Roundtable on Vivir Bien

During January 2018 the Great Transition Initiative organized a discussion around an  essay prepared by Pablo Solón, “Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms.” Solón introduced Vivir Bien (also known as Buen Vivir), the disputes around this concept, the contradictions in its implementation by the government of Bolivia and how Vivir Bien can contribute and needs the complementarity with other visions. Below you will find the … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien

Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

[NNIMMO BASSEY / CREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/FEBRERO DE 2018] Nnimmo Bassey is the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank based in Nigeria. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 to 2012. His books include To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War. The pathway of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Pablo Solón, a Bolivian social and environmental activist, is the director of Fundación Solón and former executive director of Focus on the Global South. He served as the Bolivian Extraordinary Ambassador for Integration and Trade (2006–2008) and Ambassador to the United Nations (2009–2011) before parting ways with President Evo … Continue reading Author’s Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien / Pablo Solón

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author and filmmaker as well as a pioneer of the new economy movement. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and the Director of Local Futures at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has received a Right Livelihood … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms   Aaron Karp is an activist focused on generating a discussion within the climate justice movement about the need for degrowth and deep, authentic democracy. He is writing a book about how solving our ecological problems necessitates a fundamentally different society. In 2012, he co-founded the fossil fuel … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Neera Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include democratization of forest governance, conservation and development, and the affective dimensions of people’s relations with forests. She founded Vasundhara, a non-profit organization based in Bhubaneswar, India, and … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Holly Hanson is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. Her research, focused primarily on Uganda, explores how dynamic patterns of exchange have been created, and then undermined, and what history suggests about how they might be rebuilt. She is the author of such books as A Path of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

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

Entrevista a Alberto Acosta: “El Buen Vivir abre posibilidades más potentes y profundas que la simple alternativa económica al neoliberalismo”

[Koldo Unceta, Revista Galde 19, Verano/2017, País Vasco] Alberto Acosta Espinosa (twitter: @AlbertoAcostaE), economista, académico, político, y activista social ecuatoriano, es una de las personas más representativas de la nueva izquierda latinoamericana. Participó activamente en la Revolución Ciudadana y en la fundación del Movimiento Alianza País, llegando a ser ministro de Energía y Minas en el gobierno de Rafael Correa y posteriormente Presidente de la … Continue reading Entrevista a Alberto Acosta: “El Buen Vivir abre posibilidades más potentes y profundas que la simple alternativa económica al neoliberalismo”

El Buen Vivir

Publicado originalmente en: http://www.territorioindigenaygobernanza.com/elbuenvivir.html   El “desarrollo”, en su concepción occidental y moderna, es un término que no forma parte de la cosmovisión de los pueblos indígenas. Y sería difícil afirmar que las promesas del desarrollo se han traducido en beneficios para los Pueblos Indígenas. Andrés Nuningo, Huambisa de la Amazonía Peruana, lo relata de esta manera: “En mi tierra yo me levantaba tranquilo por … Continue reading El Buen Vivir

TIPNIS: ¿Un conflicto ambiental o de territorio?

[Verónica Barroso Mendizabal*, Revista Letras Verdes–FLACSO/Abril de 2013] Nota: A continuación un artículo muy interesante que brinda luces históricas sobre el conflicto del #TIPNIS, que aún configura una herida abierta en Bolivia El pasado agosto de 2011 se iniciaba la octava marcha indígena en Bolivia, en la cual más de 2.000 personas, entre ellos ancianos, hombres, mujeres, niñas y niños partieron desde las tierras bajas … Continue reading TIPNIS: ¿Un conflicto ambiental o de territorio?

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

Vivir Bien

[English version] Por Pablo Solón El Vivir Bien o Buen Vivir es un concepto en construcción que ha pasado por diferentes momentos en su devenir. No existe una definición única del Vivir Bien y hoy es un término que está en disputa. En la actualidad, existen instituciones del gran capital que también hablan del Vivir Bien y lo hacen en un sentido muy diferente al … 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