been hailed as marking the reversal of the long trend towards increased globalisation.

These changes possibly also mark the end of neoliberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. For opponents of what globalisation and neoliberalism have meant in practice these developments might be seen as welcome. Yet at the same time Brexit and Trump seem highly problematic for anyone concerned with social justice and ecological sustainability.

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A new report by Green House authors Victor Anderson and Rupert Read, commissioned by MEP Molly Scott Cato will be launched on Tuesday 28 March from 14.00 – 16.30 at Europe House in central London.

The report considers the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on trading practices and the opportunity to move to a less globalised and more localised economy. It emphasises that there are many different versions of Brexit, and aims to put a green version firmly on the political agenda.

Note: Panel discussion with Nick Dearden (Global Justice Now) and Helena Norberg-Hodge (Local Futures and International Alliance for Localisation of which Localise West Midlands is a member). Helena’s contribution will be by pre-recorded video due to prior commitments.

 

Register and get full details here.

 

 

 

Could the end of economic growth bring a fairer more prosperous society?

New book to cause fireworks at the House of Lords

Following on from Tim Jackson’s excellent Prosperity without Growth some years back, a new book, co-edited by locally based academic John Blewitt, is exploring the evidence around the growth dogma.

PostgrowthcoverThe new Green House Think Tank book, due to be launched on 5th November at the House of Lords, uses contributions from leading thinkers to challenge the assumption that it is bad news when the economy doesn’t grow.

As the flyer says:

For decades, it has been widely recognised that there are ecological limits to continuing economic growth and that different ways of living, working and organising our economies are urgently required. This urgency has increased since the financial crash of 2007-2008 – but mainstream economists and politicians are unable to think differently. The authors demonstrate why our economic system demands ecologically unsustainable growth and the pursuit of more ‘stuff’. They believe that what matters is quality, not quantity – a better life based on having fewer material possessions, less production and less work. Such a way of life will emphasise well-being, community, security, and what Ivan Illich rightly called ‘conviviality’. That is, more real wealth.

The book will therefore appeal to everyone curious as to how a new post-growth economics can be conceived and enacted. It will be of particular interest to policy makers, politicians, business people, trade unionists, academics, students, journalists and a wide range of people working in the not for profit sector.

The book is being launched at the House of Lords on Bonfire Night: 5th November, 6pm. You can attend by booking here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-and-debate-the-post-growth-project-how-the-end-of-economic-growth-could-bring-a-fairer-tickets-13547203049
Editors and contributors:

John Blewitt is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. He is author of Media, Ecology and Conservation (Green Books, 2010), Understanding Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2014) and co-author of Sustainable Business (Earthscan, 2014). A sociologist by training, he currently works at Aston Business School.

Ray Cunningham is a freelance writer, speaker, translator and consultant on British-German knowledge exchange, mainly in the area of sustainability. He is the former Director of the the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society and joint Founder and Convenor of the British-German Environment Forum.

The contributors are: Molly Scott Cato, Andrew Dobson, Jonathan Essex, Brian Heatley, Andrew Pearmain and Rupert Read.