Post Growth Ripples: September 2021
From Free Money Day to the new Post Growth Fellowship, find out how our work together 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 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 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Free Money Day! On September 15th, people across the world took to the streets to hand out money (in person or virtually) two notes or coins at a time, asking recipients to pass one on. From Berlin to Bariloche, the transformative experience highlighted our shared humanity, showing that a more generous world is possible. The event also received lots of love on social media.
Here’s how one participant described their experience:
“It’s such a deliciously iconoclastic act to give away small bits of money to random strangers regardless of their need…. After I explained the catch that I wanted them to share half of it with someone else, some people were excited by the idea… Some people tried to give a dollar back to me, but I said they had to share it with someone else. Some people said they were going to give both dollars away or donate them at their church.”
In the media, Lebanese writer and researcher Joey Ayoub made the emotional case for post growth, using our framing of the concept — “a way of seeing and being in the world that comes after the [economic] growth story” — as a springboard to explore some of the differences and similarities with degrowth.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of post-growth living, the PGI team enjoyed our very first self-care week, which takes place on the fifth week of each month with five Mondays. During that time, we do our best to avoid doing PGI work of any kind, and instead focus on taking care of our own mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.
In some huge news this month, we launched the inaugural Post Growth Fellowship — a 12-month content collaboration with selected post-growth activists, researchers, and entrepreneurs. The overarching aim of the program is to decolonize post-growth ideas, information, and inspiration by engaging Fellows from a range of backgrounds, fields, cultures, histories, and geographies.
In the past month, we also provided consultancy on the following projects: Design for Change (India) on their approach to communications and design; the Village Project (Australia) on meeting their design and community engagement strategies; the Animation Show of Shows (US) on their fundraising and annual appeal; Wasihi (Kenya) on their community organizing and fundraising strategy; the Pollination Project on designing lean tests of a program pilot; and provided the Multi-Talented Makerspace (Zimbabwe) with some startup tips.
PGI Executive Director Donnie Maclurcan presented on the topic of ‘What our bodies intuitively know about the crossover between economies and ecosystems’ at the Post-growth perspectives on biodiversity conservation symposium, a pre-event to the 8th International Degrowth Conference. Afterwards, one participant said ‘post growth’ is:
“Possibly one of the most optimistic concepts I have heard in the past 15 years as a conservation practitioner.”
The PGI was also cited by Henning Jon Grini in an excerpt from his book (in Norwegian), Gaia og Mennesket mot en lysere fremtid (Gaia and Man Towards a Brighter Future).
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