New SCORAI Europe Website

August 03, 2022
SCORAI Europe has a new website. You can check out the great information on it here: https://www.scorai.eu/.

Achieving earth for all | Jayati Ghosh

July 19, 2022
Jayati Ghosh recently reported on the Club of Rome's new report Earth for All, released in light of the fiftieth anniversary of the Limits to Growth report, for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's International Politics and Society site:

Widespread, sustainable gains in well-being necessarily require active governments that are willing to reshape markets and pursue long-term visions for societies. This in turn requires both political will and a sea change in governments’ perceptions – and the latter is unlikely without significant public pressure and mass mobilisation. But, given our proximity to so many tipping points, the default option is terrifying: environmental devastation, extreme economic disparities and fragilities, and potentially unbearable social and political tensions.

So, Earth for All is not just a report – it is a call to action. Because the necessary changes are so big, they require determined social movements with broad participation. History shows that inertia and defeatism can become self-fulfilling. But it also shows that governments ultimately must respond to popular pressure or be replaced by it.

NYT interview with Herman Daly

July 19, 2022
Herman Daly was recently interviewed in the New York Times. Read the full interview here and an excerpt below.

The failure of a growth economy to grow is a disaster. The success of a steady-state economy not to grow is not a disaster. It’s like the difference between an airplane and a helicopter. An airplane is designed for forward motion. If an airplane has to stand still, it’ll crash. A helicopter is designed to stand still, like a hummingbird. So it’s a comparison between two different designs, and the failure of one does not imply the failure or success of the other. But in order to move from our present growth economy to a steady-state economy, that’s going to imply some important design principles — some changes in the fundamental design.

The case for a 4-day work week | Juliet Schor

May 12, 2022
The traditional approach to work needs a redesign, says economist Juliet Schor. She's leading four-day work week trials in countries like the US and Ireland, and the results so far have been overwhelmingly positive: from increased employer and customer satisfaction to revenue growth and lower turnover. Making the case for a four-day, 32-hour work week (with five days of pay), Schor explains how this model for the future of work could address major challenges like burnout and the climate crisis -- and shares how companies and governments could work together to make it a reality.

You can watch the video here.

A world without profit with Jennifer Hinton

April 18, 2022
Dr. Hinton offers a vision of an entirely not-for-profit economy made up exclusively of businesses that de-emphasize profit and growth and instead prioritize businesses as a means for social and environmental benefit.

This Upstream Conversation with Jennifer Hinton looks at examples and operating principles of this model, explores how it navigates the capitalism/socialism binary, and asks what conditions would be necessary for this model to truly offer a bridge to a post-growth, post-capitalist world.

Listen to the discussion here.

Experimenting with the 4-Day Workweek

April 07, 2022
Channel 7 News in Boston recently covered Julie Schor's research on the four-day workweek. Read an excerpt below and the full article here.

NEWTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A Boston College professor is leading an experiment that may change the way we work.

The school is working with thousands of employees at a number of companies nationwide to explore a four-day workweek. It’s a 6-month experiment where people will work 32 hours over those four days, down from the typical 40 hours in five days.

“There’s a lot of pressure from younger people. They’re really stressed out. They’re working very hard and they need a break,” said Dr. Juliet Schor.

This experiment happening as millions of people quit their jobs every month in the US. Most of the companies taking part in it are traditional white-collar jobs.

Jayati Ghosh Appointed to High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism

March 21, 2022
The UN Secretary-General is pleased to announce the establishment of a High Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism.   
 
The Secretary-General’s report on Our Common Agenda, released in September 2021, calls for stronger governance of key issues of global concern. The report notably proposes a Summit of the Future in 2023 to advance ideas for governance arrangements in certain areas that could be considered global public goods or global commons, including climate and sustainable development beyond 2030, the international financial architecture, peace, outer space, the digital space, major risks, and the interests of future generations.  
 
The High-level Advisory Board will be asked to build on the ideas in Our Common Agenda – including the centrality of women and girls, and the need to take into account the interests of young people and future generations – to make concrete suggestions for more effective multilateral arrangements across a range of key global issues. Their non-binding recommendations would inform deliberations by Member States at the proposed Summit of the Future.  
 
The Board will be supported in its work by the Centre for Policy Research of the United Nations University in close coordination with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
 
Membership
 
The High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism is composed of the following 12 eminent persons:
 
Co-Chairs
 
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia)  
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018 and the first democratically-elected female head of State in Africa. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She has also served as the Chair of ECOWAS and founded the Ellen Johnson Presidential Center for Women and Development. She was the co-chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response in 2020 to 2021.
 
