Post Growth Ripples: October 2021

© Laura Loescher, Earth Altars

Here at the Post Growth Institute, we collaboratively develop ideas, programs, events and alliances that promote the equitable circulation of money, power and 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. Here’s what’s been happening in October!

Post-Growth Living

Following the University of Amsterdam’s symposium, ‘Postgrowth perspectives of nature conservation’, organizer Kenneth Rijsdijk shared a summary of the event. Of PGI Executive Director Donnie Maclurcan’s session exploring some of the more embodied aspects of our visions for a post-growth world, he said: “This spiritual dimension — carefully circumvented by western scientists — is essential to generate understanding why our nature is so precious and essential, [and] create co-ownership of nature.”

We also published an informative article by Post Growth Fellow and co-founder of Sociocracy for All, Ted Rau, on regenerative governance.

Post-Growth Entrepreneurship

This month, we provided consultancies for Degrowth Switzerland on lean startup methods with a limited budget and how to create a nurturing volunteer experience; and the Arts and Ecology Institute on navigating conflicts of interest and strengthening board relationships.

Two Post Growth Fellows shared inspiring videos this month. In The Banker Ladies, Caroline Shenaz Hossein reveals the power of Rotating Saving and Credit Associations (ROSCAs).

And Heira Hardiyanti showcases how the Institute for Indonesian Cooperative Development (LSP2I) is helping cooperatives to identify and realize their potential, in turn creating platforms for women and jobs for young people.

Post-Growth Economics

In an article for the University of Queensland, Post Growth Fellow Cle-Anne Gabriel shares her tips for co-creating a plan to tackle an organisational sustainability strategy, using principles set out by the Post Growth Institute.

Also, an interview with Cle-Anne was recently published in the Australian Financial Review. The article, aptly titled ‘Greenstreaming becomes the mainstream’, details her Carbon Literacy Program at the University of Queensland, and is an encouraging example of post-growth ideas and practices being discussed in conventional economic quarters.

How our work is changing us

Following last month’s Free Money Day, PGI team member Henry Hoffstot, who was responsible for co-planning this year’s event, shared reflections on his experience of giving out money in Boston in the US — putting theoretical ideas into practice. He says:

We had around 100 meaningful conversations, and spoke to such a vast range of different people. It’s nice to put the PGI’s work in the context of where people are, and their ability or desire to engage. Some people really wanted to dive in and discuss what a post-capitalist world might look like. It was a great learning experience for me — in terms of understanding where people are and getting to know the diverse attitudes of the community.

Henry and friends at Free Money Day 2021 in Boston

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