Our food is not your business

Alternatives to unsustainable livestock and feedstock farming and the current corporate free trade model This briefing paper aims to contribute to the many ongoing efforts, actions, and discussions on alternatives to industrial livestock production, whether local, specific or systemic. It considers how we can strengthen, link and build on existing genuine alternatives, as well as creating new ones, together with social movements, small farmers, small … Continue reading Our food is not your business

Complementarities

By Pablo Solón Complementarity means to complete each other; it is to seek a whole that is diverse; it is a dialogue among those who are different; is to learn from the other and contribute to another; it is to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses in order to transform yourself in the interactions with others. Complementarity is to combine forces to optimize the potential … Continue reading Complementarities

Deglobalisation

By Pablo Solón Deglobalisation does not promote isolation or autarchy, but rather a different kind of global integration that is not dominated by capital. Deglobalisation is about thinking and building alternative integration models with people and nature at the centre. Globalisation is not a process in which growing interdepen-dence and integration have been made possible thanks to advances in communications and the internet. In this … Continue reading Deglobalisation

The Rights of Mother Earth

  By Pablo Solón The rights of Mother Earth are a call to abandon the existing dominant anthropocentric paradigm and to imagine a new Earth society. For anthropocentrism, human beings are at the center of everything and are superior to all other beings and elements that are part of the Earth. Humans are the only ones who possess consciousness, values and morals. Humanity and nature … Continue reading The Rights of Mother Earth

Ecofeminism

By Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán Ecofeminism is a critical theory, a philosophy and an interpretation of the world that seeks to transform it. It brings together two emerging currents of political theory and practice into one approach that aims to explain and transform the current system of domination and violence by focussing on the critique of patriarchy and the overexploitation of nature and their impacts on … Continue reading Ecofeminism

Some thoughts, self-criticisms and proposals concerning the process of change in Bolivia

By Pablo Solón, 25 February 2016  [Español, Français] What has happened? How did we come to this? What occurred in the process of change that more than 15 years ago won its first victory with the water war? Why is it that a conglomeration of movements that wanted to change Bolivia ended up trapped in a referendum to allow two persons to be re-elected in … Continue reading Some thoughts, self-criticisms and proposals concerning the process of change in Bolivia

The Commons

By Christophe Aguiton[1] In academic and activist circles today, there is a lot of discussion on the “common goods” or the “commons.” What are the commons? Is it right to talk about common “goods” as physical or natural resources or knowledge? Or, on the contrary, are the commons a kind of social relation or a way of collectively managing the different elements and processes that … Continue reading The Commons

Degrowth

By Geneviève Azam The economic growth paradigm is central to the representations of the world and the economic policies that have emerged since 1945. However, the notion of economic growth as a regular, ongoing, self-sustained process – which reached its peak during the so-called “Glorious Thirty”[1] years – has fallen apart. This post-World War II period, in which growth became a necessary condition for social … Continue reading Degrowth

Introduction

The premise of this publication is that we are living a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. Humanity is facing a complex set of crises from environmental, economic, social to civilizational crisis. All of these crises are part of a whole.  We cannot solve one of these crises without addressing the others. Each one is constantly receiving a strong feedback from … Continue reading Introduction

Vivir Bien

[Versión en español] by Pablo Solón Vivir Bien or Buen Vivir is a concept that is under construction and that has passed through many different moments. There is not just one single definition of Vivir Bien and today this term is under dispute. At present, there are institutions linked to big business that now speak of Vivir Bien, but in an understanding that is very … Continue reading Vivir Bien

Book: Systemic Alternatives

[Versión en Español] The premise of this publication is that we are living a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. Humanity is facing a complex set of crises from environmental, economic, social to civilizational crisis. All of these crises are part of a whole. We cannot solve one of these crises without addressing the others. The construction of complementarities between Vivir … Continue reading Book: Systemic Alternatives