We have been looking around for positive, life-enhancing visions of new local economies of the future, but we haven’t been able to find many! Here’s the few that we have found so far, please let us know of any others that you find, or that you create yourselves.
1. Visions from Transition Initiatives and other communities doing similar work
Please send us your visions to share here, this one is feeling a little lonely.
The REconomy team, during workshops with people from Transition Initiatives and social enterprises, tried to capture some generic characteristics of a new local economy. This might be helpful as input to a visioning workshop.
2. A vision from the new economics foundation (nef)
“Creating a new kind of economy is crucial if we want to tackle climate change and avoid the mounting social problems associated with the rise of economic inequality. The Great Transition provides the first comprehensive blueprint for building an economy based on stability, sustainability and equality.”
This book, published by nef, and which you can download for free, includes a vision from page 9…
“A tale of how things turned out right. There we were back in 2009 [Ed: hmmm still the same in 2012?!] feeling as if the four horsemen of the apocalypse were bearing down on us. The global economy was falling apart, we were accelerating towards the cliff edge of catastrophic climate change, and our oil-addicted economies were set to go cold-turkey as their fossil-fuel fix grew much more expensive and harder to get hold of.
At the same time the world was divided by great wealth and extreme poverty; overwork and unemployment; hunger and obesity; and even the relatively rich global minority found themselves consuming ever more but without any noticeable rise in their well-being. It was all going horribly wrong.
Then, suddenly, common sense kicked in. We realised that we had one chance left. If we blew that, there could be no turning back, no excuses. It wasn’t as if we hadn’t been warned, or that we didn’t know what was going wrong. Change became the name of the moment. The Great Transition began. A future was mapped out that would allow the country to live within its fair share of global environmental resources. We even worked out how to manage the Transition in a way that improved our well-being, enhanced community life, and promoted social justice. And, after it all turned out right, this is how an average, working urban- dwellers day in the UK panned out…”
3. A vision from the perspective of business
Business in the Community has produced a short video of their vision of a prosperous sustainable future world. Warning! This is from the viewpoint of opportunities for business, and might be more helpful to show this and discuss it with your local business community.
Credits: Image Source: graur razvan ionut