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Circular economy in diagrams: where logic breaks down and where financial incentives can work

Are your circle economy diagrams confusing your audience? This article aims to help you communicate clearly. As a staunch aficionado of reaching a resilient economy through sustainability I am all for circle economy thinking- if it ensures people get food on the table and a roof over their heads. Unclear delivery will not help our cause. We talk of circle economy from two angles: economy as a form of housekeeping and economy in terms of monetary flows. These are not always the same thing. The final section suggests a solution.

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(In Swedish) Lokal Ekonomisk Utveckling

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För första gången på flera generationer verkar nästa generation komma att ha det mycket svårare än den föregående. Det har vuxit fram en insikt att det kanske inte planeras några räddningspaket från någon myndighet, utan att det är dags för vanliga människor att åstadkomma något själva. Redan nu poppar det upp lokala ekonomiska initiativ överallt. Enskilda initiativ har kanske ingen större betydelse, men tillsammans vävs en ny berättelse. Det börjar lokalt med en omställning till ett mer resilient, hållbart sätt att leva. En resilient hållbar lokalekonomi.Read More »(In Swedish) Lokal Ekonomisk Utveckling

Strategic Newsletter Launches: September Edition 2013

Signals of Change newsletter  monitors the news flow from a wide variety of sources from the last 30 – 60 days for developments that could inform your organization’s social and environmental strategy which in turn could affect your overall business strategy.  Signals of Change Newsletter is produced in  cooperation between the Open World Foundation, the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security and Stephen Hinton Consulting.

The newsletter is released once a month to subscribers only. (To subscribe and be fully up to date – it’s free – click here). The newsletter is released a few weeks later for public reading on partner websites.Read More »Strategic Newsletter Launches: September Edition 2013

Overshoot day August 20: will “economic” reality meet resource reality?

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Let us look at overshoot day from the point of view of economics. By economics I mean the technology of keeping track of housekeeping with resources and keeping track of material obligations to those around us.  Economics does not need to be restricted to counting with money. Other measures can be used. And it is fascinating to try it. In this case we can consider that a Nation has its own household that it needs to keep fed and housed, and has its natural resources to do it. We start with a situation however where many nations are living over their means.Read More »Overshoot day August 20: will “economic” reality meet resource reality?

Learning from the ECO-ISLANDS conference

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One of the electric cars you rent with a simple text message

Arriving at this year’s ECO ISLANDS conference, held on the Danish Island of Bornholm, I wasn’t expecting it to feel like a Transition meeting. I was attending the conference to discuss things related to my day job – pollution taxes. I was delighted as the conference progressed to discover that many islands around the world are going through their own transition process, even if most of them hadn’t heard of Transition Towns. ECO ISLANDS is a network of Islands that have stated that they are aiming toward sustainability, by signing something called the Accord, a statement of intent that over 50 islands have already signed.Read More »Learning from the ECO-ISLANDS conference

Shifting Power, Shifting Economy

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Lindsberg Conference Center basking in the late summer sunshine

Lindsberg conference center, just outside the Swedish town of Falun, saw three days of Powershift Sweden with PUSH, a youth movement conference for action for a fossil-free society. As a fellow of ISSS (the Institute of Swedish Safety and Security) and one of the founders of Transition Sweden, I brought the complementary currency ITK to the seminar  as the conference’s volunteer currency.Read More »Shifting Power, Shifting Economy

Complementary Currency Trial Shows How Communities Can Prosper

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Journalist BirGitta Tornerhielm shows off her vouchers for ITK

Journalist BirGitta Tornerhielm shows off her vouchers for ITK

A summary of the recent trial in Sweden, published at Resilience.org ,  presents a hopeful development with complementary currency as a driver of community development.

As economies fail throughout Europe it is becoming clearer that communities should come together to provide the security and safety that neither businesses or local authorities have the capability to provide. Rather than driving globalisation, the money system should  encourage these communities to become more self-reliant and resilient.Read More »Complementary Currency Trial Shows How Communities Can Prosper