Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms  David Barkin is a professor at the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and an Emeritus member of the National Research Council and the Academy of Sciences in Mexico. His research focuses on ecological economics, alternative paradigms for society, and the problems of indigenous societies, with whom he collaborates in creating … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Adrian Beling is an Associate Researcher in the Global Studies Programme at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in Argentina and a founding member of the Editorial Board of the academic blog and peer-reviewed journal Alternautas. His research interests include global environmental change and societal transformations, epistemologies … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Ana Estefanía Carballo

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Ana Estefanía Carballo is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a founder of the academic blog and peer-reviewed journal Alternautas. Her research focuses on Latin American development theory, indigenous epistemologies, environmental ethics, and social movements and environmental conflicts … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Ana Estefanía Carballo

Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Eduardo Gudynas

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Eduardo Gudynas is a senior researcher at the Latin American Center on Social Ecology (CLAES). His work focuses on the environment and alternatives to development, and he is involved with various social movements seeking to advance such alternatives I would like to start by acknowledging that Vivir Bien, … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Eduardo Gudynas

Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

[Pablo Solón, February 2018, published originally in Great Transition Initiative] The concept of Vivir Bien (or Buen Vivir) gained international attention in the late twentieth century as people searched for alternatives to the rampage of neoliberalism. Imperfect translations of the Andean concepts of suma qamaña and sumaq kawsay, Vivir Bien and Buen Vivir reflect an indigenous cosmovision that emphasizes living in harmony with nature and one … Continue reading Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

[ STEPHEN KAPLANTHE /WASHINGTON POST /24 DE ENERO] This past week, China held its second ministerial meeting with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, Chile. There China announced plans to have the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its flagship economic and development program, invest in Latin America. During the past decade, Chinese policy banks, charged by the government to finance infrastructure … Continue reading China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

[NGO FORUM ON ADB/HOLDING ADB ACCOUNTABLE SINCE 1992] We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals … Continue reading Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

Los derechos de la naturaleza en la jurisprudencia constitucional ecuatoriana

[LLM FRANCISCO JOSE BUSTAMANTE ROMO LEROUX/ OBSERVATORIO JUSTICIA CONSTITUCIONAL] Resumen: Los derechos de la naturaleza, ha sido un tema sobre el cual se han generado una serie de críticas especialmente dirigidas a la eficacia de los mismos. Al no existir normas infra constitucionales que desarrollen estos derechos, la jurisprudencia juega un papel trascendental en la definición del núcleo de los derechos. En este sentido, se … Continue reading Los derechos de la naturaleza en la jurisprudencia constitucional ecuatoriana

Commons in the Time of Monsters

[ THE COMMONS TRANSITION PRIMER.] The Commons is maturing politically, its methods and principles becoming more visible and its participants winning municipal elections in a variety of European cities. How did this happen, and what happens next? First, a look at our present political context, and then some observations on the birth and trajectory of this new wave of commons politics. An article by Stacco Troncoso … Continue reading Commons in the Time of Monsters

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Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

This two-minute animation is based on the premise that we are facing a systemic crises and that we need systemic alternatives to capitalism, productivism, extractivism, patriarchy, plutocracy and anthropocentrism. Continue reading Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate

[ Sue Branford on 18 December 2017] The EU-Mercosur trade deal, being concluded this month by the European Union and the South American trade bloc (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) is being negotiated in secret. However, part of the document has been leaked to Greenpeace, alarming environmentalists. The leaked secret trade documents show that the accord would encourage the export of high-value goods, like automobiles, from … Continue reading EU-LatAm trade deal good for agribusiness; bad for Amazon, climate

Cuando los extractivismos y la corrupción se encuentran

[Eduardo Gudynas*, Rebelión, 14.11.17] En los últimos meses ha quedado en evidencia que en América del Sur, varias de las grandes aventuras extractivistas quedaron envueltas en tramas de corrupción. Casos como los de Petrobras en Brasil o la minera SQM en Chile, treparon hasta los titulares de la prensa y desencadenaron serias consecuencias políticas dentro de cada país. Inmediatamente surgen todo tipo de preguntas: ¿cuáles son las … Continue reading Cuando los extractivismos y la corrupción se encuentran

