Dear supporters and members of the ECG,
We are indeed living through extraordinary times. Whilst much of the political scene is in turmoil, it is clear that the end of ‘business as usual’ is nigh. Voices ranging from young people demanding change in light of the climate emergency to the grouping of the most powerful American businesses redefining their role in society towards a more social purpose. Even the Financial Times carried a front page headline and editorial on reforming capitalism. Sustainable value starts with values and the ECG model embeds these throughout the core of business activities. There are plenty of alternatives out there and the Not the Nobel prize highlights 59 fresh thinkers and doers helping society to meet its needs whilst respecting the people and planet on which it depends. Christian Felber came eighth place in the shortlist achieving the second highest number of supportive comments.
Our movement is growing. Join us to spread it even further.
Greetings from the editors,
Bridget Knapper and Gus Hagelberg
Topics in this issue:
Sharing best practice to achieve the goals
The strategic focuses for the international ECG movement were voted by hubs, chapters and delegates of the ECG Delegates Assembly, Stuttgart, 2019.
Strategic focuses will make international collaboration easier and will make our activities more effective.
Chapters, hubs and associations are encouraged to upload examples of what is already happening to achieve each of the focuses under the Exchange of Best Practices pages.
Anyone who would like to join the international strategy team in taking this work forward is invited to contact Ralf Wagner email@example.com. The next meeting of this group will be in October 2019.
Not the Nobel Prize
Vote now for the winner
Seven economic thinkers and doers have been shortlisted for the Not the Nobel prize. You can cast your vote for the one who you think has contributed “the greatest benefit to humankind” in the true spirit of Alfred Nobel.
The seven finalists are: Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Kate Raworth, Laura Carvalho, Mariana Mazzucato, Randall Wray, Steve Keen and Tom Rippin - you can find out more about them and how you can vote for them here. Christian Felber came eighth out of 59 people nominated with the second highest number of supportive comments. You can see the comments together with the range of alternative thinkers here. The award ceremony will be held in London on Thursday 3 October and will be live-streamed online.
Businesses act for the Common Good and the SDGs
These new guidelines and webpage are designed for businesses interested in implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It illustrates how the Common Good Balance Sheet is the perfect tool to help businesses reach these goals. Check out their wonderful webpage and the guidelines (in German only).
Citizen Dialog Events in Southern Germany
The ECG Association in Baden-Württemberg, Germany organised a series of "Citizen Dialogs" in the cities Tübingen, Ulm and Tuttlingen. The events were designed for local residents to actively engage and discuss issues around the Economy for the Common Good and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The events were funded with €20,000 by the German foundation for cooperation "Stiftung Entwicklungszusammenarbeit" and the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg.
The format of the evenings was interactive and informative. Participants were invited to play two games and enjoy an exhibit about the SDG and ECG.
Riane Eisler - ECG Ambassador
We are excited to announce that author, activist and educator Riane Eisler has joined the team of ECG Ambassadors. Riane is the author of "Nurturing our Humanity", "The Real Wealth of Nations" and "The Chalice and the Blade". She is also founder of the Center for Partnership Studies.
Riane on the ECG: "We urgently need an Economy for the Common Good that values and rewards caring for people and for nature!".
Working Group on Transparent Budgeting
Call for collaboration
The ECG Delegates Assembly 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany decided to set up a working group to draft the budget for the ECG International Federation for 2020. The goals of the group are:
The working language will be English. Furthermore, a feedback group will be set up to analyse the proposals, give feedback and discuss the results with other activists, members, ECG Associations, ECG Local Chapters and ECG Hubs. Whoever is interested to take part in one of these teams, is warmly invited to join, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The international budget process will be presented at the Delegates Assembly 2020 for approval. This year's process is understood as a trial and to gain experience. We want to point out that it is not within our scope to provide answers on local, regional or national budgeting, but only focus on the international procedure.
Looking forward to many applications,
Johanna Donà, Manfred Jotter, Pedro Olazabal from the Budget Team 2020
Trading for Good
How global trade can be made to serve people not money, by Christian Felber
In this visionary work, Christian Felber, founder of the Economy for the Common Good movement, offers a dazzling new paradigm for the global trading order. Confronting the ‘free trade religion’ which has reigned since Adam Smith, Felber champions an alternative approach in which trade serves the wider interests of society, incorporating the key issues of our time: human rights, climate change, and the growing divide between richer and poorer countries. He proposes the groundbreaking idea of an ‘Ethical Trade Zone’, founded on a principled approach to tariffs and trade policies, and built with international cooperation on trade, taxation and labour.
“Can we design a world trade regime that prioritizes ethical trade over free trade? As hyper-globalization reels under its contradictions, we have little choice but to think of alternatives. The concrete proposals in this useful book show that a socially and environmentally sustainable world economy need not be out of reach.” - Dani Rodrik
Pre-order the book from 25 October here.
New Local Chapters
We are excited to see the ECG movement continue to grow. It's particularly wonderful to see groups starting outside of Western Europe.
We welcome the first local chapters from Romania and Israel
Find the full list of ECG Local Chapters here.
ECG Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Second local chapter meeting
The second meeting of the newly formed chapter in Valle de Bravo, Mexico took place on 27th September with brothers and sisters attending from ECG Colorado, USA, Mexico City and Germany. An exciting new local chapter. Bienvenidos!
Yolanda Suárez del Real (email@example.com) is our contact person for Valle de Bravo.
Local Chapter Guidelines
Now available without a login
Our newly-improved Guidelines for Creating and Running an ECG Local Chapter are now available online for the general public. You no longer need login. You can find valuable information, links, registration forms, how-to videos, etc.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions on improving these guidelines.
First Onboarding Videos
We have begun creating short explainer videos to help new people join the movement and to help ECG Local Chapters grow stronger.
10 female artists create animated film about ECG
"Ten female animators partner with 10 music composers in order to create a kinder, more sustainable and humane version of economics - from the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol."
(Text from their webpage)
Biodynamic Festival of the Americas
Connections of ECG with the Earth
Members of ECG USA, Mexico, Germany and France took part in the Festival de Agricultura Biodynámica de las Americas at El Charco del Ingenio, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico between 18 - 21 September. The festival’s central theme was the Human Being and the Rhythms of Nature. Giving life to the festival were seven pillars that sustain the work through a program that encompasses leading thoughts, workshops divided into the four elemental spheres, and a polycultural market. Presenters from several countries were invited to share their study and practice in this field, conducting lectures and workshops intended to provide an immersive experience. The aim of this festival is to delve deeply into the topics that explore the sacred relationship between humans and nature and the program is designed to create an inclusive seed that contains the Biodynamic impulse and the broader Anthroposophical Community. The intention is ultimately to inspire new creative ideas for meeting the ecological and social challenges of our time and guide us to a future of healing with the Earth.
"A festival has the quality to take us out of the ordinary and take us to the mysteries of the rhythms of the seasons, therefore the great festivals exist to give testimony of our connection with the whole universe.” Rudolf Steiner
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