Stefan Löfven (Sweden)
Stefan Löfven was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2014 to 2021. He was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 2012 to 2021, and previously the president of the Swedish Industrial and Metal Workers Union. In 2016, he launched the Global Deal, a global initiative for social dialogue and better conditions in the labour market. He has also been co-chair of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, together with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and initiated, together with the Prime Minister of Spain, the Leaders’ Network for reinforcing multilateralism.  

Members  

Xu Bu (China)  
Xu Bu is the President of the China Institute of International Studies. He has served as Ambassador to ASEAN and to Chile, as well as in other diplomatic posts in Pakistan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Canada.  
 
Poonam Ghimire (Nepal)
Poonam Ghimire is a climate activist and Next Generation Fellow (2021) with the United Nations Foundation. She is the former head of the International Processes Commission at the International Forestry Students Association, a Global Citizens’ Youth Advocate, and was a Youth Power Climate Representative for COP26.
 
Jayati Ghosh (India)  
Jayati Ghosh is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was previously professor of economics and chairperson of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jewaharlal Nehru University. She is also board member of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs.
 
Donald Kaberuka (Rwanda)  
Donald Kaberuka is Chairman and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, a Pan-African financial advisory and investment firm. Previously he served as the President of the African Development Bank, and as Rwanda's Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. He is also the African Union High Representative for the Peace Fund and Board Chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  
 
Azza Karam (Egypt)  
Azza Karam is Secretary-General of Religions for Peace, a multi-religious leadership platform, and a Professor of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. She was previously Senior Advisor on Culture at UNFPA and the convener of the United Nations inter-agency task force on religion and development.  
 
Nanjala Nyabola (Kenya)
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, media, and society. She is the Director of Advox, the digital rights research and writing initiative of Global Voices, and is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed Books, 2018) and Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst Books, 2020).  
 
Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Singapore)  
Tharman Shanmugaratnam is Senior Minister of Singapore. He co-chairs the G20 High Level Independent Panel on global financing for pandemic preparedness and response, the Advisory Board for the UN Human Development Report, and the Global Education Forum, and chairs the Group of Thirty. He earlier chaired the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance.  
 
Anne-Marie Slaughter (United States)  
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think tank, and a Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her previous positions include Director of Policy and Planning at the US Department of State.  
   
Ilona Szabó de Carvalho (Brazil)
Ilona Szabó is founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – a think and do tank committed to human, digital and climate security. She is an affiliate scholar at Princeton University, a former Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and fellow at Columbia University. She is also an author, podcaster and columnist.
 
Danilo Türk (Slovenia)  
Danilo Türk was President of Slovenia from 2007-2012 and is currently president of the Club de Madrid, an organization of over 100 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers of UN Member States. He previously served as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and as the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations.  

What Could Possibly Go Right? | Helena Norberg-Hodge

March 14, 2022
Vicki Robin recently interviewed Helena Norberg-Hodge for her podcast "What Could Possibly Go Right?: Conversations with Cultural Scouts." You can find a teaser below and listen nere.

She addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?” with thoughts including:

    That localization offers people a better connection with nature and each other; smaller, slower, more satisfying and human scale

    The call to resist the dominant trend of “top down pressure towards monoculture, a competitive, ever faster, ever larger scale global economy”

    The growth of local food movements, including farmers markets and small scale agriculture

    The value of changing “the I to We” and connecting with likeminded others to change the world collectively

Population and Climate Change

February 15, 2022
Ian Lowe is the lead author of a new report Population and Climate Change for Sustainable Population Australia.

According to the report, population growth of 8.3 million people since 1990 has caused a marked increase in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and continuing population growth in Australia, combined with climate change, risks making Australians vulnerable to food, water, and energy scarcities in the future.

Does the World’s Future Depend on Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons? | Lawrence Wittner

January 26, 2022
Lawrence Wittner has a new article in the LA Progressive, entitled "Does the World’s Future Depend on Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons?"

He concludes:

At present, this standoff between the nuclear nations, enamored with winning their global power struggles, and the non-nuclear nations, aghast at the terrible danger of nuclear war, seems likely to persist, resulting in the continuation of the world’s long nuclear nightmare.  

In this context, the most promising course of action for people interested in human survival might well lie in a popular mobilization to compel the nuclear nations to accept the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and, more broadly, to accept a restrained role in a cooperatively-governed world.