Let’s Just Admit It: Capitalism Doesn’t Work

[John Atcheson, Common Dreams, 13.11.17] “In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.”—Fran Lebowitz “To comprehend the scope of corporate consolidation, imagine a day in the life of a typical American and ask: How long does it take for her to interact with a market that isn’t nearly monopolized?” (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) In almost every way you examine … Continue reading Let’s Just Admit It: Capitalism Doesn’t Work

Propuestas para una Bolivia Solar

Originally posted on Fundación Solón:
Para encarar satisfactoriamente la revolución solar en curso y sacar provecho de la alta radiación solar que tenemos en dos terceras partes de nuestro territorio necesitamos promover un amplio proceso de discusión sobre el futuro energético de Bolivia. La discusión no es sencilla pero de ninguna manera puede ser confinada al ámbito de sólo los expertos. Las decisiones que… Continue reading Propuestas para una Bolivia Solar

Los retos humanos de la Tierra: Sin justicia ecológica no hay justicia social

[Alberto Acosta* y Enrique Vilale** 01.11.17] ¡Naturaleza! Por ella estamos rodeados y envueltos, incapaces de salir de ella e incapaces de penetrar más profundamente en ella. Sin ser requerida y sin avisar nos arrastra en el torbellino de su danza y se mueve con nosotros hasta que, cansados, caemos rendidos en sus brazos. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe[1] 1749-1832   El sainete del desarrollo sustentable En … Continue reading Los retos humanos de la Tierra: Sin justicia ecológica no hay justicia social

La justicia climática: entre la tutela y la fiscalización de las responsabilidades / Climate Justice: Between the Guardianship and the Fiscalization of Responsibilities

[SusanaBorras Pentinat*] La justicia climática: entre la tutela y la fiscalización de las responsabilidades Climate Justice: Between the Guardianship and the Fiscalization of Responsibilities Para acceder al PDF completo, haga click aquí: La justicia climática entre la tutela y la fiscalización de responsabilidades   Resumen El aumento del nivel de emisiones de gases de efectos invernadero intensifica el cambio climático y sus consecuencias, especialmente, en … Continue reading La justicia climática: entre la tutela y la fiscalización de las responsabilidades / Climate Justice: Between the Guardianship and the Fiscalization of Responsibilities

11th WTO Ministerial – Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO

[Delivery date: 9 October, 2017] Below this whole letter, you are going to find links with pdfs about this letter, in French, Español, and Greek. Here you have the English version: 11th WTO Ministerial – Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO Dear Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), We are writing as 300[i] member organizations of global civil society … Continue reading 11th WTO Ministerial – Letter from Global Civil Society about the Agenda of the WTO

Has ‘Degrowth’ Outgrown its Own Name?

[Kate Raworth, http://commonstransition.org%5D The following article presents a debate that was first published on From Poverty to Power, a conversational blog maintained by Duncan Green. It is kicked off by Kate Raworth, renegade economist and development re-thinker, who feels that degrowth has outgrown its name. In reply Giorgos Kallis, the world’s leading academic on degrowth, counters with the view that ‘degrowth’ is still a compelling term. Let the debate begin… Why Degrowth has out-grown … Continue reading Has ‘Degrowth’ Outgrown its Own Name?

A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

[Donella Meadows*, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows] The following piece is a short synopsis of Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. The full length book is available at Chelsea Green’s website. The whole book available here: Limits-to-Growth-digital-scan-version_Meadows, Donella A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update The signs are everywhere around us: Sea level has risen 10–20 cm since 1900. Most non-polar glaciers are retreating, … Continue reading A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together

[ Brian Davey, originally published by Feasta]   This article arises from increasing frustration and irritation about the way that the debate about Greece, and in general about austerity, is framed. My frustration is not only with the policy thugs who are implementing austerity, but also, to a degree, with their critics – which includes the failure of most of the critics of growth to … Continue reading Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together