Roundtable on Vivir Bien


An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

David Barkin

David Barkin

Indigenous communities are constantly forced to accommodate the demands of global capitalism, but they are fighting back.

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

The current system has hit a dead end, and we need alternative visions like Vivir Bien and Ubuntu rooted in resilience and community.

Adrian Beling

Adrian Beling

Radical social transformation cannot be achieved in one country alone. Transnational collaboration between movements is vital.

Ana Estefanía Carballo

Ana Estefanía Carballo

The emergence of Vivir Bien has challenged the monolithic nature of development and revitalized the debate around it.

Eduardo Gudynas

Eduardo Gudynas

Vivir Bien blends indigenous and non-indigenous ideas, with its several variants influenced by prevailing ecological conditions and political context.

Holly Hanson

Holly Hanson

The laudable focus on Andean belief systems draws our attention to traditional social structures that foster reciprocity and interdependence.

Aaron Karp

Aaron Karp

We should struggle over the meaning of “development,” not cede its definition to elites. Ultimately, social transformation will require a mass movement for a development that is rooted in the ethos of democracy.

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge

Undoing the psychological damage of globalization requires both community self-reliance and global solidarity.

Neera Singh

Neera Singh

We have to radically alter the world that we encounter on a day-to-day basis to give alternative values and ways of being a chance to flourish.

Pablo Solón

Author's Response: Roundtable on Vivir Bien

Pablo Solón addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable discussion.



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