Post Growth Ripples: July 2022
How our work at the Post Growth Institute has been rippling out across the world this month.
Here at the Post Growth Institute, we collaboratively develop ideas, programs, events, and alliances that promote the equitable circulation of money, power, and natural resources in our local communities and global economy. Each month we publish an overview of our key activities and impact through the various pillars of our work.
This month, Post Growth Fellow, Amanda Janoo shared an inspiring personal essay about why re-instilling generosity and contentment can fix our broken exonomy and help heal our world. The piece was reposted on Resilience and Popular Resistance.
We Are The Economy
Once we see that we are the economy, we realize we can change it — and when we change it, we change the world.
We were also honored to receive a supportive quote from Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness:
“The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds. Few groups do more to foster that spirit than the Post Growth Institute.”
Developed by the PGI over the course of a decade, the Offers and Needs Market (OANM) is a two-hour guided process where community members meet (virtually or in person) to identify and exchange their passions, knowledge, skills, resources, opportunities, and needs.— from finding a place to live or a creative partner to offering graphic design services, public speaking techniques or even a special food recipe.
In June we ran our first ever public OANM, and it was a great success, with over 40 participants joining from around the world. From now on, we’re hosting a public, monthly, free Offers and Needs Market— and you can sign up here for the next one, which takes place on July 27th.
We’ve also recently finished a second round of OANM facilitator training, and were thrilled to receive this glowing Google review from participant, LT Deitrick:
I’m currently participating in a facilitator training with the Post Growth Institute and came on here to brag about it and them. From the start, I was drawn in by the intentionality and care behind each interaction with PGI. Their approach to building a solidarity economy meets people where they are in our current systems and understandings. I appreciate the variety and accessibility of resources they share- from in-depth trainings like the one I’m in now to Medium articles that share what they’re learning about systems change so we can all benefit. Thanks PGI for being awesome!
It was great to see our friends and partners at the New Economy Coalition adopt and adapt the Offers and Needs model for their vast and diverse membership.
Post Growth Fellow, Mike Strode, who’s involved in the NEC, also spoke this month to Ownership Matters about his experience of the Offers and Needs Market — as well as a range of post-growth related community wealth-building approaches and initiatives.
OM #29 | Mike Strode on Shifting Power; Into the Pluriverse; Kinder Gentler Private Equity?
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Meanwhile, the PGI’s Executive Director, Donnie Maclurcan, appeared on our Board Director, Ingrid Edstrom’s podcast, Accounting Alchemy, where they discussed accounting for a post-growth world.
Donnie was also interviewed by the KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economies about whether companies can be persuaded not to grow.
Plus, over on LinkedIn, the PGI passed 2,000 followers. Join us there to explore post growth and its intersections with the world of work and business.
This month, the PGI’s Director of Wellbeing, Vanessa Michael, chatted to Myzelium podcast about post-growth and community-based economies (in German).
One of Vanessa’s colleagues, Daniel Bartel, ran our ‘Post-Growth (drawing) Experiment’ as part of a training session, and found it a great way for people to enter into conversations around new economies. During the expermiment, one participant said, “wow, I didn’t know that my body can draw economics! Now I can!”
Last but not least, Post Growth Fellow, Gabriela Cabaña, published an uplifting article about the revolutionary socio-economic potential of Chile’s new constitution.
In Chile, We Have the Opportunity to Build an Economy to Overcome Fear
Undoing the foundations of capitalism requires a leap of revolutionary hope in our own capacity to live together…